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Butterflies Are Free - Full Length Play, Comedy

Butterflies Are Free

Leonard Gershe

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573606441

"A lovely play. It is funny when it means to be, sentimental when it is so inclined, and heartwarming." - New York Daily News

"A charming play...humorous, winning and quietly moving." - The New York Post

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Time Period - 1970s, 1960s

Settings Of Play - The entire action takes place in Don Baker's apartment on East 11th Street in New York City.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Cuttings allowed, Monologues, Scene work

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

Young Don Baker, hero of his mother's children's book series, "Donny Dark" has been blind since birth, his overprotective mother following his every move. Don finally decides to take his own apartment in Manhattan and pursue his songwriting ambitions. When she meets his kooky neighbor, sexy actress Jill, Mrs. Baker's controlling instincts go into overdrive with hilariously touching results.
"A lovely play. It is funny when it means to be, sentimental when it is so inclined, and heartwarming." - New York Daily News

"A charming play... humorous, winning and quietly moving." - New York Post

Butterflies Are Free was first presented on Broadway by Arthur Whitelaw, Max J. Brown, and Byron Goldman at the Booth Theatre in New York City on October 21, 1969. It was directed by Milton Katselas.
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CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

DON BAKER
JILL TANNER
MRS. BAKER
RALPH AUSTIN
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Leonard Gershe

Born in New York City, Leonard Gershe made his Broadway debut as a lyricist for the 1950 revue Alive and Kicking. He wrote the book for Harold Rome's musical stage adaptation of Destry Rides Again in 1959, and in 1969 a play, Butterflies are Free. Later Gershe wrote another play, Snacks. He wrote the lyrics for the "Born in a Trunk" sequence from the Judy Garland/James Mason musical A Star Is ... view full profile

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