Play the Songs
- "Calamity Jane" Overture
- The Deadwood Stage
- Careless with the Truth
- Ev'ryone Complains About the Weather
- Hive Full of Honey
- I Can Do Without You
- It's Harry I'm Planning to Marry
- Windy City
- Kee[ It Under Your Hat
- A Woman's Touch
- Higher Than a Hawk
- The Black Hills of Dakota
- Love You Dearly
- My Secret Love
- Curtain Call
In the wild-west outpost of Deadwood City, 1876, sharpshooting tomboy Calamity Jane carouses with cowboys, townsfolk, and her arch rival, the famous Wild Bill Hickok. After a mix-up in the talent pool at Deadwood’s saloon-theater, Calam goes to Chicago to fetch the glamorous actress Adelaid Adams, but she returns instead with Adelaid’s maid, Katie Brown. Katie turns out to be quite a performer herself, and she wins the heart of the young Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin. At the local ball, Calam briefly sheds her tomboy persona and discovers she’s in love with Wild Bill Hickok.
Music samples courtesy of Jay Records and Warner Bros Records.
- Musical Numbers
We are in the wild, lusty, warm and humorous Old West of Deadwood City, Dakota Territory, 1876. Our story tells of famed Calamity Jane who dresses, rides and shoots like a man, but given the proper chance can be a beautiful girl who hankers for the love of a man. The man may be dashing Lt. Danny Gilmartin or the justly famed Wild Bill Hickok.
Fuss-budget Henry Miller, owner of Deadwood’s hotel-bar-theatre, nervously awaits the arrival of the lovely eastern actress, Frances Fryer, to embellish his show. His niece, Susan, assures him that Calamity will bring the stagecoach to town on time. And so Calamity does to the sharp and singable beat of Deadwood Stage. But the “actress” turns out to be a young man, “Francis” and not “Frances” of the hoped-for opposite sex.
The show must go on, and “Millie” contrives to dress Fryer as a woman, but when the latter’s wig falls off during the show, the local characters rise in noisy anger. Only Calam’s trusty pistol restores order; also her promise that “Millie,” to make amends, will import to Deadwood the east’s most glamorous star, Adelaid Adams herself. The men are overjoyed, but Will Bill, Lt. Danny Gilmartin and “Millie” know full well that Adelaid Adams wouldn’t be caught dead in Deadwood.
Calam, after a rip-roaring song-battle with Wild Bill expressed in I Can Do Without You, storms out headed for Chicago.
Calam mistakes Adelaid’s maid, Katie Brown, for the great actress herself. Before she is aware of it, she is stage-coaching Katie back to Deadwood where Katie is greeted in high excitement as the famed Adelaid Adams.
Unnerved by Fryer when he becomes aware of her true identity, Katie breaks down at the opening show, and only Calam’s masterful control of the audience saves the day. Bucked up by Calam, Susan and Fryer, Katie gives a show-stopping performance. All of Deadwood’s hearts are won, not the least being the hearts of Danny and Wild Bill.
After a ball given in honor of the new commander at Fort Scully, Calam, dressed in Katie’s finery, is the belle of the event. Her hour of triumph explodes when she finds Katie with Danny. In a fit of jealous anger she orders Katie to leave town, but Wild Bill corners her and reveals to the inner Calam that she is a real woman despite the fact she professes to act like a man. She learns that it was Bill all the time (not Danny) she loved. Her realization is expressed in the hauntingly lovely Secret Love which won an Academy Award.
CALAMITY JANE closes joyously with all of Deadwood’s citizens attending a double wedding, that of Calam to Wild Bill and Katie to Lt. Danny Gilmartin. Two wonderfully humorous ballets and such numbers as Windy City, A Woman’s Touch, Black Hills of Dakota, Adelaid and Higher Than A Hawk make CALAMITY JANE one of the most rewarding school and community group productions.
Adapted for the stage by Charles K. Freeman
From a screenplay by James O’Hanlon
produced by Warner Bros.
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Orchestral & vocal arrangements by Philip J. Lang
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2 Violin I (2 stands, 4 players)
1 Violin II (2 players)
1 Viola (2 players)
1 Cello (2 players)
1 Reed I: Clarinet, Alto Saxophone & optional Flute
1 Reed II: Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed III: Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed IV: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone
2 Horns I & II
2 Trumpets I & II
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
Timpani (2 pedal drums), Xylophone, Bells, Vibraphone, Trap Set [Bass Drum, Snare Drum (brushes & sticks), Tom Tom, Suspended Cymbal], Wood Blocks (2 pitches), Temple Blocks, Triangle, Cowbell, Ratchet, Tambourine & Castanets.
1 Guitar & Banjo
1 Piano & Celeste
Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.
This orchestration requires 25 players. However, the orchestra parts were voiced so that it is possible to use as few as ten players: Bass, Percussion, Piano, 4 Reeds, 2 Trumpets and Trombone I
2 Piano/Conductor Scores
20 Libretto/Vocal Books
A young woman of 23, who dresses, rides, shoots, and speaks like a man but loves like a woman. Deceivingly masculine in appearance, but capable of transition to a beautiful girl when dressed properly and groomed.
Wild Bill Hickock:
Man of about 35, a handsome figure, professional gambler and ex-peace officer; in love with Calamity but doesn’t know it.
Lt. Danny Gilmartin:
Young second lieutenant attached to nearby fort, tall, handsome, the man Calamity dreams about, but who falls in love with:
A stage-struck young lady of considerable beauty and talent, who, posing as a famous actress, comes West and captures the affection of all men in Deadwood City, particularly that of Hickock and Gilmartin, and in so doing incurs the enmity of Calamity.
The erratic, fuss-budget who owns and operates Deadwood’s “Golden Garter,” hotel-bar-theatre, where most of the action centers. He’s about 50 and always but one jump ahead of a nervous breakdown.
The young, friendly and pretty niece of Miller who is in charge. She will fall in love with:
An Eastern song-and-dance man importer by Miller as an entertainer on the assumption that the “Francis” is a “Frances,” providing worrisome complications.
The theatre star Katie impersonates. A beautiful, but affected woman.
An old, bewhiskered, fossilized stagecoach driver.
Deadwood’s “improvised” doctor and undertaker — a poker playing pal of Hickock’s.
Bartender at “The Golden Garter.”
Theatre Manager of The Bijou
Indians, prospectors, bullwhackers, bartenders, blacksmith, soldiers, officers, their wives, women of the town, merchants, teamsters, trappers, chorus girls, passersby in Chicago Street scene, etc.
The film musical CALAMITY JANE, starring Doris Day as Calamity and Howard Keel as Wild Bill Hickock, opened in 1953, winning an Oscar for Best Song.
This stage adaptation of the movie musical, featuring additional songs by Fain & Webster, premiered at the Municipal Theatre in St. Louis in 1961.
Academy Award – Best Music, Original Song: Sammy Fain (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics), for the song “Secret Love”
1. Overture – Orchestra
2. Opening Act One, Scene One – Orchestra
3. “Deadwood Stage” – Calamity, Bill, Mitter, & Company
4. “Adelaid” – Bill & Men
5. “Everyone Complains About This Weather” – Fryer
6. “Weather Dance” – Fryer
7. “Men!” – Calamity
8. Opening Act One, Scene Two – Orchestra
9. “Careless With The Truth” – Calamity, Bill, & Men
10. “A Hive Full Of Honey” – Fryer
11. Adelaid Ballet – Orchestra & Men
12. Opening Act One, Scene Three – Orchestra
13. Weather Dance Lesson – Fryer
14. “I Can Do Without You” – Calamity & Bill
15. Opening Act One, Scene Five – Orchestra
16. Backstage Harry – Orchestra
17. Opening Act One Scene Six – Orchestra
18. “‘Tis Harry I’m Planning To Marry” – Adelaid, Boys, & Girls
19. Reprise: “‘Tis Harry I’m Planning To Marry” – Katie
20. Scene Change: Act One, from Scene Six, Underscore Seven, Eight – Orchestra
21. “Just Blew In From The Windy City” – Calamity & Men
22. Adelaid Background – Men
23. Adelaid Curtain – Men
24. Scene Change: Act One, Scene Nine to Ten – Orchestra
25. “Keep It Under Your Hat – Katie
26. Reprise: Keep It Under Your Hat” – Katie
27. Exaggeration Ballet – Company
28. Entr’acte – Orchestra
29. Opening Act Two, Scene One – Orchestra
30. “Higher Than A Hawk” – Bill
31. Scene Change: Act Two, Scene One to Two – Bill
32. “A Woman’s Touch” – Calamity & Katie
33. Underplay: A Woman’s Touch – Orchestra
34. “Love You Dearly” – Katie & Danny
35. Scene Change: Act Two, Scene Two to Three – Orchestra
36. “The Black Hills Of Dakota” – Company
37. Opening Act Two, Scene Four – Orchestra
38. Polka: I Can Do Without You – Orchestra
39. Scene Change: Act Two, Scene Five to Six – Orchestra
40. Second Reprise: “‘Tis Harry I’m Planning To Marry” – Katie
41. Third Reprise: “‘Tis Harry I’m Planning To Marry” – Katie
42. Opening Act Two, Scene Seven – Orchestra
43. Underplay: I Can Do Without You – Orchestra
44. “My Secret Love” – Calamity
45. Reprise: Weather Dance – Orchestra & Fryer
46. Scene Change: Act Two, from Scene Eight, underscore Nine, to Ten – Orchestra
47. Finale – Company
48. Exit Music – Orchestra
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Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance Good Company Players FRESNO, CA 07/18/2019 09/15/2019