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Glimpses of the Moon - Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

Glimpses of the Moon

Tajlei Levis, John Mercurio

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Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573699054

Book and lyrics by Tajlei Levis
Music by John Mercurio
Based on the novel by Edith Wharton

"This is one of the best new musicals I've seen in ages...A well-crafted, witty musical comedy...a sparkling valentine to the Jazz Age." – BroadwayWorld.com 

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Full Length Musical

Dramatic Comedy

Adaptations (Literature), Period, Romantic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - 1920s, 1910s / WWI

Settings Of Play -

The show takes place in several locations: a Manhattan ballroom, a Newport mansion, a cottage in Maine etc. The settings can be represented simply through props (a chandelier, a crystal vase) or with a unit set. The show can also be performed in a site-specific location.


Local Celebrity Cameo

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


From Off-Broadway

Set amid the whirl of 1922 Manhattan society, this sparkling comedy features a jazzy danceable score and a timeless romantic story. With plenty of friends but little money, Susy Branch and her friend Nick Lansing devise a clever scheme to live beyond their means. They'll marry and live off the wedding gifts, while they help one another secure more suitable millionaire spouses. The plan works perfectly - until they fall in love.

"This is one of the best new musicals I've seen in ages...A well-crafted, witty musical comedy...a sparkling valentine to the Jazz Age." – BroadwayWorld.com

"...Clever and intelligent...a droll comedy that makes a pleasant evening's diversion." –Variety

"It's an off-Broadway musical in the way that off-Broadway musicals used to be - derived from lofty literary works, and taking the high road in being smart." – Theatermania.com

"Glimpses of the Moon has already bested most of the current crop of musicals for civilized entertainment." – Broadwayworld.com/Showtime

"I loved it!...a dizzy delight of a musical..." – Yahoo! Broadway

Glimpses of the Moon was first produced in the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel in NYC.



3m, 3f


Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


Ideally, each week of the run could feature a different Guest-Star who can perform the Cabaret Singer role (it is also possible to have the actor who plays Ellie perform this role).


No Chorus

SUSY BRANCH (late 20s) – Susy is bright, pretty and practical. Though born into society, her father's gambling habit and untimely death left her dependent on wealthy friends who appreciate her grace, charm, and enthusiasm.

WINTHROP "STREFFY" STREFFORD (30-50) – Streffy is British and proper, fourth in line to inherit a title and large fortune. In the meantime, he is a career freeloader, dining out on rich Americans' fondness for European royalty. Though gossipy, selfish and a bit mean, he is fun to have around. He has long been secretly in love with Susy, but being too poor to have any chance to marry, he has settled for being her friend and confidante.

ELLIE VANDERLYN (late 40s) – Self-absorbed wealthy society matron. She is attractive, ambitious, self-centered, used to getting whatever she likes.

NELSON VANDERLYN (50-60) – Successful banker, he has endured 20 years of marriage to Ellie. And somehow, despite her mistreatment, remains steadfastly in love with her.

URSULA GILLOW (late 40s) – A vain society matron, even richer than the Vanderlyns. She and Ellie have a longstanding rivalry. (The same actor plays Coral, below.)

NICK LANSING (30s) – A scholar of classical archeology who dreams of writing historical novels, Nick is romantic and passionate, well-traveled­, curious. He appreciates beauty and the finer things, but has an old fashioned moral strength. He had a small inheritance but burned through it quickly several years earlier. Like Susy, he was born rich to a good family, went to the right schools and clubs, but is now without sufficient funds.

CORAL HICKS (20s) – Frowsy over-educated heiress from the Midwest. Her father founded a successful department store. She is serious, awkward, overly intellectual but socially inept. She knows everything in books and nothing about human interaction. This actor will also play Ursula and a Maid.

MAID - Female (20-40). A servant at the Vanderlyn's Newport mansion.

THE CABARET SINGER – 40s-70s. This is a guest-starring part with a one-song walk-on and a few lines, requiring minimal preparation.

Rental Materials




Classic Broadway, Jazz



7 Piano/Vocal Scores
Reed (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, optional Oboe)
Song Samples

Modern Age

The Proposal

Glimpses of the Moon

Glories of Greece

Can't You Hear That Jazz

Terrible News

I'll Step Aside

That's What Money Can Buy

Tell Her I'm Happy

But You're Not Him

  • Glimpses of the Moon in Pictures and Quotes

  • Glimpses of the Moon

Tajlei Levis

Tajlei Levis

Tajlei Levis grew up in Manchester Vermont, where she began writing and producing musicals for living room cabarets. Tajlei wrote book and lyrics for Glimpses of the Moon, a Jazz Age musical based on Edith Wharton’s 1922 novel (with composer John Mercurio). Tajlei wrote book and lyrics for a series of vintage New York musicals including A Time to be Born: A 1940’s New York Musical, based on Dawn ... view full profile

John Mercurio

John Mercurio

John Mercurio's musical Academy played at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre where it received a Carbonell Nomination for Best Musical and at the Aurora Theatre and the Daegue International Musical Theatre Festival in South Korea. Before that, Academy won the New York Musical Theatre Festival citation for Outstanding Score and Ensemble, the Daegu International Musical Festival Award for Best Musical and ... view full profile

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