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Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical

Anne Beatts, Ellie Greenwich, Jack Heifner, Melanie Mintz

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

4m, 10f

ISBN: 9780573681684

Music and Lyrics by Ellie Greenwich and friends
Liner notes by Anne Beatts
Additional material by Jack Heifner
Based on an original concept by Melanie Mintz

This hit Broadway musical retrospective celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the sixties charts.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Biography

90 minutes

Time Period - 1960s

Settings Of Play - Here and now - in the days of beehives and 45s. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Tony, From Broadway, From Off-Broadway

NOMINEE! 1985 TONY AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL
This hit Broadway musical retrospective celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the sixties charts. The story of Ellie's rise to fame and fortune is punctuated with the virtual Hit Parade of her music: "Chapel of Love," "Da Do Ron Ron," "Be My Baby," "Hanky Panky," Do Wah Diddy," "And Then He Kissed Me" and, of course, the title song "Leader of the Pack."


REVIEWS:

"Leader of the Pack was the first modern Broadway musical of its kind to tell the story of a real person through their songs [the singular Ellie Greenwich] — a precursor to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical before the [jukebox musical] genre was popular or well-worn." - Playbill.com

"A happy, high spirited, foot stomping romp. I never realized the songs of the sixties could sound so good." - WNBC Radio

"The show dances with that up tempo "wall of sound' that was part of all our lives." - Hollywood Reporter

"Superior, consistently ingratiating entertainment." - Variety


Leader of the Pack opened on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre on April 8, 1985. It was directed by Michael Peters. 
Characters

CASTING

4m, 10f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Room for a large ensemble and extras. 

CHORUS SIZE

Large

DARLENE LOVE - Narrator & Girl Group Singer.
ANNIE GOLDEN - Famed back up singer and vocalist
YOUNG ELLIE GREENWICH - 1960s, famed doo wop singer and songwriter. 
ROSIE - Ellie's mother
SHELLEY - Girl group singer
MICKEY - Girl group singer
JEFF BARRY - Ellie's Writing Partner & Husband
GUS SHARKEY - Music Publisher/Boy group singer
D.J. VOICE - Boy Group Singer
WAITRESS - A waitress (can also play Mickey)
LOUNGE SINGER - Night Club and girl group singer
DANCE COUPLE - Ensemble
ELLIE GREENWICH - Ellie grown up
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Large

MUSICAL STYLE

Pop/Rock

VOCAL DEMANDS

Easy

15 Keyboard I/Conductor Scores

Reed I (Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Alto & Tenor Sax)
Reed II (Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Soprano & Tenor Sax)
Reed III (Flute, Clarinet, Baritone Sax)
Trumpet I (Doubles Flugelhorn)
Trumpet II (Doubles Flugelhorn)
Trombone
Percussion
Drums
Guitar
Keyboard II (Synth)
Electric Bass
Song Samples

Leader of the Pack

Be My Baby

Wait 'Til My Bobby Gets Home

I Wanna Love Him So Bad

And Then He Kissed Me

Baby I Love You

Chapel of Love

Maybe I Know

Hanky Panky

Da Doo Ron Ron

River Deep Mountain High

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Author(s)
Anne Beatts

Anne Beatts

Anne Beatts is a TV writer-producer who won two Emmys as a writer for the original "Saturday Night Live." At SNL, she and her writing partner Rosie Shuster created many of the most memorable characters, such as Todd and Lisa Lupner, Uncle Roy, Laraine Newman’s Child Psychiatrist, Irwin Mainway, and Fred Garvin, Male Prostitute. She created and produced the critically-acclaimed CBS sitcom, ... view full profile

Jack Heifner

Jack Heifner

Jack Heifner is the author of over thirty plays and musicals produced in New York, Los Angeles, and theatres around the world. He is best known for the play version of Vanities, which ran for five years in New York, is published by Samuel French, and became one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. He is also the author of Patio/Porch, Boys' Play, Home Fires, Comfort and Joy, ... view full profile

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