Paul Gordon

Building Musicals For a Better World

THE FRONT

THE FRONT

BOOK BY SETH FRIEDMAN

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY PAUL GORDON AND JAY GRUSKA


 

THE STORY

In 1950‘s New York, Howard Prince is down on his luck.  A cashier in a local coffee shop by day and a bookie by night, Howard receives an unexpected visit from an old friend.  The friend turns out to be a blacklisted writer for the hit television show, ‘Grand Central’.  When Howard agrees to “front” for his friend and pose as the writer, he quickly falls for Florence, who works on the show and believes him to be a new and exciting talent.   As Howard’s success escalates he witnesses the tragic consequences of McCarthyism and is faced with the choice between his own stardom, love and social justice.  Based on the film directed by Martin Ritt, written by Walter Bernstein and starring Woody Allen and Zero Mostel. 

READINGS AND WORKSHOPS

The Front received it’s first staged reading at Manhattan Theatre Club on April 30th, 2007, directed by Nell Balaban and featuring Christian Hoff and Marguerite MacIntyre.  The Front had it’s second reading in March of 2008, directed by Nell Balaban and John Caird, featuring Brian D’arcy James, Jayne Paterson and Richard Kind.  Dena Hammerstein and Pam Pariseau presented a two week workshop of the show featuring Steve Rosen and Kerry Butler in November of 2008.  Marc Bruni directed the last reading of the musical in December of 2010 at Playwrights Horizon featuring Euan Morton, Jill Paice and Walter Bobbie.  

THE MUSIC