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.
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
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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:
Tom Toms (3)
Temple Blocks (3)
Piano & Celeste (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)
(In order of Their Appearance)
Two Autograph Kids
1st Cowboy Extra
2nd Cowboy Extra
Myra May Melrose
Lionel Z. Governor
Dr. Anton Traurig
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.