Cagney - Black And White Lyrics

Off-Broadway musical (2016)
Cagney the Musical - Black And White Lyrics


(Music & Lyrics by Christopher McGovern)

Company:
Want a ticket to the land of dreams?
Well, pony up a dime...
All your troubles trail away my friend
It happens every time

It’s quite a celluloid party
Along the western coast
It’s happy hour in tinseltown
And here’s our favorite host

Jack Warner (spoken):
My name is jack warner. 
I'm the head of warner brothers studios.
And what does the head of a studio do?
He takes nobodies... Absolute nobodies...
People like you, and you... And turns them into... "stars"!

Jack Warner:
Everybody wants more
They only wanna climb higher
Everybody’s chasing after that bright klieg light
So don’t you get distracted
Let your aim stay true
It’s just a matter of black and white

Bette Davis (spoken): "Fasten your seat belts, it’s gonna be a bumpy night..."

Company: It’s just a matter of black and white!

Jack Warner (spoken): Thank you, miss davis.  

Bette Davis (spoken): Mr. Warner, I want a new contract!

Jack Warner (spoken):
Now, bette, don't let that academy award go to your head.
Sure, you're good playing those bitchy roles,
But you shouldn't win an oscar for playing yourself.  

Company:
Don’t you wanna live on
After you’ve met your maker?          

Jack Warner: Change a plain little aussie to a shining knight...

Company:
The devil’s in the details
So throw ‘em all away
And keep it simple in black and white...

Errol Flynn (spoken): En garde!

Errol Flynn (spoken): Hello there, darlin'.

Bette Davis (spoken): Get lost!

Jack Warner (spoken): Mr.  Flynn...

Jack Warner:
I can make a picture sing
With simple movie magic

Al Jolson (spoken): Mammy!

Jack Warner:
Give the audience everything
From laughter to the tragic

Take a shrimp with pride
From the lower east side
Then "lower" and behold...

Jack Warner (spoken):
In 1930, I pulled a nobody off the mean streets of new york city,
And turned him into the greatest tough guy the silver screen ever saw.
My masterpiece...

Cagney (spoken):
"Come out and take it, you dirty, yellow-bellied rat, or I'll give it to you through the door!"   

Jack Warner:
(spoken) And thanks to me...
(sung) He's immortal in black and white
(spoken) Action!

Everyone: Everybody can win

Bette Davis (spoken): "What a dump!"

Everyone: They only wanna win faster

Errol Flynn (spoken): En’ garde!  

Everyone: Everybody’s ready for their own spotlight

Al Jolson: Swanee!

Everyone: Smile for the camera

Greta Garbo (spoken): Alone!

Everyone: Quiet on the set

Cagney (spoken): "Say your prayers, mugs."  

Everyone: Just a matter of black and white

Jack Warner (spoken): More stars than in the heavens!

Company:
Everybody wants more
They only wanna climb higher
Everybody’s chasing after that 
Bright kleig light
So don’t you get distracted

Jack Warner:
Let your aim stay true
It’s just a matter of black and white

Cagney: "Hi ya, boys.  Whattaya hear?  Whattaya say?"

Company: Just a matter of black and white

Cagney (spoken): "Top of the world, ma!"

Company: Just a matter of black ...

Jack Warner (spoken): That’s a wrap!

Company: ... And white!

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