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Bible Salesman, The - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Bible Salesman, The

Jay Thompson

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

3m or f

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jay Thompson
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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Produced Off-Broadway, this is the story of a poor Black boy who has heard the call and seen the vision of the Lord at the foot of his bed. He's not sure what to do about it, but is easily enlisted as a Bible salesman by a pep talk from a manager.
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CASTING

3m or f

CASTING NOTES

3 characters total

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Piano Only

Piano/Vocal Score
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Reviews
Bob Kornegay 2/26/2014 4:32 PM
I saw this produced off-broadway in 1961 as part of a 2 play evening of theatre.  The other play was not memorable, but The Bible Salesman stuck with me.
It was both poignant and funny.  The title character is a young black man from the South who misunderstands an ad.  He thinks he has a job selling bibles in New York, when, in fact, it is an ad that has to do with ordering bibles to sell in your community.

The manager of the business sees an opportunity to exploit this young man, so pretends to interview him for the job.  My review title refers to the young man's answer when the manager asks him if he is, or ever has been, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party. (This was the time of the McCarthy hearings)  The young man thinks for a moment and replies: "No Sir!  I's a Baptist...sink or swim."    There is a lot in this play that is stll relevant to audiences today.

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