9 TO 5 - THE MUSICAL Musical in 2 acts. Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Book by Patricia Resnick Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre 20 September, 2008 Marquis Theatre, Broadway : First Preview: April 7, 2009. Opening: April 30, 2009. Closed 6th September, 2009 (24 previews, 148 perfs) Savoy Theatre, London - February 2019 SYNOPSIS Act I As the clocks ring and the workers wake up, Violet, Doralee, and Judy prepare for work (“9 to 5”). The workers begin another mundane and hellish day at work under Franklin Hart, Jr., president of Consolidated Industries. Judy and Violet meet for the first time and Judy reveals she does not have any work experience, but Violet states she will be proud to train her and gives her a few tips and pointers for surviving office life (“Around Here”). Franklin Hart, Jr., is a domineering and equally lecherous man, who lusts after his secretary, Doralee, and has no shame in making those feelings known, which discomfits Doralee (“Here for You”). Judy is having major issues on her first day (such as being unable to work a Xerox machine) and feels there is something more inhibiting her. All three women, in separate settings, share mutual feelings, but all feel they can overcome it and make it all work out in the end (“I Just Might”). A new day rises upon the begrudged workers of Consolidated and life resumes as normal. Around the lunch hour, Doralee and Judy speak for the first time as Doralee asks Judy to go to lunch with her, but Judy subtly refuses and Doralee doesn’t know why. She then reflects on her whole life, about just being a pretty face and nothing much more (“Backwoods Barbie”). Violet is passed over for yet another promotion, which angers her since it is somebody that she personally trained. After a heated confrontation in Hart’s office, Doralee finds out about Hart’s rumour about their supposed ‘affair’, which infuriates her to the point of threatening him. All three of the women, who are now seemingly united in their contempt for Hart, go back to Violet’s house and light up a joint. Suddenly, each woman lapses into a murderous fantasy involving Mr. Hart; Judy as an unforgiving femme fatale (“The Dance O’ Death”), Doralee as a crack rodeo star (“Cowgirl’s Revenge”), and Violet as a deranged Snow White (“Potion Notion”). All these sadistic fantasies soon culminate into a celebration of Hart’s death, which is quickly nixed after Hart is discovered alive (“Joy to the Girls”). The next day at the office, Violet unwittingly acts out her fantasy and believes she put rat poison into Hart’s coffee. They all go to the hospital in a panic but learn he was never there. Roz overheard the ladies in the bathroom and tells Hart, who concocts a plan to scare them by pretending he was poisoned and to threaten them with the police. After Hart leaves, Roz sings a song confessing her obsessive love and fantasies for him (“Heart to Hart”). Hart confronts Doralee with the information and Doralee, acting on a fight or flight instinct, rips the phones out and ties up Hart with the wires, which he seems to get a quasi-sexual pleasure from. The women are seemingly puzzled as to what to do with Hart, but Judy and Violet create a plan in which they will imprison Hart in his own house. As they are carrying out their plan, they sing to Hart their issues with him and the problems in their own lives but will begin to make the changes in their lives and have the confidence to succeed (“Shine Like the Sun”). The women, empowered, have restrained Hart to a mechanical harness above his bed. ACT II After the Entr’acte, in Hart’s office, the three women are pondering on how they can keep the office in the dark about Hart’s disappearance when Doralee’s skill of being able to forge Hart’s signature comes into play. Judy and Doralee both point out to Violet that she is, in a sense, the new Operating Officer of the company. Violet then lapses in fantasy and sings a song about she is now a hard hitter like the rest of the male employees (who seems to rank above the women) (“One of the Boys”). Roz begins to get nosy and wonders
where Hart really is, which creates a new obstacle for the ladies to dispose. Judy formulates the idea to send Roz to a one-month language seminar to learn French, which isn’t necessary and is only a way to get rid of her. Roz receives the memo from Violet and is heartbroken because she believes that Hart doesn’t like her and that the time, she isn’t at work is lonely and boring (“5 to 9”). As Hart is still strung up in his bedroom, he passes time by watching countless hours of soap operas. Doralee enters to give him a meal and Hart lashes out at her saying that he still has the control and will use it when he is free. Doralee brushes him off and leaves the room. Hart begins to recount how most of the men in history had “downfalls” by women and that he is no different, which angers him (“Always a Woman”). Back at the office, the new changes the women have made under Hart’s name have seemed to ease the workers’ lives and changed their outlook on work (“Change It”). Joe, who has shown admiration toward Violet through the show, asking her out many times, confronts her and asks why she rebuffs him. She claims she was a “one-man woman” and that her husband’s death three years before has prevented her from dating again. Joe tells her that it is time to move on and possibly give someone new a chance (“Let Love Grow”). Violet accepts as they walk out of the scene holding hands. Later that evening, Judy’s ex-husband, Dick, shows up at Hart’s house and asks her to take him back (since his secretary girlfriend dumped him). She rebuffs him and states she is a changed woman who will not crawl back to someone who broke her heart, showing strength as she orders him to leave (“Get Out and Stay Out”). The next day, Hart storms into the office with Judy hostage, which shocks the women, who have collected evidence about Hart’s “creative accounting” and embezzling practices to use against him. The women, seemingly defeated, prepare to submit to Hart’s wishes when they learn that the CEO of Consolidated, Mr. Tinsworthy, is paying a visit. The women and Hart meet Tinsworthy, who, after noting the changes in office life, gives the credit to Hart. Violet and the others step up and say they made the changes but are shot down. However, in a comedic twist, Tinsworthy sends Hart to manage the South American branch in Bolivia. Violet is then promoted to Hart’s position as President of the company and a celebration ensues, while Roz is devastated over the loss of her obsession. The characters deliver epilogues about what happened after the events of the story (Finale: “9 to 5” Reprise). Hart was captured by natives in the jungles of Bolivia and was never seen or heard from again. Roz found a new love - Hart’s wife. Violet and Joe have been together for the past 30 years and are very happy together. Doralee went to Nashville and became a successful country and western singer. Judy stayed single and became a regular guest on The View after writing a bestselling book, Life Without Dick. CAST • Violet Newstead • Judy Bernly • Doralee Rhodes • Franklin Hart Jr. • Roz • Dwayne • Kathy • Joe MUSICAL NUMBERS (Musical numbers as listed for the Center Theatre Group production at the Ahmanson Theatre) Act I 1. 9 to 5 — Violet, Doralee, Dwayne, Judy and Ensemble 2. Around Here — Violet and Ensemble 3. Here For You — Hart 4. Out of Control — Judy 5. Tattletales — Kathy, Violet, Judy and Ensemble 6. 9 to 5 (Reprise) — Judy, Violet, Doralee and Ensemble 7. The One I Love — Doralee, Judy, Violet, Josh, Dwayne 8. Backwoods Barbie — Doralee
9. Dance O’ Death — Judy, Hart and Ensemble 10. Cowgirl’s Revenge — Doralee, Hart and Ensemble 11. Potion Notion — Violet, Hart and Ensemble 12. Heart to Hart — Roz and Ensemble 13. I Killed the Boss! — Violet, Judy, Doralee and Ensemble 14. Shine Like the Sun — Doralee, Judy, Violet Act II Entr’acte — Orchestra 15. Around Here (Reprise) — Violet, Judy, Doralee and Ensemble 16. One of the Boys — Violet and Boys 17. 5 to 9 — Roz (Replaced "En Francais" after the first preview) 18. Mundania — Hart 19. Willin’/Well-Oiled Machine — Doralee and Ensemble 20. Get Out And Stay Out — Judy 21. Let Love Grow — Joe, Violet 22. Mundania (Reprise) — Hart 23. Finale: 9 to 5 — Company DISCOGRAPHY 9 to 5 the Musical - West End Cast Recording 9 To 5 - The Musical (Original Cast Recording)
THE 1940'S RADIO HOUR Play with Music by Walton Jones. Based on an idea by Walton Jones and Carol Lees. St. James Theatre, Broadway. Opened 7th October, 1979; Closed 6 January, 1980 (105 perfs & 14 previews) Full of 1940s music, dancing and old-time sound effects the play portrays the final holiday broadcast of the Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on the New York radio station WOV in December 1942. SYNOPSIS Fabled WOV, a seedy little New York radio station takes to the air at the beginning of World War II, this time to record a broadcast for the troops overseas. The narrative concerns the harassed producer whose leading singer is often drunk, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mike, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, and the trumpetplaying sound effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller. CAST of CHARACTERS • Clifton Feddington: The announcer and general manager (head of everything at WOV). He has ulcers from it all and is sometimes hysterical. • Ann Collier: The 'old standard' in the Radio show since its start in 1936. She sings like Dinah Shore, Doris Day, and Peggy Lee (all rolled into one). She is a secretary by day, and at looker by night who is dating Johnny. • Johnny Cantone: Featured vocalist with the Cavalcade who is on Sinatra's bandwagon. He's an ex-boxer and a rough guy who drinks too much and has a voice like velvet. • Ginger Brooks: A bubble-headed waitress-turned-singer. She has a pinup, Betty Grable look with lots of makeup and speaks with a Gracie Allen vacancy. • Neal Tilden: Cab driver by day and singer, dancer, and choreographer at night. He is hopeful for the 'featured vocalist' slot. • B.J. Gibson: The third of the Gibson brothers to work for the Cavalcade. He is squeaky-clean, good looking, and a preppy student at Yale. • Connie Miller: A bobbysoxer from Ogden, Utah. She is perennially in love and runs an elevator by day. • Pops Bailey: A crotchety, wizened stage doorkeeper who is a racing bookie on the company phone and reads hidden copies of Show Girl magazine. • Lou Cohn: A big shot (at least in his own mind) who tries to impress the girls and is sometimes obnoxious. He runs the show and is the sound effects man. • Wally Ferguson: Young hopeful from Altoona, Pennsylvania who came to NYC to work for his uncle at the drugstore to get his big show-biz break. • Biff Baker: A young trumpet player with the Zoot Doubleman orchestra who will be leaving after the concert for Army duty. • Stanley: Lugs cable and runs around a lot and otherwise lives in the control booth. • Zoot Doubleman: WOV Orchestra Leader
MUSICAL NUMBERS 1. I Got a Gal From Kalamazoo - Clifton, Chorus 2. Pepsi Cola - Neal, B.J., Connie, Ginger 3. Daddy - Connie, The Band 4. Love Is Here To Stay - Johnny 5. That Old Black Magic - Ann 6. Ain't She Sweet - Biff, All 7. How About You - B.J., Connie 8. Blue Moon - Neal 9. Chiquita Banana - All Girls 10. Rose of the Rio Grande - Geneva, Men & The Band 11. I'll Never Smile Again - Johnny, Quintet (Neal, B.J., Ann, Ginger, Connie) 12. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - B.J., Connie, Ginger 13. Blues in the Night - Ginger, Men 14. Jingle Bells - All (except Johnny) 15. I Got It Bad - Geneva 16. You Go To My Head - B.J. 17. The Five O'Clock Whistle - Connie, The Band 18. Merry Little Christmas - Ann 19. Strike Up The Band - Full Company 20. I'll Be Seeing You - Full Company 21. Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade - Full Company
NAKED BOYS SINGING A Revue in 2 Acts. Conceived by Robert Schrock. Words and music by writers shown in Musical Numbers listing. Celebration Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 28 March, 1998 MUSICAL NUMBERS The performers named are those on the Premiere Cast Recording. ACT 1 1. Gratuitous Nudity - Company 2. Stephen Bates, music & lyrics (additional lyrics: Robert Schrock & Mark Winkler. additional music: Shelly Markham) 3. The Naked Maid - Brian Beacock 4. David Pevsner, music & lyrics 5. The Bliss of a Bris - Tod Macofsky 6. Marie Cain, music & lyrics 7. Window to Window - Vincent Zamora 8. Rayme Sciaroni, music & lyrics 9. Fight the Urge - Tod Macofsky, Christopher Gilbert, Brian Beacock & Company 10. David Pevsner lyrics : David Pew Rayne Sciaroni, music 11. Robert Mitchum - Steve Gideon + Tony Davis, Trance Thompson, Brian Beacock 12. Mark Winkler, lyrics : Shelly Markham, music 13. Jack's Song - Tony Davis, Christopher Gibert, Mike Haboush & Company 14. Jim Morgan, lyrics : Ben Schaechter, music ACT 2 15. Members Only - Company 16. Stephen Bates, Robert Schrock, lyrics : Stephen Bates. music 17. Perky Little Porn Star - Tony Davis 18. David Pevsner, music & lyrics 19. Stripped - Trance Thompson 20. Mark Savage, music & lyrics 21. K ris, Look What You've Missed - Steve Gideon 22. Robert Schrock, lyrics : Stephen Bates, music 23. Muscle Addiction - Mike Haboush + Company 24. Mark Savage, music & lyrics 25. Window to Window (reprise) - Brian Beacock 26. Rayme Sciaroni, music & lyrics 27. Nothin' But The Radio On - Christopher Gibert +Tony Davis & Tod Macofsky 28. Mark Winkler, lyrics : Shelly Markham, music 29. Window to the Soul - Steve Gideon, Trance Thompson, Brian Beacock, Vincent Zamora 30. Stephen Bates, music & lyrics 31. Finale - Company 32. Stephen Bates, music & lyrics DISCOGRAPHY Naked Boys Singing! (Original Cast Recording)
NAPOLEON Music by Timothy Williams; Lyrics by Andrew Sabiston. Elgin Theatre, Toronto - 23 March 1994 Shaftesbury Theatre, London - 17 October, 2000 - 3 February, 2001 (127 perfs) Director: Francesca Zambello Decor: Michael Yeargan Costumes: Marie-Jeanne Lecca Lighting: Rick Fisher Projections: Jan Hartley Sound: Martin Levan with Hendrik Maassen Choreography: Denni Sayers Military Choreography: David Leong Musical Director: David Charles Abell Musical supervision: Seann Alderking Orchestrations: Jonathan Tunick Hair and Make-up: Michael Ward SYNOPSIS A musical that documented the Corsican Napoleon's life from his first meeting with Josephine to the battle of Waterloo. The plot centres on two aspects of Napoleon’s life : his rise from a common man to the leading war general and Emperor of France, illustrated with battle-scenes, the disastrous attack and retreat from Russia, the lavish coronation in Notre Dame and, of course, Waterloo; and alongside these epic events, his romantic relationship with his first wife, Josephine de Beauharnais. After a passionate start and a few hitches when Josephine is caught being unfaithful, his scheming minister Talleyrand, and his two sidekicks, Garreau and Fouché, force Napoleon to divorce Josephine because she has failed to produce an heir. ORIGINAL CAST Napoleon - Paul Baker/Uwe Kroger Josephine - Anastasia Barzee Talleyrand - David Burt Fouché - David Arneil Garreau - Teddy Kempner Lucien - Nigel Richards Thérèse - Sarah Ingram Anton - Jody Crosier Montenotte - Nicholas Pound Clarice - Lynsey Britton Charles - Tom Sellwood Radet - Andy Mace Marie-Louise - Kristin Hellberg Ensemble: Steve Bradford, Jacqueline Braun, Anthony Cable, lain Davey, Heather Davies, Nicholas Dunbar, Christopher Fennessy, Susie Fenwick, Hugh Futcher, Lydia Griffiths, Kristin Hoick, Gerard Leighton, Roy Litvin, Oliver Marshall, Anthony Moulton, Anita Pashley, Vincent Pirillo, Louisa Shaw and Mark Stobbart
MUSICAL NUMBERS 1. Overture 2. The Dream Within - Napoleon, Anton 3. Cut Throat Game - Talleyrand, Garrau, Fouché 4. The Road To Austria - Napoleon, Male Ensemble 5. On That First Night - Napoleon & Josephine 6. Tale Of The Sculptors - Sculptors 7. Calm Before The Storm - Lucien 8. Timor Mortis - Ensemble 9. Sweet Victory Divine - Napoleon 10. Walls Of Stone - Josephine 11. Last Crusade - Napoleon, Montenotte, Radet 12. Friend You Were To Me - Josephine & Therese 13. The Day Is Won (Napoleon's Return) - Ensemble 14. Waiting & Hoping - Clarise & Female Ensemble 15. Finale - Napoleon & Josephine DISCOGRAPHY Napoleon: Highlights from the Musical
NAUGHTY MARIETTA A Comic Opera in 2 Acts, 3 Scenes. Book and lyrics by Rida Johnson Young. Music by Victor Herbert. Produced under the direction of Jacques Coini. Dances arranged by Pauline Verhoeven. Settings by Julius Dowe, Theodore Reisig. Costumes by Will R. Barnes. Orchestra under the direction of Gaetano Merola. (Orchestrations by Victor Herbert.) Produced by Oscar Hammerstein. New York Theatre, Broadway - November 7, 1910, Closed 4 March, 1911 (136 perfs) Synopsis Originally produced in New York, this operetta became Victor Herbert's greatest success. Set in New Orleans in 1780, it tells how Captain Richard Warrington is commissioned to unmask and capture a notorious French pirate calling himself 'Bras Pique'- and how he is helped and hindered by a high-spirited runaway Contessa Marietta. The score includes many well-known songs, the most notable being "Ah, Sweet Mystery Of life" which was sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in the popular film version. STORY ACT 1 It is early morning and, as the night watchman passes on his way, the square begins to come alive with the vendors of flowers and fruit, tropical birds and sugar cane, street sweepers, fortune tellers and a group of convent pupils on their way to school. Amongst the early risers this morning is Étienne Grandet, the son of the colony's acting governor and a great favourite with the local girls. Étienne has just returned from a trip to France, and the girls anxiously bring him up to date with the news: the dreadful pirate Bras Priqué has been abroad, terrorising the merchant ships attempting to serve New Orleans, and now the town fountain is haunted by the ghost of one of his victims. From the depths of the dried-up fountain a mysterious melody has been heard — even the priest has heard it. Étienne laughs aside the suggestion of a ghost and he also laughs silently at the tales of Bras Priqué for, unknown to all but his slave and mistress, the quadroon Adah, that frightful buccaneer is none other than Étienne himself. In search of both adventure and personal gain he has led a group of disaffected ruffians in plundering the sea coast whilst using his father's position to protect himself from suspicion. Local curiosity is truly aroused when a strange group of rugged-looking men march into town. A mixture of Canadian woodsmen, Tennessee mountain men, Kentucky farmers and Indians, dressed in skins and furs and old uniforms, they are led by the stalwart Captain Dick Warrington and his Irish lieutenant, Sir Harry Blake. Captain Dick's Infantry, as they call themselves, are, with the consent of the King of France, out to capture Bras Priqué, for the pirate has been attacking the English ships which provision their settlements. But they do not think to find their prey in New Orleans amongst the fashionable French. They have merely come to present themselves and their credentials to the Governor and to get his signature on the warrant for the pirate's arrest. They have also come for another and more tender reason. A bride ship is due to berth, bringing a group of poor French girls, the casket girls, disowned by the King of France and destined to be wives to the colonists. The men have spied the girls as their ship watered at Mozambique and they hope that among them they may each find a wife. The first part of their mission is balked, for the Governor has departed for France and Etienne's father is ruling in his place. The temporary Governor is a bloated, somnolent idiot who has become know to the people as Monsieur By-and-By because of his inability to make a decision. He is also a cowardly party
to Étienne's double identity, taking half the proceeds of his depredations as hush money, yet refusing to acknowledge even a sleeping part in the operation. He is perfectly aware that Étienne has the real Governor imprisoned on a Caribbean island as part of his plan eventually to turn Louisiana into a dictatorship under his own control. Governor Grandet comes to the market place to oversee the arrival of the casket girls. The men gather round excitedly as the brides arrive, and hurry to engage them in conversation. One girl, a plain and gawky creature called Lizette, finds herself ignored until Simon O'Hara, Captain Dick's Yiddish low-comic servant, takes a shine to her. Grandet is alarmed at being asked to sign Captain Dick's warrant, but Étienne is amused at the situation and he elaborately offers his hospitality to the Americans. If they had stayed in the square a moment longer, they would all have heard the ghost. From the urn of the fountain comes a silvery voice with a fragment of song and an instant later a very unghostly head appears. The voice comes from a diminutive Italian girl who describes herself as 'Naughty Marietta'. Marietta was one of the casket girls, but she ran away from the ship at Mozambique rather than be married off to some uncouth colonist, and made her way alone to New Orleans. She dallies too long over her song and is discovered but, fortunately, her discoverer is Dick whom she already knows. When he and his men encountered the bride ship at Mozambique they had exchanged words and looks and Marietta counts on him, as a friend, to help her to remain hidden. Dick is reluctant to get involved. Women are not a part of his life and Marietta's flirtatious ways trouble him, but he arranges for her to pose as the missing son of the Italian singer and puppeteer, Rudolfo, and to work in the marionette theatre as a boy. Before she leaves with her new 'father', Marietta turns to Dick and repeats the melody which she had earlier sung from the fountain. It has been foretold that she shall only lose her heart to the man who can complete this melody which came to her in a dream. Would he care to try? Dick refuses roughly and is irritated to catch himself unconsciously whistling the unfinished tune minutes later. Lizette has so far drawn a blank with the men of New Orleans but she doesn't show any signs of accepting Simon, until he stages a fine piratical piece of braggadocio to impress her. Adah is suffering more deeply for she senses that Étienne is cooling towards her, and she attempts to read the future of her love in the cards. Rudolfo brings his little 'son' to sing in the square and Marietta carries off her act convincingly in front of Étienne. Then the Lieutenant Governor arrives on the scene with alarming news: a dispatch has come from the King of France offering 10,000 francs reward for the recovery of the Contessa d'Altena who has run away from her family and is known to have exchanged places with a casket girl and sailed for the colonies. The Contessa has the habit of singing an unfinished melody. Étienne tries the tune and the populace immediately recognise it — it is the ghost's tune. The ghost and the missing casket girl must be the countess. Sir Harry Blake comes on the scene and spies Marietta. Before Dick can stop him, he has spilled the beans. Why, surely that is one of the casket girls, dressed as a boy? Etienne immediately seizes Marietta, but she refuses to admit her identity. She agrees that she is no boy, but insists equally that she is not the missing Contessa. A fight between Dick's followers and Etienne's guards seems to threaten, but Governor Grandet, once again, will not take firm action and, eventually, the girl runs off with Rudolfo. ACT2 Marietta spends her time learning from Rudolfo how to work the marionettes, but she finds that Étienne will not let her go so easily. He is convinced that she is the Contessa, but he is also attracted to her and he persuades her that she should come to the quadroon ball, a gay but louche local version of the Saturnalia, where he hopes to make her his own. She is reluctant, for Dick has warned her that these occasions are dangerous and immoral, but when she thinks that Dick has been paying attentions to Adah she promptly agrees to go. She will not attend as Étienne's partner, but she will be there. The ball is a vibrant, highly-coloured affair, peopled by the most swaggering members of the creole establishment, gambling, dicing and drinking, and womanising. Lizette is there, still in search of a husband since Simon, who has been appointed to the post of whipping boy (with no whipping) to the Governor, has now got the idea that he can do better for himself. He is going to find the end to Marietta's dream song and win himself a genuine Contessa.
When Marietta arrives she is taken aback by the licence of the ball, and when Étienne steps in swiftly to claim her she asks to be taken home. Then she sees Dick arriving. He had said he would not attend, and she is sure that he has come to see Adah. She will not believe that he has come with the idea of protecting her and she proudly sweeps off to the dance floor on Étienne's arm. Lizette makes a play for the Governor in the hope of arousing Simon's jealousy but, although the Governor proves to be quite ready for a flirtation, the ploy fails when Simon refuses to take the bait. Etienne has more serious matters for his father's consideration. Since Marietta is undoubtedly the wealthy and titled Italian Contessa, it is imperative that he takes her as his wife. With the political and financial advantages thus achieved, their plan for a Louisiana republic will be greatly aided and their coffers filled. When he proposes marriage, Marietta asks him what he intends to do with Adah and she is appalled to hear Etienne declare that he will sell his slave to the highest bidder. Leaving him, she finds Dick, sad amongst the gaiety of the ball and aware that he is in the clutches of emotions which are new to him, but she has no time to answer him for Etienne appears and loudly announces to the assembled company that he is going to auction Adah. The broken-hearted quadroon, seeing that she is likely to be sold to an old and ugly Indian, appeals to Dick to help her and, to Marietta's jealous disbelief, Dick tops the auction. Taken by fury, Marietta leaves Dick and, announcing herself as the Contessa d'Altena, publicly plights herself to Etienne. Realising that her anger will pass, Étienne determines to make the most of the moment and demands that the marriage take place immediately. The quadroon girls hurry away to deck the bride out in suitable splendour but Adah remains. Dick tells her she is a free woman, and she gratefully returns his gift. She can stop the wedding. If he tears Étienne Grandet's right sleeve he will find his true name tattooed there — Bras Priqué. After Simon has entertained with an incidental song congratulating himself on his cushy new position, Dick goes into action. He exposes Etienne as the pirate but, to his amazement, finds himself unable to take the miscreant prisoner. Simon is the Grandet family's whipping boy and, by the law of the land, liable to punishment on behalf of the family for any of their misdeeds. The squealling servant is grabbed by the governmental guards and, with Lizette wailing in his wake, dragged away. Marietta appears, dressed for her wedding, and hears the truth of the situation from Adah. She refuses to wed Étienne and, in spite of the Governor's threat to enclose her in a convent, defies him. Locked in a room, pounding at the door, she suddenly hears a voice outside. It is her own dream song and the voice is Dick's. He appears at the window and soon the two are in each other's arms. Etienne discovers them but, before he can take any action, Captain Dick's infantry appear. They have released Simon from prison and they are hot on the trail of Étienne and his pirates. But the ball does not end in a battle. Étienne gives Dick best over Marietta and, as the lovers join in another reprise of their song, the pirates are allowed to escape. Adapted from Kurt Ganzl's Book of the Musical Theatre ISBN 0 370 31157 4 : CHARACTERS Principals -3 female, 7 male Captain Richard Warrington, an American Simon O'Hara, his servant Sir Harry Blake, an Irish adventurer Lieutenant Governor Grandet Étienne Grandet, his son Rudolfo, an Italian street musician, keeper of the marionette theatre Florenze, the Governor's secretary Marietta d'Altena Adah, a quadroon, slave of Étienne Lizette, a casket girl Manuele, Nanette, Felice, Fanchon, Graziella, Francesca, etc.
ORIGINAL CAST - (in order of appearance): • Simon O'Hara, Captain Dick's servant: HARRY COOPER. • Etienne Grandet, son of Lieutenant Governor Grandet, who is also the famous buccaneer, "Bras Pique": EDWARD MARTINDEL. • Lieutenant Governor Grandet: WILLIAM FREDERICK. • Sir Harry Blake, an Irish adventurer, friend to Captain Dick: RAYMOND J. BLOOMER. • Rudolfo, keeper of a Marionette Theatre: James S. Murray. • Florenze, secretary to the Governor: Howard Morgan. • Manuelo, a pirate: William Mack. • Night Watchman: Eugene Roder. • Indian: Thomas Reynolds. • East Indian: Bert Leslie. • Knife Grinder: Philip Hahn. • Marietta D'Altena: EMMA TRENTINI. • Lizette, a Casquette girl: Kate Elinore. • Adah, a quadroon slave of Etienne Grandet: MARIA DUCHENE. • Nanette, a flower girl: Louise Aichel. • Felice, a flower girl: Blanche Lipton. • Fanchon: Vera DeRosa. • Graziella, an Italian girl: Sylvia Loti. • Franchesca, an Italian girl: Myrtle Randall. • Captain Warrington: ORVILLE HARROLD. Quadroon Belles: Misses von Nichols, Malli, Phelan, Baldwin, Broughton, Netta, Wood, Hathaway, Lee, Johnson, Nelson, Noethinger. Spanish Girls: Misses Ricardio, Raymond, Aichel, DeRosa, Griffin, Rice. San Domingo Girls: Misses Norton, Irland, Marlotte, Hamilton, Netta, DeVere. French Girls: Misses Lipton, Lloyd, Moore, Olcott, Holcomb, Aubin. Flower Girls, Quadroons, Dancers, Captain Dick's Adventurers, Pirates, Street Sweepers, Mexicans, Spaniards, Indians. SCENES AND SETTINGS Act 1: The Place D'Armes. New Orleans, 1780. Act 2 Scene 1: The Marionette Theatre. Scene 2: Ball Room of the Jeunesse Dorée Club. MUSICAL NUMBERS: 1. Opening Chorus - (Vendors, Street Sweepers, Flower Girls) 2. Tramp, Tramp, Tramp - Captain Warrington, Chorus 3. Taisez-Vous - Casquette Girls 4. Naughty Marietta - Marietta 5. It Never, Never Can Be Love - Marietta, Captain Warrington 6. If I Were Anybody Else But Me - Simon O'Hara, Casquette Girl
7. 'Neath the Southern Moon (For Thee) - Adah 8. Italian Street Song - Marietta, Chorus 9. Finale Act I 10. The Marionette Song - Marietta, Rudolfo 11. (You) Marry a Marionette - Etienne Grandet 12. New Orleans Jeunesse Dorée - Male Chorus 13. Opening of the Ball - (Loves of New Orleans) - Ensemble 14. (The Sweet) By and By - Lizette 15. Live for Today - Marietta, Adah, Captain Warrington, Etienne Grandet 16. I'm Falling in Love with Someone - Captain Warrington 17. It's Pretty Soft For Simon - Simon O'Hara, Chorus 18. Dream Melody (Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life) - Marietta, Captain Warrington 19. Finale Act 2 - Ensemble INSTRUMENTATION: flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, percussion, harp, strings Vocal Score and Libretto available on hire only Revision for amateur performance: adaptation by Ronald Hanmer, book and lyrics adapted by Phil Park DISCOGRAPHY Naughty Marietta - Ohio Light Opera
THE NAUTCH GIRL or The Rajah of Chutneypore An Indian comic opera; two acts; libretto by George Dance; Lyrics by George Dance and Frank Desprez; Music by Edward Solomon. Savoy Theatre, London, 30 June 1891 STORY ACT 1 The scene is the distant province of Chutneypore and the arrival of Indru, son of the local rajah. Indru is disposed to be democratic today for he is in love. But Indru is a high caste Brahmin and he is in love with Hollee Beebee, a lady of low caste, the principal dancer of the touring Nautch troupe run by Baboo Currie. Baboo Currie tries to ease the problem of caste difference by the denigration of Beebee's qualities, not least because he has no wish to have the prettiest dancer of his troupe leave for marriage. The Nautch troupe enters and Indru breaks the latest bit of bad news to Hollee. His royal father has discovered their love; if only she were a Brahmin! Beebee explains that she is or, rather, was. Unfortunately, forty years previously her father fell into a river and was rescued by being hauled ashore at the end of a rope. The man at the other end of the rope was a Pariah, however, and, by a court decision, the taint of dishonour passed down the rope and her father's caste was lost. Since then, Beebee's family has seen its wealth disappear in legal expenses trying to get this decision reversed by a competent tribunal. It is to pay for a Counsel's opinion on a technical point that Beebee has taken her current engagement as a Nautch girl. The court is still sitting, but the judge has influenza and should anything happen to him the case will have to begin all over again. Punka, the Rajah of Chutneypore and Indru's father, arrives. Punka suffers from a nasty social condition called consanguinity which has led him to place anyone who claims the slightest kinship with him in a salaried government post. In fact he loathes his relations, especially the Vizier Pyjama. It is Pyjama who is the cause of the other national problem: the missing diamond eye of Bumbo, the National Idol. Beebee explains to the Rajah that she would never have looked at Indru had she known of his position and assures him that she is doing all she can to get a Court judgement which will restore her Brahmin rank. The Rajah informs her that should she succeed she has his permission to call at the palace any Monday morning between ten and twelve when, if Indru has given up and married elsewhere and he himself has become a widower, he would be inclined to offer her first refusal on himself But now Indru returns in the rags of a Pariah. He has purposely 'eaten a little potted meat', thus giving up his caste and his royal position and becoming Beebee's equal. They can be married right away. This double-quick wedding does not please Punka, nor does it please Chinna Loofah, an unmarried lady of more-than-twenty who is a victim to sudden overwhelming 'Affinities' for various gentlemen. It is a source of great amusement to Pyjama who comes to announce that Beebee's court case is over, she has won and is a Brahmin again. Pyjama glowing with righteousness quotes chapter and verse the law which condemns both a Brahmin and his or her lower caste spouse to a traitor's death. Just when all seems darkest, Baboo Currie comes to the rescue. He has a ship at anchor waiting to take his troupe off on a European tour and Beebee is hurried aboard. Pyjama's soldiers arrest Indru as the ship lifts anchor and he watches miserably as his bride sails away to another continent.
ACT 2 When the second act begins, Indru is behind bars Making the most of his office is Pyjama. He has put an anonymous letter on the idol's shrine informing him that Indru is a condemned man. The father of a condemned man may not be rajah and, when Punka is condemned Pyjama must be favourite for the post of new rajah. Indru is not friendless, however, for he has become the innocent latest object of Chinna Loofah's penchant for affinities and she, practical lady, brings a crowbar to release him from jail. The freed Indru hides as the populace fill the square to proclaim a miracle. Bumbo, the idol who has sat on his shelf in the temple for two thousand years, has stepped down from his place and is heading this way. Bumbo is carried on - he is after his diamond eye and the villain who stole it. He complains about the neglect of his worship and vents his temper on Punka who is summarily deposed from his rajahdom and replaced by the eager and oily Pyjama. The bad temper is dispelled, however, when he spots Chinna and, since she succumbs promptly to a violent attack of affinity, they very soon find themselves discussing marriage. His change of heart is not total enough, however, to reprieve Punka. This injustice is too much for the erstwhile rajah. Conquering his consanguinity, he gets Bumbo to include his whole family - 374 professed relations in all - in the proposed execution by Crocodile with the particular inclusion of Pyjama and, by special dispensation, with the express exception of Chinna Loofah. Hollee Beebee arrives back from a personally triumphant European tour searching for her Indru. Baboo Currie proposes to both the young lovers and to the condemned Punka that they all escape back to Europe where they can earn a fortune as a novelty dance act under his management. Pyjama laughingly exempts himself from the family execution with the revelation that he isn't and never was a relation of Punka's - he merely claimed to be in order to get promotion. Where Punka has failed, however, Beebee and her girlfriends succeed. They divert Pyjama with one of the popular numbers from their repertoire so that he is late for the executions and the wrath of Bumbo is aroused against the new rajah. But Pyjama is in worse trouble. Punka can announce the dreadful truth: Pyjama is the thief who stole the idol's eye. As the miscreant is dragged away to his fate, Bumbo sees twinkling a diamond left for Hollee Beebee at a European stage door by an admirer. But it is Bumbo's lost eye. It takes only the length of the finale for Punka to be restored to his former position, Indru and Beebee to fall into each other's arms, and the idol's eye to be restored to its rightful place as he climbs back on to his shelf with Chinna turned to wood alongside him, a bride - anybody's bride-at last. CHARACTERS • Punka, the Rajah of Chutneypore • Indru, his son • Pyjama, the Grand Vizier • Chinna Loofah, Suttee, Cheetah, Punka's poor relations • Baboo Currie, proprietor of a Nautch troupe • Hollee Beebee, Banyan, Kalee, Tiffin, Nautch girls • Bumbo, an Idol • Chorus of villagers, etc MUSICAL NUMBERS 1. Beneath the Sky of Blue - Opening Chorus - Pariahs 2. Bow Not, Good People - Indru 3. The Sun Was Setting - Indru
4. Roses are Fair - Indru, Baboo Currie 5. With Merry Song - Nautch Troupe 6. First You Take a Shapely Maiden - Hollee Beebee 7. When Our Shackles Are Undone - Hollee Beebee, Indru 8. The Rajah of Chutneypore - Chorus 9. Quartet: Quite Another Different Kind of Person 10. Beebee's a Bride - The Nautch Girls 11. A spot far o'er the sea where caste is not and men are free - Baboo Currie, chorus 12. We Are Punka's Poor Relations - Chinna and relations 13. The Secret of My Past Success - Pyjama 14. Duet: A Little Caged Bird - Chinna, Indru 15. As I Sat on My Shelf - Bumbo 16. When a Fashionable Tenor - Bumbo 17. Vive la Liberté - Bumbo, Chinna 18. Crocodile - Punka, Bumbo and company 19. When All the World Was Bright, Love - Indru 20. If We Travel by Way of Brindisi - Baboo Currie, Hollee Beebee, Indru and Punka 21. Finale
NELL'S BELLES The swinging 16 sixties show Musical in 2 Acts by Kjartan Poskitt SYNOPSIS The 1660s was an amazing time to be alive. As well as the plague and the great fire of London, there was the opening of Drury Lane Theatre where a bunch of hopeful girls hoped to find an escape from life in the nearby bawdy house. Find out how their outrageous antics lead to the love story of Charles II and his girlfriend Nell Gwyn - and how they went on to re-shape history. ( Obviously it all had to be hushed up at the time for national security reasons, but at last the real truth can be told! And if you don't believe it - you know what they say about the sixties: if you claim to know exactly what went on, you can't have been there.) The show was especially written to give lots of good roles for women, and it includes plenty of comedy and lively rock songs. CASTING: Over 35 speaking parts including Charles, Nell, Nell's drunk mother, her pickpocket sister, the telepathic twins, the fortune teller, Charles' "official" mistresses, his scheming brother James and loads more including a whole army of charladies. Lots of chorus work. Many doubles/triples possible. (Minimum cast about 12). Age range: Suitable for any large varied group although a few small edits may be appropriate if under 10s are involved. • Nell Gwyn (the actress) • Rose Gwyn (Nell’s pickpocketing sister) • Violet (Nell’s scary friend) • Mercy (Nell’s fortune-telling friend) • Agatha (Nell’s dotty friend) • Annie } (Nell’s telepathic twin friends) • Bess } • Helena Gwyn (Nell’s drunken mother) • Charles Hart (a grand actor) • Robert Duncan (manager of Drury Lane Theatre) • King Charles II) • Queen Catherine (Charles’ Portuguese wife) • Barbara Villiers (an English mistress) • Louise (a French mistress) • Hortense (an Italian mistress) • James (Charles’ tiresome brother) • Mr Chiffinch (page of the bedchamber) • Mrs Chiffinch (keeper of the privy) • Irene } • Rita } (Charles’ charladies) • Elsie } • Tom Farrinor (the creepy baker) • Titus Oates (the revolutionary) • Duke Of Buckingham • Father Huddlestone • Doctor • Nurse • Soldier 1 • Soldier 2 • Barmaid • Newspaper Seller 1 • Newspaper Seller 2 • Newspaper Seller 3 • Newspaper Seller 4 • Vera } • Pauline } • Ivy } (extra charladies) • Brenda } • Dot } • Connie } • The Grim Reaper
SCENERY: A basic stage set with two doors which fulfil a variety of roles including tavern entrances, bedroom doors, bathing huts, stage exits etc. Extra props (including a blue sea cloth for the beach scene) and furniture are quickly brought or struck to suggest locations as needed. MUSIC: 15 songs (including reprises) mainly dance/rock numbers but also a couple of slow swings and ballads. Most songs are scored with lead and backing vocals. Backing tracks available, also piano/vocal score, optional extra band parts for drums, bass, guitar, sax. MUSICAL NUMBERS Part One 1. Happiest Days - ALL 2. Palace Of Love - Charles, Chaffinches and Girls 3. A Little Bit Of Bawdy - Violet, Agatha and Chorus 4. Cross My Palm With Silver - Mercy, Annie, Bess 5. All Shut Out - Nell and the Belles 6. The Reaper - Agatha, Belles, Ghosts 7. Charlie Boy - Nell and the Belles 8. Fire! - instrumental Part Two 9. The Phoenix - James and Chorus 10. No Commitments - Nell 11. The Seaside Special - Belles and chorus 12. Life Without You - Charles and the Belles 13. Filth! - The Charladies 14. Gimme The Nurse - Catherine, Charles and Belles 15. Happiest Days (reprise) - ALL 16. The Seaside Revisited - ALL
NELLY NELL A musical play in 3 acts by C. M. S. McLellan. Music by Ivan Caryll. Aldwych Theatre, London - 10th January - 27th April, 1907 (107 perfs) SYNOPSIS Nelly Neil was a sweet little Socialist, rallying every available man to her cause. They are successful defeating the enemy in the form of the anarchist Prince Rasslova, who is plotting to blow up the bank owned by the father of the rich Billy Ricketts, the inamorata of Nelly Neil, whom she eventually weds amidst pomp and splendour - despite the simple Socialist life she has espoused. PRINCIPAL MUSICAL NUMBERS 1. The Millennium 2. Come Out and Be Free 3. Simplicity Farm 4. The Simple Life 5. Life is Now 6. The Uniform I Wear 7. What's the Use of Going to Bed? 8. Such a Bore 9. The Cigarette Song 10. Take the Road 11. Demon 12. Jane the Suffragette 13. They Never Would Be Missed 14. Follow On (interpolated song from Belle of New York) CAST Nelly Neil Billy Ricketts Nordheim (alias Donetti) Duke of Tysmoke Viscount Larktenbigh Duke of Penge Earl Bursley Mr Tizzle Captain Neil Orloff Smith Minimus Simcoe Gustave Inspector Bank Messenger Princess Rasslova Countess of Rokeby Lady Dulcie Oddling Mrs Neil Hon. Muriel Vickery Lady Theo Thistle Lady Noreen Jenks Lady Mollie Brent Lurlina Tizzle Verbena Tizzle Crystal Kibblewhite Gwendoline Geeks Phoebe Hacker Gloriana Tribb Myrtle Dimity Maud Arklight Isabel Nestle Chloris Van Quiver Timmy Tucker Preciosa Patterson
THE NERVOUS SET A Musical in 2 Acts, 10 Scenes. Book by Jay Landesman and Theodore J. Flicker. Based on the novel of the same name by Jay Landesman. Music by Tommy Wolf. Lyrics by Fran Landesman. Henry Miller's Theatre, New York: Opened 12 May, 1959; closed 30 May, 1959 (23 perfs). Directed by Theodore J. Flicker. Settings and lighting by Paul Morrison. Costumes by Theoni Vachlioti Aldredge. Music arrangements and direction by Tommy Wolf. Produced by Robert Lantz. SYNOPSIS The first scene of The Nervous Set is Washington Square Park, where we find Bunny, an author, Brad, the editor of Nerves, a wildly avant-garde magazine and Danny, the poet. Together with other indigenous Village fauna they state their credo. Jan then appears; she is an attractive young woman, and the boys know she is from uptown because she is wearing a skirt rather than pants. Jan loves living in New York, but Brad and Danny explain that they are tired of such nonsense, and Brad invites her to his apartment. Jan capriciously accepts sensing that she may be falling in love. A turn of the panels brings the action forward to the following Spring. Brad and Jan are now married, and find it a Fun Life. Their apartment is invaded by the wild-eyed Yogi whom Brad takes on as an associate editor for Nerves, despite the fact that Yogi has nearly assaulted the landlady. When Jan returns home from work, she persuades Brad to spend the weekend with her family in Connecticut, and another turn of the panels takes them to Fairfield County, where a party is in progress. Dismayed by the squareness of the squires, Brad takes refuge in the bottom of an empty swimming pool, where he is joined by Sari Shaw, who is strikingly beautiful and strikingly available, and after a brief preliminary discussion, Brad makes the most of his opportunities. Back in New York, he and Jan agree that they really like the Night People, and set out for a party given at Bunny's apartment. There Jan discovers that she must learn to adjust to Brad's friends, particularly when she hears Danny explain how to make the most of one's psychoses. In an attempt to be carefree and beat, she flirts with Bunny, but finds herself unable to continue and, looking about her, muses on the waste she sees. Brad, who is touched by her sentiments, agrees to spend a quiet evening at home, and they discuss plans for the future, when he can become a country gentleman. Their plans are interrupted by Danny, who urges them to join him at dinner at the Melancholy Pigeon with Max the Millionaire whom Danny is tutoring in poetry at fifty dollars an hour. Max explains the pleasure he takes in the company of his friends but Jan is distressed, and accuses the group of fleecing Max. He agrees with her, but points out the fun that he finds with them. Jan rushes out, and Brad defiantly goes off with Danny and Yogi to a Sutton Place party given in honor of Bunny, who has just sold his novel. Bunny, better able to cope with the complexities of the pace than the others, explains his formula. And Brad, impressed by his idea, finds he misses Jan and returns to the apartment while the party goes riotously on.
MUSICAL NUMBERS 1. Man, We're Beat - (The Company) 2. New York - (Brad, Danny, Jan) 3. What's to Lose - (Jan, Brad) 4. Stars Have Blown My Way - (Jan, Brad) 5. Fun Life - (Brad) 6. How Do You Like Your Love? - (Yogi) 7. Party Song - (The Company) 8. If I Could Put You in a Song - (Brad, Jan) 9. Night People - (Brad, Jan) 10. I've Got a Lot to Learn About Life - (Jan) 11. Rejection - (Danny, Company) 12. The Ballad of the Sad Young Men - (Jan) 13. A Country Gentleman - (Brad, Jan) 14. Max the Millionaire - (Max, Brad, Yogi, Danny) 15. Laugh, I Thought I'd Die - (Brad) 16. Travel the Road of Love - (Bunny, Company) 17. (Fun Life reprise) - (The Company) ORIGINAL CAST - in order of appearance Bunny Carwell: LARRY HAGMAN. Brad: RICHARD HAYES, Don Heller (alt.). Danny: THOMAS ALDREDGE. Jan: TANI SEITZ. Yogi: DEL CLOSE. A Customer: Barry Primus. Landlady: Florence Gassner. Joan: Arlene Corwin. Sari Shaw: Janice Meshkoff. Danny's Girl: Elvira Pallas. Max the Millionaire: GERALD HIKEN. Henry Calhoun: David Sallade. Katherine Sloan-Wittiker: Florence Gassner. Irving: Don Heller. Tony: Lee Lindsey. Rejected Boy: Zale Kessler. SCENES AND SETTINGS Act 1 • Scene I: Sunday Afternoon, late summer. Washington Square Park, New York City. Now. • Scene 2: The following spring, Brad and Jan's apartment on Perry Street. • Scene 3: That weekend. Jan's parents' home, Fairfield County, Connecticut. • Scene 4: The same evening. The bottom of an unfilled pool. • Scene 5: Later. Inside the house again. • Scene 6: The next weekend. Bunny Carwell's apartment on Avenue A. Act 2 • Scene 1: A few days later. Brad and Jan's apartment. • Scene 2: Later the same day. The Melancholy Pigeon. • Scene 3: That evening. Katherine Sloan Wittiker's apartment on Sutton Place. • Scene 4: Later at Brad and Jan's apartment. DISCOGRAPHY The Nervous Set (1959 Original Broadway Cast)
NEVER FORGET - The 'Take That' Musical Musical in 2 acts: Book Daniel Brockelhurst, Guy Jones and Ed Curtis; Lyrics by Gary Barlow; Music: The music of Take That; additional music and lyrics by Barry Manilow, Dan Hartman and Adrienne Anderson Premiered at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, in July 2007 then toured R re-opened Churchill Theatre, Bromley, England, in March 2008 Savoy Theatre, London - Previews from 7 May, 2008. Opened 21st May, 2008. Closed 15 November, 2008 The musical's story focuses on the themes of friendship, ambition, love and betrayal among the members of a Take That tribute band, but it is not related to the history of Take That. The title of the musical is taken from Take That's charttopping album and single "Never Forget". SYNOPSIS Act 1 Ash Sherwood is a struggling singer-songwriter in Manchester, England, with dreams of making it big. He proposes to his girlfriend Chloe and, to his surprise, she accepts and the couple's engagement party follows. Ash's mum's 'Three Bells Pub is under threat due to mounting debt, and Ash needs to raise money quickly. Taking a desperate chance, Ash and his best friend, Jake Turner (Chloe's older brother), decide to audition for a tribute band set to be entered into the lucrative 'Battle of the Tribute Bands' competition. Holding the auditions is Ron Freeman, an eccentric but hard-nosed band manager. With money problems of his own, Ron is looking for a group of lads he can mould into the ultimate Take That tribute band. At the audition the band come together as Ash and Jake are joined by three others: Adrian Banks, an introverted bank manager trying to win back his adulterous wife; Dirty Harry, a dim but endearing stripper who is desperate to escape the world of stripping; and Jose Reize, a Spaniard come to England in search of fame and fortune, and happy to escape from his overbearing mother. Once Ron chooses the band members, rehearsals begin, and the boys are joined by their new choreographer and backing dancers. In her dark and empty pub, Babs Sherwood has just received her final eviction notice. She reminisces over her years spent behind the bar. Ash promises Babs that he will save the pub with his competition winnings (if they win). Chloe, immersed in wedding magazines, wants the perfect wedding. Babs tries to convince Ash that it's too late for the pub, and the money would be better spent on the wedding. The following day at the gym, the boys are working out with their choreographer and backing dancers. Jake tries to hit on the choreographer, who is not best pleased with the bands progress in the rehearsal room; she turns on him and calls the band amateurs. The argument between the band members and choreographer turns into a 'dance off ' between the boys and the backing dancers. Ron enters the gym's changing room to discover the boys messing around, and he lectures them about dedication. He makes them sign his contract and relays the news that they are scheduled to perform a 'practice gig' the next night at a local pub in Salford. The following evening, back stage at the pub, Ron gives the band his pre show pep talk and inspires them with stories of "World Ruddy Domination". Ron takes Ash aside to tell him that there will be somebody special watching the performance. On stage at the pub, the boys lose their confidence in front of the audience, and the other four leave Ash alone to begin the number. Inspired by Ash's performance, the others regain their confidence and join Ash on stage. Ron and Annie Borrowman, Ron's record-producer friend, watch the performance from the sidelines. After the performance, they take Ash aside and offer him a special