The Road to Hope
(The unauthorized but necessary story)
The Road to Hope is a journey that follows the careers of Bob Hope as well as Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. It reaches into their movies and pulls out many of the songs that made the trio so famous in the 1940’s through the 1970’s. It includes twelve great numbers including Academy award winning songs , Thanks for the Memory, Buttons and Bows, and Swinging on a Star that are performed both traditionally and with comedy. Costumed numbers such as The Road to Morocco complete with Fez’s, Harem dancers and Camel Jokes and Hoot Mon, done in Kilts with Scottish humor and dancers are highlights of this Broadway Show-like production.
The climax of the show is a reenactment of the 1943 Pepsodent Bob Hope radio show broadcast from the Hollywood Canteen. It is a reproduction of a radio show complete with sound effects, and zany characters such as Professor Colonna, Vera Vague, Bette Davis and Gracie Allen.
This show will bring back many wonderful memories for those over forty and create many lasting memories for those under forty. It’s a nostalgic trip with comedy and musical rest stops on The Road to Hope.
Danny Curtis is the creator and star of The Road to Hope. He has appeared Off-Broadway starring in “Walls of Chance” a musical comedy that he wrote.
He is one of the few stand-up comedians with enough clean, original, topical, and one liners, stories, and special material to work almost all audiences: Resorts/Country Clubs/Cruises, Pocono’s, Catskills, Atlantic City, Seniors, Comedy Clubs, Contemporary audiences. Danny has appeared with Dick Cavett, Rodney Dangerfield, Red Foxx, Gabe Kaplan, Eartha Kitt, Jackie Mason, Tony Martin, Rick Nelson, Ray Ramano, Joan Rivers, and Bobby Vinton. He has performed at Tropicana in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, Caesars Resorts,, Dangerfield’s Comedy Club in New York City, Florida condos on the East and West Coasts, Cruise ships and on ABC TV’s “America’s Funniest People.”
Michael Wright is a multi-faceted entertainer who sings, is an excellent straight-man and a unique comedic personality. He has done numerous voice-overs, including several for VH-1 and Showtime. As an actor he starred in an independent feature film entitled The Life & Times of Charlie Putz (which was produced by Fred Caruso, producer of the cult favorite, Blue Velvet). In addition to his appearance as Richard Dreyfus’ brother in Lansky, the HBO movie which tells the story of legendary “mob figure” Meier Lansky, Michael can be seen portraying legendary journalist Walter Winchell in the HBO movie The Rat Pack which chronicles the years of Frank Sinatra and his cronies. Michael was seen as a regular on The Uncle Floyd TV Show.
Rebecca Lee Lerman graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2003 where she produced “Silences We Sing,” a series of vignettes dealing with race, ethnicity and gender. Rebecca worked as a choreographer for the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, New York. She has also appeared in her first off-Broadway stage reading of the screenplay, “Rebecca’s Caffienated Romance.” Rebecca demonstrated her acting, singing and dancing abilities as Trisha, in the original musical, “Love Blues” with the African Globe Theatre. In New York City, she has performed a series of Opera Scenes under the direction of Richard Critt-enden She played characters such as Mercedes in “Carmen,” Adina in”The Elixir of Love,” and Sister Blanche in” The Dialogue of the Carmelites.”
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