Full Length Musical, Drama / 4m, 4f
- Winner! 1984 Outer Critic's Circle Award for Best Lyrics/Music
Nominee! Drama Desk Award for Best Musical
Presented on PBS Great Performance Series
"“Irrepressibly young at heart. A life-enhancing musical evening” –Mel Gussow, The New York Times
“A lovely, exultant show…I had a great time!” –Clive Barnes, The New York Post“Taking my Turn left me walking on air!” –Rex Reed
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- Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: The play take place during the course of one year. This year.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Jazz
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
JOHN - a retured school teacher, eager to find something else to do with the rest of his years, does not quite have the courage.
CHARLES - a railroad steward, knows he missed an opportunity early in life when he chose the security of working for the railroads rather than a life in the world of music.
BENJAMIN - a lawyer, still active in his practice, has been writing letters to public figures for years and is married to Dorothy.
DOROTHY - for years an activist and still out there fighting for causes. She and Ben lost a grown son.
HELEN - a physical therapist, mother and grandmother, who takes each day as a challenge.
EDNA - a music teacher, just overcoming her timidity, daring to accept the romance and adventure that life offers.
JANET - a widow of two years, is at first a recluse, afraid to re-enter life on her own, and later a fine spirited, gracious woman of means.
- Ensemble cast
- Parts for Senior Actors
Music Material Rental Packages
9 Piano/Conductor’s Score
Reed (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, English Horn)
TAKING MY TURN was first presented at The Entermedia Theatre in New York City. It opened on June 9, 1983.
Taking My Turn was featured on the PBS Great Performance Series.