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Gutenberg! The Musical! - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Gutenberg! The Musical!

Anthony King, Scott Brown

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

2m

ISBN: 9780573651496

In this two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers' audition for their new project - a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass histor…
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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - This is ostensibly a reading of a musical. It should absolutely not be performed on anything resembling an appropriate set for the show-within-the-show. Every set piece and prop should be simple, functional and expository. In other words, we should be abl

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway, From West End

Nominated! 2007 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the 2007 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical; and its authors were nominated fro the 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical.
In this two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers’ audition for their new project - a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic, with the hope that one of the producers in attendance will give them a Broadway contract – fulfilling their ill-advised dreams.
"“A smashing success!” –The New York Times

“Brilliantly realized and side-splitting!"—New York Magazine

“There are lots of genuine laughs in GUTENBERG!”— New York Post

Brown and King developed Gutenberg! at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, where it ran for over a year with direction by Charlie Todd and musical direction by Barry Wyner. It starred the authors and Ken Keech. The show was par
Characters

CASTING

2m

CASTING NOTES

All of the roles were originally written for men, but there's no reason any of the roles couldn't, with only slight changes, be played by anyone.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

DOUG SIMON is an innocent. He's a naive, utterly sincere and earnest man who never met a cause he wasn't passionate about. He's a jack of all trades, master of none, who compensates with an infectious, matter-of-fact energy and focus that would probably sound condescending if he weren't so likable. He's incredibly proud of the show he wrote with Bud, and thinks Bud, whom he adores, is a genius.

BUD DAVENPORT is an innocent. He's eager to please, and thrives on approval. When Bud sings one of his songs, he's reveling in his own "brilliance." But he's too naive to be a true egomaniac; if anything, he's overly grateful for the mere opportunity to create and perform. Bud enjoys getting caught up in Doug's passion and admires his friend's Big Ideas.

CHARLES is the pianist.

Tonight is the most important night of their lives. 

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock

VOCAL DEMANDS

Easy

3 Piano/Vocal Scores
Author(s)

Anthony King

Anthony King is an Emmy-nominated writer, director, and performer currently living in Los Angeles. He co-wrote the Off-Broadway show, Gutenberg! The Musical!, which also enjoyed a run in Off-West End in London and is now published by Samuel French and being performed all over the world. The show received Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle & Drama Desk Award Nominations, and won a NYMF ... view full profile

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David Peck 10/28/2014 11:34 PM
Having first seen Gutenberg the Musical performed in Connecticut, and then having performed in it myself  twice in New Hampshire, all to full houses, I can say I have never heard audiences laugh as much as they did at those performances.  It is the most fun I have had at a show, both as a member of the audience and as an actor.    

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