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JOHNNY PYE and the FOOLKILLER A musical in two acts. Music by Randy Courts, Book by Mark St. Germain, Lyrics by Randy Courts and Mark St. Germain Based on the story by Stephen Vincent Benét Lamb's Theatre, Off-Broadway, Opened October 21, 1993, closed 12 December, 1993 (54 perfs) STORY Johnny is alone in the world when the Foolkiller, a Grim Napa type character, "collects" his father Mr. Pye. Although the townspeople try to find someone to took after him, Johnny ends up running away, fleeing Martinsville and the Foolkiller but not before he promises to write to his childhood sweetheart, Suzy. Johnny moves from career to career - from doctor to artist to preacher - before joining the army. Johnny continues to encounter the Foolkiller during his travels, and while fighting in World War II, the Foolkiller almost claims him. Instead, however, he leaves Johnny with a riddle, "How can a man be a human being and not a fool?" If Johnny can solve it, the Foolkiller will let him live forever. Johnny rises from his sick bed and hurries back to Martinsville just in time to prevent Suzy from marrying Wilbur Wilberforce, an old rival for Suzy's affections. Instead, Johnny and Suzy marry, and Wilbur is out of the picture. Life with Suzy is wonderful and they are raising a family, but Johnny puzzles over the Foolkiller's riddle. He is unable to come up with an answer, and, as time passes, must see the deaths of his oldest son and Suzy. Eventually in his old age Johnny becomes friends with Wilbur, who inadvertently provides him with a clue to the riddle Johnny has so long been trying to solve. When the Foolkiller comes for him, Johnny has the answer but it provides him with little comfort, and Johnny lets the Foolkiller take him, so that he can be reunited with his beloved Suzy. CAST: - 7 men, 3 women (flexible) • Johnny Pye • The Foolkiller • Suzy Marsh • Wilbur Wilberforce • Mrs. Miller • Barber • Bob • Bill • Young Johnny Pye • Young Suzy Marsh INSTRUMENTATION: piano/vocal score available MUSICAL NUMBERS 1. Another Day 2. Goodbye Johnny 3. Shower of Sparks 4. Occupations 5. Handle With Care 6. The End of the Road 7. Challenge To Love 8. The Barbershop 9. Married With Children 10. The Land Where There Is No Death 11. Time Passes 12. Never Felt Better In My Life 13. Epilogue (The Answer) 14. Finale SCENES AND SETTINGS T he action takes place in Martinsville, USA and various locations, 1928-95.