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A musical about the famous, trend-setting 1910’s dancers Vernon and Irene Castle, and Hollywood in the 1930’s.
Conception by Richard Stafford, book, music, and lyrics by Milton Granger
Additional material by Jere Lee Hodgin
In 1938 RKO Studios filmed “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle” starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Irene Castle herself was hired as technical advisor on the film, and, according to reports, was not entirely happy with the project. CASTLE WALK imagines a conference between her and the film’s director, H.C. Potter, during which she strives to set the record straight, while reliving her professional and personal life with Vernon (who was killed in WWI).