Calamity Jane


NOTE: In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, amateur productions of CALAMITY JANE are licensed by MTI Europe.

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.

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Materials
  • Cast
  • History
  • Musical Numbers
  • Upcoming
  • Act I

    In the wild and humorous Old West of Deadwood City, Dakota Territory, 1876, sharpshooter Calamity Jane dresses, rides, and shoots like a man. Still, Calamity attracts the romantic attention of dashing Lt. Danny Gilmartin and the famous Wild Bill Hickok. Fuss-budget Henry “Millie” Miller, owner of Deadwood’s hotel/bar/theatre, nervously awaits the arrival of a lovely East coast actress named Frances Fryer, whom he has hired to headline his show. Henry’s niece, Susan, assures him that Calamity will bring the stagecoach to town on time. Calamity arrives to much fanfare (“Deadwood Stage”). Bill and the men hope Francis will be as glamorous as the East Coast’s most alluring star, Adelaid Adams (“Adelaid”), but Millie secretly discovers the “actress” has turned out to be a young man named “Francis” and not “Frances” (“Everyone Complains About The Weather”). Meanwhile, Calamity grows exasperated by everyone’s obsession with the opposite sex (“Men!”).

    The show must go on, and Millie dresses Fryer as a woman. But when Fryer’s wig falls off during the act (“A Hive Full of Honey”), the local characters rise in noisy anger. Calam restores order with her trusty pistol and promises that Millie, to make amends, will next feature Adelaid Adams herself. The men are overjoyed, but Will Bill, Lt. Danny, and Millie know full well that Adelaid Adams wouldn’t be caught dead in Deadwood.

    After a rip-roaring song-battle with her arch rival, Wild Bill (“I Can Do Without You”), Calam storms out and heads for Chicago. She watches Adelaid’s show (“‘Tis Harry I’m Panning to Marry”) then slips backstage, where she mistakes Adelaid’s maid, Katie Brown, for the great actress herself. Katie sees this misunderstanding as her big opportunity, so she and Calam stagecoach back to Deadwood, where Katie is greeted as the famed Adelaid Adams. Calam entertains the bar crowd with a colorful account of their experience in Chicago (“Just Blew In From The Windy City”).

    That evening, Katie performs her act at the Golden Garter (Reprise: “‘Keep It Under Your Hat”), but when Fryer reveals her true identity, Katie breaks down and loses her way. Calam masterfully takes control of the audience and saves the day; Katie gives a show-stopping performance and wins the hearts of everyone in Deadwood, particularly those of Danny and Wild Bill.

    Act II

    Katie decides to stay in town and moves in with Calamity. Wild Bill watches them head off to their new home together, and it’s clear he’s in love (“Higher Than A Hawk”). Katie helps Calamity fix up her cabin (“A Woman’s Touch”) and they discuss their plans for the upcoming ball. Calamity had hoped to go with LT. Danny, but it’s clear that Katie and Lt. Danny are in love (“Love You Dearly”). Unaware of the romance, Calam agrees to go with Wild Bill, hoping to dithc him and win Danny’s heart.

    The ball begins (“The Black Hills Of Dakota”) and Calam, dressed in Katie’s finery, is the belle of the event. But 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 forces her to confront her true feelings. Taking a hard look at herself, Calamity realizes that all along it was Bill and not Danny that she loved (“Secret Love”).

    The show closes joyously with all of Deadwood’s citizens attending a double wedding: Calam to Wild Bill, and Katie to Lt. Danny Gilmartin (“Finale”).

    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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  • Full Orchestration

    2 Violin I (2 stands, 4 players)
    1 Violin II (2 players)
    1 Viola (2 players)
    1 Cello (2 players)
    1 Bass

    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

    1 Percussion:
    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

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • Principals

    Calamity Jane:
    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:

    Katie Brown:
    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.

    Henry Miller (“Millie”):
    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:

    Francis Fryer:
    An Eastern song-and-dance man importer by Miller as an entertainer on the assumption that the “Francis” is a “Frances,” providing worrisome complications.

    Adelaid Adams:
    The theatre star Katie impersonates. A beautiful, but affected woman.

    Supporting Roles

    An old, bewhiskered, fossilized stagecoach driver.

    “Doc” Pierce:
    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”

  • Act I

    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 The 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

    Act II

    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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