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Red, White and Rosie - Full Length Musical

Red, White and Rosie

Doug Lind, Christine Harger, John Phillips Hutton

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Full Length Musical

5m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573689154

Book and Lyrics by Doug Lind and Christine Harger
Music by John Phillips Hutton
"Rosie the Riveter helped build planes in World War II. Now she has her own musical comedy. May it fly even longer than the planes did. Red, White and Rosie entertains without much strain, yet it also makes pointed comments about sexism, racism, mili…

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Full Length Musical

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This riveting musical is about the forgotten soldiers of World War II-- the women who worked in the factories, building the ships and planes so vital to the war effort. We see their initial naivete about working in a man's world, their growing sense of pride in what they are accomplishing and, eventually, their strength as they stand up for their rights.
"Rosie the Riveter helped build planes in World War II. Now she has her own musical comedy. May it fly even longer than the planes did. Red, White and Rosie entertains without much strain, yet it also makes pointed comments about sexism, racism, militarism, even capitalism. You can enjoy it as a piece of nostalgia, but it has a lot more on its mind than most World War II musicals." - Los Angeles Times

"Original and clever." - Drama Logue

"As entertaining a new musical as any in town." - Los Angeles Reader

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5m, 5f

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Piano Only

Piano/Vocal Score
Song Samples

Is The Sky Blue at Midnight?

Rosie the Riveter

Tango 86

Wings

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  • Red, White and Rosie

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John Phillips Hutton

John Phillips Hutton

John Phillips Hutton's music career is a varied one, ranging from trying to write hit tunes to staging John Cagesque "happenings".  Mr. Hutton has written film scores, children and adult ballets and, of course, for musical theatre.  Through out it all, his main focus has been one of being a tunesmith, sometimes an  anarchistic one but usually just trying to serve the need of the ... view full profile

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Kelly Johnson 9/30/2015 12:46 PM
In the hands of a highly skilled producing creative team this might be an ok show for a small theatre who needs small casts for a small budget.  The book is competing with itself to strike a chord somewhere between uplifting/informative and vaudeville. It comes across as two separate scripts and relies on too many stock characters.  One scene goes from a manager and his industrial magnate boss discussing the issues with the women of the factory wanting to join the men's union to a tango number out of a bad vaudeville act.  

The book focuses too broadly and barely touches on the issues the women face with the men in their lives being at war, save a touching moment of one woman on the phone with her children assuring them both mom and dad will be home soon. The addition of two male co-workers meant to reflect the resentment some men felt at having females fill their departing cronies positions is too comic to be taken seriously. We also have scenes between the magnate and his wife, and another subplot of the magnate's black maid wanting to work in the factory.  I applaud the desire to include a story of a woman of color but trying to fit all of these scenes and storylines into one two-hour musical just leaves us hungry for more than a grazing of the surface of this era of American history. As written is feels very disjointed and largely disingenuous and I'm sure that was not the playwrights' intent.  At one performance I attended there was an actual "Rosie" seated behind me and she found the show offensive to herself and all of the other women like her.

The lyrics were pedestrian and the music was just plain forgettable.  If you are a musician and cannot recall how a single tune went as you leave the theatre, you don't have successful music.

If the book were reworked and tightened it could be a decent show that addressed the subject matter and had a few moments of levity but not through the use of goofy comic characters that just don't fit in the show.

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