Honky Tonk Highway

by  Richard Berg, Robert Lindsey-Nassif

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 1f

"Thoroughly enjoyable... Run, don't walk." - Backstage

"There's something for everyone in this toe tappin', two steppin' show! Ya'll come!" - Theatre Week Magazine

"A delight from start to finish!... Not to be missed." -

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

The perfect follow-up musical to Smoke on the Mountain and Pumpboys. This foot-stomping country-western romp was an Award-winning Off-Broadway hit. From the composer/lyricist of 3hee (Flight of the Lawn Chair Man), Opal and Eliot Ness in Cleveland. Honky-Tonk Highway is a tribute to that legendary (literally) country-western singer and songwriter: the late, great, (albeit fictional), Clint Colby. The time is 1970. We are at Tucker’s Roadhouse in Alton Falls, Tennessee, where Clint’s rocket-ride-of-a-career began twelve years ago. Clint’s former band, The Mountain Rangers, has reunited tonight for a one-time-only concert to perform Clint’s songs and to reminisce and ruminate about the man they helped make famous. As everyone knows, Clint died a year ago tonight. But his trademark, baby-blue cowboy hat is up on stage with the band. Whichever band member puts on the hat “becomes” Clint, as they flashback to relive the story of Clint’s life, through the autobiographical songs he wrote and made country-western classics. Clint rose from boyhood poverty in a fly-speck town to the glittering heights of stardom in the far-off big cities. Along the way, he did some things rights, some things wrong, and left behind a trail of songs.
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Reviews

"“One of the most thoroughly enjoyable evenings in town! Run, don’t walk!”" - Backstage

"There's something for everyone in this toe tappin', two steppin' show! Ya'll come!" - Theatre Week Magazine

"A delight from start to finish!... Not to be missed." - WHCY Radio, New York

"A seamless succession of 20 delightful songs. It's the real thing." - Chicago Sun Times

"A new classic." - Chicago Tribune

Keywords

Friendship, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: One unit set: Tucker's Roadhouse in Alton Falls, Tennessee, 1970
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Country/Western
  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

I Found a Song
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Chalahatchee
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Far Off Lights
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Come Out and Play
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Follow Where the Music Goes
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Perfect Stranger
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I'll Be There
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Baby, I Love Your Biscuits
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Answer the Call
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Heartbreak Hall of Fame
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Honky Honk Highway
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Mr. Money
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Dr. Love
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Me, Myself, and I
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I'm So Happy
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Easier to Sing Than Say
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Music in this Mountain
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Casting

4m, 1f
JENINE-KATE - pure country sunshine; full of warmth, caring, and compassion; 20s
NAT - an enigma; a loner/curmudgeon who is also outspoken and zany; 20s-30s
PAULIE - boyish, fun-loving, and attractive; the hearthrob, 20s to early 30s.
CURTIS - a happy homebody; the oldest member of the band; 30s-40s
DARRELL - a loveable sadsack with a droll sense of humor and a tender heart; funny and fun to be with; 30s
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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Plus optional backup band. In the original production, the cast played their own instruments. However, some productions have added a full backup band (keyboard, guitar, bass, drums) which frees actors to incorporate more movement and dance.

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Instrumentation includes:

Electric Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, Percussion, Bass

Please note: there is no piano part/redux for this score.  

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Authors

Richard Berg

Richard Berg

Robert Lindsey-Nassif

Robert Lindsey-Nassif composed the score for the Broadway production of Hollywood Arms by Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton, directed by Harold Prince. Off-Broadway: Wrote the book, music and lyrics for Opal (Richard Rodgers and AT&T Awards) and music, lyrics and additional dialog for Honky-Tonk Highway (Backstage and ...

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Originally produced Off-Broadway by Five by Five Productions, Pamela Guthman, and Jonathan D. Moll and Associate Producers Peter Bogyo and Boebe Productions. It was previously produced at the Goodspeed Opera House. 

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