licensing details
IT MUST BE HIM
KENNY SOLMS
synopsis

IT MUST BE HIM tells the story of Louie Wexler, a whiz kid comedy writer from the heyday of variety television who is now out of luck and out of new ideas. With his devoted agent and considerably less devoted housekeeper by his side, Louie finds himself broke, lonely and on the wrong side of middle age. Desperate to rekindle his fading career, save his Beverly Hills home, and find the man of his dreams, Louie searches high and low for one last shot at his own real life happy ending.

description

A 5 scene play with musical fantasy segment
8 Males, 4 Females (optional expansion)
Urban comedy
90 minutes without an intermission
Time Period: Contemporary

features

Musical Segment
Basic one-unit set with add ons
Contemporary Costumes

cast breakdown

LEADS

LOUIE - 50s male. Gay. A Los Angeles writer, working on an autobiographical screenplay. A worrier. Mildy neurotic and needy, but charming and sweet. Very, very funny. **

ROSS - Late 40s - late 50s. Louie's agent. Loyal to Louie. He is focused, and gets things done; decisive, and frustrated by Louie's lack of direction. Could be out of shape, slightly chubby.

ANA - 40s - 50s. Latina. Louie's housekeeper. Has worked for him forever, and totally understands him but hardly a word of English. Outrageously funny, and often politically incorrect. Needs to carry a tune.

SCOTT (KEVIN / KIRK (GAME SHOW CHAMPION)) - Mid 20s. Midwestern all-American looks. Hunky, sexy. Louie's housemate. He wants to be an actor. Louie wants him to be his lover. In the reading of the screenplay Louie is writing, Scott also plays "Kevin," a waiter and also a few bit parts throughout. Scott sings in the Broadway musical version of Louie's screenplay, and plays "Kirk" in the reality TV version of the screenplay. **

MYLES - Mid 30s. Louie's assistant. One of those dudes with a hip vocabulary. In his own world and on his own time schedule. Too old to be a guy-Friday and too irresponsible. A kook. **

LEO - 40s - late 50s. Louie's dead father. Younger than you would expect, because the audience sees him as Louie remembers him. Funny.

ROSE - 40s - late 50s. Louie's dead mother. Younger than you would expect, because the audience sees her as Louie remembers her. Funny.

MULTI-TRACK ROLES

TY/ JOE / EMCEE / REPARIMEN / ENSEMBLE - Middle-aged (mid 30s - late 50s). Flamboyant gay actor. A mess, complete with toupee. In the reading of Louie's screenplay, Ty overplays a character named "Joe," based on Louie. Ty sings in the musical version of Louie's screenplay and plays the "Emcee" in the reality TV version of Louie's story. **

MARK / RICK / EDDIE / GAME SHOW DANCER/ ENSEMBLE - Male, 20s - 40s. Mark: Louie's straight and married brother. Doesn't understand Louie's life. Eddie: Louie's tough bookie. Rick: An actor with a stutter. He also plays other bits. Funny and versatile. **

JOAN / LIZ / ENSEMBLE - Female, 30s - 50. Joan: Louie's first high school girlfriend. Could be chubby. Liz: A pretentious actress. Liz plays "Ana" in Louie's screenplay reading, and sings in the musical version. **

JUAN / PETE / GAME SHOW DANCER / BACHELOR #1/ ENSEMBLE **

BRENDA / HILDY / ENSEMBLE **

ANDREA / JADE / ENSEMBLE **

** INDICATES SINGING ROLE

rates

SCALE 1
PROFESSIONAL THEATRE, LARGE STAGE, CAPACITY GREATER THAN 99 SEAT THEATRE

FOR 0 - 8 PERFORMANCES
$300 per performance or 10% of gross box office (whichever is greater)

FOR 9 OR MORE PERFORMANCES
$250 per performance or 10% of gross box office (whichever is greater)

SCALE 2
99 SEAT THEATRE OR LESS, COLLEGE THEATRE, COMMUNITY THEATRE, DINNER THEATRE, BLACKBOX / SECOND STAGE, SUMMER STOCK, ET AL

FOR 0 - 8 PERFORMANCES
$150 per performance or 10% of gross box office (whichever is greater)

FOR 9 OR MORE PERFORMANCES
$100 per performance or 10% of gross box office (whichever is greater)

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NOTE - Licensing rate includes script, music tracks, rehearsal music tracks, and artwork.