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Little Mary Sunshine - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Little Mary Sunshine

Rick Besoyan

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

13m, 10f

ISBN: 9780573680847

This hugely successful Off Broadway show played for almost three years at New York's Orpheum Theatre, winning an Obie award as the Best of the Season. Billed as "a musical about an old operetta"-Little Mary Sunshine gently spoofs such old-time favorites like "Rose Marie" and "Naughty Mariet…
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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1900-1910, Wild West

Settings Of Play - The exterior of the Colorado Inn. The early 20th century.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Obie, From Off-Broadway, From West End

Obie Award Winner!
This hugely successful Off Broadway show played for almost three years at New York's Orpheum Theatre, winning an Obie award as the Best of the Season. Billed as "a musical about an old operetta"-Little Mary Sunshine gently spoofs such old-time favorites like "Rose Marie" and "Naughty Marietta"-but has a personality all its own. The plot is a little bit of everything: Colorado Rangers led by stalwart Captain Jim; the lovely Mary Sunshine, her 'naughty' maid Nancy; a chorus of gigling schoolgirls and the ominous but benevolent Indian chief. Hearts are won and lost and won again, in this delightful, laugh-filled and charming show.

"The burlesque is delightful, lively and humorous. Mr. Besoyan's musical parody is tuneful, genteel and amiable...He also has a way with lyrics." - The New York Time

"Bubbles with music and mirth." - New York Herald Tribun

"Wild improbabilities follow one another in wooly sequences...Audiences shout with laughter at every sinister turn inh the plot." - Time Magazine

Little Mary Sunshine first appeared on November 18, 1959 at the Orpheum Theatre in New York City's. It was directed and choreographed by Ray Harrison.
Characters

CASTING

13m, 10f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Maud has no speaking lines. 

CHORUS SIZE

Medium

CHIEF BROWN BEAR - Chief of the Lakota Indians
CPL "BILLY" JESTER - a forest ranger, tenor or high baritone
CAPT. "BIG JIM" WARINGTON - captain of the forest rangers, handsome, baritone
"LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE" (MARY POTTS) - Proprietress of the Colorado Inn, soprano
MADAME ERNESTINE VON LIEBEDICH - an opera singer, contralto
NANCY TWINKLE - Little Mary's maid, soubrette
FLEET FOOT - an elderly Indian guide
YELLOW FEATHER - Chief Brown Bear's rogue son
GEN. OSCAR FAIRFAX, RET - a Washington diplomat, likes to flirt with younger ladies.
YOUNG LADIES FROM THE EASTCHESTER FINISHING SCHOOL - CORA, HENRIETTA, GWENDOLYN, BLANCHE, MAUD, MILLICENT and MABEL
YOUNG GENTLEMEN OF THE UNITED STATES FOREST RANGERS - PETE, SLIM, TEX, BUSTER, HANK, CHUCK and TOM

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Large

MUSICAL STYLE

Operetta

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

1 Piano/Conductor Score
23 Chorus Books

Flute
Oboe
Clarinet I
Clarinet II
Bassoon
Horn
Trumpets I & II (2 books)
Trombone
Drums
Harp
Violins
Viola
Cello
Bass

Duo-piano arrangement also available upon request
Song Samples

Overture

The Forest Rangers

Little Mary Sunshine

Look for a Sky of Blue

You're the Fairest Flower

In Izzenschnooken On The Lovely Essenzook Zee

Playing Croquet

How Do You Do?

Tell a Handsome Stranger

Once in a Blue Moon

Every Little Nothing

Colorado Love Call

Such A Merry Party

Naughty, Naughty Nancy

Mata Hari

Do You Ever Dream of Vienna?

Finale

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Reviews
Erin Ohrlund 11/13/2016 9:20 PM
Jane Anderson 8/9/2016 12:30 PM
This is a GREAT show...however, it needs a re-write.  With the Native American population portrayed as it is in this show, it is un-producible in this day and age.  But that being said, it is charming, witty, and bursting at the seams with terrific songs.  It is a "gentle spoof" on the old Nelson Eddy/Jeannette McDonald musicals (think:  I am calling you, ou ou ou ou...do you love me too, oo oo oo?) and the characters are flippin' adorable.  PLEASE:  give it a modernization and I will produce it again in a heartbeat.  Make the Indians part of the club and smart.  (I actually sat up in bed one night re-writing it.  I know it is possible).
Mark Congdon 3/3/2016 9:07 AM
If you are a fan of Gilbert & Sullivan, you'll love this parody of the 19th c. operetta. The dialogue is chock full of silly and suggestive double entendres, the lyrics are clever, and the songs are incredibly fun to sing. The only drawback is that this show is probably more suitable for older audiences. It would be slow and difficult to understand for elementary children. I.e. if you're looking for "fun for the whole family" you'll want to look elsewhere.

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