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Fortune. And Fame musical

Synopsis

​It's the 1930's. Abandoned and broke, Will LaCroix, a gifted talent, convinces his less-than-perfect mother, May, to make their way to Chicago where he will win on "Shooting Stars", Curt Kimball's radio talent contest for kids.

May manages to get Will on the show by seducing Curt - so she thinks. But a ruthless Curt has his own plans for the young, gay Will. May, in denial about her son, hands Will over to him and the show, believing that it will lead them to Hollywood and the dream. 

Hollywood? Yes. The dream? ........ 

Will discovers the reason he has been brought here; Curt's plan of revenge and his role in it. His extraordinary talent has not gone unnoticed, though, and he finds a champion in Julie Quinn, an established young star. With her help, he can finally free himself from Curt and have the kind of success people only dream about. But this is Hollywood in 1930's America. He can't free himself from who he is. He will have to live a lie, giving up any hope of the only thing that matters.  

Ostensibly a boy's journey to stardom, Fortune. And Fame reflects the reality of America's morals and ideals, defined and perpetuated by the greatest influencer of its time. 

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"Paul has written a compelling story of love and healing set in old Hollywood with soaring, memorable melodies, complex characters and scenes, and delicious action with twists and turns –a narrative for our time that we have not seen before.  He is a bit of a renaissance man who draws on his depth of experience in the entertainment business,  his life, as well as his wonderful imagination. "

 

-Jennifer Piech Pasbjerg,

Producer for Theatre and Film

Notably: Come From Away (Broadway, Toronto, National Tour, London, Australia).  Awards & Nominations: Tony Nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, Olivier Award.

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