The setting is Hollywood in the late 1940's, with two stories occurring simultaneously: a Hollywood comedy and a detective drama. Stine is a writer adapting his detective novel, into a screenplay, Stone (a tough, trench coat wearing detective) is his creation. In the interweaving of two plots, the real-life scenes are in color while the movie scenes are in black and white. It is 1940's vintage with beautiful girls with bright red lipstick, thugs and slugs, 'black widows', movie moguls and happy endings.
Musical--Book By Larry Gelbart, Music By Cy Coleman, Lyrics By David Zippel
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