Leader Of The Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical

by  Melanie Mintz, Jack Heifner, Anne Beatts, Ellie Greenwich

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  4m, 10f

This hit Broadway musical retrospective celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo-wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the 60s charts.

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Leader Of The Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 10f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway, From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This hit Broadway musical retrospective celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo-wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the 60s charts. The story of Ellie’s rise to fame and fortune is punctuated with the virtual hit parade of her music: “Chapel of Love,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby,” “Hanky Panky,” Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” “And Then He Kissed Me,” and, of course, the title song, “Leader of the Pack.”
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Accolades

  • NOMINEE! 1985 TONY AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL

Reviews

REVIEWS:

"Leader of the Pack was the first modern Broadway musical of its kind to tell the story of a real person through their songs [the singular Ellie Greenwich] — a precursor to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical before the [jukebox musical] genre was popular or well-worn." - Playbill.com

"A happy, high spirited, foot stomping romp. I never realized the songs of the sixties could sound so good." - WNBC Radio

"The show dances with that up tempo 'wall of sound' that was part of all our lives." - Hollywood Reporter

"Superior, consistently ingratiating entertainment." - Variety

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Here and now - in the days of beehives and 45s. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Large

Song Samples

Leader of the Pack
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Be My Baby
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Wait 'Til My Bobby Gets Home
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I Wanna Love Him So Bad
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And Then He Kissed Me
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Baby I Love You
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Chapel of Love
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Hanky Panky
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Da Doo Ron Ron
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River Deep Mountain High
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Casting

4m, 10f
DARLENE LOVE - Narrator & Girl Group Singer.
ANNIE GOLDEN - Famed back up singer and vocalist
YOUNG ELLIE GREENWICH - 1960s, famed doo wop singer and songwriter. 
ROSIE - Ellie's mother
SHELLEY - Girl group singer
MICKEY - Girl group singer
JEFF BARRY - Ellie's Writing Partner & Husband
GUS SHARKEY - Music Publisher/Boy group singer
D.J. VOICE - Boy Group Singer
WAITRESS - A waitress (can also play Mickey)
LOUNGE SINGER - Night Club and girl group singer
DANCE COUPLE - Ensemble
ELLIE GREENWICH - Ellie grown up
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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

Room for a large ensemble and extras. 

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15 Keyboard I/Conductor Scores

Reed I (Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Alto & Tenor Sax)
Reed II (Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Soprano & Tenor Sax)
Reed III (Flute, Clarinet, Baritone Sax)
Trumpet I (Doubles Flugelhorn)
Trumpet II (Doubles Flugelhorn)
Trombone
Percussion
Drums
Guitar
Keyboard II (Synth)
Electric Bass

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Authors

Melanie Mintz

Melanie Mintz

Jack Heifner

Jack Heifner is the author of over thirty plays and musicals produced in New York, Los Angeles, and theatres around the world. He is best known for the play version of Vanities, which ran for five years in New York, is published by Samuel French, and became one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. He i ...

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Anne Beatts

Anne Beatts is a TV writer-producer who won two Emmys as a writer for the original "Saturday Night Live." At SNL, she and her writing partner Rosie Shuster created many of the most memorable characters, such as Todd and Lisa Lupner, Uncle Roy, Laraine Newman’s Child Psychiatrist, Irwin Mainway, and Fr ...

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Ellie Greenwich

Ellie Greenwich

Leader of the Pack opened on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre on April 8, 1985. It was directed by Michael Peters. 

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