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Full Length Musical, Comedy
Book by Charles Busch
Music and Lyrics by Rusty Magee
"Plump with funny lines." - N.Y. Times. "Funny! Inventive! Outrageously outrageous!" - N.Y. Post."Plenty of laughs." -N.Y. Daily News."Playful, funny and original!" - Gannett Newspapers.
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Full Length Musical
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage
A musical comedy with lyrics and music by Rusty Magee based on the short story “The Green Heart” by Jack Ritchie, which was also the inspiration for the film A New Leaf. William Graham, a selfish, egotistical millionaire, discovers to his dismay that he has run through his entire inheritance. He is flat broke. His glamorous Teutonic mistress, Uta, gets the brainstorm that he should marry a wealthy woman who will support them both. Bill latches onto Henrietta, a hopelessly eccentric Professor of Botany and heiress to a large fortune. Bill marries Henrietta and moves into her mansion. As Bill extricates her from the exploitative clutches of her corrupt lawyer, McPherson, and sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Tragger, he finds himself to his amazement falling in love with his wife! The plot thickens when Bill attempts to break up with Uta. Livid, his former mistress gets in cahoots with McPherson and Tragger to gain control of Henrietta’s fortune. A musical black comedy-thriller, the principal characters plot and double-cross each other in an ingenious plot that ends with a time bomb threatening to blow up the entire cast.
"Plump with funny lines." - The New York Times "Funny! Inventive! Outrageously outrageous!" - New York
Post"Plenty of laughs." -New York Daily News"Playful, funny and original!" - Gannett Newspapers
"Demented and delightful... The jauntiest musical since Little Shop." - Newsday
Color blind casting, Expandable casting
Five principals, plus ensemble.
Charles Busch on "The Green Heart"
30 Years of Charles Busch: A Celebration
Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony ... view full profile
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