Judy's Scary Little Christmas

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Samuel French, Inc., 2010 - Drama - 91 pages
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Holiday Musical Comedy / Characters: 7m, 6f / Simple Set Judy Garland is primed for her biggest comeback ever - the dazzling star of her own TV special, broadcast live on Christmas Eve, 1959. Judy's guests include Bing Crosby (making some holiday "grog"), Ethel Merman (plugging her Hawaiian album), and Liberace (with a handsome sailor in tow). However, mysterious snafus behind the scenes and cameo appearances by commie-baiting Vice President Richard Nixon (who performs a magic act) and blacklisted writer, Lillian Hellman, (who's forced to read "Children's Letter to Santa" with a puppet) throw Judy's program off course. The surprises climax when the arrival of Joan Crawford is interrupted by the spectral figure of...Death. The evening takes a detour into the twilight zone as the celebrities are forced to confront the lies behind their legends. Devastated and alone, Judy meets a special fan who ultimately proves that, despite her flaws, her shining legacy still endures. "Magical! A side-splitting musical parody...wickedly funny!" - Los Angeles Times "Fascinating, hilarious and wildly entertaining!" - Gerard Alessandrini, Creator of Forbidden Broadway "Wonderfully strange...a true holiday treat!" - Hollywood Reporter "A non-stop hoot!" - Back Stage West "Hilarious! A surreal snow globe highball; a Hollywood Christmas card from beyond the grave!" - Portland Mercury

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David Church holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from Indiana University, USA, where he is Managing Editor of "Film History". He is the author of Grindhouse Nostalgia: Memory, Home Video, and Exploitation Film Fandom (2015) and the editor of "Playing with Memories: Essays on Guy Maddin" (2009).

Dr. Jim Webber is Chief Scientist with Neo Technology where he researches novel graph databases and writes open source software. Previously, Jim spent time working with big graphs like the Web for building distributed systems, which led him to being co-author on the book REST in Practice, having previously written Developing Enterprise Web Services - An Architect's Guide. Jim is active in the development community, presenting regularly around the world. His blog is located at http: //jimwebber.org and he tweets often @jimwebber.

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