ROBERT (BOB) HARRISON dreams up Confidential Magazine in 1952 and it changes the world. But will it change him? He comes from a loving, tight-knit Jewish family in New York. The magazine is a last-ditch effort to get out of debt, but it skyrockets him to national, then international attention. He triumphs over fake kidnappings, jungle shootings, and the "Trial of 100 Stars," but almost loses his family and the love of his life in the process.
In the beginning, he's publishing girly magazines with names like Titter, Whisper, and Wink. But the sales numbers are tanking as Uncle Sam tries to shut him down over bogus obscenity charges. His older sister EDITH is his right-hand man, and her kids also help out. MICHAEL is the young kid always admiring his dashing uncle, and once Confidential is a hit, MARJORIE soon trades her life as a young wife and mother for a chance to head up her Uncle Bob's Hollywood investigative arm.
Bob has another reason for wanting to make his mark in the world: his longtime girlfriend JEANNIE. She's at the center of everything glamorous he hopes to build, and he wants to make her a star and shower her with anything and everything money can buy. She loves him whether or not he's a success, but he's too busy grabbing the brass ring and holding on for dear life.
Confidential's mix of juicy TRUE stories about Hollywood and Broadway stars, society swells, and Washington big-shots soon dwarfs everything else around, with each issue selling over 5 million copies by 1957.
Bob's dazzling rise, desperate fall, and spectacular comeback take him to a triumph that's beyond even his own imagination. But lurking in the wings and determined to take Bob down, is the poisonous HOWARD RUSHMORE, a red-baiting, pill-popping, alcoholic writer who turns from Bob's loyal partner and employee, to a dangerous enemy.
Celebrity scandal is the goose that lays the golden egg, but in the end he must choose between fantasy and reality; family and infamy; legacy and longing.
Developed at The New York Musical Theatre Festival, The York Theatre Company, and with the assistance of The Anna Sosenko Trust., directed and choreographed by Stephen Nachamie.
A LOOK AT BOB'S MAGAZINES
THE SHOW REEL FROM OUR SOLD-OUT AWARD-WINNING DEVELOPMENTAL PRODUCTION AT N.Y.M.F.
DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY STEPHEN NACHAMIE