First Impressions

by  Abe Burrows, Robert Goldman, Glenn Paxton, George David Weiss

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  14m, 12f

A musical adaptation of Helen Jerome's dramatization of Pride and Prejudice.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    14m, 12f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

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Mrs. Bennett, rural, prosaic and the matriarch of five daughters has her gaze on the social whirl of London while her husband and farm languish. The eldest, headstrong Elizabeth has her own ideas on life and love. With her eyes on the 'prize' and "a house in town", Mrs. Bennett sets about bringing stubborn Elizabeth into the social orbit of upscale snob William D'arcy, with classic, hilarious results. The original cast on Broadway included Polly Bergen, Hermione Gingold and Farley Granger as D'arcy.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: England 1813.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Jazz
  • Orchestra Size: Large

Song Samples

A Perfect Evening
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Love Will Find Out the Way
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I Feel Sorry for the Boy
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Not Like Me
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The Heart Has Won the Game
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Shropshire Man
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Jane
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So This is How It Is
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Casting

14m, 12f

MR. BENNET - Patriarch of the Bennet household
MARY BENNET - Third eldest daughter of the Bennet family
MRS. BENNET - Wife of Mr. Bennet
LYDIA BENNET - Youngest daughter of the Bennet family
KITTY BENNET - Fourth eldest daughter in the Bennet family 
JANE BENNET - Eldest daughter of the Bennet family
MAID
ELIZABETH BENNET - Second eldest daughter of the Bennet family, opposed to traditional ideas of marriage
LADY LUCAS - Mother of Charlotte.
CHARLOTTE LUCAS - Daughter of Lady Lucas, Elizabeth's best friend
CAROLINE BINGLEY - Charles Bingley's sister
CHARLES BINGLEY - Darcy's welathy best friend
FITZWILLIAM DARCY - Wealthy nephew of Lady Catherine De Bourgh
COACHMEN
CAPTAIN WICKHAM - Captain in the British Army, godson to Mr. Darcy's father
LIEUTENANT DENNY
LIEUTENANT ROCKINHAM
SIR WILLIAM LUCAS - Charlotte's father
BUTLER
MR. STUBBS
WILLAIMS
COLLINS - A clergyman initally invited to wed Elizabeth Bennet
BUTLER AT ROSINGS
LADY CATHERINE DE BOURGH - Very wealthy aunt of Mr. Darcy, a noblewoman
LADY ANNE - Daughter of Lady Catherine de Bourgh

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Full Package

5 Piano/Vocal Scores (Act 1)
5 Piano/Vocal Scores (Act 2)

Reed I
Reed II
Reed III
Reed IV
Horns I, II & 3 (3 Books)
Trumpet I & II (2 Books)
Trombone
Percussion
Violin I
Violin II
Cello
Bass

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Authors

Abe Burrows

Abe Burrows

Robert Goldman

Robert Goldman

Glenn Paxton

Glenn Paxton

George David Weiss

George David Weiss

First Impressions premiered on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre in March 1959 under the direction of Abe Burrows.

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