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A Cabaret-style Musical

Music by Sam Pottle; Book and lyrics by David Axelrod and Tom Whedon
Theatre: Upstairs at the Downstairs, Off-Broadway - 12 July, 1963.


Money concerns a wealthy young man, almost a modern 'Candide,' spurred on to do something in the world by a girl he loves. Pushed on by his love, the young man discovers that the working world, the professional world, and the institutional world is often dominated by grasping, greedy men and women. He fails in everything he attempts and it all comes out right in the end, for his pushy young woman can accept him as a complete failure.

The most enjoyable parts are the skits that could have been staged as separate numbers in a revue. One is a takeoff on doctors as businessmen, another is a satire on organisations and associations from the John Birchers to left-wing kooks. Most hilarious of all is the take-off on philanthropic organisations and charities. The music is most effective, the lyrics are often extremely witty, and there are some very funny plot lines. All this blends together into a refreshing and unusual show with an infectious comic spirit that bubbles along delightfully from the fast-moving start to the all-out-ensemble finish.

Musical Numbers:

  1. Beautiful Day
  2. Commitment
  3. Cuyahoga
  4. Domus Sur Pampas
  5. Give A Cheer
  6. How Can I Tell?
  7. I Hate the Avant Garde
  8. A Man With A Problem
  9. The Philanthropist's Progress
  10. San Fernando
  11. She Just Walked In
  12. Who Wants To Work?