by  Charles Strouse, Warren Leight, Edward I. Koch

Musical Revue / Cabaret, Satire/Political Satire  /  4m, 4f

"An extremely entertaining blend of polemic, satire, song and dance." - Women's Wear Daily
A musical evening based on the memoir of legendary New York City Mayor Ed Koch, with music by the composer of Annie and Bye Bye Birdie!

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    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


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    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

If you love New York - or if you hate it - you will be sure to enjoy this peppy show, which is as much about life in the Big Apple as it is about the Mayor. Virtually every aspect of the social and political life of New York City is genially lampooned, and the result is an entertaining evening - even for audiences who wouldn't be able to tell Ed Koch from Frank Perdue!
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"An extremely entertaining blend of polemic, satire, song and dance." - Women's Wear Daily

"While Mayor Koch has been called many things by his fans and detractors, adjectives like 'genial,' 'mild' and 'sweet' have generally not been among them. It's those words, however, that most accurately describe both Mayor, the modest new cabaret musical adapted from Mr. Koch's memoirs, and the character it places center stage. Although lightly critical of the Mayor -and lightly sprinkled with amusing segments - this 90-minute show does transform New York's brash, archetypal political street fighter into a cuddly, if egocentric, hero" - The New York Times


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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

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  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The feeling of a city. Simple suggestions of various locations.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes


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

Song Samples

You Can Be A New Yorker Too!
You're Not the Mayor
March of the Yuppies
What You See is What You Get
I Want to Be the Mayor
The Last "I Love New York" Song
Good Times
I'll Never Leave You
How'm I Doin'?
My City


4m, 4f
MAYOR ED KOCH - toes the line between forthrightness and arrogance; at the height of his power and knows it
CAROL BELLAMY - archrival, cooler, primmer, Waspier
TRUMP - the brazen builder
GOLDIN - the mild-mannered controller
LEONOA HELMSLEY - the hotel Queen
OTHERS - street people, bankers, Yuppies, politicians, waitresses, bike messangers, straphangers, reporters
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Eight actors create an entire city population. The chracterizations of the famous can be broad - these people are in some ways bigger than life. A satirical edge will work well against their egos. Almost all the characters change when the Mayor comes on the scene.


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Charles Strouse

The music of Charles Strouse has touched the life of almost every American in the last half century. There may be no other living composer from America's songbook whose work is as integrated into the popular culture as that of Charles Strouse. His music has attracted top recording artists such as Barbra Streisand, Fra ...

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Warren Leight

Warren Leight's Side Man won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play. His other plays include No Foreigners Beyond This Point (Baltimore Center Stage p ...

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Edward I.  Koch

Edward I. Koch

Mayor: The Musical was first presented by Martin Richards, Jerry Kravat, and Mary Lea Johnson with The New York Music Company Off Broadway at The Village Gate in New York City on Mary 13, 1985. It was directed by Jeffrey B. Moss and choreographed by Barbara Siman.

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