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Night Maxie Torellini Hit Big Lola Latrobe's, The

Peter Brittain

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Music by Peter Brittain and book and lyrics by Colin Swift

Published by Warner/Chappell. Administered for hire and stage rights worldwide (excluding North America) by Faber Music Ltd


Chicago in the 20s

“Oh, Chicago, this terrible city we love”, sing the whole company as the Prologue to this pastiche about life in the ‘windy city’. Set in the seedy night club of the redoubtable Miss Lola Latrobe, we follow the goings-on during one evening there. The Casino Club used to be the hottest night-spot in town, but like its owners and performers, it has seen better days. “The Night Maxie Tortellini Hit Big Lola Latrobe’s” is the story of Fingers Rafferty, the piano player who used to be the best, of Lola, whose world is crumbling all around her, who still can’t ‘find her man’, of Maxie Tortellini, the biggest hoodlum in the town who was Lola’s lover ten years before, of Tony di Martino, who still claims to be the greatest Vaudeville singer in America today, and of the loves and lives of the chorus girls, some coming up from the scrapheap, some starting out with their eyes full of stars. There’s romance, there’s danger, there’s music, there’s dance in the fast-moving stylish cliché of Chicago life – gangsters, molls, chorus girls, musicians, jazz, booze, pills, laughs, disasters. The tale builds up to the climax of the “hit” – but there’s a twist and just when everything appears to be resolving itself happily, there’s another twist – and all is set to the strident, exciting heartbeat that is Chicago in the days of prohibition, in the days of jazz.


1 piano
1 clarinet
1 guitar/banjo
1 bass
1 drums


A set of band parts are available at a hire fee of £50.00 per set, per month as are vocal scores at £2.50 per copy, per month and libretti at £2.00 per copy, per month. 

(5 books in the orchestral set)


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Cast Size: Large (16+)

Genre(s): Musical Theatre