Slow Down, Sweet Chariot

by  Dave Reiser, Jack Sharkey

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 7f

When Kitty Shannon dies, she refuses to accompany her guardian angel to heaven when she learns daughter Joan's fiance Norman Gorman is a scheming swindler in love with another woman. Songs range from the wildly funny one wherein Kitty and Joan lament they can't stand half of the invited wedding gues…

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Slow Down, Sweet Chariot

by  Dave Reiser Jack Sharkey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

When Kitty Shannon dies, she refuses to accompany her guardian angel to heaven when she learns daughter Joan's fiance Norman Gorman is a scheming swindler in love with another woman. Songs range from the wildly funny one wherein Kitty and Joan lament they can't stand half of the invited wedding guests to a lilting romantic number wherein Joan and the man she should be marrying pretend they really don't love one another to a poignant one when Kitty finally must bid goodbye to her daughter. Audiences will laugh through their tears during this heartwarming show with a lively and lovely score, startling special effects and zany plot.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The U.S. Midwest, in the Shannon Home.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

4m, 7f

KITTY SHANNON - a moderately merry widow
JOAN SHANNON - an uncertain bride-to-be
NORMAN GORMAN - a despicable groom-to-be
LARRY ROBERTS - Joan's childhood beau
EILEEN ROBERTS - Joan's maid of honor
MELODY NELSON - Norman's cast-off love
FATHER FRANCIS FINNEGAN - parish pastor
MRS. PETRUCCI - friend of Kitty
MRS. O'BOYLE - also a friend of Kitty
MRS. KOVITCH - another friend of Kitty
OPHAREL - a Heavenly Messenger

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

Resources

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Full Package

12 Piano/Vocal Scores

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Authors

Dave Reiser

Dave Reiser

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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Slow Down, Sweet Chariot was first presented at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois, on September 17, 1981. It was directed by Larry Peterson.

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