Langston Hughes's Little Ham

by  Dan Owens, Judd Woldin, Eric Krebs, Langston Hughes, Richard Engquist

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  8m, 6f

"A jazzy musical bauble with fine songs... An uptown Guys and Dolls ...with a high spirited melodious score...The music plumbs a great tradition with skill and joy.... The lyrics are also terrific...[There is] a heartbreaking second act show…"

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 6f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway, National Alliance of Musical Theatre-Festival Musicals
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Love and loyalty in the heyday of the 1930's Harlem renaissance, a tale set to a bubbling jazz score, won rave reviews Off Broadway. The downtown mob is threatening to take over the uptown numbers game. Only Hamlet Hitchcock Jones, known as Little Ham, stands in their way. A smooth operator with big dreams and fast feet, he rallies his neighbors and wins his lady love.
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Reviews

"A jazzy musical bauble with fine songs... An uptown Guys and Dolls ...with a high spirited melodious score...The music plumbs a great tradition with skill and joy.... The lyrics are also terrific...[There is] a heartbreaking second act show stop Book by Dan Owens
Music by Judd Woldin
Lyrics by Richard Engquist and Judd Woldin
Based on the play Little Ham" by Langston Hughes, from a concept by Eric Krebs

Keywords

Black issues

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting: Harlem. Early fall. 1936.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Jazz
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

I'm Gonna Hit Today
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It's All in the Point of View
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Stick With Me, Kid
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No
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Get Yourself Some Lovin'
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That Ain't Right
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Cuttin' Out
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Room for Improvement
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Get Back
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Harlem, You're My Girl
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Angels
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Big Ideas
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Helluva Good Time
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Wastin's Time
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Say Hello to Your Feet
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Casting

8m, 6f

CLARENCE - a janitor
MADAME LUCILLE BELL - proprietress of the Paradise Shine Parlor
OPAL - Tiny Lee's manicurist
LARCHMONT - a chauffeur
LEROY - Lucille's main man
MRS. DOBSON - a feisty grandmother
AMANDA - a pretentious matron
HAMLET HITCHCOCK JONES - a show-shiner with ambition
TINY LEE - a hairdresser and business woman
LOUIE "THE NAIL" MAHONEY - a gangster
RUSHMORE - Louie's "accountant"
JIMMY - Sugar Lou's dresser and manager
SUGAR LOU BIRD - a showgirl
POLICEMAN - a white man
BRADFORD - Louie's Wall Street contact

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

Casting Notes

The White Policeman and Bradford should be played by the same actor. 

Resources

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Full Package

15 Piano/Conductor Scores

Trumpet
Reed (Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet)
Bass
Drums

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Authors

Dan Owens

Dan Owens

Judd Woldin

Judd Woldin

Eric Krebs

Eric Krebs

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Richard Engquist

Richard Engquist

Little Ham was first produced by Amas Musical Theatre in New York City. It was revived at the  John Houseman Theater on September 26, 2002. It was directed by Eric Krebs.

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