Little Johnny Jones (Revised)


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.

Photos courtesy of Goodspeed Musicals

  • Synopsis
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  • Orchestration
  • Materials
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  • History
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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.

    Music, Lyrics and Book by George M. Cohan
    Adapted by Alfred Uhry

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  • Instrumentation: 18 Parts

    3 Violin I & II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute & Clarinet
    1 Reed II: Flute, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
    1 Reed III: Oboe & Clarinet

    1 Horn
    2 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II (Bass Trombone)

    1 Percussion:
          Timpani (2 Drums)
          Bass Drum
          Side Drum
          Suspended Cymbal
          Crash Cymbal
          Piatti (Hand Cymbals)
          Slide Whistle
          Temple Blocks

    1 Drums: (Trap Set)
          Bass Drum
          Snare Drum
          Tenor Drum
          Floor Tom-Tom
          Wood block
          Siren Whistle
          Cymbals: Suspended, Hi-Hat, Crash, Ride
          Temple Blocks
          Duck Quack
          “G” Bell

    1 Harp
    1 Banjo (doubles Guitar & Mandolin)


  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • Starter at the Hotel Cecil, London
    Derby Announcer
    Captain Squirvy
    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
    A newsboy
    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.

  • Act I

    1. Overture – Orchestra
    2. Opening Chorus Act One – Starter, Florabelle, Anstey, McGee, Goldie, & Chorus
    3. “Then I’d Be Satisfied With Life” – Anstey
    4. Johnny’s Entrance-Underscore – Orchestra
    5. “Yankee Doodle Boy” – Johnny & Chorus
    6. Johnny’s Exit – Orchestra
    7. Scene Change – Orchestra
    8. “Oh You Wonderful Boy” – Goldie, Florabelle, & Girls
    9. “The Voice In My Heart” – Mrs. Kenworth & Chorus
    10. “Yankee Doodle Reprise” – Wilson & Mcgee
    11. Finale Act One – Derby Announcer, Goldie, McGee, Johnny, & Chorus

    Act II

    12. Entr’acte – Orchestra
    13. Opening Act Two – Captain & Chorus
    14. “Goodbye Flo” – Florabelle & Men
    15. “Life’s a Funny Proposition After All” – Johnny
    16. Wonderful Boy Underscore – Orchestra
    17. “Let’s You and I Just Say Goodbye” – Goldie & Johnny
    18. “Give My Regards To Broadway” – Johnny & Chorus
    19. “Broadway” Encore – Johnny & Chorus
    20. Extra! Extra! – Orchestra
    21. “American Ragtime” – Florabelle, McGee, Chorus
    22. “Voice In My Heart” Reprise – Captain & Mrs. Kensworth
    23. Finale Act Two – Johnny, Goldie, McGee, & Chorus
    24. Bows – Full Company

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