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The Prince and the Pauper - Full Length Musical, Comedy

The Prince and the Pauper

Bernie Garzia, Ray Roderick, Neil Berg, John Glaudini

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

6m, 3f, 2boy(s)

ISBN: 9780573623387

Music by Neil Berg
Lyrics by Neil Berg and Bernie Garzia
Book by Bernie Garza and Ray Roderick
Musical Supervision by John Glaudini

"Soars on the wings of theatrical fun!" - The New York Times

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Full Length Musical


Fantasy, Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences

105 Minutes

Time Period - 17th Century

Settings Of Play - London under the reign of King Henry VIII.


Stage Combat

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Church / Religious Groups

Mark Twain’s timeless tale about look-alike boys who change places – and the destiny of a nation – is transformed into a swashbuckling musical. Enter medieval London and meet the young, protected Prince who gazes from his window at a world he is not allowed to explore, while a destitute boy dreams of escaping the thievery and filth that surround him. The Prince and the Pauper dazzled audiences of all ages in its multi-year run at the Lambs Theatre in New York City. It overflows with the thrill of adventure, the power of youth, magical sword fights, and enchanting songs.


"Soars on the wings of theatrical fun!" - The New York Times

"Light and lively!" - New York Daily News

"A remarkable score [is] sure to delight the young and young at heart!" - AOL Reviews

The Prince and the Pauper was first presented at the Lamb's Theatre in New York City. It was directed by Ray Roderick. 



6m, 3f, 2boy(s)


Ensemble cast, Expandable casting, Features Children, Flexible casting, Roles for Children, Room for Extras


Plus optional ensemble to appear as the Employees of the Crown, Pike's ruffians, members of the court, and residents of Offal court. If a larger cast is desired doubling is not required for the roles of Grammer Canty, the Hermit, the Dresser, King Henry VIII, John Canty, Miles Hendon, Patch, Hugh Hendon, Stache, Father Andrew, and Pike.



ACTOR #1 (Male) - Prince Edward, 10-12 years old. Strong unchanged voice, belt and boy soprano, strong actor, moves well.
ACTOR #2 (Male) - Tom Canty - the Pauper, 10-12 years old. Strong unchanged voice, belt and boy soprano, strong actor, moves well.
ACTOR #3 (Male) - Miles Hendon and other roles, 30-40 years old. Lyric baritone/tenor, likable hero, charming and good-looking, strong actor, moves well. stage fight experience a plus, should have Errol Flynn-like qualities.
ACTOR #4 (Male) - Chancellor Hugh Hendon and other roles. 30-40 years old. Lyric bass/baritone, an obvious villain, strong actor, moves well. stage fight experience a plus.
ACTOR #5 (Female) - Lady Edith and other roles. 30-40 years old. Contemporary soprano, physically beautiful, a mature ingenue, strong actor, natural warmth.
ACTOR #6 (Male) - Father of both boys, John Canty and King Henry VIII, and other roles, 35-40 years old.  Baritone, strong comedic character actor, moves well, stage fight experience a plus.
ACTOR #7 (Female) - Lady Jane, Nan Canty, Jamie the street urchin boy and other roles. 10-12 years old. Strong actor with good comedic skills, moves well.
ACTOR #8 (Male) - The Dresser, the Hermit, Grammer Canty, and other roles. 25-45 years old. Strong baritone/tenor, strong character actor/comedian, moves well.
ACTOR #9 (Female) - Mary Canty and other roles. 30-35 years old. Strong belt/contemporary soprano, strong actor, moves well, earthy, physically beautiful.
ACTOR #10 (Male) - John Canty's nemesis Pike, Father Andrew, Richard and other roles. 30-40 years old. Strong baritone/tenor, imposing character actor, versatile, moves well, stage fight experience very important.
ACTOR #11 (Female ) - Annie, Floozy, Damsel in Distress and other roles. 20-30 years old. Belt/soprano, petite, skilled actress who can play both adults and children, moves well, strong comedic skills.

Rental Materials




Classic Broadway



10 Piano/Conductor Scores
Song Samples

The Prince is Coming

Thrill of Adventure

The King of Offal Court

Almost Home

If I Were You

The Prince is Mad

The Lesson-Fortune

Is This Love

Simple Boy

London Bridge

Let's Toast

My Father Was Right

The Trials of Tom

I Was Blind (Montage 1)


Now I See (Montage 2)

The Coronation / Finale


Other Ray Roderick titles:

Neil Berg

Neil Berg

Neil Berg is the composer/lyricist of the hit Off-Broadway musical The Prince and the Pauper, which ran for two years at the Lambs Theater in New York City and is published by Samuel French. Mr. Berg is currently the composer for the new Broadway-bound musical Grumpy Old Men (www.grumpyoldmenthemusical.com), based on the Warner Brothers movie classic, and currently collaborating with Pulitzer ... view full profile

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