The Biz

BOOK BY GABRIEL CONGDON
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY MIMI SPARKS
See MUSICAL NUMBERS list below for audio samples.
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"THE BIZ" SYNOPSIS
Recommended Ages for Performers: 11-17 years old
Cast: 10 M, 17 F
Set: Two simple sets
Time: About 1 hour
Who said the world of Hollywood moviemaking in the 1930s was a walk in the park? Not Tim Goldman, a struggling young director whose claim to fame is a handful of B movies.

 

Enter some tough-talking gangsters who mistake Tim for another Goldman who just happens to owe them money. Things go from bad to worse for our down-on-his-luck director when he strikes a deal that involves casting the gangster’s girlfriends, some ditzy dames, in his next movie. The dames are thrilled: “...actin’s just like talkin”!

 

Just when it seems Tim is about to film the worst movie in cinematic history, enter Sergeant McAfee and his two timid police officers to save the day. Of course, if you’re making a movie, you’ve got to have a crew and some dancers just to keep things moving. “Gangster’s Lament,” “Movie Stars,” and the title song, “The Biz” are just a few of the catchy songs that make up this crowd-pleasing score!

 

Lights! Camera! Action! Nothing’s more fun than going to the movies, unless it’s watching a toe-tapping musical about the movies.
“What I love about The Biz is that it can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The characters are vivid and have great comedic lines that are enhanced with good direction (dialect instruction) and costuming. You have a couple of characters who are just ‘normal’ people, who have to deal with these thugs who won’t listen to reason, which is a perfect formula for comedy. Each of the parts allows kids to have their ‘moment’ on stage. My daughter got to stretch as an actress by using a Jersey dialect (her character was a flapper) and playing a comedic character who wasn't very brainy. As a parent, it is wonderful to see your daughter up there shining in her role and getting laughs.”

 

—Joanie Leinbach
Cast
Tim Goldman…65 lines
Mr. Glue… 32 lines
Barry the Beak…12 lines
Too Tall Tony…14 lines
Freddy Four Fingers…11 lines
Barry the Butcher…11 lines
Flapper Girls
Giddy Gloria…28 lines
Brazen Betty…21 lines
Darling Dixie…18 lines
Flapper Fanny…11 lines
Honey Muffin…13 lines
Cops
McAfee…17 lines
Downy…20 lines
McClellan…20 lines
Dancers
Lilly…20 lines
Fay…10 lines
Holly…9 lines
Stephanie…9 lines
Movie Crew
Scotty (Cameraman)…19 lines
Glenda (Costume Director)…13 lines
Anna (Makeup Artist)…18 lines
Mary (Assistant Director)…28 lines
Musical Numbers

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(Each character sings a group song in addition to “The Biz” and “The Biz Reprise”)
The Biz
(Cast)

 

Gangster’s Lament
(Gangsters)

 

The Force
(Cops)

 

Hopeless Love
(Tim and Mary)

 

It’s Nothing
(Movie Crew)

 

Daydreams
(Dancers)

 

Movie Stars
(Flappers)

 

The Biz (Reprise)
(Cast)

 

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