The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
by James Thurber, Earl Shuman, Joe Manchester, Leon Carr
Full Length Musical, Comedy / 5m, 6f, 1girl(s)
"A thoroughly pleasant musical evening." - Time
On his fortieth birthday Walter Mitty reflects on his drab, ordinary life. Defeated in his quest for wealth and glory by family responsibilities, a mortgage, and a routine job, he creates elaborate fantasies in which he is the hero. His secret world …
On his fortieth birthday Walter Mitty reflects on his drab, ordinary life. Defeated in his quest for wealth and glory by family responsibilities, a mortgage, and a routine job, he creates elaborate fantasies in which he is the hero. His secret world is so enticing that he often loses sight of the boundary between dream and reality and comically slips into his imagination. An attractive would be chanteuse aptly named Willa de Wisp encourages Walter to leave his wife, shed the burdens of suburban living and really live the secret life. Unfortunately it is as unattainable as it is appealing. At the end of the play Walter discovers that he is happily committed to the real world, complete with its mortgages and responsibilities.
Reviews"A thoroughly pleasant musical evening." - Time
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- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The Present; Waterbury, Connecticut; Autumn
Takes place in the everday and the secret life of Walter Mitty
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Medium
- Chorus Size: Large
Casting5m, 6f, 1girl(s)
AGNES - Female, 30-40. Mitty’s wife. Reasonably attractive, nagging, practical, but underneath her strong veneer, she is sensitive, understanding and smart.
PENINNAH - Female, 10-11. Mitty and Agnes’ daughter. Unspoiled and sweet.
HARRY - Male, 40’s. Pleasant, friendly bartender type.
WILLA - Female, Late 20’s. Sexy and kookie nightclub singer.
IRVING - Male, 30. Slightly dense. Her is a stern believer in health foods and spas, and looks it.
RUTHIE - Female, Mid 20’s. Volatile and a little on the crude side. Pretty in a cheep sort of way.
GORMAN - Male, 40. A successful salesman type with a gift of gab and great charm.
HAZEL - Female, Mid 20’s. Speaks with a lisp, dumb as they come.
SYLVIA - Female, Mid 20’s. Definitely not the finishing school type.
MACMILLAN - Male, 50. A large, pompous, gruff man.
CHORUS (SATB) - Firing Squad, Peasants, Mission Control Operator, Surgical Patient, Dr. Renshaw, Dr. Benbow, Nurses, Professor Remington, Dr. Pritchard-Mitford, Crêpe Suzette, Tortoni, Apple Turnover, Townspeople, Blind Date, Folies Customers, Male Dancers, Group Therapy Patients
- Room for Extras
A total of 15 actors were used in the original New York production, each one playing several roles. However, as many more actors as desired may be used.
Music Material Rental Packages
1 Piano/Conductor Score
Clarinet/Alto Saxophone 1
Clarinet/Alto Saxophone 2
Percussion (Trumpet, Bells, Drums)
Violins I & 2 (2 books)
13 Vocal Chorus Books
1 Piano Conductor Score
13 Vocal Chorus Books
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was first presented at the Players Theatre, New York City on October 26, 1964.