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Really Rosie - Full Length Musical

Really Rosie

Carole King, Maurice Sendak

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Full Length Musical

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573681523

Book and Lyrics by Maurice Sendak
Music by Carole King

From the brilliant minds of Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are)and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Carole King, Really Rosieis a jewel for children and adults. 

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Full Length Musical

Theatre for Young Audiences

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - The front steps of a Brooklyn home on a hot day in July.


Unit Set/Multiple Settings


Appropriate for all audiences


Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Youth/Camp Programs

Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block of Brooklyn’s Avenue P, entertains herself and her friends by acting out showbiz fantasies, notably directing and starring in an Oscar-winning movie. 

Written by the author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are and other popular children’s books, Really Rosie is a jewel for children and adults. Author Maurice Sendak is the winner of a Caldecott Medal, National Book Award, and a National Medal of the Arts. Composer Carole King is the winner of a National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award, a Grammy Trustees Award, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Award for Popular Song.


"There is such juicy vitality, such insouciant grace, such frolicking exploration of the waist high jungle of childhood [...] You will regret not being able to wrap up a large chunk of the proceedings and take them home with you." - New York Magazine

"Provides more honest fun than most [...] musicals." - Women's Wear Daily

A half-hour animated television special aired on CBS TV in February 1975. It was directed by Maurice Sendak, with Carole King voicing the title character. An album based on the songs by King and lyrics by Sendak is available on Ode/Epic/SME Records. In the animated special, only the first seven songs and Really Rosie (Reprise) were showcased. Sendak expanded the piece for London and Washington, DC, stage productions in 1978, and an off-Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Patricia Birch with designs by Sendak, which opened on October 14, 1980, at the Westside Theatre, where it ran for 274 performances.


4m, 2f


Expandable casting


Plus Chorus



ROSIE - Bossy ten year old girl who plans to direct the movie "Did You Hear what Happened to Chicken Soup?"
KATHY - Rosie's sidekick and secretary who longs for her chance in the spotlight
PIERRE - doesn't care and has a major attitude
JOHNNY - Shy and A Bit Nerdy
ALLIGATOR - Kathy's brother who actually belives he is an alligator
CHICKEN SOUP - Rosie's brother who runs away
OTHER ROLES - Rosie, Johnny and Kathy's Mothers and a small chorus of neighborhood kids
Rental Materials




Classic Broadway



7 Piano/Conductor Scores
Reed (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone)
Song Samples

Really Rosie

One Was Johnny

Alligators All Around


The Ballad of Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup with Rice

Avenue P

My Simple Humble Neighborhood

The Awful Truth

Such Sufferin'

  • Animated Television Special

  • Animated Television Special

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Kristin Warner 11/9/2014 9:44 PM
We just finished performing this show at the Madison Country Day School in Madison, WI. The students had a great time, the music was fun to learn and it was just a great all around experience. Thank you Samuel French!
Melissa Frank 4/28/2014 12:22 PM
I was so excited to buy this script.  I love the music and, during the 80's and early 90's, had enjoyed listening to the cast recording (which I would love to find again!).  I was hopeful of staging this play, but after reading it again after 20+ years, I thought, "I wouldn't let my children see this."  Kids insulting each other (dare I day bullying?) and mothers threatening violence.  It's not appropriate.  My children enjoy the Carole King album, so we'll have to stick with this for now.

I would love to see this play rewritten so that it is suitable for today's youth.

I am still rating it highly because the music is classic and it's one of the shows that I have staged in my head, just awaiting an audience.

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