Two Gentlemen of Verona


Based on William Shakespeare’s comedy of the same name, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA tells the story of lifelong friends Proteus and Valentine, who leave their rural hometown to experience life in urban Milan. Valentine falls in love with Sylvia, whose father has betrothed her against her will to the wealthy but undesirable Thurio, and plots to win her hand. Disregarding his loyalty to Valentine and his hometown sweetheart, Julia, Proteus also sets his sights on Sylvia. He plans to expose his friend’s intentions to her father, have Valentine banished from Milan, and claim her for himself.

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

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Materials
  • Cast
  • History
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  • Bachelor friends Valentine and Proteus compete for the loves of Silvia and then Julia before being paired with their rightful mates in Galt MacDermot, John Guare and Mel Shapiro’s musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy.

    Adapted by John Guare & Mel Shapiro
    Lyrics by John Guare
    Music by Galt MacDermot
    Based on the play by William Shakespeare
    Presented on Broadway by the New York Shakespeare Festival,
    produced by Joseph Papp
    Original Broadway Production directed by Mel Shapiro
    Orchestrations by Galt MacDermot and Harold Wheeler

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  • Instrumentation: 13 Parts

    1 Bass (Electric and Upright)
    1 Guitars I & II (Electric, Classical & Stage Guitar)
    2 Drums/Percussion
    Drums: Trap Drum Set
    Percussion: Conga Drum, Cabasa, Tambourine, Timpani, Cow Bell & Suspended Cymbal

    1 Reed: Baritone Saxophone, Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone

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

    * Violin I & II (1 player doubles Mandolin and stage Marimba)
    * Viola
    * Cello

    * String Quartet players should double on various percussion instruments ad libitum at the
    discretion of the conductor.

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

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • Thurio betrothed to Silvia
    Speed servant/friend to Valentine
    Valentine Gentleman of Verona, lover of Silvia
    Proteus Gentleman of Verona, lover of Julia
    Julia (Sebastian) lover of Proteus) Two Gentlemen
    Lucetta (Caesario) servant/friend to Julia) of Verona
    Launce servant/friend to Proteus
    Antonio father of Proteus
    Duke of Milan father of Silvia
    Silvia, daughter of the Duke who’s hand is sought by Thurio, Eglamour,
    Proteus & Valentine
    Eglamour lover of Silvia whom the Duke sent to war
    Crab Launce’s dog
    Citizens of Verona & Milan

  • TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre, December 1, 1971 and played for 614 performances starring Raul Julia, Clifton Davis, Jonelle Allen and Diana Davila.

    AWARDS (1972)

    2 Tony Awards for Book and Musical
    7 Drama Desk Awards for Book, Choreography, Lyrics, Music, Costume Design, Director and Outstanding Performance.

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    F.H. LaGuardia High School New York, NY 05/30/2019 06/02/2019