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Savin’ Up For Saturday Night: The Honky-Tonk Musical - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Savin’ Up For Saturday Night: The Honky-Tonk Musical

Jeff Goode, Richard Levinson

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573700248

Book by Jeff Goode
Songs by Richard Levinson

Lovin’ ain’t easy in this one-honky-tonk town, so when the bartender and the bandleader fall for the same dance hall girl, you’re in for an evening of showstoppers and toe-tappers, cat fights, and love quadrangles that’ll keep any joint jumpin’ till way past last call.

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Full Length Musical


120 minutes (2 hours)

Settings Of Play - The Ready Bar & Fill, a one-stop honky-tonk and auto shop in the tiny town of Ready, U.S.A.


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Lovin’ ain’t easy in this one-honky-tonk town, so when the bartender and the bandleader fall for the same dance hall girl, you’re in for an evening of showstoppers and toe-tappers, cat fights, and love quadrangles that’ll keep any joint jumpin’ till way past last call. And if you think you got the gumption, you’re welcome to get up and dance along.


"Be Prepared to Laugh...Savin' Up for a Saturday Night is a HOOT and a HALF!" - Adirondack Family Time, Read More 

“GO!” (Pick of the Week) - L.A. Weekly

“This musical will take you completely by surprise, exuberant and fresh...bright, original...authentic and romantic and loads of fun! Grinnin’ from ear to ear the whole time!” - The Santa Monica Daily Press

“More than delivers on its promise of a good time...don’t miss the fun!” - Broadway World

“Unpretentious, country-fried fun! The songs are rousin....energetic foot-stompin’ dance numbers...a nifty you-are-there feel, simulating a seedy dive in an unspecified rural town...whimsical, s*** -kickin’ romp!” - Frontiers

“Rough-and-tumble charm...music is all country, all the time... emotionally dynamic ballads, such as “She Wanted to Be A Singer” and “When We Dance,” as well as the light and tender “Let’s Do Something Cheap and Superficial.” - Backstage Magazine

Check out these photos from the Depot Theatre production of Savin' Up for Saturday Night in August 2015.

Savin' Up for Saturday Night opened at the Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles, California on September 18, 2009. It was directed by Jeremy Aldridge.



3m, 2f


Room for Extras

ELDRIDGE - the owner of the Bar & Fill and front man for the bar band; a country star wannabe who never did
LUCINDA - Eldridge’s ex-wife, ex-singing partner, and former high school sweetheart; now a single mother and regular barfly, but still the best dancer in town
DOC - the bartender and peacekeeper at the Ready Bar & Fill; Eldridge’s best friend since childhood and the best man at his wedding; walks with a limp from a high school traffic accident, when Eldridge was driving
PATSY - the hapless waitress at the Bar & Fill and Eldridge’s new partner-in-song
RODDY - the Bar & Fill’s long-suffering musician, mechanic, and fry cook
OPTIONAL CHORUS OF BAR PATRONS AND DANCERS - small-town locals in for a beer and a line dance, and out-of-town travelers who broke down on the highway
Rental Materials




Pop/Rock, Country/Western



The score to Savin' Up for Saturday Nightcan be performed with a single piano player or with a country band of any size or configuration. Complete production notes included in acting edition!
Song Samples

Dr. Bartender

Savin' Up For Saturday Night

Come On, Lucinda

When We Dance


Jeff Goode

Jeff Goode is a director, producer, and author of over 50 plays, musicals, and children's shows includingTHE EIGHT: Reindeer Monologues, The UBU Plays, Seven Santas, The Adventures of Dick Piston, Hotel Detective, Princess Gray and the Black & White Knights, Romeo & Julius [Caesar], Savin' Up for Saturday Night, and Your Swash is Unbuckled (volume 1 & 2). He is the creator of the ... view full profile

Richard Levinson

Richard Levinson entered the world of commercial jingles after penning Burt Reynolds’s novelty hit “Let’s Do Something Cheap and Superficial” many, many years ago, heaping praise on beers, wines, banks, brokers, shopping malls, car dealers, supermarkets, California Eggs, and the LSU women’s basketball team.  To atone for this, he writes comedy music and satiric songs, some of which have ... view full profile

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bruce jacklin 9/8/2016 12:51 PM
Our audiences loved this show and our cast had great fun developing the characters. If you keep the characters real and play them with genuine feeling and conviction the depth of the story comes through. We also entered a cutting in a play festival (Ohio Community Theater Association) and received high honors and was selected to advance to the state level. The judges at the state level were equally impressed with our production. The complimented the writing of both music and book. It was a festival favorite.
I highly reccomend putting this show in your season before it becomes over exposed!
Bruce Jacklin
Artistic Director

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