Taking My Turn

by  Bob Livingston, Gary William Friedman

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  4m, 4f

“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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Taking My Turn is the award-winning, critically acclaimed musical by the same team that collaborated on the hit show The Me Nobody Knows. Taking My Turn was one of the first musicals to deal with aging. The spoken words were collected from interviews with people “in their prime", which became the basis for the non-linear book. The size of the cast may vary according to the needs of each production.

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Accolades

  • Winner! 1984 Outer Critic's Circle Award for Best Lyrics/Music
    Nominee! Drama Desk Award for Best Musical

Reviews

"“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

Keywords

Aging, Death, Love, Marriage, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • 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

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Jazz
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

This Is My Song
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Somebody Else, Not Me
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Fine for the Shape I'm In
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Two of Me
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Janet Get Up
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I Like It
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I Never Made Money from Music
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Vivaldi
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In April
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Do You Remember?
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Pick More Daisies
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Taking Our Turn
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Sweet Longings
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I Am Not Old
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Do You Remember? (Reprise)
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The Kite
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Good Luck To You
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In the House
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It Still Isn't Over
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This Is My Song (Reprise)
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Casting

4m, 4f
ERIC - a would-be writer who has been around the world often, sort of a philosopher-poet, a man of the street and the earth.
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.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

9 Piano/Conductor’s Score

Reed (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, English Horn)
Horn
Trombone
Bass
Percussion

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Authors

Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston

Gary William  Friedman

Gary William Friedman

TAKING MY TURN was first presented at The Entermedia Theatre in New York City. It opened on June 9, 1983.

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