SAY, DARLING is a three-act, behind-the-scenes comedy about the creation of a Broadway musical. Inspired by Richard Bissell’s semi-autobiographical novel, which chronicled his experience in transferring his novel 7½ Cents into The Pajama Game, SAY DARLING is more “straight play with music” than “traditional book musical.” Each of the eleven original songs by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green is sung within the context of the show the characters are rehearsing.
Humble Midwestern novelist Jack Jordan travels to the East Coast to help develop his bestseller into a Broadway musical. Jack soon gets an education about life behind the scenes on the Great White Way, as he encounters veteran stage producer/director Richard Hackett (loosely based on George Abbott), loudmouthed leading lady Irene Lovell, fledgling co-producer Ted Snow, self-indulgent composer Rudy Lorraine, and several other equally Runyonesque characters. Through auditions, rehearsals, rewrites in hotel rooms, and feuds among cast members, Jack must somehow hold his own in the wacky world of professional musical theatre.
Book by Richard Bissell, Abe Burrows and Marian Bissell
Based on the best-selling novel by Richard Bissell
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
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1 Violin A
1 Violin B
1 Violin C
1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed III: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed IV: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed V: Bass Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone
2 Horn I & II
1 Trumpet I
1 Trumpet II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Percussion I
1 Percussion II
1 Piano, Harmonium & Harmonica
Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Prompt Book for Director
23 Prompt Books for Cast
9 Vocal Parts
19 Chorus Parts
(In Order of Appearance)
SAY, DARLING was first presented by Jule Styne and Lester Osterman at the ANTA Theatre on the evening of April 3, 1958.
Pilot Roy Peters
June, The Secretary
Maurice, a Pianist
Assorted Minor Characters…
SAY, DARLING opened on April 3, 1958 and played for 332 performances on Broadway at the ANTA and Martin Beck Theatres starring Vivian Blaine, David Wayne, Johnny Desmond and Robert Morse.
Theatre World Award for outstanding stage performance by Robert Morse.
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