The Case of the Dead Flamingo Dancer

by  Donald Oliver, Dan Butler

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  4m, 4f

"The funniest of detective spoofs." - The Stage

"Outrageously funny.... The audience loved every foot tapping minute." - Esher News and Mail"Blithe entertainment." - Variety"Melodious music and articulate…

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The Case of the Dead Flamingo Dancer

by  Donald Oliver Dan Butler

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The summer of '42. A stormy night. In the drawing room, a corpse and six guests. Nick Lambent, the tap dancing detective, arrives. Who dunnit? Nobody leaves the room until the case is cracked. Will Nick's incredible crime-solving feet flush out the lies, leaky alibis and hidden identities or will our hero try to solve this one with his head like a regular flatfoot? Twists, turns, surprises, a little love and a lot of lunacy fill every scene.
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Reviews

"The funniest of detective spoofs." - The Stage

"Outrageously funny.... The audience loved every foot tapping minute." - Esher News and Mail

"Blithe entertainment." - Variety

"Melodious music and articulate lyrics.... It has "hit' written all over it." - Southampton Press

"People who love dance, or old movies, or old musicals, or a good time won't want to miss it." - New York Newsday

Keywords

Death

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The drawing room of the DeManor Manor. East Hampton, New York. The stormy evening of June 13, 1942. 
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Prologue
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It's in the Feet!
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Rita
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Something Special
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Watchin' the Guy I Love
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Little Ol' Innocent Me
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Dancing Beautiful Music
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Gussie's Blues
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Like This
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Manhattan Bound
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Casting

4m, 4f
NICK LAMBENT - the famous tap-dancing detective
GUSSIE - Nick's hard-boiled sidekick
VERONICA CHANDLER - a glamorous stage actress
ELIOT PAYSON III - Veronica's husband
CECILY DEMANOR -proprietress of DeManor Manor
COURTLY DEMANOR - proprietor of DeManor Manor
WILSON - the DeManors' seemingly faithful manservant
MRS. DEXTER - the mysterious governess to the DeManor children
LARRY - Nick and Gussie's on-stage piano player (and the show's musical director)
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

9 Piano/Conductor Scores
Reed
Trumpet
Keyboard 2
Percussion
Bass (optional but recommended)

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Authors

Donald Oliver

Donald Oliver

Dan Butler

Dan Butler

The Case of the Dead Flamingo Dancer first appeared at the John Drew Theatre in East Hampton, New York on August 20, 1986. 

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