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.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 9f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

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    From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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 community center in Suburbia, USA. Led by Tina, the ex-professional dancer who runs the class, accompanied by the acerbic pianist Mrs. Fraser, we follow the lives, loves, and laughs of a group of women (and one man), all of whom come from a variety of backgrounds and has his or her own reason for joining. The students, who range from hopeless to competent, strive to master the basics of tap, but the steps and routines are just the background for the real focus of the play: the relationships and interactions of these ten very different people. By their final performance not only have the class members developed some degree of skill, but they have also overcome the inhibitions, awkwardness, and personality conflicts that have kept them out of sync.
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

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Production

Details

  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The gym in an old YMCA community center in Suburbia, USA.

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

Song Samples

Love To
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What Do Men Think
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Too Much
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Never Feel The Same Again
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Loving Him
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Stepping Out
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Casting

1m, 9f
TINA - an ex-pro dancer, attractive, in her late 30s. She wears a T-shirt, tights, leg warmers, old scuffed tap shoes, and a man’s sweater tied around her shoulders. 
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.
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Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

11 Piano/Vocal Score
Piano/Keyboards 1 & 2
Trumpet
Woodwinds 1 & 2
Guitar
Percussion
Backing/Accompaniment CD

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Authors

Mary Stewart-David

Mary Stewart-David

Denis King

Denis King

Richard Harris

Richard Harris

One Night a Week was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth under the title Stepping Out - The Musical and subsequently presented by Bill Kenwright in association with The Churchill Theatre, Bromley and Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle, at the Albery Theatre (now the Noel Coward), London in October 1987 under the direction of Julia McKenzie.

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