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Night Maxie Tortellini Hit Lola Latrobe's

Music by Peter Brittain: Book and Lyrics by Colin Swift


(Chicago in the '20s)

"Oh, Chicago, this terrible city we love", sing the whole company as the Prologue to this pastiche about life in the 'windy city'.

Set in the seedy night club of the redoubtable Miss Lola Latrobe, we follow the goings-on during one evening there.

The Casino Club used to be the hottest night-spot in town, but, like its owner and its performers, it has seen better days. "The Night Maxie Tortellini Hit Big Lola Latrobe's" is the story of Fingers Rafferty, the piano player who used to be the best, of Lola, whose world is crumbling all around her, who still can't 'find her man', of Maxie Tortellini, the biggest hoodlum in town who was Lola's lover ten years before, of Tony di Martino, who still claims to be the greatest Vaudeville singer in America today, and of the loves and lives of the chorus girls, some coming up for the scrap heap, some starting out with their eyes full of stars.

There's romance, there's danger, there's music, there's dance in this fast-moving stylish cliché of Chicago life -gangsters, molls, chorus girls, musicians, jazz, booze, pills, laughs, disasters. The tale builds up to the climax of the "hit" - but there's a twist and just when everything appears to be resolving itself happily - there's another twist - and all set to the strident, dramatic, exciting heartbeat that is Chicago in the days of prohibition, in the days of Jazz.

Principal Characters

(plus Chorus)

Lola Latrobe (mezzo)
Maxie Tortellini (bass)
Fingers Rafferty (non-singing)
Tony di Martino (baritone)
Marianne (soprano)
Brains (tenor)
Roxy (soprano)

Principal Musical Numbers

In Chicago (Full Company)
At The Casino (Tony, Girls)
Wish I Could See Him Tonight (Marianne)
Shadow Of A Dream (Tony, Girls)
There's A Lady (Tony)
When I Find My Man (Lola)
I'd Like To Take You Home For My Baby (Roxy, Brains)
From Now On (Maxie, Lola, Full Company)


(Total number of books = 5)

1 Piano
1 Clarinet
1 Guitar/Banjo
1 Bass
1 Drums