Henry, Sweet Henry

by  Nunnally Johnson, Bob Merrill, Nora Johnson

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  8m, 8f

"Zesty songs [...] a thoroughly pleasant and most affectionate musical. We're given a hilarious sample [of] music depicting the rise of 'Man' from primordial slime." - New York Daily News

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 8f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Don Ameche starred on Broadway as the titular object of two teenage girls’ affections. Henry Orient, peripatetic roué and composer of “new music,” is a legend in his own mind and skirt-chaser par excellence. Following Henry’s every move are Val and Gil, two smitten teens who unwittingly blow the whistle on Henry and his various amours while chasing him up and down Manhattan.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Zesty songs [...] a thoroughly pleasant and most affectionate musical. We're given a hilarious sample [of] music depicting the rise of 'Man' from primordial slime." - New York Daily News

Videos

  • Poor Little Person on the Ed Sullivan Show
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: New York City (1967)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Small

Song Samples

Overture
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Academic Fugue
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In Some Little World
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Pillar to Post
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Here I Am
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I Wonder How It Is
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Nobody Steps on Kafritz
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Henry, Sweet Henry
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People Watchers
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Weary Near to Dyin'
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Poor Little Person
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I'm Blue Too
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To Be Artistic
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Do You Ever Go to Boston?
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Here I Am [Reprise]
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Casting

8m, 8f
KAFRITZ - An arrange-anything-for-a-price schoolmate of Valerie.
VALERIE BOYD- The love-starved daughter of wealthy parents.
MISS COONEY – The girls’ school teacher.
MARIAN GILBERT- Valerie's best friend and schoolmate.
HENRY ORIENT- An avant-garde composer and aging philanderer
STELLA- A sexy, husband-fearing romantic from Scarsdale.
MRS. GILBERT – Marian’s mother whom Henry Orient cheats with..
USHERETTE– Leads the girls to their seats at Henry’s concert.
MRS. BOYD- Valerie's socialite mother
RUSS – a Knickerbocker Grey military student set up with Valerie and Marian
CAPTAIN KENNETH – Military Captain of the Knickerbocker Greys boys school.
HAL- a Knickerbocker Grey military student set up with Valerie and Marian
POLICEMAN- Officer called to inspect an alleged drug ring run by Henry Orient.
MR. BOYD- Valerie's successful industrialist father
BIG VAL

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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(Note: While this show was originally orchestrated for a full orchestra we are currently only offering a Piano Only rental package for this title. If you are interested in more orchestra parts please contact your licensing representative for more information.)

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Authors

Nunnally Johnson

Nunnally Hunter Johnson (December 5, 1897 – March 25, 1977) was an American filmmaker who wrote, produced, and directed motion pictures. He began his career as a journalist, writing for the Columbus Enquirer Sun, the Savannah Press, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and the New York Herald Tribune. He also wrote short stories, ...

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Bob Merrill

Bob Merrill (May 17, 1921 - February 18, 1998) was an American songwriter, theatrical composer, lyricist and screenwriter. He was the second most successful songwriter of the 1950s on the UK Singles Chart, with hits such as How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?, Mambo Italiano and Honeycomb. Longing to write more prof ...

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Nora Johnson

Nora Johnson (born in 1933) is an American author. She is the daughter of filmmaker Nunnally Johnson. Johnson was educated at the Brearley school, Abbot Academy, and Smith College, from which she graduated in 1954. Her first novel, The World of Henry Orient, inspired by her time at the Brearley School, was publi ...

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Henry, Sweet Henry opened on Broadway at the Palace Theater October 23, 1967 under the direction of George Roy Hill.

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