One Night a Week
by Mary Stewart-David, Denis King, Richard Harris
Full Length Musical, Comedy / 1m, 9f
Following the success of his play Stepping Out, Richard Harris has combined the talents of lyricist Mary Stewart-David and composer Denis King to create a heart-warming, toe-tapping musical chronicling several months in the life of a beginners tap dancing class set in the gym of an old YMCA.
- Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
- Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The gym in an old YMCA community center in Suburbia, USA.
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
MRS. FRASER - in her late 50s, a square-shaped no-nonsense Mid-Westerner who prides herself on her pessimism. She wears a wool coat, knit hat, and clumpy shoes, and can usually be seen gnawing on some kind of fresh fruit.
SHELLEY - in her early 30s, short, blonde, and bubbly. Her bright and outrageous clothing accentuates her ample curves. She wears grubby old white sneakers and chews gum most of the time.
MAXINE - a good-looking 40-something. She has dyed hair and good make-up. She wears a tight red leotard over a black turtleneck, long red legwarmers and old, soft tap shoes. There are big rocks on her fingers.
DOROTHY - small, anxious and bird-like, could be anywhere from 30 to 50. She wears black shiny tap shoes, a black leotard, and has an ace support bandage around one knee. There is a hint of white cotton underpants showing under the leotard.
LYNNE - 19. She is eager to please, has a lovely face, but is of large proportions. She never wears make-up and her skin glows healthily. She wears tights, a cardigan which matches her legwarmers, and scuffed tap shoes.
ROSE - a large, black woman of Caribbean extraction, in her 40s, wear-ing an obvious wig, a bright pink dress over black tights, and white tap shoes with mismatched shoelaces. She has large strings of beads around her neck and lots of rings on her fingers.
ANDY - tall, thin, and in her mid-30s. She wears a long cardigan over a plain dress, and new tap shoes. She is inclined to stoop as if ashamed of her height.
VIVIENNE - in her mid-30s, neat and proper and perfectly groomed. She wears an expensive belted trench coat, high heels, and carries a good leather bag. Her dyed red hair and make-up are immaculate. But for all her primness, she dresses in a way that suggests the high-class tart.
GEOFFREY - tall, in his mid-40s. He is the kind of man who doesn’t like being noticed, and most of the time isn’t. He wears cheap tap shoes.
Music Material Rental Packages
11 Piano/Vocal Score
Piano/Keyboards 1 & 2
Woodwinds 1 & 2