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Henry, Sweet Henry - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Henry, Sweet Henry

Nunnally Johnson, Bob Merrill, Nora Johnson

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

8m, 8f

ISBN: 9780573680236

Book by Nunnally Johnson
Music and Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Based on The World of Henry Orient by Nora Johnson

"Zesty songs...a thoroughly pleasant and most affectionate musical. We're given a hilarious sample [of] music depicting the rise of 'Man' from primordial slime." - New York Daily News

$8.95
: Acting Edition
$4.95
Digital Perusal Score Rental
$17.95
: Large Print
$19.95
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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Adaptations (Literature)

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1960s

Settings Of Play - New York City (1967)

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

Don Ameche starred on Broadway as the titular object of two teenage girls affections. Henry Orient, peripatetic roue and composer of "new music" is a legend in his own mind and skirt-chaser par excellence. Following Henry's every move are Val and Gil, two smitten teens who unwittingly blow the whistle on Henry and his various amours while chasing him up and down Manhattan.

REVIEWS

"Zesty songs...a thoroughly pleasant and most affectionate musical. We're given a hilarious sample [of] music depicting the rise of 'Man' from primordial slime." - New York Daily News


Henry, Sweet Henry opened on Broadway at the Palace Theater October 23, 1967 under the direction of George Roy Hill.

Characters

CASTING

8m, 8f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

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

CHORUS SIZE

Small

KAFRITZ - An arrange-anything-for-a-price schoolmate of Valerie.
VALERIE BOYD The love-starved daughter of wealthy parents.
MISS COONEY – The girls’ school teacher.
MARIAN GILBERT Valerie's best friend and schoolmate.
HENRY ORIENT An avant-garde composer and aging philanderer
STELLA A sexy, husband-fearing romantic from Scarsdale.
MRS. GILBERT – Marian’s mother whom Henry Orient cheats with..
USHERETTE – Leads the girls to their seats at Henry’s concert.
MRS. BOYD Valerie's socialite mother
RUSS – a Knickerbocker Grey military student set up with Valerie and Marian
CAPTAIN KENNETH – Military Captain of the Knickerbocker Greys boys school.
HAL a Knickerbocker Grey military student set up with Valerie and Marian
POLICEMAN Officer called to inspect an alleged drug ring run by Henry Orient.
MR. BOYD Valerie's successful industrialist father
POLICEMAN Officer called to inspect an alleged drug ring run by Henry Orient.
BIG VAL

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Easy

Piano/Conductor Score

(Note: While this show was originally orchestrated for a full orchestra we are currently only offering a Piano Only rental package for this title. If you are interested in more orchestra parts please contact your licensing representative for more information.)

Song Samples

Overture

Academic Fugue

In Some Little World

Pillar to Post

Here I Am

I Wonder How It Is

Nobody Steps on Kafritz

Henry, Sweet Henry

People Watchers

Weary Near to Dyin'

Poor Little Person

I'm Blue Too

To Be Artistic

Do You Ever Go to Boston?

Here I Am [Reprise]

Videos
  • Poor Little Person on the Ed Sullivan Show

Author(s)
Nunnally Johnson

Nunnally Johnson

Nunnally Hunter Johnson (December 5, 1897 – March 25, 1977) was an American filmmaker who wrote, produced, and directed motion pictures. He began his career as a journalist, writing for the Columbus Enquirer Sun, the Savannah Press, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and the New York Herald Tribune. He also wrote short stories, of a which a collection entitled There Ought To Be A Law, was published in 1930 ... view full profile

Bob Merrill

Bob Merrill

Bob Merrill (May 17, 1921 - February 18, 1998) was an American songwriter, theatrical composer, lyricist and screenwriter. He was the second most successful songwriter of the 1950s on the UK Singles Chart, with hits such as How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?, Mambo Italiano and Honeycomb. Longing to write more profound songs, he turned to musical theatre. By the late fifties, Merrill has ... view full profile

Nora Johnson

Nora Johnson

Nora Johnson (born in 1933) is an American author. She is the daughter of filmmaker Nunnally Johnson. Johnson was educated at the Brearley school, Abbot Academy, and Smith College, from which she graduated in 1954. Her first novel, The World of Henry Orient, inspired by her time at the Brearley School, was published in 1956, adapted into a film of the same name, and then a musical entitled Henry, ... view full profile

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