The Life and Love of Joe CooganOpera in one act, adapted from the Dick Van Dyke Show TV episode “The Life and Love of Joe Coogan,” by Carl Reiner
A moment of comic insecurity in the usually happy marriage of TV comedy writer Rob Petrie and his wife Laura.
When Rob learns that the tall, good-looking man named Joe Coogan that he has just met on a public golf course was once in love with Laura, courting her by writing love sonnets, he becomes uncharacteristically jealous and insecure. When Laura invites Joe to dinner, Rob counters by inviting co-writer Sally Rogers to flirt with Joe. Unbeknownest to Rob, there is a very good reason why this is a very bad idea! The mix-up leads to a zany dinner party and a surprise ending.
The Life and Love of Joe Coogan is available at Theodore Presser Company rental library.
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Duration: One hour
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Premiered: September 2010
Zoellner Arts Center
Bethlehem, PA (See cast below)
Feature on The Life and Love of Joe Coogan, including audio interview, photos, video links, print article and link to the original episode at: http://indianapublicmedia.org/arts/dick-van-dyke-show-opera
|And Sarah Caldwell Smith: Waitress/Cover for Laura Petrie|
Directed by Laura Johnson and featuring the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Salerni.
For more information, or to schedule a performance, please contact:
Kate Light, Librettist
Paul Salerni, Composer