Fade Out — Fade In

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FADE OUT — FADE IN is set in Hollywood in the 1930s, just after the introduction of talking pictures. The not very talented chorus girl, Hope Springfield, is accidentally is given the starring role in a new movie. When the error is discovered, heads roll and the completed film is shelved. But Rudolf, the nephew of studio head Lionel Z. Governor, takes a liking to Hope and arranges for a sneak preview. The movie is a success, and Hope becomes a star.

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  • Chorus girl Hope Springfield, full of hope but not much talent, accidentally is given the starring role in a new movie. When the error is discovered, heads roll and the completed film is shelved. But Rudolf, the nephew of studio head Lionel Z. Governor, takes a liking to the girl and arranges for a sneak preview. The movie is a success, Hope (rechristened Lila Tremaine) becomes a star, and in true Hollywood happily-ever-after fashion she and Rudolf walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand.

    Note: the plot was revised after a hiatus as follows:

    Hope is an usherette in a movie house.

  • FADE OUT — FADE IN
    Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
    Music by Jule Styne
    Original production directed by George Abbott
    Produced for the Broadway Stage by Lester Osterman and Jule Styne

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    FADE OUT — FADE IN
    is presented by arrangement with
    TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • Full Instrumentation:

    3     Violins
    1     Cello
    1     Bass

    1     Reed I: Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute & Piccolo
    1     Reed II: Alto Saxophone, Flute (or Clarinet) and Clarinet
    1     Reed III: Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute & Bass Clarinet (or Tenor Sax.)
    1     Reed IV: Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Oboe (or Clarinet) & English Horn (or Clarinet)
    1     Reed V: Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (or Bassoon) & Bassoon

    1     Horns I & II
    1     Trumpets I & II
    1     Trumpet III
    1     Trombone I
    1     Trombone II
    1     Trombone III

    2     Percussion I & II:
    Timpani (2)
    Bass Drum
    Snare Drum
    Bongo Drums
    Tom Toms (3)
    Finger Cymbals
    Suspended Cymbals
    Hi-Hat Cymbals
    Sizzle Cymbal
    Hand Cymbals
    Tam Tam
    Temple Blocks (3)
    Maracas
    Tambourine
    Triangle
    Wood Block
    Cowbell
    Ratchet
    Glockenspiel
    Xylophone
    Vibraphone
    Bird Whistle
    Slide Whistle
    Flexatone

    Piano & Celeste (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)

    1     Harp

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book for Director
    26     Prompt Books for Cast
    7       Vocal Parts
    25     Chorus Parts

  • (In order of Their Appearance)

    Pops
    Two Autograph Kids
    Helga Sixtrees
    Roscoe
    Billy Vespers
    Byron Prong
    Lyman
    Hope Springfield
    Rex
    Chauffeur
    1st Girl
    1st Cowboy Extra
    2nd Cowboy Extra
    Gangster Extra
    Ralph Governor
    Rudolf Governor
    George Governor
    Frank Governor
    Harold Governor
    Arnold Governor
    Three Waiters
    Publicity Assistants
    Four Convicts
    Myra May Melrose
    Seamstress
    Custer Corkley
    Max Welch
    Lou Williams
    Dora Dailey
    Lionel Z. Governor
    Dr. Anton Traurig
    Gloria Currie
    Madame Barrymore
    Showgirls
    Singers
    Dancers
    Lead Dancer

  • FADE OUT — FADE IN opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, May 26, 1964 and played for 271 performances starring Carol Burnett as Hope, Dick Patterson as Rudolf and Lou Jacobi as Lionel Z. Governor.

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