The High Life

by  Arthur Schnitzler, Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin, Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  21m, 14f

"A great, big, gorgeous confection filled with good, solid entertainment." - New York Daily News
"A sumptuous slice of strudel...stuffed with a tart story and tangy score." - Ronald Evans

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    21m, 14f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

The last great musical by the team that wrote That's Entertainment and Dancing In The Dark! Anatol, the most famous ladies' man in turn of the century Vienna, decides that he's finished with love - he wants to get married. All his amours - from a magician's assistant to a society wife to the third swan from the left in the royal ballet - face this prospect with varying reactions, adding up to an evening of hilarity. When Anatol discovers, however, that his timid "frau" is a great deal more lively than he had expected, it is she who has the last laugh!
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Accolades

  • Nominee! 4 Tony Awards, 1962

Reviews

"A great, big, gorgeous confection filled with good, solid entertainment. The lyrics are deft...and the music is a full bodied score." - New York Daily News

"A sumptuous slice of strudel...stuffed with a tart story and tangy score." - Ronald Evans

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: 1904. Vienna.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Song Samples

Overture
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What a Charming Couple
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Why Go Anywhere Else?
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Bring Your Darling Daughter
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Now I'm Ready for a Frau
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Magic Moment
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Who Can-You Can!
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Oh, Mein Liebchen
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The Label on the Bottle
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This Kind of a Girl
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The Bloom is Off the Rose
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I'm Glad I'm Single
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Something You Never Had Before
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You're Not the Type
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Come A-Wandering With Me
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I Never Had a Chance
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Casting

21m, 14f

MAX - supporting
USHER
ANATOL - lead
FRANZ
HELENE - supporting
LIESL BRANDEL - lead
HERR BRANDEL - supporting
FRAU BRANDEL - supporting
MIMI
PROPRIETOR
THE GREAT GASTON
OTTO
ANNA
GRANDMOTHER
MAGDA - supporting
ENSEMBLE - plays many roles including Shy Girl, Tennis Girl, Mountain Climbers, Girl on Horseback, Nursemaid, Anatol the Boy, Strongman, Celestina, Pas De Quatre, Photographer, Doorman, Headwaiter, and Waiters

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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Arthur Schnitzler

Arthur Schnitzler

Fay Kanin

Fay Kanin (1917-2013) was an American writer for film, television, and the stage and was the first female President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to serve a full term. Her writinghas been awarded 3 Emmy awards (Tell Me Where it Hurts, Best Writing in Drama,1974; Writer ...

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Michael Kanin

Michael Kanin

Howard Dietz

Howard Dietz

Arthur Schwartz

Arthur Schwartz

The High Life was first presented on Broadway (with its original title The Gay Life) by Kermit Bloomgarden at the Shubert Theatre in New York City on November 18, 1961. It was directed by Gerald Freedman.

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