Say, Darling


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.

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  • 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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  • Full Orchestration:

    1 Violin A
    1 Violin B
    1 Violin C
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    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
    1 Guitar

    Piano/Conductor Score sent with rehearsal material.

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • (In order of appearance)

    Mr. Schneider
    Frankie Jordan
    Jack Jordan
    Pilot Roy Peters
    Ted Snow
    June, The Secretary
    Schatzie Harris
    Richard Hackett
    Irene Lovelle
    Rudy Lorraine
    Sidemen (2)
    Charlie Williams
    Maurice, a Pianist
    Arlene McKee
    Jennifer Stevenson
    Earl Jorgeson
    Cheryl Merrill
    Sammy Miles
    Rex Dexter
    Boris Reshevsky
    Morty Krebs

    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.

    Awards (1958)

    Theatre World Award for Outstanding Stage Performance by Robert Morse

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