RADIO TIMES A Musical in 2 acts. Music by Noel Gay, book by Abi Grant, book devised by Robin Miller, original conception by Alex Armitage, Additional lyrics by Don Black and Chris Walker; additional material and book revisions by Paul Alexander and Alex Armitage Queen's Theatre, 15 October, 1992 SYNOPSIS Set in London's Criterion Theatre in the Spring of 1941, Radio Times traces the struggles of the cast of Variety Bandwagon, a BBC light entertainment show, broadcasting for the first time live to America. MUSICAL NUMBERS 1. Overture - The Band 2. Turn On the Music - Wilf, Amy, Jeeps, Olive & the Grosvenors 3. La Di Da Di Da - Sammy & the Company 4. You've Done Something To My Heart - Jeeps 5. Hey Little Hen - Wilf & the Grosvenors 6. Laughing At the Rain - Wilf 7. Just One More - Olive & Gary 8. I Took My Harp To A Party - Bultitude 9. Hello To the Sun - Wilf, Olive, Amy, Bultitude, Sammy & the Grosvenors 10. Let the People Sing - Sammy, Wilf, Olive, Amy, Bultitude, & the Grosvenors 11. Melody Maker Man - Gary & the Grosvenors 12. Who's Been Polishing the Sun? - Sammy & the Company 13. Someone Else - Olive 14. Soldier/Sailor Medley: Olive, Amy & the Grosvenors 15. The King's Horses 16. The Fleet's In Port Again 17. There's Something About A Soldier 18. A Girl Who Loves A Soldier 19. Oh Buddy, I'm In Love - Gary 20. Ali Baba's Camel - Sammy, Wilf, Amy, Olive, & the Grosvenors 21. Run Rabbit Run - the Grosvenors 22. All for the Love Of A Lady - Olive, Bultitude & the Grosvenors 23. I'm Sending My Blessings - Amy 24. My Thanks To You - Sammy 25. Song Of Tomorrow - Company PRINCIPALS - The Cast M5 F2 and The Grosvenors (variable casting of six or more) • Sammy Shaw • Wilf Davies • Gary Strong • Olive James • Heathcliffe Bultitude • Amy Chapman • Jeeps THE SCENE simple settings Rehearsal material 2 piano/conductor scores and 15 vocal scores on hire Orchestral material on hire: Piano, Violin, Trumpet I & II, Trombone I & II, Percussion, Reed I, II, III, IV, Bass, Guitar. Instrumentation: 2 Flute/Clarinet; 2 Clarinet; 2 Trumpet; 2 Trombone; Violin, Guitar/Banjo; Drums/Percussion; Bass
THE RAGGED CHILD A Musical in 2 Acts. Music by David Nield, book and lyrics by Jeremy James Taylor and Frank Whately Sadler's Wells Theatre, London - 20 January, 1988 SYNOPSIS A stark and moving account of child deprivation in London in the 1850s which won the coveted Edinburgh Fringe Festival Award, The Ragged Child is about the plight of the poor and destitute, mirrored in the tragic lives of Joe Cooper and his sister Annie. We see Lord Shaftesbury fighting for the education of the ignorant and illiterate poor in the House of Lords, and, from an inauspicious beginning, the 'Ragged Schools' are founded with Lord Shaftesbury as President, but it is too late for Joe and Annie. Based on an important chapter in social history, this show is an ideal vehicle for school projects involving the music, drama and history departments. STORY Act 1 London, 1849. A seething mass of humanity becomes visible from where they have been huddling under blankets. The Earl of Shaftesbury addresses the House of Lords about the more than 30,000 orphaned and abandoned children in the city. He claims that cholera is the best solution to the problem, having already claimed the lives of 60,000 ragged and poverty-stricken people the previous year. In a courtroom, 13 year-old Joe Cooper is in the dock, accused of robbing Sir Giles Merridew. His sister Annie encourages him to defend himself, but Joe remains silent. The Judge says he must have a motive to convict. The Crossing Sweeper steps forward and declares the motive as "need, cold, and hunger." Annie tells the judge that she and Joe are orphans and points to Leary, also 13, as the true culprit. Leary denies any responsibility and the Judge sentences Joe to seven years in the penal colonies in Botany Bay. At the London docks, the Patterer, emerges from the crowd and sings to the health of the motley criminals. The new transports, including Joe, arrive at the dock in chains. The ship is said to be infested with cholera, sending the crowd into panic. The Patterer sings of the sad life of Joe Cooper as Joe makes his escape. Annie Cooper cries in a corner at Connie Crimple's Lodging House, devastated over the loss of her brother. The other Lodgers gather. Charlie and Bill black themselves for the minstrel show, Alice arranges flowers as Leary sulks. Syd and Perkins arrive, back from selling cauliflower. Mrs. O'Lafferty remarks that once someone ships for Botany Bay, they're never seen again. To everyone's amazement, Joe arrives at the door. Annie begs Joe to stay away from Leary from now on and asks if they can emigrate for a fresh start. At Lord Shaftesbury's home, Sir Giles Merridew regales the guests with the story of his run-in with young Joe Cooper. The Aristocrats talk about how hard it is to be upper class - there are the Corn Laws to deal with, the trouble in the Crimea and, of course, the topic of what to do with the city's poor. They cheer the upper class and deride the poor, wishing they could transport the entire lot. Outside, Shaftesbury is approached by the Crossing Sweeper who gives him a look at life on the other side. The Patterer joins them as they see how the poor really live. A party of drunks appears, singing. The Crossing Sweeper shows Shaftesbury the urchin Leary, just at the moment where he steals from a laundry girl. They see a rat fight, a group of young prostitutes, children playing at hanging each other. Connie Crimple approaches Shaftesbury and offers him a room. The poor surround them. The Crossing Sweeper and Shaftesbury arrive at the Lodging House where Annie is coughing. Joe is concerned for her and considers going out with Leary to steal so he can buy her food, but Annie is against it. The focus shifts as the other Lodgers joke about prostitution and cholera. Alice says that a woman from the Board of Health came in trying to tell her how to prevent the dreaded disease. Syd shows the guests a letter
he's written. Lord Shaftesbury takes it from him. Shaftesbury reads Syd's letter to the House of Lords. It calls for attention to the plight of the poor and begs the help of the city's leaders. The others shrug it off as unimportant, but Shaftesbury stands up for the people, saying that something must be done. The Lords respond with "Let Them Starve" while the Poor beg for mercy. Lord Shaftesbury, changed by his experience, pledges the Poor his undying support. John Giles, the cobbler, sings as he works. A group of Ragged Children join him. Giles is teaching the children how to read and write. He also gives them food. Giles seeks out Mary and asks about Annie and Joe. At home, Lady Shaftesbury helps her young son Francis pack for boarding school. She asks Anthony, his older brother, to help him make a smooth transition to life at Harrow, but Anthony frightens the boy with horrible tales from school. Francis is weak and coughs terribly, but insists he will be fine. Lord and Lady Shaftesbury see him off. Giles and the Crossing Sweeper arrive at the Lodging house to look for Annie and Joe. The Patterer and the Chorus chime in with "Be Up and Be Doing" which weaves in an out of the next few scenes. Giles is armed with "taties" and quickly convinces Annie to join his Ragged School. Annie brags that her brother is a great reader and Giles gives Joe a new book, hoping it will entice him to join as well. Joe takes the book gratefully, then runs off with Leary and his gang. At the Ragged School, Miss William plays the harmonium while the children sing. Joe arrives with Annie and surprises the teachers by having already read the new book - twice! The children are given fresh clothes and food to eat, but Leary arrives with his gang and wrecks the school. Stephen Storey and his friends discuss creating the Ragged School Union. Shaftesbury offers to serve as President. Back at the school, the children practice their studies. "Rob Roy" McGregor arrives with a way for the boys to make money and help the school as well. He suggests starting a shoeblack brigade. The boys will charge a penny a shine and split the money evenly with the school. He gives the boys badges, uniforms, and shoeshine boxes. Outside, Leary teases Joe about his new uniform and tries to get him back in the gang, but Joe refuses. Shaftesbury passes by and becomes Joe's first customer. Not knowing whose shoes he's shining, Joe talks about the great Lord Shaftesbury - a saint - and admits it's been a hard life on the street. Shaftesbury is charmed and gives Joe a sixpence. ACT TWO It seems that all of London is off to the Great Exhibition, including the new Ragged School Shoe Black Brigade. Annie comes to see Joe off, but is too sick to join in. Lord and Lady Shaftesbury arrive to wish the boys well, then continue on to visit Francis who is sick in bed at Harrow. Leary and his gang are also on their way to the Great Exhibition, ready to pick the pockets of the world's elite. At Harrow, the School Matron tells Lord and Lady Shaftesbury that they are too late - Francis died just thirty minutes before they arrived. A Ragged Boy appears and sings as Lady Shaftesbury breaks down. The boy leaves and is replaced by Annie, wrapped in a blanket. At Exeter Hall, Shaftesbury begs the city's leaders to do something about the condition of the poor. Holding up Annie as an example, he asks them to reach out to help save the lives of the children living in poverty. The boys are returning from their day at the Great Exhibition, their pockets full of money. They gather around Giles and McGregor as they count the money from the day - sixteen shillings and fourpence ha'penny! Young Sam accounts for the mysterious ha'penny - he gave a shoeshine to a one-legged man. The boys are proud of their work. The boys leave and Giles speaks to Joe about a revolutionary idea. The Ragged School Union has decided to help industrious children emigrate. Giles assures Joe that Annie is interested and tells Joe all about The Land of Opportunity. Joe will have none of it. At the Lodging House, Annie begs Joe to reconsider. She desperately wants to emigrate and believes Australia's sunny weather will cure her cough. Joe refuses - he doesn't think that Annie will survive the sixweek voyage. Frustrated, he runs out into the night. Annie succumbs to a fit of coughing and, comforted by Alice and the other Lodgers, she dies.
Lord Shaftesbury addresses the House of Lords on the subject of emigration . He notes that the State would save 100,000 pounds a year if they sent 365 emigrants to Australia instead of 365 convicts. He is sure that the possibility of success in a new land will be the start that they need to rise up out of poverty and squalor. All they need is a chance. In the street, Leary threatens Joe, but the Crossing Sweeper steps in just in time. Unfortunately, he bears the news of Annie's death. Unbelieving, Joe runs back to the Lodging House. The Crossing Sweeper explains that his job is to clear the way for people. He also confronts Leary about his despicable behaviour. At the Ragged School, the children are behaving badly in the terrible heat. As the thunder rolls in, Joe appears. He knocks over desks and tables, half out of his mind with grief. Joe sinks to his knees. In a nightmare scene, Leary makes the police aware of Joe's whereabouts, then falls prey to a den of opium smokers. Joe stumbles through the streets looking for Annie, but cannot find her. He sees Leary swinging from the gallows. A crowd appears and carries Joe over their heads. He returns and finds himself still at the Ragged School. Joe tells Giles that he has decided to go to Australia. In a Drawing Room, a female aristocrat sings to an attentive audience. She is joined on another part of the stage by a group of Ragged Children. Joe returns to the Lodging House to pack his meager belongings. The Lodgers are excited for him to have a fresh start and sing to him, wishing him well. At the docks, the scene is a far cry from the first time Joe was to ship out. A spirit of excitement is in the air as the crowd bids farewell to the emigrants. Joe says goodbye to Giles, McGregor, and Shaftesbury and boards happily, but an Officer appears and points Joe out to a Policeman. At sea, the ship is caught in a violent storm, but finally arrives in Australia where everyone is promised a fresh new start. Giles and Shaftesbury wonder about the boys they have sent overseas. They have heard good news from many, but have yet to hear from Joe Cooper. They believe that, out of all the boys, Joe will be the one to make his mark. When Joe steps off the boat at Port Adelaide, he is arrested by Police Officers who accuse him of fraud and trying to escape punishment. They sentence him to seven years in prison. A Judge asks Joe if he has anything to say for himself. Joe remains silent and accepts his punishment as the inmates surround him and pull him back into the mire. MINIMUM CAST: - 23 male, 13 female (can be expanded) • A Judge • Aggy - a Streetwalker • Alice Smith - a Street Trader • Annie Cooper age 11 • Anthony Ashley-Cooper - 7th Earl of Shaftesbury • Australian Judge • Ben - a boy in the Lodging House and a street urchin who becomes a member of the Bootblack Brigade. • Bill - a Street entertainer • Billy - a boy in the Lodging House and a street urchin who becomes a member of the Bootblack Brigade. • Charlie - a Street entertainer • Clerk of the Court • Connie Crimple - a lodging house owner • Dorry - Street Urchins • Eaves - a boy in the Lodging House and a street urchin who becomes a member of the Bootblack Brigade. • Ethel - a Fish-wife • Francis Ashley-Cooper - Age 13, son of Shaftesbury • George – a boy in the Lodging House and a street urchin who becomes a member of the Bootblack Brigade. • George Lloyd - a Transportee • George Wilson - a Transportee
• Joe Cooper - Age 13 • John Giles - a crippled cobbler • Jolyon • Lady Grangemouth • Lady Shaftesbury • Lady Ursula Epp • Leary - a Thief. age 13 • Lenigan - a Beggar • Little Eaves - a boy in the Lodging House and a street urchin who becomes a member of the Bootblack Brigade. • Lord Flitterby • Lord Ganlian • Lord Greville • Lord Shaftesbury - Father of Anthony • Mary - Street Urchin • Matron at Harrow School • Miss Williams - a volunteer Ragged School teacher • Molly - a young Washer-woman • Mrs Ingleby • Mrs O'Lafferty - an Inebriate • Mrs Sterncastle • Mrs Underby-Pugh • Perkins - a Stall-holder • Polly - Street Urchin • 'Rob Roy' Mcgregor - a Scottish philantropist • Sam - a boy in the Lodging House and a street urchin who becomes a member of the Bootblack Brigade. • Sir Giles Merridew • Sir Peter Dykewater • Stephen - A boy in the Lodging House and a street urchin who becomes a member of the Bootblack Brigade. • Stephen Storey - an accountant and founder of the Ragged Schools Union • Syd - Head of a team of Mudlarkers • Teresa - a young aristocrat • The Crossing Sweeper (Tommy) • The Patterer - a Street-Singer • The Rev John Lowry - founder of the Ragged School Union • Thomas Cranfield - a clerk and founder of the Ragged Schools Union • Timothy - a young aristocrat • Tommy - boy in the Lodging House and a street urchin who becomes a member of the Bootblack Brigade. • William Smith - a merchant and founder of the Ragged Schools Union Extras Policemen, Australian Policemen, Dock Officers, Flunkies, Sailors, Emigrants, Female Transportees, Maidservants, Indigents
MUSICAL NUMBERS Act 1 1. Music Under Sentence of Judge 2. Botany Bay 3. The Ballad of Joe Cooper 4. Now Ain't That a Blooming Shame? 5. There'll Come a Day 6. Banquet Scene 7. Have the Guided Tour, Sir 8. Roll Up 9. When We Hear That Final Trumpet 10. Deep Below the City Streets 11. Cholery 12. Up and Be Doing / Jesus Bids Us Shine 13. "Be Up and Be Doing" 14. There's a Friend for Little Children 15. Work, Boys, Work Act 2 16. London Town 17. London Town - Reprise 18. There's a Friend for Little Children - Reprise 19. Work, Boys, Work - Reprise 20. Here's to the Bootblacks 21. Australia 22. The Nightmare 23. Home Sweet Home 24. The Ballad of Joe Cooper - Reprise 25. The Voyage INSTRUMENTATION: Pit Band (can be replaced by 1 keyboard player): clarinet db. bass clarinet, 2 horns, 2 percussion, piano db. harmonium, bass. Stage Band: flute, clarinet, cornet, trombone, percussion, violin Recording: CD available on sale from Josef Weinberger
RAGGEDY ANN A Musical Adventure in 2 Acts. Book by William Gibson. (Based on characters created by Johnny Gruelle in the "Raggedy Ann Stories.") Music and lyrics by Joe Raposo. Nederlander Theatre, Broadway. Opened 16th October, 1986; closed 19th October 1986 (15 previews; 5 performances) SYNOPSIS A little girl is transported to a never never land where good, represented by Raggedy Ann tussles with the forces of evil for her soul STORY Act I As the ensemble performs an introductory song (“Gingham and Yarn”), the backstory is presented with a montage of cut-outs. Mommy and Poppa dance at their wedding; Poppa holds the baby as Mommy runs away with the Rat in the Rolls Royce; Poppa swigs from a liquor bottle as Marcella sits alone in bed; three doctors hover over the girl. In the ESIPA version, the ensemble rolls the set onto the stage as the song is performed. In Marcella’s bedroom, the trio of doctors pokes and prods at her. In the original ESIPA staging, the song “Diagnosis” is situated here. Marcella cries out deliriously, claiming that her mother, bird, and dog all vanished through the closet door. The doctors give differing but equally dire warnings regarding the youngster’s ailments, so Poppa gets annoyed and throws them out. Marcella hears Yellow Yum-Yum the canary (referred to as Tweety in the ESIPA production) singing from an empty birdcage, and it’s revealed that Red Fang the puppy choked on the bird and they both died. Marcella remarks that Mommy ran away, and Poppa corrects her, stating that she was kidnapped by a Rat in a Rolls-Royce. Lightening the mood, Poppa presents her with a doll that he created, which he names Raggedy Ann. Marcella declares that she has no heart, so Poppa pulls a candy heart from a box and stitches it onto the doll. He sings his daughter a lullaby, claiming that her toys spring to life when she’s asleep (“Carry On”). After Marcella dozes off, Poppa pleads with God to let her live as he exits. Marcella’s bed whirls around, and out from the covers pops Raggedy Ann. The girl says she’s dying, and suddenly the trio of doctors emerge from beneath the mattress to corroborate her story (“Diagnosis” (Broadway)). Raggedy Ann argues that they’re wrong, and eventually the men vanish to report to a mysterious figure named General D. Raggedy Ann urges Marcella to get out of bed, revealing that this is a dream, so she can do anything she wants. The girl protests claiming she’s too ill, so the rag dolly calls for help from her friends, Raggedy Andy, Baby, and Panda, who emerge from the toybox one by one (“The Light”). Andy is curious as to what’s behind the closet door, so he opens it despite Marcella’s pleas. With a crash of thunder and through a cloud of smoke, rat-faced General D. emerges along with his cronies, the sexy Bat and the roguish Wolf. He says that he’s enlisting recruits for his Army of the Dead and thinks Raggedy Ann is the one he’s looking for, but she argues that she’s only “Make Believe” (Broadway). The General learns that Marcella is dying, so he declares that he’ll be back to collect her at 6 a.m. Suddenly, Marcella and the toys find themselves at the Miami shipyard, where old toys go to die. The doctors quarantine the Camel behind a chainlink fence (“Diagnosis (reprise)”), and the animal tells the toys that he’s all alone and “Blue.” (Broadway) Realizing that if Marcella dies, they’ll all cease to exist, Raggedy Ann suggests that they should head to L.A. to visit The Doll Doctor, so they transform the bed into a boat and set sail (“Mexico” (ESIPA) / “Make Believe (reprise)” (Broadway)). In the ESIPA version, the camel with a wrinkle knee starts to sing his own sad song (“Blue” (ESIPA)) along with Ann. A fish with the voice of
General D. bellows, and then a giant hand sporting a thumb ring appears and attempts to drag the boat down to Davy Jones’ Locker, so the toys fashion a hot-air balloon from blankets, and the boat rises into the heavens (“Something in the Air” / “Delighted”). The original ESIPA version features a more vapid variation of the song and ensuing scene (“Quiet Night (Quintet)”) which includes anthropomorphized versions of the clouds, sun, moon, and stars crooning along with Marcella and the dolls. Raggedy Ann tells Marcella that wishes can come true in Cloudland, so the girl wishes to see Yellow YumYum again, and suddenly the bird materializes with a heavenly chorus (“So Beautiful”). She wishes her father could see the bird, so Poppa bursts out of a cloud and tells her that he’s watching. She wishes to see her mother again, so Mommy miraculously appears (“The Shooting Star”). The Rat tries to drag Mommy away, so Poppa punches him out, and Mommy agrees to remarry Poppa (“The Wedding”). Suddenly, the music stops, and Mommy screams that Marcella is a rope around her neck as she runs away. Marcella says that she’s tired of pointless stories and walks off, which fills Raggedy Ann with self-doubt (“Rag Dolly”). The ESIPA version remains at a melancholic tone, but the Broadway version builds as Raggedy Ann tries to lift Marcella’s spirits. Soaring above the Mississippi River, Bat abruptly appears, punctures the hot-air balloon, and the boat plunges from the sky. Act II Bat sits atop the wreckage of the boat painting her toenails, and Wolf is pleased by the belief that there were no survivors - although everyone gradually emerges. They discover they’ve landed on a meatpacking plant in Omaha and have only four hours left to get to the Doll Doctor. As the toys study their map, Bat serenades them, claiming that they’ll never make it to Los Angeles in time, ultimately seducing Raggedy Andy into handing over the map (“You’ll Never Get Away” (ESIPA) / “You’ll Love It” (Broadway)). In the ESIPA version, Marcella realizes that Bat and Wolf are actually her deceased pets, Tweety and Red Fang, but the animals deny it, and Panda declares that their memories were wiped when they were reincarnated. Suddenly, a burst of smoke from the chimney, which is a diversion as General D. appears on the other side of the roof. After a few moments of taunting the toys and stroking his own ego, the General commands Marcella to look at his opal thumb ring. In the gem, she sees a bird’s eye view of Omaha. A giant eyeball appears in the sky, declaring it sees all. Marcella asks if it can see the Doll Doctor, which the eyeball confirms. The General remarks that he himself is the Doll Doctor (as well as every other type of doctor), and states his intention to make Marcella his Queen. The toys briefly confer, lull the General to sleep with a song (“Would You Like a Little Music?”), and steal the ring. The melody fills the Camel with such spirit that he’s able to soar on the wings of the song, so everyone hops on his back and they float away. The General awakens and orders Bat to follow them, but she refuses, claiming that she’s his bride, not Marcella. The General swoops in, seemingly for an embrace, but calls her a traitor, grasps her throat, and pushes her into the chimney, his hands emerging with a dead yellow canary. Wolf is saddened by her death as he leaves to find the dolls. In the ESIPA version, Wolf pauses in the forest to sing “He Comes Riding.” The toys find themselves separated in The Grisley Woods National Park, frantically searching for one another through a maze of trees littered with red-glowing-eyed skeletons (“Gone”). Lights rise on the characters as they emerge at different points in the forest until the scene settles on the Witch - who’s not a stereotypical green-faced hag, but rather, a beautiful woman adorned in a shimmering flapper outfit with a large plume on her hat and a monkey fur collar on her coat. In the Broadway version, she plucks petals from a black rose, singing “Why Not?” In the ESIPA version, she is seated on a tree stump, distraught, pulling items from her handbag. She attempts to swig from a bottle, but there isn’t a drop, so she hurls it to the ground, then sets an alarm clock aside, revealing a pink baby’s shoe. She clutches it, caresses it lovingly against her face, and gently sets it beside her. She finds a hand mirror and begins applying lipstick, but becomes saddened by the sight of her own face and despondently drops them. She pulls a bundle of clothesline from her bag and wraps it around the highest tree limb she can reach. Raggedy Ann pops out of the forest, relieved to see signs of life, but the Witch tries to shoo her away while
fumbling to fashion a noose. Gradually, other characters emerge from the woods as the Witch pleads with each of them to tie a running bowline knot in the rope. In the ESIPA version, Raggedy Andy succeeds and flops the noose over her neck, just as the Witch instructs. Raggedy Ann tells the Witch that it’s a terrible idea to kill herself, and suddenly Baby Doll wanders through the trees. The toddler lays her head in the Witch’s lap as the woman reflects on the life that she gave up (“What Did I Lose” / “Somewhere”). The Witch reveals that she had a daughter named Marcella and comes to realize that the young lady standing before her is her child. They have a tearful reunion, which is interrupted by the arrival of Wolf. As Marcella and the dolls scatter, the Wolf is smitten by the Witch and pursues her. The toys suddenly find themselves at The Doll Hospital, surrounded by rows of beds filled with inert figurines. In the Broadway version, a group of nurses bids them “Welcome,” in the ESIPA version, the trio of doctors sing a brief reprise of “Diagnosis.” When the toys are told that the Doll Doctor is dead, Panda suggests looking into the ring, where Raggedy Ann sees the head doc still alive and chained in the dungeon. Before they can react, General D. emerges from the cellar holding the dead wolf. Alluding to the fact that he ate the Witch, the General quips that the Wolf died of “indigestion” in the ESIPA version, and from “independent thinking” in the Broadway version. The General declares that this is his field hospital for the terminally wounded, and proceeds to croon “I Come Riding” (Broadway). He demands the ring back, so Raggedy Ann tells him to come and get it. He becomes curious about the heart on her chest, but upon touching it, he collapses in spastic convulsions, crying that he’s been poisoned by love. Raggedy Ann tugs the yarn heartstrings from her chest, they tie up the General, swipe his keys, and head downstairs. He vows that he’ll get loose. In the dungeon, the Doll Doctor is shrouded in a surgical mask and gown, tended to by a nurse who remarks that he’s been drinking himself to death. The toys remove his shackles, and he examines Marcella, declaring the “chick” has a broken heart. Upon hearing her father’s pet name, Marcella realizes the Doll Doctor is actually Poppa, who removes his mask and joyfully embraces her. Poppa says that a heart transplant is the only thing that can save her, but those haven’t been invented yet, so he suggests a candy heart. Just as the General bursts in to collect Marcella, Raggedy Ann realizes that she has a candy heart, which she coerces the girl to eat (“The Light (reprise)”) before sacrificing herself and leaving with the General. Back in her bedroom, a now-healthy Marcella tells Poppa of her adventure, and he offers to sew a new heart on Raggedy Ann’s chest. The dolls and ensemble return for a closing reprise of “Gingham and Yarn.” CAST (in order of appearance): • Doctors: • Poppa • Marcella • Raggedy Ann • Raggedy Andy • Baby Doll • Panda • General D • Bat • Wolf • Camel with the wrinkled knees: • Mommy Scenes and Settings The action takes place sometime earlier in this century on the New York riverfront.
MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT 1 1. Gingham and Yarn - Company 2. Carry On - Poppa 3. Diagnosis - The 3 Doctors 4. The Light - Dolls, Marcella 5. Make Believe - Raggedy Ann, General D. 6. Blue - Camel, Raggedy Ann 7. Make Believe (reprise) - Raggedy Andy, Marcella, Dolls, Company 8. Make Believe (reprise) - Raggedy Ann, Marcella 9. Something in the Air - Company Delighted Clouds 10. So Beautiful - Raggedy Ann, Marcella, Clouds 11. A Heavenly Chorus - Yellow Yum Yum 12. The Shooting Star - Raggedy Ann, Poppa, The Rat in the Rolls Royce 13. The Wedding - Company Rag Dolly Raggedy Ann ACT 2 14. Gingham and Yarn (reprise) - Company 15. You'll Love It - Bat, Raggedy Andy, the Batettes 16. A Little Music - Marcella, Camel, Raggedy Ann, Dolls 17. Gone - Dolls, Company 18. Why Not - Raggedy Ann 19. What Did I Lose? - Raggedy Ann 20. Somewhere - Raggedy Ann 21. Welcome to L.A. - Nurses 22. Diagnosis (reprise) - Doctors 23. I Come Riding - General D.
RAGS Music by Charles Strouse: Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz: Book by Joseph Stein Opened 21 August 1986 - Mark Hellinger Theatre (4 Perfs) SYNOPSIS Rebecca, a Russian Jewish immigrant to the US at the turn of the century finds, to her dismay, that her husband who has preceded her, is determined to assimilate the American way and lose his ethnic identity in order to climb the social ladder. Subplots concern an elderly immigrant, his daughter and their respective romances, one of which ends tragically. It is a saga of hope and disappointments, of power and greed, of strength and love combined with memorable music. THE STORY It is 1910, the height of the great wave of immigration flooding into America from Eastern Europe. Five Jewish immigrants come over in steerage on the same boat: Rebecca Hershkowitz, fleeing a pogrom that destroyed her village, has come with her young son, David in hopes of being reunited with her husband, Nathan. Nathan has been in America for several years but has not yet sent for them. Avram Cohen and his teenage daughter, Bella, have come in search of a better life. And Ben Levitowitz, a brash young man who has fallen in love with Bella, has come to make his fortune in a land where the streets are said to be paved with gold. They are processed at Ellis Island along with hordes of others. Rebecca is not met by her husband, so she and David are given temporary shelter by Avram and Bella. Frightened and exhausted on their first night in the new world, they are nonetheless dazzled by the wonderful sights around them. Rebecca's search for Nathan seems hopeless, but when she is most discouraged, she remembers all she and David have gone through to get to America. The five immigrants go to work: Rebecca in a sweatshop, Bella doing piecework at home, Ben in a cigar factory, and Avram and David peddling from a pushcart. Their long hours and backbreaking labour are leavened by the music of an itinerant Klezmer band. Saul, a fiery labour organiser, is trying to unionise the shop where Rebecca works. He and Rebecca don't see eye-to-eye about "making trouble;" but he does persuade her to educate herself and David. One night, after an exhilarating outing to see a performance of Hamlet at the Yiddish theatre, Rebecca finds to her distress that she is falling in love with Saul. In the meantime, Bella is becoming bitterly disillusioned with the drabness of her life in America. Although she is momentarily diverted when Ben brings her a new gramophone, she hurls her feelings of frustration at her father and runs off to gaze longingly at the high life of the uptown swells. Meanwhile, at a local Irish pub, a meeting of Tammany politicians is underway. And who should be among them but Rebecca's husband, Nathan. He has renamed himself Nat Harris and is working his way up in local politics, doing dirty work for the corrupt Democratic machine. When he hears Rebecca and David are in America, he hurries off to look for them. Rebecca and Saul are spending more and more time together. But when David puts Saul's fighting ideas into practice with a gang of local hoodlums, he winds up getting badly beaten up. Rebecca sees this as repeating the danger and violence they had come to America to escape. She breaks with Saul. And just as she does, Nathan arrives. As Act Two begins, the family celebrates their reunion at the Cherry Street Café where Nathan, ever the politician, works the room. But privately, he reveals to Rebecca his contempt for immigrants like themselves and his determination to assimilate. Although Rebecca tells Saul she can never see him again, their feelings for one another remain strong.
Romance is also on the mind of Avram, who has become the choice of Rachel, a widow with strong opinions and an empty apartment. Bella still has her hopes set on Ben who, with David's help, is becoming successful with a gimmick to sell gramophones. Then tragedy strikes: Bella is killed in a sweatshop fire. Rebecca is devastated ... and radicalised. She leads a strike against sweatshop conditions. And she defies Nathan, who fears his wife's radicalism will endanger his political career. Nathan leaves her, and Rebecca remains with Saul and the strikers. They have endured hardship, heartbreak, wrenching change, and the fairest of them has perished, but in the end Rebecca, David, Avram, and Ben have begun to make a new life in their new world ... as another boatload of immigrants arrives. (Stephen Schwartz) MUSICAL NUMBERS • OVERTURE - Orchestra • I REMEMBER/GREENHORNS - Homesick Immigrant, Guards, New Immigrants, Cynical Americans, Rebecca & Recruiter • BRAND NEWWORLD - Rebecca & David • CHILDREN OF THE WIND - Rebecca • PENNY A TUNE - Klezmer Musicians, Rachel, Sweatshop Workers, Rebecca, Rosa, Bella, Ben & David • EASY FOR YOU - Rebecca, Saul & David • HARD TO BE A PRINCE - David, Yiddish Theatre Hamlet & Other Actors • BLAME IT ON THE SUMMER NIGHT - Rebecca • FOR MY MARY - Ben & Irish Tenor • RAGS - Avram & Bella • WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT? - "Big Tim" Sullivan, Frankie, Nathan & Mike • NOTHING WILL HURT US AGAIN - Rebecca, David & Nathan • ENTR'ACTE - Orchestra • CHERRY STREET CAFE - Sophie Tucker • YANKEE BOY - Nathan, David & Neighbours • UPTOWN - Nathan & Rebecca • WANTING - Rebecca & Saul • THREE SUNNY ROOMS - Rachel & Avram • THE SOUND OF LOVE - David, Ben, Morris's Mother, Morris & Shoppers • KADDISH - David, Rebecca, Avram & Men • BREAD AND FREEDOM/ DANCING WITH THE FOOLS - Rosa, Rebecca, Strikers & Nathan • FINALE - David, Rebecca, Cynical Americans & New Immigrants CAST: - 9 men, 8 women, 1 boy, chorus • Rebecca Hershkowitz • David - her ten year old son • Nathan Hershkowitz (Harris) - her husband • Saul - a radical union organiser • Bella Cohen - a 17 year old immigrant, Rebecca's friend • Avram - Bella's father • Ben Levitowitz - a young immigrant in love with Bella • Rachel - a plump widow with her eye on Avram • Rosa - a co-worker in Rebecca's sweatshop • Tammany Politicians: "Big Tim" Sullivan, Frankie and Mike • Sophie Tucker • Morris • Morris's mother Immigrants, Cynical Americans, Ellis Island Guards, Klezmer musicians, Yiddish Theatre Actors; Workers, Neighbours, Shoppers & Strikers
INSTRUMENTATION: Reed I - (piccolo,flute,clarinet, soprano sax) Reed II - (piccolo, flute, clarinet, alto sax, penny whistle or recorder) Reed III - (oboe, cor anglais, clarinet, tenor sax, penny whistle[opt]) Reed IV - (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano sax) Horn, 2 trumpets (1st db cornet and piccolo trumpet, 2nd db flugelhorn), trombone db tuba, percussion, drums, guitar db mandolin and banjo Keyboard I - (piano, synth) Keyboard II - (synth) 4 violins, 2 violas, bass. On-stage Musicians: clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tuba, violin DISCOGRAPHY Cast Recording with members of the original cast: Sony - SK 42657 (5 099704 265728)
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN Book and lyrics by Julian Woolford. Music by Richard John. From the novel by E. Nesbit+ SYNOPSIS An idyllic Edwardian family Christmas is interrupted by a knock at the door and a family's life is changed forever. Father is wrongfully arrested and Mother and the three children, Roberta (Bobbie), Peter and Phyllis, are forced to move to the country. Discovering a railway near their new house is just the beginning of a series of adventures set over one long summer. Julian Woolford's and Richard John's musical brings a masterful emotional depth to this rite of passage story, developing from youthful passion for adventure to an adult sense of responsibility, whilst featuring heartfelt ballads, stirring choral numbers and tuneful melodies. CAST: M5 F5 (with doubling), 1 boy, 1 girl. Chorus of children • Roberta (Bobbie) - 14 to 18 years old. - The eldest: brave, thoughtful and intelligent. Considerate and caring, a natural leader. • Peter - 12-16 years old - The second child and Bobbie‘s brother. An intelligent and honest character who demonstrates bravery and resilience in the face of danger. • Phyllis - 8-11 years old - The youngest child and the most naive. Nevertheless, she demonstrates the family’s sensitive and considerate nature, showing heroism. • Mother - 35-50 years - Considerate and resourceful, she does her best to protect the children from the rumours surrounding their father. A loving and considerate mother, who, despite the difficulties the family find themselves in, remains proud and determined. • Father - 35-50 years - A government officer. Persistent and honest, maintains his innocence regardless of the rumours surrounding his situation. He is hard-working and tolerant and maintains integrity throughout. • Perks - Playing age 35+ - A railway porter. A friendly, kind and likeable character who is required to hold the show together as he narrates the story. • Old gentleman - Playing age 60+ - Kindhearted and resourceful. Befriends the children when things become difficult and does his best to help the family. A senior member of the cast who needs to be likeable and warm. There are several additional speaking parts and a good-sized chorus is needed to make a well-rounded show. SETTINGS: Various interior and exterior settings Period 1905-1906 (Edwardian) ORCHESTRATION : Keyboard 2, Keyboard 3, Keyboard 4, Electric Bass, Percussion (Snare, Mark Tree, Shaker, Sleigh Bells, Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Woodblock, Glockenspiel) DISCOGRAPHY Railway Children by Original Cast Recording
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN A musical play by Peter Quartermain. Based on the book by E. Nesbit Music by John Puddick, Lyrics by Iris Grover SYNOPSIS The classic story of mystery and adventure comes vividly to life in this stage adaptation of E. Nesbit's novel. When their father disappears, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis move from London with their mother to a north country village. The railway line near the cottage, The Three Chimneys, where they live provides them with new friends and unexpected dangers whilst ultimately reuniting them with their father. SCENES AND SETTINGS Act I Scene 1: The Nursery Scene 2: The Station Scene 3: The Three Chimneys Scene 4: The Station Yard Scene 5: The Three Chimneys Scene 6: The Station Act II Scene 1: The Three Chimneys Scene 2: The Station Scene 3: Perks' Cottage Scene 4: The Paper Chase Scene 5: In the Tunnel Scene 6: The Three Chimneys Scene 7: The Station MUSICAL NUMBERS: 1. Prelude 2. Peter's Special Railway Train - Grace & Children 3. Where Are You Going? - Bobbie & off-stage chorus 4. Station Porters - Perks, Horace & Ted 5. Trav'lling On Trains - Travellers, Perks, Horace & Ted 6. Chatter, Chatter - Mrs. Viney, Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis 7. Our Old Gentleman - Bobbie with Peter & Phyllis 8. Saturday Night in the Gallery - Perks, Horace, Ted, Mrs Viney & Company 9. The Arrival of the Six-Thirty - Company 10. When Shall I See You - Grace 11. The Railway Children - Mrs Viney & Company 12. The Paper Chase - The Hare and Hounds 13. The First One - Bobbie and Jim 14. Wonderful Things Can Happen - Bobbie & Company CAST - (in order of appearance) • Roberta Waterbury • Phyllis Waterbury • Peter Waterbury • Grace Waterbury (Their Mother) • Charles Waterbury (their Father) • Ruth (their maid) • Mr Gills (Station Master) • Mr Perks (Head Porter) • Horace (a porter) • Ted (the ticket collector) • Mrs Viney • Doctor Forrest • Igor Szezepansky • The Old Gentleman • Nell (Mr Perks' wife) • Jim (one of the hounds) plus chorus of villagers and travellers
RAINBOW SQUARE A musical play in 3 acts by Guy Bolton and Harold Purcell. : Music by Robert Stoltz Stoll Theatre, London - 21 September, 1951 (146 perfs) SYNOPSIS A story of illicit currency deals and violent death against a background of occupied Vienna. CHARACTERS: - (in order of appearance) • Lisa Brown • "Shorty" • "Joe" • "Tex" • Mark Rennart • Colonel Page • Commis Waiter • Sándór Fekete • Peppi • Vilma Jederman • Werner • Waiter • Nusko • Franz Lessing • Steffi • Leo • Anna • Mitzi • Rudi • Major Petrov • "Countess" Winkler • Captain Soskin • Lieutenant Bates • Bishop • U.S. Army M.Ps., Wire Walker, Tumblers, Townspeople, etc. MUSICAL NUMBERS: - Orchestrations by Robert Stolz: Additional Orchestrations by Ronald Hanmer ACT I Overture 1. Rhythm of Manhattan - Lisa and Ensemble 2. Who knows? - Lisa 3. The Vagabunds Burletto - Peppi, Vilma and Ensemble 4. Rainbow Square - Vilma and Mark 5. Wake up and Whistle - Steffi and Ensemble 6. Oh, Marie - Leo, Peppi and Steffi 7. Eight Little Music Men - Lisa, Mark and Children 8. You’re so Easy to Know - Lisa and Mark 9. The Show Must Go On - Countess, Leo and Ensemble ACT II Reprise : The Show Must Go On - Ensemble 10. If I’d Been Wise as I Am Now at 21 - Countess 11. Reprise Who Knows? - Lisa and Mark 12. Be My Sunday Girl - Peppi, Steffi and Ensemble 13. Fabulous - Vilma 14. You’ll Still Belong to Me - Lisa and Mark 15. Follow the Drum - Countess and Ensemble 16. Indian Love Song - Leo 17. Two-Gun Susie - Countess 18. Can-Can - Peppi and Girls ACT III 19. Reprise : You’ll Still Belong to Me - Leo and Marlene 20. Reprise : Who Knows? - Lisa
21. Scena - Vilma 22. What a Day! - Mark and G.1.’s 23. You’re so easy to know - Leo 24. Reprise : Be My Sunday Girl - Lisa and Ensemble 25. Bells of St. Veronica - Lisa and Ensemble 26. Finale - Company SCENES AND SETTINGS Scene : A Square in Vienna Time : Today ACT I • Scene I. Seven in the Evening Scene 2. Early the next morning ACT II • Scene I. Late that Afternoon • Scene 2. The following evening ACT III • Scene I. The next afternoon • Scene 2. Half an hour later
RAISIN Music by Judd Woldin; Lyrics by Robert Brittan; Book by Robert Nemiroff and Charlotte Zaltzberg. Based on Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In the Sun 46th Street Theatre, New York - 18 October, 1973 (847 perfs) THE STORY: The action takes place in Chicago in the 1951. ACT I Framed by the back porches, fire-escapes and blankly staring tenement windows, the Southside ghetto - its youth workers, women, Lindy-hoppers at a party, a drunk wending his way home - comes to life in a powerful street ballet that culminates in the riveting portrait of a pusher finding his victim while members of the community look on helplessly. This world provides the pulse, heartbeat, and framework of the Younger family’s existence. And though in it exists joy, lightness, laughter, and hope, it is, nonetheless, a ghetto: a world of such soul - and body - grinding oppression that survival sometimes requires escape. In the early morning at the Younger apartment, Ruth rouses her son, Travis while she calls her husband to breakfast. Walter Lee, desperate to leave his job as a chauffeur and join the “successful” members of his society, thinks and talks of nothing else except the imminent arrival of his father’s life-insurance cheque - and the opportunity it provides him to go into business as partner in a liquor store. Ruth reminds him that his mother is absolutely set against the selling of liquor, but Walter tries to get his wife to “sell” Mama on the idea. The more he persists, the more Ruth retreats into her morning chores. Frustrated and angry, he tells her a man needs for a woman to back him up and scathingly remarks on how rarely women seem to care about their husband’s dreams. Travis presents another problem: he needs fifty cents for school. Ruth tells him bluntly that she doesn’t have the money but then, softening as he heads for the door in disappointment, she succeeds in conveying to him much more than fifty cents of motherly love. On the way to work Walter Lee encounters other members of his community likewise scurrying frantically to get where they’re going - which, in his eyes, is nowhere. Later, driving his employer about the city, Walter grows increasingly incense at his position in life - and at last bolts from the car to act on his liquor-store deal. Mama comes home from her job as a domestic. Clearly her enormous warmth and strength have given the family solid, if not always “modern” values and roots. It is her dream to get out of the cramped tenement quarters and into a house of their own - a dream she confides to her small, struggling potted plant. At a local bar, Walter Lee celebrates his deal for the liquor store with Bobo Jones, one of his new partners-tobe, and Bobo’s girlfriend. The third partner in the deal, Willie Harris, arrives and prematurely - in the absence of the money - the deal is sealed. Beaneatha Younger, a rebellious young college student seriously intent on becoming a doctor and just as ardent about the kind of values she wants for the world, is also serious about Asagai, an African exchange student. For her, he symbolises the intriguing continent from which her people came. At first teasingly, then tenderly, Asagai explains the meaning of the nickname he has given her as she stands enraptured by the images he creates of his country. (Alaiyo). Walter Lee, inebriated, arrives home with the partnership papers signed and notarised to find Beneatha, awaiting Asagai, engaged in an exhilarating, if largely hypothetical, “African” dance. Learning that the cheque has come, he joins his sister in a moment of wild abandon in which he sees himself as a tribal chieftain, supreme in his own land and time, leading warriors in a victory dance. When Beneatha leaves with Asagai, Ruth again tries to caution Walter that Mama might not see things his way. In bitter anger, Walter flings her from him then heads for the streets. Ruth bars his way and recalls the closeness they once shared, asking what
has become of their lives. Their reconciliation is interrupted by Mama, who announces that she has bought a house in Clybourne Park, a white neighbourhood. When she turns to Walter Lee for his approval, he replies with bitter cynicism that she is so smart, so right and so righteous that she has done him “right out of my dreams tonight” and storms away from the house. ACT II Walter has not been heard from for three days. Mama, Ruth, and Travis join their church congregation in a mighty gospel song. Mama goes to search for her son and finds him in a bar. She tells him she has been wrong - that she “has been doing to you like the rest of the world.” She places an envelope of money before him, explaining that she had only put a small down-payment on the house, and asks him to put three thousand in the bank for Beneatha’s medical schooling - the rest is Walter’s to do with as he sees fit. As she leaves, he stands, moved by the depth of her love, then clutches the money with exhilaration. Although the Youngers, as a family generally look forward to the new move, Travis is not so sure. Alone, he takes a last, fond look at the old neighbourhood. Walter returns home and, in a private moment with his son, tells Travis of his dreams for them both. While packing to move to the new home, Walter Lee and Ruth seem to regain something of the “Sweet Time” they once had. In a moment of high hilarity, they and Beneatha are interrupted by Mr. Karl Lindner, a white representative from the Clybourne Park “Improvement Association,” who offers to but the house back. When Mama returns, Walter, Ruth and Beneatha announce that she had a visitor and, assuming roles of the hypothetical “Welcoming Committee” assure her how enlightened and understanding “we in Clybourne Park” have become about the Black-White relationship. In a spirit of gaiety, the Youngers, drawn together, resume packing. Shock follows, however, with the arrival of Bobo bearing news that the Willie, the senior member of the partnership, has run off with the money. In the face of catastrophe, Walter tears from the house, then returns to inform the family that he has called Mr Lindner to accept the Association’s offer to buy back their house. He’s “gonna give him a show,” tell him what he wants to hear; tell him anything - just to get the family’s money back. He shouts that this is the way the world is - this is America where everything has a price. “You people want that neighbourhood they way you want it? Then pay for it!”. As Walter retreats, Beneatha declares him “not a man … and no brother of mine!” But Mama, understanding his anguish, demands that her daughter “measure him right. Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through to get to wherever he is”. Lindner arrives and Walter Lee, in front of his family and with his father’s memory to spur him on, rises to the occasion and says his family has decided to move into the new house. After Lindner leaves, the moving men and neighbours start moving the Youngers. Whatever they must face in their new home, once thing is certain: who they are and what they stand for is intact. As the others depart, Mama stands alone for one last look at the apartment that has held so many years of her life. Musical Numbers 1. Prologue - Orchestra 2. Man Say (Walter Lee and Ruth) 3. Whose Little Angry Man (Ruth) 4. Runnin' to Meet the Man (Walter Lee & Company) 5. A Whole Lotta Sunlight (Mama) 6. Booze (Bar Girl, Willie, Bobo, Walter Lee and company) 7. Alaiyo (Joseph and Beneatha) 8. Sweet Time (Ruth and Walter Lee) 9. You Done Right (Walter Lee and Mama)
10. He Come Down This Morning (Company) 11. It's a Deal (Walter Lee) 12. Sidewalk Tree (Travis) 13. It's a Deal - Coda (Walter Lee) 14. Not Anymore (Walter Lee, Ruth, Beneatha and Mama) 15. It's A Deal (Reprise) (Walter Lee, Ruth and Mama) 16. Measure the Valleys (Beneatha and Mama) Finale CAST - (in order of appearance) • People of the Southside • Pusher • Victim • Ruth Younger • Travis Younger • Mrs. Johnson • Walter Lee Younger • Beneatha Younger • Mama Lena Younger • Bar Girl • Bobo Jones • Willie Harris • Joseph Asagai • African Drummer • Pastor • Pastor's Wife • Karl Lindner (Company) DISCOGRAPHY Original Cast Recording