The Green Heart

by  Jack Ritchie, Charles Busch, Rusty Magee

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"Plenty of laughs." -N.Y. Daily News

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Small

Casting

2m, 3f

WILLIAM GRAHAM
UTA
HENRIETTA LOWELL
MCPHERSON
MRS. TRAGGER

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting

Casting Notes

Five principals, plus ensemble.

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

Piano/Conductor Score
Keyboard
Reed
Trumpet
Percussion (No Chorus Books available.)

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Authors

Jack Ritchie

Jack Ritchie

Charles Busch

Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won M ...

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Rusty Magee

Rusty Magee

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.

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