Full Length Musical, Comedy / 5f, 5girl(s)
"A Wowser. An evocative balancing act of music and comedy, parody and sentiment. They make the good war sound great." - Time Magazine
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"What a pleasure! A funny parody of backstage Hollywood musicals." - The New York Times
"Swingtime Canteen is an evocative balancing act of music and comedy, parody and sentiment. They make the good war sound great... [There's an] Andrew's Sisters medley that's a wowser. And they escalate into feeling with "I'll Be Seeing You." This gorgeous rendition works as a reminder of what the boys were fighting for, and what any struggle - war in the '40s, AIDS in the '90s - means to the combatants: pain and loss, and a sweet, frail hope." - TIME Magazine
"A must see! A must enjoy! - The New York Post
"High Octane! Rip Roaring! Smoothly Polished!" - New York Newsday
"An irresistible nostalgia-fest!"- Time Out London
- Gun Shots
- Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
- Time Period: 1940s / WWII
- Duration: 105 Minutes
- Setting: Swingtime Canteen is designed to be performed on a single unit set. The set is a USO show being performed on the stage of a London music hall in 1944. It features such period iconography as war posters and bandstands.
Any size stage will do
- Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo, Play w/ Music
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Jazz
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Medium
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
JO STERLING - her drum playing stand-in on 17 pictures
KATIE GAMMERSFLUGEL - her skittish niece
TOPEKA ABOTELLI - solid as a rock piano playing riveter
LILLY MCBAIN - a leggy chorine
- All Female
- Ensemble cast
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Swingtime Canteen is designed to be performed by a company of 8 (5 actors and 3 side musicians).Of the five roles in the show, only three play an instrument. The script is easily revised to suit the casting pool available. The show utilizes three side musicians who are on stage during the performance dressed as WACs. This allows the theatre to engage professional musicians for instruments not found in their casting pool.
Music Material Rental Packages
11 Piano/Conductor Scores
Reed 1 (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone)
Reed 2 (Alto Saxophone)
Swingtime Canteen opened Off Broadway at the The Blue Angel Theatre in February 1995 and ran for over 300 performances before hitting Atlantic City and London.