FHS Theatre Presents 'Good News'

The FX Players Spring Performance

By Jason Smolinski and Bryan Buser
Performing Arts
March 15, 2019

Performances will be held in the Fairfax High School auditorium on April 26 and 27 (7 p.m.), April 28 (3 p.m.), and May 2, May 3, and May 4 (7 p.m.).

Good News is a musical with a book by Laurence Schwab and B.G. DeSylva, lyrics by DeSylva and Lew Brown, and music by Ray Henderson. 

The roaring ‘20s are in full swing on the campus of Tait College, and the cheerful young sheiks and flappers would rather be flirting on the quad, cheering on the football team, or dancing the “Varsity Drag” than studying their Latin and Greek. Handsome and popular football star Tom Marlowe skates through his subjects on charm alone -- but when he runs afoul of stern Professor Kenyon’s astronomy midterms, it looks like Tait’s finest may be out of the big game, unless he finds a study buddy. Enter sweet and shy Connie Lane, an astronomy whiz kid, who happens to have a secret crush Tom -- and also happens to be the cousin of his selfish sorority girl steady, Patricia Bingham. When Tom and Connie study the heavens, they fall in love over Mars and Venus. But if Tom wins the game for Tait, Patricia will hold him to a letter of proposal that he wrote under the influence of a sodden Saturday night. What is more important to Tom -- school pride, or future happiness? Can he make All-American and still get the right girl? Meanwhile, Tom’s roommate Bobby Randall, a sorry second string on the football team, is hopelessly in love with Patricia, but to his terror and delight, is being pursued by bold and brazen Babe O’Day, the coolest girl on campus. Babe is done with football heroes like her brawny ex Beef, and is hankering for someone milder and more malleable, like Bobby, who she can mold into her ideal man. But Beef, mad with jealousy, intends grievous bodily harm to any man who so much as looks at Babe. Can this comical couple thrive? In the Henderson, DeSylva, and Brown musical Good News, a runaway hit from 1927, full of high spirits and vintage slang, these shenanigans are sorted out to such cheerful tunes as “Good News”, “Varsity Drag”, and the sentimental standard “The Best Things in Life Are Free”.

To learn more about this year's springs performance of Good News, please visit www.fxplayers.org