LOS ANGELES -- The Great Magoo, a lost play by Ben Hecht and Gene Fowler not seen since its debut on Broadway in 1932, will be revived Sept. 25 at the 24th Street Theatre, directed by Stephanie Shroyer.
Lost in the archives of a theatre publisher for six decades, The Great Magoo is a comedy dealing with vaudeville and the colorful streets in and around Brooklyn's Coney Island. The central characters are "Nicky, a barker for a boardwalk hoochie-coochie attraction, and the object of his affection, the ambitious Julie, an up-and-coming singer-comedienne," said a company spokesperson.
Hecht and Fowler's play received its world premiere in Nov. 1932 at New York's Selwyn Theatre.
The opening attraction in the 24th Street Theatre's 1998-99 season, The Great Magoo has a cast that includes Paul Bates, Patricia Belcher, Julia Campbell, Charles Hyman, Jay Karnes, Bob Kempf, Wesley Mann, J. Steven Markins, Daran Norris, Kate Vogt and Sarah Zinsser.
Magoo runs through Nov. 8 at 1117 W. 24th St in L.A.'s N. University Park district. Tickets are $15. Call (323) 667-0417 for more information. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent