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Green Heart, The - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Green Heart, The

Rusty Magee, Jack Ritchie, Charles Busch

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573626678

Book by Charles Busch

Music and Lyrics by Rusty Magee

"Plenty of laughs." -N.Y. Daily News

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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.

REVIEWS

"Plump with funny lines." - The New York Times

"Funny! Inventive! Outrageously outrageous!" - New York Post

Post"Plenty of laughs." -New York Daily News"Playful, funny and original!" - Gannett Newspapers

"Demented and delightful... The jauntiest musical since Little Shop." - Newsday


The Green Heart opened in New York on April 10, 1997 at the Variety Arts Theater. It was presented by the Manhattan Theater Club under Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Director Barry Grove. The director was Kenneth Elliott.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting

CASTING NOTES

Five principals, plus ensemble.

CHORUS SIZE

Small

WILLIAM GRAHAM
UTA
HENRIETTA LOWELL
MCPHERSON
MRS. TRAGGER

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Piano/Conductor Score
Keyboard
Reed
Trumpet
Percussion (No Chorus Books available.)
Author(s)
Charles Busch

Charles Busch

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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