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Soup du Jour

Musical in 2 Acts. Book by Todd Mueller and Hank Boland. Music and lyrics by Gregg Opelka.

1999 Casey Award Winner: Best Musical (Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation)


There's a mystery at Bailey's restaurant, one of Gotham's top dining establishments, and it's up to Katharine Hawks, the New York Herald-Tribune's Pulitzer Prize-winning ace reporter, to solve it!

J. P. Thompson, editor of the struggling Herald-Tribune is desperately searching for a way to increase circulation. Across town, Stewart Bailey is simultaneously mourning the death of his father and preparing for his imminent wedding to socialite golddigger Tiffany Vandervanden. Stewart has just inherited his father's restaurant, the success of which was built on its famous soup du jour.

There's only one catch: Stewart's father took the recipe with him to the grave, and Stewart—along with everyone else in the story—winds up searching wildly for the missing recipe. Editor Thompson decides he, too, must have the secret recipe to solve his paper's circulation problems. Enter Katharine Hawks to save the day. Sent undercover as a waitress to Bailey's restaurant to find the recipe for the famed soup, Katharine winds up losing her heart to Stewart Bailey. Once she learns Stewart has lost the recipe, Katharine is in a real dilemma: Career or love?

Winning songs, lightning-fast dialogue in the Tracy-Hepburn tradition, and a great plot are the delicious ingredients of this delightful tribute to 1930s screwball comedies.


Percussion; violin; bass; tenor sax; flute; clarinet; piano

Musical Numbers

  1. Overture
  2. Katharine Hawks, the Foreign Correspondent
  3. The Scoop on the Soup
  4. Where?
  5. Mr. Chaplin, Wait Your Turn
  6. The Nothin-to-Complain-About Blues
  7. Soup Montage
  8. The Wedding Toast
  9. Write the Story / In Love with Kate
  10. Entr'acte
  11. A Lovely Scandal
  12. Look Behind the Face
  13. Write the Story (reprise)
  14. What Women Get Ya
  15. So Sorry, Tiffany / Soup Montage (reprise)
  16. The Wedding Toast (reprise)
  17. Bows

Cast: 3m., 3w. (Expansion possible: adding customers in restaurant/newspaper office.)

Scenes and Settings: New York City, 1939.