Noel Gallagher's Guitar

When Vic, lead singer of the Manchester Knights, inherits a famous guitar from Merlin, a pawn shop owner turned music manager, he rises from obscurity to glory along with his band to become the Kings of England. But when a new manager takes the band to America, the pressures of success threaten his relationships. The comedy examines fame and obsession with a dose of Arthurian magic, English slang, and rock history.

Obsession with British music has been a lifelong project. I'd been toying around with the idea of hooking the King Arthur legend over the story of the Beatles for about a year when I started the playwrights program at Juilliard. When I met the actor Alex Sharp, I realized I had to write the play — he was exactly who I'd been hearing in my head. In hindsight, it's also clearly the way I dealt with getting into Juilliard, meeting with agents and Hollywood execs for the first time. Somewhat prophetically, this play about a young man who finds himself thrust into fame came true when Alex was cast in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime on Broadway a year later. I cherish this play for all the fun we had creating it, especially all the furniture and props we destroyed. It was glorious.

Characters

4 women, 5 men

Setting

Manchester, London, and Los Angeles. The present.

History

September 2013 - Workshop Production at the Juilliard School, directed by Sam Buntrock

Photos from the 2013 production at the Juilliard School

Director: Sam Buntrock

Cast: Alex Sharp, Marcus Crawford Guy, Alex Breaux, Colin Bates, Kate McGonigle, Jessica Savage, Brittany Vicars, Kailey Bray, and Noah Averbach-Katz


I am NOT a YOKO!! Everyone looooves to blame Yoko. It’s all Yoko’s fault. The Beatles would STILL be together if not for Yoko. What’d that little Japanese lady ever do to anyone? Has anyone ever looked at it from her point of view?