A musical comedy with lyrics and music by Rusty Magee based on the short story “The Green Heart” by Jack Ritchie, which was also the inspiration for the film A New Leaf. William Graham, a selfish, egotistical millionaire, discovers to his dismay that he has run through his entire inheritance. He is flat broke. His glamorous Teutonic mistress, Uta, gets the brainstorm that he should marry a wealthy woman who will support them both. Bill latches onto Henrietta, a hopelessly eccentric Professor of Botany and heiress to a large fortune. Bill marries Henrietta and moves into her mansion. As Bill extricates her from the exploitative clutches of her corrupt lawyer, McPherson, and sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Tragger, he finds himself to his amazement falling in love with his wife! The plot thickens when Bill attempts to break up with Uta. Livid, his former mistress gets in cahoots with McPherson and Tragger to gain control of Henrietta’s fortune. A musical black comedy-thriller, the principal characters plot and double-cross each other in an ingenious plot that ends with a time bomb threatening to blow up the entire cast.
"Plump with funny lines." - The New York Times
"Funny! Inventive! Outrageously outrageous!" - New York Post
Post"Plenty of laughs." -New York Daily News"Playful, funny and original!" - Gannett Newspapers
"Demented and delightful... The jauntiest musical since Little Shop." - Newsday
- Mild Adult Themes
- Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
- Chorus Size: Small
- Non-Traditional casting
- Expandable casting
Five principals, plus ensemble.
Music Material Rental Packages
Percussion (No Chorus Books available.)
The Green Heart opened in New York on April 10, 1997 at the Variety Arts Theater. It was presented by the Manhattan Theater Club under Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Director Barry Grove. The director was Kenneth Elliott.