The Pinchpenny Phantom of the Opera

by  Dave Reiser, Jack Sharkey

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

Gaston, proprietor and star tenor of a tacky opera house, can only afford a chorus of two (Pristine and Bubby) and one guest soprano per opera. The guest sopranos keep succumbing to ghastly fates such as strangulation, electrocution, enraged bulls, banana peelings underfoot, poison fleas, falling ch…

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The Pinchpenny Phantom of the Opera

by  Dave Reiser Jack Sharkey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Gaston, proprietor and star tenor of a tacky opera house, can only afford a chorus of two (Pristine and Bubby) and one guest soprano per opera. The guest sopranos keep succumbing to ghastly fates such as strangulation, electrocution, enraged bulls, banana peelings underfoot, poison fleas, falling chandeliers and hypothermia. Why? Because unscrupulous Airwick (Phantom of the Opera) wants Pristine to star-- and at the rate he bumps off her rivals, she'll soon be the only soprano in grand opera! This hilarious melange of crazed desire, gruesome death and bone headed ambition-- done with only four players on a single set -- is a romp for audiences and players alike.
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Keywords

Death, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Small

Casting

2m, 2f

GASTON, owner and lead tenor of IL SPARSO VALORE Opera Theatre

PRISTINE, a lovely-but-lowly soprano in the opera chorus

BUBBY, a tenor and the only other member of the opera chorus

AIRWICK, a weird sewer-dweller, a.k.a. The Phantom of the Opera

DIVAS: All sopranos played by the selfsame actress

SHMOYNA POTSKI

AIMEE RAREMENT

DONNA JOSE

MACHTILDE VON HIMMEL

HELGA GEISELN

ELEKTRA LUXE

SONJA SHTOY

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting

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5 Piano/Vocal Scores

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Authors

Dave Reiser

Dave Reiser

Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in th ...

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