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It's a Wonderful Life - Full Length Musical, Drama

It's a Wonderful Life

Tom Sharkey

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Full Length Musical, Drama

9m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573691294

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Thomas M. Sharkey
Based on the Frank Capra film and the original story by Philip Van Doren Stern
"Funny, moving and memorable! Thomas M. Sharkey did a wonderful thing when he took one of America's favorite holiday film classics and wrote music and lyrics for it. Frank Capra would be proud!" - Woodstock Herald

A musical adaptation of Frank Capra's Christmas classic masterpiece film.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Christmas/Holiday

90 minutes

Time Period - 1940s / WWII, 1930s

Settings Of Play - 1930s and 40s. In, around, and above Bedford Falls, a small, working-class town in Upstate New York.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

It's A Wonderful Life is a musical adaptation of Frank Capra's Christmas classic masterpiece film. This is the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been squashed by family obligations and civic duty, and whose gurdian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair, and to remind him - by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born - that he has had after all, a wonderful life.

"Funny, moving and memorable! Thomas M. Sharkey did a wonderful thing when he took one of America's favorite holiday film classics and wrote music and lyrics for it. Frank Capra would be proud!" - Woodstock Herald

"Great! Memorable! It's even better the second time around!" - Quad City Times

"Charming! Endearing! It's a wonderful life and you just have to believe it!" - Northwestern

"Wonderful! Great charm! A real holiday musical!" - Dubuque Dispatch and Argus

"Superb! A musical to remember!" - Norfolk Daily Press

It's a Wonderful Life premiered durning the 1987 Christmas season at Howard Cobbs' Gaslight Dinner Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee. Subsequently it has played every Christmas season in theaters large and small across the country & around the world.
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CASTING

9m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Roles for Children, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

The actor playing the never-seen JOSEPH will usually double as POTTER'S MAN. The actor playing POTTER will usually double in some of the anonymous crowd scenes. The play is thus well-served with only 13 actors: nine male and four female.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

GEORGE BAILEY - a dreamer, a plodder, a man among men, and - as he sees it - a failure
MARY HATCH BAILEY - the best thing that ever happened to George
CLARENCE ODDBODY - George's guardian angel
JOSEPH - Clarence's boss and mentor
UNCLE BILLY - a loving if sometimes foolish man
MOTHER BAILEY - lovable, wise, and strong
VIOLET BICK - a flirt, who loves George almost as much as Mary does
HENRY POTTER - the richest and meanest man in the county
HARRY BAILEY - the brother who lives the life George might have led
GOWER - an aging druggist
BERT - a cop
ERNIE - a cab driver
ZUZU - George and Mary's daughter
POTTER'S MAN - who is both valet and goon
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

1 Piano/Conductor Score
14 Vocal Chorus Books

Reeds
Trumpets
Percussion
Author
Tom Sharkey

Tom Sharkey

Tom Sharkey (1934-2008), author-composer-lyricist-producer, began his career at the age of 19 as a writer-editor for the Chicago Magazine and published two books before graduating from Chicago State University. He was Playwright-in-Residence at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; a winner of Golden Camera and Silver Screen awards for his industrial movies; and a special material writer for ... view full profile

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