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by Michael L. Ricciardi and John D. Nugent

Classic Tin Pan Alley songwriter Chester Moore

dies suddenly without living heirs, leaving

his catalog of songs and a production

budget to a group of young actors that

he has seen doing a staged review on

his life's work, on the proviso that they use

the catalog to create a brand new

first class Broadway musical.


Only one in the group was ever related

to the songwriter in any way. This is Patricia,

his eighth wife and the only woman who ever

loved him. As they go through his songs, his notes and his memoirs, Patricia relates the story of her life with the songwriter and before long, the group of actors all put together a script that can be produced on the Broadway stage. As the production goes forward to an opening night, severe complications arise when the inter relationships of this company of actors unravel and dark deep secrets are revealed.


Moreover, copyright issues initiated by the estate of Chester Mooreís songwriting brother, Nicholas nearly stop the show.

Greedy estate lawyer, Billy Moore, and his legal challenge threatens to tear the entire enterprise apart.


Only when the copyright issues of their few shared songs are resolved and the relationship issues of the actors are confronted does our story come to its conclusion.


The Broadway tribute opens to an enthusiastic audience and the many songs of Chester Moore are finally given their recognition and praise.

CHILD: 11M, 4F


Royalties for Non-Professional Theatres

Small Theatre (under 200 seats)   $65 First Performance, $60 Additional

Medium Theatre (200 - 500 seats)   $70 First Performance, $65 Additional

Large Theatre (500+ seats)   $80 First Performance, $70 Additional


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Great music, quick paced and wonderfully entertaining.

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