You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Original)


Happiness is great musical theatre! With charm, wit, and heart, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang. This revue of songs and vignettes, based on the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip, is the ideal first show for those who would like to do a musical. Musical numbers include “My Blanket and Me,” “The Kite,” “The Baseball Game,” “Little Known Facts,” “Suppertime,” and “Happiness.” Guaranteed to please audiences of all ages!

NOTE: You are not required to perform the entire show! You may, at your option, perform your choice of scenes from the show, provided that the total running time for your performance (without intermission) is no less than 45 minutes. Under no circumstances may you add any dialogue, music, or vocal material to the show or combine versions. In the event that you do exercise this option, you do not need to notify us, and the quotation will not change.

All Tams-Witmark shows other than YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Revised or Original) must be performed in their entirety.

Music samples provided courtesy of Decca Records,
MPL Music Publishing, and Andrew Lippa

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Materials
  • Cast
  • History
  • Musical Numbers
  • Upcoming
  • Act I

    A program note says that the time of the action is “an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.” It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening.

    It seems to start off all right. After some brief comments on the nature of his character by his friends, Charlie Brown is swept into their center by a rousing tribute of only slightly qualified praise, in the song “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” He is then left to his own musings as he eats his lunch on the school playground, complicated unbearably by the distant presence of his true love, the “little redheaded girl,” who is always just out of sight.

    True love also seems to be the only unmanageable element in Lucy’s solid life, which we discover as we watch her try to bulldoze her way through to her boyfriend’s sensitive, six-year-old musician’s heart, in “Schroeder.” The little scenes then begin to accumulate, and we learn that Lucy’s little brother, Linus, is thoughtful about many things but fanatical when it comes to the matter of his blanket; that Patty is sweet and utterly innocent; and that Charlie Brown’s dog spends much if not most of his time thinking of being something else-a gorilla, a jungle cat, perhaps a handsome trophy or two-but that mostly his life is a pleasant one (“Snoopy”).

    The events continue to trickle on. Linus enjoys a private time with his most favorite thing of all (“My Blanket and Me”), Lucy generously bothers to inform him of her ambition-of-the-moment, to become a queen with her own queendom, and then Charlie Brown lurches in for still another bout with his own friendly enemy, “The Kite.”

    Valentine’s Day comes and goes with our hero receiving not one single valentine, which brings him to seek the temporary relief of Lucy’s five-cent psychiatry booth (“The Doctor Is In”). We then watch as four of our friends go through their individual struggles with the homework assignment of writing a hundred word essay of Peter Rabbit in “The Book Report.”

    Act II

    Act Two roars in with Snoopy lost in another world atop his dog house. As a World War One flying ace, he does not bring down the infamous Red Baron in today’s battle but we know that someday, someday he will.

    The day continues. We learn of the chaotic events of the Very Little League’s “Baseball Game” as Charlie Brown writes the news to his pen pal. Lucy is moved to conduct a personal survey to find out just how crabby she really is, and all the group gathers for a misbegotten rehearsal of a song they are to sing in assembly.

    It is “Suppertime,” and Snoopy once more discovers what wild raptures just the mere presence of his full supper dish can send him into. And then it is evening. The gathered friends sing a little about their individual thoughts of “Happiness” and then they go off, leaving Lucy to make a very un-Lucy-like gesture: she tells Charlie Brown what a good man he is.

    None of the cast is actually six years old. And they don’t really look like Charles Schulz’s Peanuts cartoon characters. But this doesn’t seem to make that much difference once we are into the play, because what they are saying to each other is with the openness of that early childhood time, and the obvious fact is that they are all really quite fond of each other.

    -Clark Gesner

    Based on the Comic Strip “PEANUTS” by Charles M. Schulz
    Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
    Originally Produced in New York by
    Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson
    Originally Directed in New York by Joseph Hardy

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    Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company

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  • Choose either Full Orchestration or Combo

    Full Orchestration

    2 Violin I (optional)
    1 Violin II (optional)
    1 Viola (optional)
    1 Cello (optional)
    1 Bass

    1 Reed I: Flute I & Piccolo
    1 Reed II: Flute II
    1 Reed III: Clarinet I
    1 Reed VI: Clarinet II
    1 Reed V: Bass Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone

    1 Horn (optional)
    1 Trumpets I & II
    1 Trombone
    1 Percussion

    Timpani (1 Pedal Drum)
    Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
    Bass Drum
    Tom Tom (optional)
    Cymbals –
    Hi – Hat
    Wood Block
    Cow Bell
    Slide Whistle
    School Bell
    Kite Crash – Sound Effect

    1 Guitar (optional)

    Piano, Celeste, Toy Piano & Melodica (Piano – Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)

    Combo Instrumentation (No Strings)

    1 Flute and Piccolo
    1 Bass
    1 Percussion

    Piano, Celeste, Toy Piano & Melodica (Piano – Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

    Optional Additional Materials

    1       Digital Download of Piano Rehearsal Tracks
    1       Stage Manager’s Guide

  • Principals

    (2 female; 4 male)

    Charlie Brown

    The original Broadway production had a cast of 6 performers. The show has no dedicated chorus. No doubling was employed.

  • YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN opened on March 7, 1967 and played for 1,597 performances in New York at the theatre 80 St. Marks with Gary Burghoff in the title role. This version was revived on Broadway in 1971 and played for 32 performances at the John Golden Theatre. A new version (YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN ([REVISED]) was presented on Broadway in 1999 and played for 149 performances at the Ambassador Theatre with award-winning performances by Roger Bart and Kristin Chenoweth as Snoopy and Sally.

    Awards (1967)

    2 Drama Desk-Vernon Rice Awards for Director and Performer
    The Outer Critics Circle Award for Production

  • Act I

    1. Opening – Orchestra
    2. “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” – Lucy, Patty, Linus, Schroeder, & Snoopy
    2a. Lunch Hour – Percussion
    2b. Bridge To Schroeder – Orchestra
    3. “Schroeder” – Lucy
    4. Quick Changes – Orchestra
    5. “Snoopy” – Snoopy
    5a. Change Music – Orchestra
    6. “My Blanket And Me” – Linus
    6a. Change Music – Orchestra
    7. Queen Lucy – Orchestra
    7a. Change Music – Orchestra|
    8. “The Kite” – Charlie Brown
    8a. Valentines – Orchestra
    8b. Lucy Opens Shop – Orchestra
    9. “The Doctor Is In” – Lucy & Charlie Brown
    9a. Snoopy-Sugarlips – Orchestra
    10. “The Book Report” – Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, & Charlie Brown
    11. Leaf – Orchestra

    Act II

    12. The Red Baron – Orchestra
    12a. Change Music – Orchestra
    13. Rabbit Chasing – Orchestra
    13a. Change Music – Orchestra
    14. “The Baseball Game” – Lucy, Patty, Linus, Schroeder, Charlie Brown, & Snoopy
    14a. Baseball Tag – Orchestra
    15. Crabbiness Survey – Percussion
    15a. Bridge To Glee Club – Orchestra
    16. “Glee Club Rehearsal” – Lucy, Patty, Linus, Schroeder, Charlie Brown, & Snoopy
    16a. Change Music – Orchestra
    17. Quick Changes – Orchestra
    18. “Little Known Facts” – Lucy
    19. “Suppertime” – Snoopy
    19a. Night Scene – Orchestra
    20. “Happiness” – Lucy, Patty, Linus, Schroeder, Charlie Brown, & Snoopy
    21. Bow Music – Orchestra

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