I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road

by  Gretchen Cryer, Nancy Ford

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  6m, 4f

"Clearly the most imaginative and melodic score heard in New York all season." - SoHo Weekly News

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I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road

by  Gretchen Cryer Nancy Ford

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I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 4f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway, From West End
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

I’m Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road was a controversial sensation at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater and Circle in the Square in the late ’70s. It is the story of a thirty-nine-year-old songwriter who is making a comeback, throwing out “the crap of the past” – her commercial sex kitten image – in order to forge a new identity, writing songs that express how she really feels and who she really is. Her manager (a former lover) is appalled. He likes her the way she used to be and says he can’t sell this “new woman.” They battle it out to a bittersweet, triumphant conclusion.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Clearly the most imaginative and melodic score heard in New York all season." - SoHo Weekly News

"Brash, funny, very agreeable in its brash and funny way, and moreover, it touches a special emotional chord for our times." - New York Post

“The most enjoyable evening I’ve spent in the theater recently was at the Encores! production of I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, which wrapped up a brief run at City Center last weekend.” - New York Post

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Cryer & Ford – Taking The Act To City Center
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July 26, 2013

Videos

  • Getting My Act Together Interview at York Theatre Company- Part 1
  • Getting My Act Together Interview at York Theatre Company- Part 2
  • Getting My Act Together Interview at York Theatre Company- Part 3
  • Getting My Act Together Interview at York Theatre Company- Part 4
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, 1970s
  • Setting: The stage of a cabaret music house. The only set pieces are instruments and stools. Visual changes are accomplished with lights and props.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Natural High
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Smile
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In A Simple Way I Love You
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Miss America
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Strong Woman Number
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Dear Tom
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Old Friend
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Put It In A Package
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If Only Things Was Different
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Gretchen Cryer's interview for Dave's Gone By
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Casting

6m, 4f

HEATHER - a singer/song-writer, 39
JOE - her old friend an manager
CHERYL
ALICE
JAKE - guitarist
THE LIBERATED MAN'S BAND

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

1 Piano/Conducor's Score (with optional String Synthesizer and Fender Piano)
10 Vocal Chorus Books

Flute
Percussion (Bells, Wind Chimes, Tambourine)
Drums
Acoustic Guitar
Electric Guitar
Bass

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Authors

Gretchen Cryer

Gretchen Cryer

Nancy Ford

Nancy Ford

Premiered at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre

I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road was part of the 2013 Encores! Series at New York City Center

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