Destry Rides Again


DESTRY RIDES AGAIN is based on the novel by Max Brand and the 1939 western movie starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart. Tom Destry is hired as the deputy sheriff of Bottleneck in order to rid the town of Kent and his gang. Frenchy, a saloon girl who is initially one of Kent’s followers, saves Destry’s life and becomes romantically involved with him.

Music samples provided courtesy of Decca Broadway and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • Hollywood’s classic western was filmed three times before the decision was made to turn the durable sagebrush saga into a Broadway musical. A whoopin’, shootin’, hollerin’ firecracker of a show, the action centers around a violence-hating sheriff, Thomas Jefferson Destry, Jr. and a peppery saloon entertainer known as Frenchy. Contrary to the movie industry’s moral code that never permitted a happy ending for a woman of easy virtue, Frenchy is not killed protecting Destry but ends up in his arms. The show’s choreographic highlight is the crackling, whip-cracking dance performed by the outlaws.

    Music and Lyrics by Harold Rome
    Book by Leonard Gershe
    Based on the Story by Max Brand
    Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Michael Kidd
    Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick

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  • Full Orchestration:

    2 Violin A
    1 Violin B
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed II: Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed III: Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed IV: Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed V: Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone

    1 Horn
    2 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II

    1 Percussion:

    Timpani (2 drums)
    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum
    Hi-Hat Cymbals
    Tom-toms (2)
    Bongo Drums
    Temple Blocks
    Wood Block
    Slide Whistle

    1 Guitar

    Piano-Celeste (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.)

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • Bartender
    Sheriff Keogh
    Kent’s Gang:
    Gyp Watson
    Bugs Watson
    Mayor Slade
    Rose Lovejoy
    Jack Tyndall
    Stage Driver
    Ming LI
    Mrs. Claggett

    Rose Lovejoy Girls, Frenchy’s Girls, Cowboys and Townspeople

  • DESTRY RIDES AGAIN played for 472 performances on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre starring Dolores Gray and Andy Griffith.

    Awards (1960)

    Tony Award for Best Choreography

  • Act I

    1. Overture – Orchestra
    2. Opening: “Don’t Take Me Back To Bottleneck” – Chorus, Gyp, Bugs & Rockwell
    3. “Ladies” – Frenchy & Girls
    4. Incidental – Orchestra
    5. The scene continues – Orchestra
    6. The scene continues – Orchestra
    7. “Hoop-De-Dingle” – Wash, Chorus, Gyp, Bugs, & Rockwell
    8. Processional (Hoop-De-Dingle Crossover) – Orchestra
    9. Scene Changes – Orchestra & Chorus
    10. The Scene Continues – Chorus
    11. “Tomorrow Morning” – Destry
    12. End of Scene 2 – Orchestra
    13. “Ballad Of A Gun” – Destry & Wash
    14. The Social (Dance) – Orchestra
    15. End of Scene – Orchestra
    16. “I Know Your Kind” – Frenchy
    17. “I Hate Him” – Frenchy
    17a. Change of Scene 4 – Orchestra
    18. Change of Scene 5 – Orchestra
    19. “Paradise Alley” – Gyp, Bugs, Rockwell, Men, Tenor Solo
    19a. Scene Continues – Orchestra
    20. “Anyone Would Love You” – Destry & Frenchy
    20a. The Scene Continues – Orchestra
    21. “Once Knew A Fella” – Destry & Men
    22. The Scene Continues – Orchestra
    23. “Every Once In A While” – Men & Dance
    23a. Coda to: Every Once In A While – Orchestra
    24. “Fair Warning” – Frenchy
    25. Reprise: “Ballad of The Gun” – Chorus

    Act II

    Entr’acte – Orchestra
    26. “Are You Ready, Gyp Watson?” – Frenchy, Kent, Gyp, Bugs, Rockwell, Chorus
    27. “Not Guilty” – Male Chorus (acapella)
    27a. Reprise: “Are You Ready, Gyp Watson?” – Frenchy, Destry, & Chorus
    28. “Only Time Will Tell” – Destry & Chorus
    28a. After: Only Time Will Tell – Orchestra
    28b. The Scene Continues – Orchestra
    29. Reprise: “Hoop-De-Dingle” – Wash
    30. Introduction: Respectability – Orchestra
    31. “Respectability” – Rose & Girls
    32. “Ring On The Finger” – Frenchy & Girls & Clara
    33. Incidental (after Ring On The Finger) – Orchestra
    34. Reprise: “Once Knew A Fella” – Frenchy & Destry
    35. “I Say Hello” – Frenchy
    36. “Dirge (Hoop-De-Dingle)” – Chorus (acapella)
    37. Crossover (after Dirge) – Orchestra
    38. Finale Act II – Chorus
    39. Exit Music – Orchestra

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