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Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The

Leon Carr, Joe Manchester, Earl Shuman, James Thurber

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

5m, 6f, 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573680502

Based on the story by James Thurber
Book by Joe Manchester
Music by Leon Carr
Lyrics by Earl Shuman
"A thoroughly pleasant musical evening." - Time

On his fortieth birthday Walter Mitty reflects on his drab, ordinary life. Defeated in his quest for wealth and glory by family responsibilities, a mortgage, and a routine job, he creates elaborate fantasies in which he is the hero. His secret world …

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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Adaptations (Stage & Screen)

120 minutes (2 hours)

Settings Of Play - The Present; Waterbury, Connecticut; Autumn
Takes place in the everday and the secret life of Walter Mitty

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

On his fortieth birthday Walter Mitty reflects on his drab, ordinary life. Defeated in his quest for wealth and glory by family responsibilities, a mortgage, and a routine job, he creates elaborate fantasies in which he is the hero. His secret world is so enticing that he often loses sight of the boundary between dream and reality and comically slips into his imagination. An attractive would be chanteuse aptly named Willa de Wisp encourages Walter to leave his wife, shed the burdens of suburban living and really live the secret life. Unfortunately it is as unattainable as it is appealing. At the end of the play Walter discovers that he is happily committed to the real world, complete with its mortgages and responsibilities.

"A thoroughly pleasant musical evening." - Time

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was first presented at the Players Theatre, New York City on October 26, 1964.

Characters

CASTING

5m, 6f, 1girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

A total of 15 actors were used in the original New York production, each one playing several roles. However, as many more actors as desired may be used.

CHORUS SIZE

Large

WALTER MITTY - Male, 40. A whimsical, henpecked, dreamer supreme. Instantly likeable.
AGNES - Female, 30-40. Mitty’s wife. Reasonably attractive, nagging, practical, but underneath her strong veneer, she is sensitive, understanding and smart.
PENINNAH - Female, 10-11. Mitty and Agnes’ daughter. Unspoiled and sweet.
HARRY - Male, 40’s. Pleasant, friendly bartender type.
WILLA - Female, Late 20’s. Sexy and kookie nightclub singer.
IRVING - Male, 30. Slightly dense. Her is a stern believer in health foods and spas, and looks it.
RUTHIE - Female, Mid 20’s. Volatile and a little on the crude side. Pretty in a cheep sort of way.
GORMAN - Male, 40. A successful salesman type with a gift of gab and great charm.
HAZEL - Female, Mid 20’s. Speaks with a lisp, dumb as they come.
SYLVIA - Female, Mid 20’s. Definitely not the finishing school type.
MACMILLAN - Male, 50. A large, pompous, gruff man.
CHORUS (SATB) - Firing Squad, Peasants, Mission Control Operator, Surgical Patient, Dr. Renshaw, Dr. Benbow, Nurses, Professor Remington, Dr. Pritchard-Mitford, Crêpe Suzette, Tortoni, Apple Turnover, Townspeople, Blind Date, Folies Customers, Male Dancers, Group Therapy Patients

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SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Medium

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

13 Piano/Conductor Score
Flute/Piccolo
Clarinet/Alto Saxophone 1
Clarinet/Alto Saxophone 2
Trumpet 1
Trumpet 2
Trombone
Percussion (Trumpet, Bells, Drums)
Violins I & 2 (2 books)
Viola
Cello
Bass
Harp
Song Samples

Prologue (Ensemble)

Aggie (Mitty)

Don't Forget (Aggie, Mitty)

Hello, I Love You, Goodbye (Gorman, Harry, Mitty)

Two Little Pussycats (Ruthie, Hazel)

You're Not (Mitty, Agness, Ensemble)

Epilogue (Ensemble)

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