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Late Nite Comic

"A winning score [with] vibrant words and music... Gari's most engaging word to date."

Rupert Holmes

  • Full Length Musical
  • Dramatic Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1980s, Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century, Present Day, 1990s, 1970s
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set
  • Cautions: No Special Cautions

  • Performance Group:
  • Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student
David Ackerman, a young pianist working at a piano bar in New York City, wants nothing more than to stand on a stage and make people laugh. He meets Gabrielle, an attractive and slightly eccentric young woman who yearns to be a professional ballerina.

These two hungry dreamers climb the shaky ladder of success from seedy bars to comedy clubs to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, their on-again, off-again romance propelling them along in heartfelt pursuit of love, fame and laughter.

This engaging musical features a contemporary pop score and great casting flexibility.

Premiere Production: Late Nite Comic was opened on Broadway at the Ritz Theatre in New York City on October 15, 1987. It was produced by Rory Rosegarten and directed by Philip Rose with choreography by Dennis Dennehy.
  • Casting: 1M, 1F, 6M or F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting, Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Casting Notes: Minimum ensemble of 6, although original production used more.
  • Chorus Size: Small


Ensemble played parts as follows in original Broadway production:
WOMAN - Susan, Hooker, Ensemble
WOMAN - Club Owner, Hooker, Ensemble
WOMAN - Jenny, Hooker, Ensemble
WOMAN - Hooker, Ensemble
WOMAN - Tanya, Delilah, Ensemble
WOMAN - Hooker, Metropolitan Ballerina, Ensemble
WOMAN - Clara, Hooker, Ensemble
MAN - Cecil, Club Owner, Voice of God, Krazy Korn Emcee, Ensemble
MAN - Club Ownder, Mike, Las Vegas Emcee, Ensemble
MAN - Nat, Bartender, David's Alter Ego, Metropolitan Male Dancer, Ensemble
MAN - Club Ownder, Bartender, Busboy, Ensemble