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High Life, The - Full Length Musical, Comedy

High Life, The

Arthur Schnitzler, Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin, Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

21m, 14f

ISBN: 9780573681189

Book by Fay Kanin and Michael Kanin
Lyrics and Music by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz
Suggested by Arthur Schnitzler's The Affairs of Anatol

"A great, big, gorgeous confection filled with good, solid entertainment." - New York Daily News
"A sumptuous slice of strudel...stuffed with a tart story and tangy score." - Ronald Evans

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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Period, Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1900-1910

Settings Of Play - 1904. Vienna.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Tony, From Broadway

Nominee! 4 Tony Awards, 1962
The last great musical by the team that wrote That's Entertainment and Dancing In The Dark! Anatol, the most famous ladies' man in turn of the century Vienna, decides that he's finished with love - he wants to get married. All his amours - from a magician's assistant to a society wife to the third swan from the left in the royal ballet - face this prospect with varying reactions, adding up to an evening of hilarity. When Anatol discovers, however, that his timid "frau" is a great deal more lively than he had expected, it is she who has the last laugh!

"A great, big, gorgeous confection filled with good, solid entertainment. The lyrics are deft...and the music is a full bodied score." - New York Daily News

"A sumptuous slice of strudel...stuffed with a tart story and tangy score." - Ronald Evans

The High Life was first presented on Broadway (with its original title The Gay Life) by Kermit Bloomgarden at the Shubert Theatre in New York City on November 18, 1961. It was directed by Gerald Freedman.
Characters

CASTING

21m, 14f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

Large

MAX - supporting
USHER
ANATOL - lead
FRANZ
HELENE - supporting
LIESL BRANDEL - lead
HERR BRANDEL - supporting
FRAU BRANDEL - supporting
MIMI
PROPRIETOR
THE GREAT GASTON
OTTO
ANNA
GRANDMOTHER
MAGDA - supporting
ENSEMBLE - plays many roles including Shy Girl, Tennis Girl, Mountain Climbers, Girl on Horseback, Nursemaid, Anatol the Boy, Strongman, Celestina, Pas De Quatre, Photographer, Doorman, Headwaiter, and Waiters

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Piano/Conductor Score
Song Samples

Overture

What a Charming Couple

Why Go Anywhere Else?

Bring Your Darling Daughter

Now I'm Ready for a Frau

Magic Moment

Who Can-You Can!

Oh, Mein Liebchen

The Label on the Bottle

This Kind of a Girl

The Bloom is Off the Rose

I'm Glad I'm Single

Something You Never Had Before

You're Not the Type

Come A-Wandering With Me

I Never Had a Chance

Author(s)

Fay Kanin

Fay Kanin (1917-2013) was an American writer for film, television, and the stage and was the first female President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to serve a full term. Her writinghas been awarded 3 Emmy awards (Tell Me Where it Hurts, Best Writing in Drama,1974; Writer of the Year, 1974; Friendly Fire, Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special, 1978); and nominated for an Academy Award ... view full profile

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