The Woman in White

by  Jack Sharkey, Tim Kelly, Wilkie Collins

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  4m, 8f

Sub titled "A Cautionary Chronicle of Monstrous Evil and Black hearted Villainy in Song & Dance", this is a loony musical spoof of Wilkie Collins' grim Gothic novel. Amid murder, madness, betrayal and vile deeds, the music is merry. There are even two fiendish murders set to music! The central chara…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 8f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Sub titled "A Cautionary Chronicle of Monstrous Evil and Black hearted Villainy in Song & Dance", this is a loony musical spoof of Wilkie Collins' grim Gothic novel. Amid murder, madness, betrayal and vile deeds, the music is merry. There are even two fiendish murders set to music! The central character, villainous Sir Percival Glyde, and his cohort in crime Countess Fosco (Proprietor of a madhouse) are two of the vilest - and funniest - foul fiends ever set to toe tapping music.
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Keywords

Betrayal, Murder, Madness

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Not-so-merry Olde England
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music, Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

4m, 8f

SIR PERCIVAL GLYDE - a consumate scoundrel
DORA - his overworked, underpaid housekeeper
POOPSIE - a gorgeous high-kicking chorine
BOOPSIE - nearly-identical-to-Poopsie chorine
MARIAN - a warmly devoted cousin to
LAURA FAIRLEE - a lovable nincompoop, who loves
WALTER HARTWRIGHT - a likeable nincompoop
COUNTESS FOSCO - proprietress of a local loony bin
MRS. CATHERICK - a woman with a stunning secret
MISS PEACH - a grim overseer at Fosgo's loony bin
MINSTREL - a troubadour in search of the right play
FREDERICK FAIRLEE - Laura's guardian, a walking                                  headcold
THE WOMAN IN WHITE - a real gadabout nutcake

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

Casting Notes

The Woman in White and Laura are played by the same actress.

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

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Optional 15 Piano/Vocal Scores Available. 

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Authors

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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Tim Kelly

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flo ...

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Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins

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