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MONEY A Cabaret-style Musical. The musical was presented in two acts. Music by Sam Pottle; Book and lyrics by David Axelrod and Tom Whedon Theatre: Upstairs at the Downstairs, Off-Broadway - 12 July, 1963. SYNOPSIS 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: ACT ONE 1. She Just Walked In (Harry Clay, Ensemble) 2. A Man with a Problem (Cynthia Burgess, Harry Clay, Bernie Bartock) 3. Beautiful Day (Company) 4. Commitment (Company) 5. How Can I Tell? (Cynthia Burgess) ACT TWO 6. San Fernando (Harry Clay, Bernie Bartock, Mr Mann) 7. Give a Cheer ( Bernie Bartock) h. The Philanthropist’s Progress (A Cautionary Cantata) (Company): i. Aria (Cynthia Burgess) j. Recitative and Duet (Harry Clay, Cynthia Burgess k. Scene (Mr Mann, Harry Clay) l. Grand Trio (Cynthia Burgess, Harry Clay, Mr Mann) m. Finaletto (Mr Mann, Cynthia Burgess) n. Arietta (Harry Clay) o. Scene and Finale (Harry Clay, Mr Mann, Bernie Bartock, Cynthia Burgess) 8. Who Wants to Work? (Company CAST • Harry Clay • Cynthia Burgess • Bernie Bartok • Mr. Mann