Dames at Sea

by  Jim Wise, George Haimsohn, Robin Miller

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  4m, 3f

"A winner! A gem of a musical!" - The New York Times

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    4m, 3f
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  • Audience

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A long-running hit Off Broadway that brought stardom to Bernadette Peters, this campy show is based on the nostalgia of Hollywood musicals of the '30s. It's big-time New York, into which sweet little Ruby from faraway Hometown, U.S.A. has come to make it big on Broadway. Who should she chance to meet but another boy from Hometown, U.S.A.: Dick, a sailor, who also has ambitions as a songwriter. Ruby begins in the chorus, and by the end of the day, in true Hollywood fashion, Dick saves her doomed Broadway show with a smash tune, as Ruby becomes a star on the deck of a battleship, which just happens to be passing by. Selected as "Best Musical of the Year" by Time, Newsweek, and the Outer Critics Circle.
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Accolades

  • Winner! Outer Critics Circle Best New Musical Award

Reviews

REVIEWS

"A winner! A gem of a musical!" – The New York Times, Read More

"An instant hit!" – United Press International

Videos

  • Dames at Sea - Broadway Revival Teaser
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting: A theater of 42nd Street and a battleship. The early thirties.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Overture
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Wall Street
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It's You
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Broadway Baby
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That Mister of Mine
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Choo-Choo Honeymoon
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The Sailor of My Dreams
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Good Times Are Here to Stay
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Dames at Sea
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The Beguine
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Raining in My Heart
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Singapore Sue
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There's Something About You
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The Echo Waltz
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Star Tar
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Let's Have a Simple Wedding
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Casting

4m, 3f
MONA KENT - A tempermental Broadway diva.
JOAN - A big-hearted chorus girl.
HENNESSEY The director.
RUBY - A young, brigh-eyed chorus girl from Utah.
DICK - A handsome sailor who happens to be a great songwriter.
LUCKY - A sailor who used to date Joan.
THE CAPTAIN - The ship's captain and Mona's former lover back in Florida.
CHORUS
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Cast Attributes

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Casting Notes

The producer may at his own option augment the cast with a female, male, or mixed chorus of any number of members for any number of production routines up to nine.

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

1 Piano I/Conductor Score Act 1
1 Piano I/Conductor Score Act 2
10 Chorus Books

Reed I (Alto Saxophone, Clarinet)
Reed II
Trumpet
Percussion (Vibraphone, Xylophone, Drums)
Piano II
Violin A & B
Violin C
Bass

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Authors

Jim Wise

Jim Wise

George Haimsohn

George Haimsohn

Robin Miller

Robin Miller

Dames at Sea first premiered at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre in New York City, under the direction of Neal Kenyon.

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