Moonlight and Magnolias: a behind-the-scenes tale

\n\nIf you love movies and the theater, viagra usa cialis it’s hard to resist the appeal of a juicy backstage story. But when the story involves the making of the most popular movie of all time, patient it may be impossible not to enjoy the tale.\n\nMoonlight and Magnolias gives the audience a sneak peek into the office of legendary producer David O. Selznick when his production of Gone with the Wind is in deep trouble. George Cukor has been fired as director and the umpteenth draft of a script has proven to be unworkable. Selznick has suspended shooting while he figures out what to do next. He meets with screenwriter Ben Hecht to offer him $15,000 for a complete rewrite of\n\nSidney Howard’s screenplay. However, Hecht hasn’t read the novel, isn’t impressed with Selznick’s synopsis of it and thinks the movie is bound to be a turkey. Selznick pulls director Victor Fleming off the soon-to-wrap Wizard of Oz and sequesters them and himself in his office, with bananas and peanuts as their only sustenance, to knock out a workable screenplay by the end of the week.\n\nSelznick (Todd Barnett) and Fleming (John Carroll) play all the characters of GWTW while Hecht (Bobby Geno) types, occasionally interrupted by phone calls from the likes of Vivien Leigh, Louis B. Mayer, Louella Parsons and Ed Sullivan. Allana Austin rounds out the four-person cast as Selznick’s long-suffering secretary Miss Poppenguhl and finds more ways to read the line \”Yes, Mr. Selznick\” than one would think to be humanly possible.\n\nThe combination of a behind-the-scenes show business nuggets with the conflicting personalities confined in a small space provides a evening jam-packed with quick lines and physical comedy. Picture the dashing, macho Victor Fleming on the floor playing Melanie giving birth while Selznick plays Scarlett and you get the idea.\n\nTupelo Community Theatre will host performances of Moonlight and Magnolias on September 27, 28, and 29 at 7:00 p.m. with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on September 29.  For ticket information, please call the TCT offices at 662-844-1935.\n\n 

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