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Written By: Paul Scott Goodman
On a breezy beautiful August day way back in ’96, I stood upon the deck of a modern country house near Woodstock and banged out the opening riff of BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY on my Ovation 12 string guitar. I came back to Manhattan and over the next few weeks welcomed many other songs, all directly inspired by the heightened poetry of Jay McInerney’s novel. As the tunes continued to tumble, I remember thinking, “This is very rock and roll.” So now, more than a decade later, I would like to say to whoever decides to present this piece of work: thank you for doing so, don’t change the words or the music, but in matters of acting, singing, lighting, staging, dance, tone, sound, bravado, feel free to be brave, to break barriers and attempt to give the audience something they’ve never seen before. Be fresh and inevitable. Rock and roll!
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- BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY - Orchestration - (6 Books/6 Players)
- 1 – Keyboard I-Conductor
- 1 – Keyboard II
- 1 – Guitar I (Acoustic Twelve String and Electric)
- 1 – Guitar II (Six String Acoustic and Electric. Also Mandolin.)
- 1 – Bass (Fender and Fretless)
- 1 – Drums (Kit plus Percussion and V-Drums)
- BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY -Rehearsal Set - (22 Books)
- 20 – Libretto-Vocal
- 2 – Keyboard I-Conductor
- 1 – Digital Logo
- BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY - Pre-Production Pack - (2 Books)
- 1 – Keyboard I-Conductor
- 1 – Libretto-Vocal
- BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY - Libretto-Vocal 10-Pack - (10 Books)
- 10 – Libretto-Vocal
Ensemble can be small or large, some featured roles can double in the chorus.
Jamie - Mid 20's New Yorker reeling from a year of devastating events. Attractive and vulnerable.
Tad - Jamie's best friend, party animal, selfish, smart, charismatic.
Mother - Jaime's mother who we see as a youthful Mom and then on her death bed.
Michael - Jamie's younger brother.
Amanda - Jamie's supermodel ex-wife.
Vicky - Tad's cousin, a Princeton student, pretty and likeable.
Clara - Jamie's boss, her exterior masks marshmallow inside.
Coma Baby - A newspaper headline who comes to life in Jamie's mind.
Mary O'Brien McCann - A missing NYU student who appears in Jamie's mind.
Chuck Bean - A rambunctious 'on-the-town' reporter.
Elaine - Odeon club girl.
Theresa - Elaine's 'friend' and fellow clubbie.
Elise - 14 going on 32, club girl who Jamie meets at Odeon.
Chorus - Variety of roles (Fact Checkers, Models, etc) including featured parts (Drug Girl, Paul, etc.).
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY takes place over the course of one week in 1984 in New York City.
Heartbreak, a Manhattan nightclub
A club called ODEON
Gotham Magazine, Department of Factual Verification
Washington Square Park
The streets of Manhattan
A subway train
A toilet stall
Many memories in Jamie's mind