Chasing Mem'ries: A Different Kind of Musical


Chasing Mem'ries: A Different Kind of Musical

November 7 - December 17, 2017
Gil Cates Theater

Written & Directed by Josh Ravetch
Lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman
Music by Bill Cantos & Mari Falcone, Dave Grusin, Marvin Hamlisch, Michel Legrand and Johnny Mandel
Featuring Tyne Daly, Robert Forster & Scott Kradolfer

“Daly brings to the role her sweet and sour realism, slingshot comic timing and emotional heft… her stage presence alone is worth the price of admission.”Los Angeles Times
“Tyne Daly is a comic force! The one-liners come fast. So do the sobs.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“This piece not only tugs at your heartstrings but will make you cherish every moment of living.” –
“A complete joy to watch! Ravetch skillfully directs the brilliant Tyne Daly.” –
“Ravetch's writing is full of insights about life as it is lived, past and present... but not without being terribly, terribly funny.” –
“Forster as Franklin is so natural and low key in his approach and nails Franklin's demeanor to a tee.” –
“Kradolfer as Mason brings vulnerability and support to his mother's dilemma.” –

In this world premiere with songs written by legendary lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Tyne Daly stars as a woman not quite ready to let go of the life she’s loved and the love of her life.

Recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award
Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund




Meet The Artists

JOSH RAVETCH (Playwright & Director)
Josh Ravetch is returning to the Geffen Playhouse where he co-created and directed Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show Wishful Drinking, which went on to enjoy a successful Broadway run. Ravetch also wrote and directed The Astronomer with Shirley Jones (Pasadena Playhouse); One November Yankee with Loretta Swit and Harry Hamlin; Onward: The Diana Nyad Story chronicling Nyad’s Cuba-to-Florida swim; Beacon with Robert Forster and Brooke Shields; Go Figure!, starring Olympic champion Randy Gardner with Tai Babilonia and Dorothy Hamill and a workshop production of Writer’s Cramp with Holland Taylor and Douglas Sills (Geffen Playhouse). His other plays include Periscope Up directed by Jonathan Frakes; Girders (Coast Playhouse); The Lightbulb (NoHo Arts Center) and One From the Hart, Stefanie Powers’ one-woman show (Segerstrom Center for the Arts). Ravetch directed productions of The Seagull, The Big Knife, A Prayer for my Daughter and Deathtrap. His television credits include Joan of Arcadia, Titan for TNT, Horseshoe Bay for Warner Bros. and Yesterday for Laura Ziskin Productions. Ravetch, a graduate of the Stella Adler Conservatory in Manhattan, took over Ms. Adler’s signature script-interpretation classes which he taught before assuming the post as artistic director.

Legendary lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman have won three Academy Awards, four Emmy Awards and two Grammy Awards. Their songs include “The Way We Were,” “The Windmills of Your Mind,” “Papa, Can You Hear Me?,” “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?,” “Nice ‘n’ Easy,” “That Face,” “It Might Be You,” “The Summer Knows,” “Where Do You Start?” and “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” Their television work includes the musical Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, which was later adapted for the Broadway stage, and the theme songs for Maude, Good Times, Alice, Brooklyn Bridge and In the Heat of the Night. The Bergmans are the recipients of numerous academic honors and lifetime achievement awards, including induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and its Johnny Mercer Award, the Clooney Foundation Singers Salute to the Songwriter Award, the Songwriters Guild Aggie Award, the National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award and the first Johnny Mercer Award by the Johnny Mercer Foundation. Marilyn served 15 years as President and Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Alan serves on the boards of the Johnny Mercer Foundation and the Jazz Bakery and on the Executive Committee of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Now At The Geffen

Upcoming Shows & Events

. August 2019
September 2019
October 2019

Performance Info

Some profanity

90 minutes, no intermission.