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SIMPLY HEAVENLY A musical folk comedy in 2 Acts, 17 scenes: Music by David Martin: Book and lyrics by Langston Hughes Based on the novel Simple Takes A Wife and other Simple stories by Langston Hughes First produced in New York Off-Broadway 21 May 1957 at the 85th Street Playhouse for 44 performances. Playhouse Theatre, New York - 20 August 1957 (62 perfs) After Broadway run opened Off-Broadway 8 November 1959 at the Renata Theatre, and closed 31 December 1957 after 63 additional performances. Total for all engagements: 169 performances. Young Vic Theatre, London - 17 march - 19 April, 2003 Trafalgar Studios, London - 25 October, 2004 - 5 May, 2005 STORY This story by Langston Hughes, based on his novels about Jesse B. Semple, a Joe Doakes Harlemite, seems to capture the colour and the humour and poetry of these neighbours-to-the-North as no outlaner could imitate. This is the story of the New York Negro written from the inside out; it is a happy and exciting evening. There is a mood and a temper about this show that is unique." The NY Post, describes the play: "It possesses such unhackneyed freshness and cheeriness of spirit, such humorous decency and regard for the human spirit, that, as offered last night at the 85th Street Playhouse, it was a real delight. Its great merit is that Mr. Hughes contemplates the people he is writing about with a respect that never becomes patronising or stuffy and always retains its sense of humour." The setting is Paddy's bar, a refuge whose regulars are either hard working or out of work — both are gond enough reasons to drink and sing the blues away. The hero is Jesse who is in love with Joyce but can't resist the advances of man-eater Artie. But never mind whether Jesse and Joyce do or don't. The luckless Citfiddle picks out the most heartrending blues on his guitar, while queen of the drinking hole is the big-busted, short-tempered MamieWhat's important is spending time in a bar where every emotion is a musical cue. MUSICAL NUMBERS: New York • Love Is Simply Heavenly - Joyce • Let Me lake You for a Ride - Zarita, Simple • Broken String Blues - Gitfiddle • Did You Ever hear the Blues - Mamie, Melon Bar Characters • I'm Gonna Be John Henry - Simple • When I'm in a Quiet Mood - Mamie, Melon • Look For the Morning Star - Zarita • Lets Ball Awhile - Zarita, Ensemble • The Men in My Life - Zarita London • Prologue - Company • Simply Heavenly - Joyce and Simple • Watermelons - Melon and Mamie • Let Me Take You For a Ride - Zarita and Simple • The Broken String Blues - Gitfiddle • He's a Great Big Bundle of Joy - Mamie • Did You Ever Hear the Blues? - Mamie & Melon • Deep In Love With You - Simple • John Henry - Simple • Paddy's Bar - The Band • When I'm In a Quiet Mood - Mamie & Melon • I Want Someone to Come Home To - Joyce • Let's Ball A While - Zarita & Company • Hunter and the Hunted - Zarita • Good Ol' Girl - Mamie, Arcie, Madam Butler • Finale - Full Company