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Joan Blondell
Everybody’s under one tent as ‘Nightmare Alley’ becomes a musical
Everybody’s under one tent as ‘Nightmare Alley’ becomes a musical

Life is a cabaret, old chum — unless, that is, it's a carnival show. So step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and see the slick, charming salesman Stan Carlisle morph into a carny shyster, a gospel preacher, a human monster! Watch him fall in love with Molly, the sweet-hearted showgirl who earns her pay in a shocking manner but yearns for marriage and motherhood. Inside the striped tent being raised this spring on the main stage of the Geffen Playhouse, you'll meet other lost souls, frustrated dreamers, people who drifted from the straight-and-narrow path onto the road to perdition. The time and setting is the Depression-era Dust Bowl. But some of these con men and suckers...

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