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To Whom It May Concern (Hall) - Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

To Whom It May Concern (Hall)

Carol Hall

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Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

7m, 7f, 1m or f

ISBN: 9780573681295

"A celebration! ... Communities will be presenting To Whom It May Concern for years to come." - The New York Times
"A melodic score and a joyous communal spirit which doesn't end until the house lights come up!" - Associated Press

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Description

Full Length Musical

Dramatic Comedy

Faith-based

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Often, this show is performed in the sanctuary of a church and it works well there. Other times, a set on stage has been created to resemble the sanctuary. If in a church, the opening calls for cast members to be randomly placed in the actual pews and to stand as their singing parts come up in the opening number. They then make their way to the stage while singing. Suggestions regarding lighting and props are included in Production Notes in script.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Church / Religious Groups

Conceived by Carol Hall, who wrote the music and lyrics to The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, this joyful musical took Off Broadway by surprise. It is a tuneful, warm and witty observation of what really goes on in the hearts and minds of people as they participate in a church service. The ninety minutes of song, monologue and poetry require almost no set and only one piano. Done in a theatre or church sanctuary, To Whom It May Concern is perfect for all church and theatre groups, especially those with access to glorious voices.

"A celebration! ... Communities will be presenting To Whom It May Concern for years to come." - The New York Times

"A melodic score and a joyous communal spirit which doesn't end until the house lights come up!" - Associated Press

"Witty, inspiring. It's applications are universal." - New York Daily News

"To Whom It May Concern is a genial attempt, cast in the Godspell mode, to rethink aspects of worship and the validity of Christianity in these modern times... On the surface of things the show might appear to have the most validity for Episcopalians, since the structure of the intermissionless hour-and-a-half is based on the Episcopal service. But Miss Hall's ideas and ideals are refreshingly ecumenical... To Whom It May Concern' manages to remind the observer, with warmth and wit, that true worship is not a ritual but an ongoing communication with the Almighty." - Christian Science Monitor

To Whom it May Concern was first presented at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, under artistic director Nikos Psacharpoulos, on July 17, 1985. It was directed by Geraldine Fitzgerald. The play was subsequently presented Off Broadway by Bedda Roses Company, by arrangement with Williamstown Theatre Festival, at St. Stephens Church in New York City on December 5, 1985. It was also directed by Ms. Fitzgerald.
Characters

CASTING

7m, 7f, 1m or f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Casting includes pianist.

CHORUS SIZE

Medium

CHOIR MASTER
THE CHILD
THE PRIEST
GRANDAD
FAY - a new theologian
BOB - a dog owner
CAROLINE - a woman who hears voices
FREDERIKA - a woman needing miracles
SISTERS - a woman with religious relatives
CELIA - a woman unlucky in love
MIKE - the brother
DELORIS - a woman who left home
ELLIOTT - a single parent
THE STRANGER
PIANIST/CONDUCTOR

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

16 Piano/Vocal Scores

Reference CD
Song Samples

When I consider the Heavens

Truly My Soul

Miracles

We Were Friends

Sandy

Ain't Nobody Got a Bed of Roses

We Believe

I'll Only Miss the Feeling

Author
Carol Hall

Carol Hall

Carol Hall wrote both music and lyrics for the TONY-winning The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and contributed to Sesame Street, A...My Name is Alice, and the landmark children’s classic Free to Be You and Me. For that project, she wrote both music and lyrics for “It’s All Right To Cry,” “Parents Are People,” and “Glad To Have A Friend Like You.” She also wrote the Off-Broadway musical To Whom ... view full profile

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