DIRECTOR & CAST
Cast of Characters
(In order of vocal appearance. Note: Double and Triple Casting)
KING BATON & THE JUMPING JAZZMONGERS
Fearless conductor of the 40 something Orchestra.
ANNOUNCER (DIRK HENESSEY) Stylish, upbeat. Speaks the way Fred Astaire dances.
Vocally versatile, sings, does character voices.
JEANETTE L’AMOUR A thirties thrush, worldly. Suffocating cleavage.
THE BILTMORE RHYTHM KINGS A trio of vocal acrobats who’ve performed together for decades. 30's blend harmony and swing.
VIOLET MCDADE & A vocal comedienne and her bad-boy backup.
The THREE BAD HABITS
GRACIE ALLEN Special appearance. Plays the piano with full orchestra.
LULU PINKERTON, DIME DETECTIVE
Time: 1931 Place: San Francisco
LULU PINKERTON Tap dancer by night, gum shoe by day. Daffy,
smart and much better looking than Sam Spade.
MAIZIE DOTES A talent-starved raven-haired beauty. Rubbed out
during her solo tap break.
POPS Stage door grandpa. Irish.
ROOKIE (Man 1) A baby faced copper.
BLIND OLD MAN (Man 2) Oedipus in a gabardine trench. A gent.
ANGEL BALBOA (Announcer) LuLu’s partner in The Trinity Detective Agency.
Bruiser with a heart of gold.
JOHNNY TUXEDO Billy Burt’s lover and errand boy. Former chauffeur
of renowned gangster, DoDo Bird Divenchenzi.
TAXI DRIVER Seen it all
BILLY BURT(Cameo Female) Star of Oskies Theater Royale. An ingenue pushing 50.
Tougher than boiled beef.
WESTERN UNION CLERK Just that.
FED (Man 3) Burly voiced g-man who saves the day.
"Didi Balle's two-hour extravaganza, which was commissioned by conductor Marin Alsop ... uses musical arrangements that bandleader Paul Whitman's band played on American radio back in the 1930's." London Independent