AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE: THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES (TV)

Summary

One in this dramatic anthology series. Filmed before a live audience, this television version of the stage play by John Guare features the Tony Award-winning Broadway cast. Artie Shaughnessy, an aspiring movie songwriter whose lyrics are as cliched as his impossible dreams. On the day of Pope Paul's visit to New York, Artie and his girlfriend, Bunny, make plan to get Artie a job in the Hollywood big-time by impressing his old friend Billy, now a famous movie director. In the course of one day, Artie must audition for Billy and his girlfriend, a deaf starlet; put his crazy wife, Bananas, in an institution; and confront three marauding nuns and his A.W.O.L. son who is bent on wreaking revenge by bombing the Pope.

Details

  • NETWORK: PBS
  • DATE: May 25, 1987 Monday
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:55:16
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:24247
  • GENRE: Drama
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Comedy
  • SERIES RUN: PBS - TV series, 1982-
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CREDITS

    • Gregory Mosher … Executive Producer
    • Michael Brandman … Executive Producer
    • Bernard Gersten … Executive Producer
    • Lindsay Law … Executive Producer
    • Roger L. Downey … Coordinating Producer
    • Iris Merlis … Producer
    • Nondas Voll … Associate Producer
    • Marc Bauman … Associate Producer
    • Martha Benedek … Associate Producer
    • Kirk Browning … Director
    • John Guare … Music by, Lyrics
    • Swoosie Kurtz … Cast, Bananas Shaughnessy
    • John Mahoney … Cast, Artie Shaughnessy
    • Christine Baranski … Cast, Bunny Flingus
    • Julie Hagerty … Cast, Corrinna Stroller
    • Ben Stiller … Cast, Ronnie Shaughnessy
    • Richard Portnow … Cast, Billy Einhorn
    • Debra Cole … Cast, Little Nun
    • Patricia Falkenham … Cast, Head Nun
    • Jane Cecil … Cast, Second Nun
    • Ian Blackman … Cast, M.P. & El Dorado Bartender
    • Brian Evers … Cast, The White Man & El Dorado Bartender