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Big Deal

A Musical in 2 acts, 24scenes. Book Bob Fosse; Music various; Lyrics various based on the film "Big Deal on Madonna Street" ( I soliti ignoti) by Mario Monicelli.

Broadway Theatre, New York Opened 10th April, 1986; closed 8th June, 1986 a(6 previews, 69 performances)

Synopsis

The film is a comedy about a group of small-time thieves and never-do-wells who bungle an attempt to hold up a state-run pawn shop called Monte di Pietà in Rome. The musical was reset in the pre-dominantly black world of 1930s Chicago using selected period songs.

Musical Numbers

Act 1

  1. Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries – Lilly
    (Music and Lyrics By Lew Brown and Ray Henderson)
  2. For No Good Reason At All – Narrators
    (Music and Lyrics By Samuel M. Lewis, Abel Baer and Joseph Young)
  3. Charley My Boy – Charley
    (Music and Lyrics By Ted Fiorito and Gus Kahn)
  4. I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin' – Kokomo, Charley, Judge and Narrators
    (Music and Lyrics By Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed)
  5. Ain't We Got Fun – Prisoners
    (Lyrics By Gus Kahn and Raymond Egan) (Music By Richard Whiting)
  6. For No Good Reason At All (Reprise) – Narrators and Dancers
    (Music and Lyrics By Samuel M. Lewis, Abel Baer and Joseph Young)
  7. Chicago – Narrators
    (Music and Lyrics By Fred Fisher)
  8. Pick Yourself Up – Charley, Willie, Slick, Sunnyboy and Otis
    (Lyrics By Dorothy Fields, Music By Jerome Kern)
  9. I'm Just Wild About Harry – Lilly
    (Music and Lyrics By Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle)
  10. Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar – Bandleader, Band and Dancers
    (Music and Lyrics By Don Raye, Hughie Prince and Eleanor Sheehy)
  11. The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round – Bandleader and Band
    (Music and Lyrics By Edward Farley, Red Hodgson and Michael Riley)
  12. Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries (Reprise) – Lilly
    (Music and Lyrics By Lew Brown and Ray Henderson)

Act II

  1. Now's the Time to Fall in Love – Narrators and Dancers
    (Music and Lyrics By Al Sherman and Al Lewis)
  2. Ain't She Sweet – Sunnyboy, Phoebe, Narrators and Dancers
    (Lyrics By Jack Yellen, Music By Milton Ager)
  3. Everybody Loves My Baby – Willie and Narrators
    (Music and Lyrics By Jack Palmer and Spencer Williams)
  4. Me and My Shadow – Dancin' Dan and Shadows
    (Lyrics By Billy Rose, Music By Al Jolson and Dave Dreyer)
  5. Love Is Just Around the Corner – Narrators
    (Lyrics By Leo Robin, Music By Lewis E. Gensler))
  6. Just a Gigolo – Bandleader and Charley
    (Julius Brammer and English Lyrics by Irving Caesar) (Music By Lionello Casucci)
  7. Who's Your Little Who-zis? – Bandleader and Band Singer
    (Lyrics By Walter Hirsch, Music By Hal Goering and Ben Bernie)
  8. Yes Sir, That's My Baby – Charley
    (Lyrics By Gus Kahn, Music By Walter Donaldson)
  9. Button Up Your Overcoat – Lilly
    (Music and Lyrics By Ray Henderson, Lew Brown and Bud G. DeSylva)
  10. Daddy, You've Been a Mother to Me – Willie and Little Willie
    (Music and Lyrics By Fred Fisher)
  11. Hold Tight, Hold Tight – Otis and Ladies
    (Music and Lyrics By Leonard Ware, Willie Spottswood, Edward Robinson, Ben Smith and Sidney Bechet)
  12. Happy Days Are Here Again – Slick, Phoebe, Sunnyboy and Company
    (Lyrics By Jack Yellen, Music By Milton Ager)
  13. I'm Sitting On Top of the World – Charley and Company
    (Music and Lyrics By Ray Henderson, Joseph Young and Samuel M. Lewis)
  14. Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries (Reprise)– Lilly
    (Music and Lyrics By Lew Brown and Ray Henderson)

Scenes and Settings

Act 1

Act 2