Glimmer & Shine
by Warren Leight
January 12 - February 3, 2007
Directed by Rhonda Clark
GLIMMER & SHINE could be a law firm or even a vaudeville act, but in this
case it's the title of Carpenter Square Theatre’s
first production of 2007.
comedy-drama about brothers who are jazz musicians has its Oklahoma premiere
January 12-February 3 in the intimate arena theatre at Stage Center, located at
400 W. Sheridan in downtown Oklahoma City.
In the 1950s,
twin brothers Martin and Daniel Glimmer, along with Eddie Shine, formed the
glow-in-the-dark trumpet section known as "Glimmer,
Glimmer & Shine". They toured the country with various
big bands, as devoted to drugs and booze as they were to their music. Just as
they were on the brink of success in 1955, Daniel abruptly slammed the door on
his music and his band mates, married, and became a successful businessman.
Completely cut off from his brother, Martin continued in music and mayhem.
In 1990, when the play opens,
Martin is in poor health. He rarely sets foot outside of his sixth-floor walk-up
apartment, but stays connected to music by mentoring trombonist Jordan Shine,
the son of his former band mate who has since died. While playing at a wedding
reception, Jordan meets Delia Glimmer, Daniel's
buttoned-up daughter. Through their encounter, Delia is stunned to discover that
she has a father who was once a jazz musician and an uncle that she never new
existed. As secrets continue to emerge, the play interweaves two storylines, the
awkward reconciliation of the brothers and the equally awkward romance between
Jordan and Delia.
Warren Leight is a Tony Award-winner for
SIDE MAN, a play that also looked at the
lives of jazz musicians. The son of a jazz trumpet player, Leight once compared
the work of musicians and actors: "There's
a weird overlap between jazz musicians and theater actors; both are underpaid
and underappreciated. And good actors, like good jazz musicians, are completely
in the moment. They play songs within the same structure every night, but
there’s a moment when you're going to crescendo, a
moment when you take it down, or a moment when you let somebody else solo."
Carpenter Square Theatre would
like to dedicate our production of GLIMMER, GLIMMER & SHINE to the late Steve
Vann who loved performing, especially on the CST stage. We sorely miss his
talent and generous spirit.