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Smoke on the Mountain

A Musical in 2 acts. Book by Constance Ray. Conceived by Alan Bailey. Musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick.

Lambs Theatre, Off-Broadway 10 May, 1990. Closed 30 June, 1991 (452 perfs)


Set in the 1930s, this musical tale introduces the singing Sanders family, who perform their traditional and bluegrass gospel songs for the members of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, NC. Pastor Oglethorpe welcomes the family to the church, where their individual stories and beliefs are shared during the concert. The audience serves as the members of the congregation.

The score of Smoke on the Mountain consists of almost thirty gospel tunes, all of which could have been performed at the time by such a group. There is a pleasant mixture of energetic rousing numbers, plaintive hymns, and soulful praise songs. The songs vary from the well known, such as "Amazing Grace" and "I'll Fly Away," to the more obscure ones, such as "Filling Station" and "Christian Cowboy".

The story is an extremely well rendered one. Rather than just a concert of old-time Christian hymns, Smoke On The Mountain is truly a musical. The characters are well developed and realistic, there is sufficient back story, and the dialogue is never trite. Many of the songs supply further clarification or reinforcement of the book and personal stories provided. The presentation of the characters' faith and beliefs is inspiring and personal, yet never preachy.


4 m., 3 f.

Musical Numbers

  1. Rock of Ages
  2. Church in the Wildwood
  3. Wonderful Time up There
  4. Meet Mother in the Skies
  5. No Tears in Heaven
  6. Christian Cowboy
  7. Filling Station
  8. I'll Never Diet (I'll Just Change My Address)
  9. Jesus Is Mine
  10. Blood Medley
  11. I'll Live a Million Years
  12. Everyone Home But Me
  13. I Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
  14. Angel Band
  15. Whispering Hope
  16. Transportation Medley
  17. Smoke on the Mountain
  18. I'll Fly Away


Piano/Vocal Score
7 Individual Character Scores (including piano, guitar, banjo and other traditional folk instruments)
(No Chorus Books available.)

Rights Holder - Samuel French Inc