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Langston Hughes's Little Ham - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Langston Hughes's Little Ham

Dan Owens, Judd Woldin, Richard Engquist, Langston Hughes, Eric Krebs

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

8m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573629990

Book by Dan Owens
Music by Judd Woldin
Lyrics by Richard Engquist and Judd Woldin
Based on the play "Little Ham" by Langston Hughes, from a concept by Eric Krebs
"A jazzy musical bauble with fine songs... An uptown Guys and Dolls ...with a high spirited melodious score...The music plumbs a great tradition with skill and joy.... The lyrics are also terrific...[There is] a heartbreaking second act show…"
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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Period

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - Harlem. Early fall. 1936.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Exterior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Love and loyalty in the heyday of the 1930's Harlem renaissance, a tale set to a bubbling jazz score, won rave reviews Off Broadway. The downtown mob is threatening to take over the uptown numbers game. Only Hamlet Hitchcock Jones, known as Little Ham, stands in their way. A smooth operator with big dreams and fast feet, he rallies his neighbors and wins his lady love.
"A jazzy musical bauble with fine songs... An uptown Guys and Dolls ...with a high spirited melodious score...The music plumbs a great tradition with skill and joy.... The lyrics are also terrific...[There is] a heartbreaking second act show stop Book by Dan Owens
Music by Judd Woldin
Lyrics by Richard Engquist and Judd Woldin
Based on the play Little Ham" by Langston Hughes, from a concept by Eric Krebs
Little Ham was first produced by Amas Musical Theatre in New York City. It was revived at the  John Houseman Theater on September 26, 2002. It was directed by Eric Krebs.
Characters

CASTING

8m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

CASTING NOTES

The White Policeman and Bradford should be played by the same actor. 

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

CLARENCE - a janitor
MADAME LUCILLE BELL - proprietress of the Paradise Shine Parlor
OPAL - Tiny Lee's manicurist
LARCHMONT - a chauffeur
LEROY - Lucille's main man
MRS. DOBSON - a feisty grandmother
AMANDA - a pretentious matron
HAMLET HITCHCOCK JONES - a show-shiner with ambition
TINY LEE - a hairdresser and business woman
LOUIE "THE NAIL" MAHONEY - a gangster
RUSHMORE - Louie's "accountant"
JIMMY - Sugar Lou's dresser and manager
SUGAR LOU BIRD - a showgirl
POLICEMAN - a white man
BRADFORD - Louie's Wall Street contact

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Medium

MUSICAL STYLE

Jazz

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Piano/Conductor Score
Trumpet
Reed (Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet)
Bass
Drums
Song Samples

I'm Gonna Hit Today

It's All in the Point of View

Stick With Me, Kid

No

Get Yourself Some Lovin'

That Ain't Right

Cuttin' Out

Room for Improvement

Get Back

Harlem, You're My Girl

Angels

Big Ideas

Helluva Good Time

Wastin's Time

Say Hello to Your Feet

Author(s)

Other Judd Woldin titles:

Other Richard Engquist titles:

Other Langston Hughes titles:

Other Eric Krebs titles:

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