Really Rosie

by  Carole King, Maurice Sendak

Full Length Musical  /  4m, 2f

From the brilliant minds of Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are)and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Carole King, Really Rosieis a jewel for children and adults. 

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    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • SubGenre


    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

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Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block of Brooklyn’s Avenue P, entertains herself and her friends by acting out showbiz fantasies, notably directing and starring in an Oscar-winning movie. 

Written by the author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are and other popular children’s books, Really Rosie is a jewel for children and adults. Author Maurice Sendak is the winner of a Caldecott Medal, National Book Award, and a National Medal of the Arts. Composer Carole King is the winner of a National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award, a Grammy Trustees Award, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Award for Popular Song.

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"There is such juicy vitality, such insouciant grace, such frolicking exploration of the waist high jungle of childhood [...] You will regret not being able to wrap up a large chunk of the proceedings and take them home with you." - New York Magazine

"Provides more honest fun than most [...] musicals." - Women's Wear Daily


  • Animated Television Special
  • Animated Television Special
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Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs


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  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: The front steps of a Brooklyn home on a hot day in July.


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Small

Song Samples

Really Rosie
One Was Johnny
Alligators All Around
The Ballad of Chicken Soup
Chicken Soup with Rice
Avenue P
My Simple Humble Neighborhood
The Awful Truth
Such Sufferin'


4m, 2f
ROSIE - Bossy ten year old girl who plans to direct the movie "Did You Hear what Happened to Chicken Soup?"
KATHY - Rosie's sidekick and secretary who longs for her chance in the spotlight
PIERRE - doesn't care and has a major attitude
JOHNNY - Shy and A Bit Nerdy
ALLIGATOR - Kathy's brother who actually belives he is an alligator
CHICKEN SOUP - Rosie's brother who runs away
OTHER ROLES - Rosie, Johnny and Kathy's Mothers and a small chorus of neighborhood kids
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7 Piano/Conductor Scores
Reed (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone)

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Carole King

Carole King

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak

A half-hour animated television special aired on CBS TV in February 1975. It was directed by Maurice Sendak, with Carole King voicing the title character. An album based on the songs by King and lyrics by Sendak is available on Ode/Epic/SME Records. In the animated special, only the first seven songs and Really Rosie (Reprise) were showcased. Sendak expanded the piece for London and Washington, DC, stage productions in 1978, and an off-Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Patricia Birch with designs by Sendak, which opened on October 14, 1980, at the Westside Theatre, where it ran for 274 performances.

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