LITTLE JOHNNY JONES, George M. Cohan’s first full-length musical, features some of Cohan’s most memorable songs, including “Give My Regards To Broadway” and “Yankee Doodle Boy.” The title character was inspired by the famous jockey Tod Sloan.
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A brash, patriotic American jockey, Johnny Jones, goes to England to ride his horse, Yankee Doodle, in the English Derby. Jones falls in love with Goldie Gates, a San Francisco copper heiress, who follows him to Britain, disguising herself as a man to discover if Jones really loves her. Anthony Anstey, an American who runs a Chinese gambling establishment in San Francisco, offers Jones a bribe to lose the race deliberately, but he refuses. After Jones loses, Anstey spreads rumors that he threw the race intentionally. Jones’ detective, pretending to be a drunkard, searches for evidence to clear Johnny’s name and finds out that it was Anstey that framed Jones. Jones tells his friends who are returning to America, “Give My Regards to Broadway,” but he stays in London to try to regain his reputation. Jones returns to America with his name cleared, eager to propose marriage to Goldie, but he finds that Anstey has kidnapped her. He and his detective search for her in San Francisco’s Chinatown, eventually finding her.
LITTLE JOHNNY JONES
Music, Lyrics and Book by George M. Cohan
Adapted by Alfred Uhry
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Instrumentation: 18 Parts
3 Violin I & II
1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute & Clarinet
1 Reed II: Flute, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
1 Reed III: Oboe & Clarinet
2 Trumpet I & II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II (Bass Trombone)
Timpani (2 Drums)
Piatti (Hand Cymbals)
1 Drums: (Trap Set)
Cymbals: Suspended, Hi-Hat, Crash, Ride
1 Banjo (doubles Guitar & Mandolin)
1 Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
1 Prompt Book for Director
8 Prompt Books for Cast
30 Chorus-Vocal Books
Starter at the Hotel Cecil, London
Timothy D. McGee – a race track man
Anthony Anstey – a race track man
Florabelle Fly – society editor, San Francisco Searcher
Goldie Gates – an American copper heiress
Earl of Bloomsbury
Sing-Song sports editor – Peking Gazette
Whitney Wilson the unknown – (Pinkerton Detective Agent)
Mrs. Kenworth – guardian and aunt of Goldie
Johnny Jones – an American jockey
Waiter, Policeman, Newsboy, Saratoga Announcer, Bellboys, Sailors, Porters, Jockeys & American Girls
This revised version of the classic LITTLE JOHNNY JONES originated at the Goodspeed Opera and was transferred to Broadway at the Alvin Theatre in 1982 starring Donny Osmond in the title role.
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