They're Playing Our Song

by  Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Simon

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

A funny, romantic show about an established composer and his relationship with an aspiring young female lyricist, not unlike Carole Bayer Sager. Professionally, their relationship works beautifully - but ultimately leads to conflict on the home front. Of course, there's a happy ending.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

America’s premier funny man and the Tony Award-winning composer of A Chorus Line collaborated on this hit musical; a funny, romantic show about an established composer and his relationship with an aspiring young female lyricist, not unlike Carole Bayer Sager. Professionally, their relationship works beautifully, but ultimately leads to conflict on the home front. Of course, there’s a happy ending.
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Accolades

  • NOMINEE - 1979 Tony Award, Best Musical
    NOMINEE - 1979 Tony Award, Best Book
    NOMINEE - 1979 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Musical
    NOMINEE - 1979 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Book
    NOMINEE - 1979 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Music

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Neil Simon was at the top of his playwright-crafting game when he wrote the book for They’re Playing Our Song." - Laude News, Read More

"It is fun and it is funny, full of blithe good humor, hilarious jokes and witty, pointed characterizations [...] The concept of the musical is absolutely beguiling [...] Simon has gotten himself another odd couple even odder than his first and is at his most sprightly and acidly comic." - New York Post

"Engaging light entertainment." - New York Daily News

Keywords

Business, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, 1970s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: New York City, Long Island, Los Angeles
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Small

Song Samples

Fallin'
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Workin' It Out
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If He Really Knew Me
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They're Playing My Song (His)
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They're Playing My Song (Hers)
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Right
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Just for Tonight
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Entr'acte
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When You're In My Arms
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If He Really Knew Me (Reprise)
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I Still Believe In Love
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Fill In the Words
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They're Playing Our Song (Finale)
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Casting

1m, 1f
VERNON GERSCH - an established composer
SONIA WALSK - a young lyricist
VOICES OF VERNON GERSCH - 3 men
VOICES OF SONIA WALSK - 3 women
VOICE OF PHIL THE ENGINEER
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Two principal roles, plus small chorus

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

3 Piano/Conductor Scores
8 Vocal Chorus Books

Reed I (Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Reed II (Flute, Alto Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
Reed III (Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone)
Trumpets I & II
Trombone I
Trombone II
Percussion (Timpani, Glockenspiel, Bells, Claves, Cabasa, Congas, Triangle, etc.)
Drums
Violins (3 books)
Viola
Cello
Harp
Guitars (2 books)
Fender Bass
Keyboard II (Fender Rhodes)

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Authors

Marvin Hamlisch

As composer, Hamlisch won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards. For Broadway he wrote the music for his groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, which received the Pulitzer Prize as well as They’re Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl and Swee ...

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Carole Bayer Sager

Carole Bayer Sager

Neil Simon

American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. In addition to Lost In Yonkers, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, his plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn, Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Coupl ...

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They're Playing Our Song received its world premiere at the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. The play was subsequently first presented on Broadway by Emanuel Azenberg at the Imperial Theatre in New York City on February 2, 1979. It was directed by Robert Moore and choreographed by Patricia Birch.

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