Memory and song converge as Judy Holliday, the “dumb blonde” with a genius IQ, charts her experiences from Greenwich Village to Broadway and beyond with notable show business alums, including Leonard Bernstein and Marilyn Monroe.
Production InfoCast: 4 total (2 female, 2 male, doubling)
Drama (about 90 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
- About the Author(s)
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“In Willy Holtzman’s skillfully structured play … it’s December, 1964, and Judy Holliday, at a recording session, tells stories of her life and career between takes. Exquisitely painted scenes show the actress, born Judy Tuvim (Hebrew for ‘holidays’), performing cabaret with her friends Adolph Green, Betty Comden, and Lenny Bernstein; auditioning for Born Yesterday; fighting off the predatory producer Darryl Zanuck; using her wits at a Senate hearing to avoid naming names in the McCarthy era; and encountering Gerry Mulligan and Marilyn Monroe … [The play captures] the depth, insecurity, intelligence, and strength of Judy Tuvim.” —Ken Marks, The New Yorker
“… commissioning Willy Holtzman’s SMART BLONDE for this year’s Pittsburgh City Theatre season turned out to be a smart move. Last night’s SMART BLONDE opening was (as the critics like to say) a triumph (or, as my saintly mother would have said: ‘one for the books!’) … [It] was Willy’s work up to Willy’s high standards — with his usual mix of drama, comedy, character, shameful American politics and, in this case, songs from the American Songbook …” —Frank Gagliano, Stage Voices
If original stage producers credits appear in bold below, all licensees are required to include them in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:
WHAT’S THE RUSH
music by Gerry Mulligan and lyrics by Judy Holliday
Courtesy of Mulligan Publishing Co., Inc.
RECIPE FOR LOVE/WHAT’S IN A NAME?
music by Steve Marzullo; lyrics by Peter Flynn
IT’S ALL FOR ART’S SAKE
words by Leo Robin, music by Nacio Herb Brown
Twentieth Century Music Corporation
I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE
written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh
used by permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc.
on behalf of Aldi Music Company (ASCAP)
composed by Joe Bishop and Gordon Jenkins
published by Music Sales Corporation (ASCAP)
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Excerpt from Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin used by permission of the Garson Kanin Estate.
Excerpt from Adam's Rib used by permission of Warner Brothers Entertainment.
SMART BLONDE was originally commissioned and produced
by City Theatre in Pittsburgh where it premiered on November 15, 2014.
SMART BLONDE subsequently opened at 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan on March 16, 2019,
produced by MBL Productions and Mary J Davis
in association with Judith Manocherian LLC.
In addition, the following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC