Happy New Year

by  Philip Barry, Burt Shevelove

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  14m, 11f

"Mr. Shevelove has matched Barry's happy go lucky book with a fountain of effervescent Porter tunes." - The New York Times
"A playful, tuneful, civilized musical." - New York Post

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    14m, 11f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This clever show has given new life to one of America's most popular comedies. The story concerns an eager young man who falls in love with the wrong rich girl. In the final scene he realizes that it is her young, unconventional sister whom he really loves, and the two turn their backs on old money and old values for a shared life that should prove to be a holiday.
Based on Holiday by Philip Barry

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Mr. Shevelove has matched Barry's happy go lucky book with a fountain of effervescent Porter tunes." - The New York Times

"A playful, tuneful, civilized musical." - New York Post

Keywords

Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting:

    The five floors of the Fifth Avenue townhouse of Edward Seton in New York City.

  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only

Casting

14m, 11f

THE NARRATOR
EDWARD SETON
EDWARD SETON JR.
JULIA SETON
LINDA SETON
JOHNNY CASE

The Staff

FRAZER
CHARLES
PATRICK
GEORGE
STEVEN
VICTOR
ROSE
MAUDE
ANNIE
BRIDGET
MISS MADDEN

Some of the Stork Club Set

NANCY
MARY
JOAN
GLORIA
THOMPSON
DIXON
ANDERSON
HARRISON

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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26 Piano/Conductor Scores

(Note: While this show was originally orchestrated for a full orchestra we are currently only offering a Piano Only rental package for this title. If you are interested in more orchestra parts please contact your licensing representative for more information.)

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Authors

Philip Barry

Philip Jerome Quinn Barry (1896–1949) was born in Rochester, New York, to a successful Irish immigrant and a mother who was of old Philadelphia Irish‐Catholic stock. Young Barry was a frail child with defective eyesight, yet despite his myopia he became an avid reader and a precocious wit, entering Yale in 1914 and plu ...

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Burt Shevelove

Burt Shevelove

Happy New Year premiered on Broadway at the MOrosco Theatre in April 1980 under the direction of Burt Shevelove.

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