To Whom It May Concern (Hall)

by  Carol Hall

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  7m, 7f, 1m or f

"A celebration! ... Communities will be presenting To Whom It May Concern for years to come." - The New York Times
"A melodic score and a joyous communal spirit which doesn't end until the house lights come up!" - Associated Press

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To Whom It May Concern (Hall)

by  Carol Hall

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 7f, 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Faith-based
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

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Conceived by Carol Hall, who wrote the music and lyrics to The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, this joyful musical took Off Broadway by surprise. It is a tuneful, warm and witty observation of what really goes on in the hearts and minds of people as they participate in a church service. The ninety minutes of song, monologue and poetry require almost no set and only one piano. Done in a theatre or church sanctuary, To Whom It May Concern is perfect for all church and theatre groups, especially those with access to glorious voices.

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Reviews

"A celebration! ... Communities will be presenting To Whom It May Concern for years to come." - The New York Times

"A melodic score and a joyous communal spirit which doesn't end until the house lights come up!" - Associated Press

"Witty, inspiring. It's applications are universal." - New York Daily News

"To Whom It May Concern is a genial attempt, cast in the Godspell mode, to rethink aspects of worship and the validity of Christianity in these modern times... On the surface of things the show might appear to have the most validity for Episcopalians, since the structure of the intermissionless hour-and-a-half is based on the Episcopal service. But Miss Hall's ideas and ideals are refreshingly ecumenical... To Whom It May Concern' manages to remind the observer, with warmth and wit, that true worship is not a ritual but an ongoing communication with the Almighty." - Christian Science Monitor

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Often, this show is performed in the sanctuary of a church and it works well there. Other times, a set on stage has been created to resemble the sanctuary. If in a church, the opening calls for cast members to be randomly placed in the actual pews and to stand as their singing parts come up in the opening number. They then make their way to the stage while singing. Suggestions regarding lighting and props are included in Production Notes in script.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Song Samples

When I consider the Heavens
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Truly My Soul
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Miracles
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We Were Friends
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Sandy
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Ain't Nobody Got a Bed of Roses
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We Believe
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I'll Only Miss the Feeling
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Casting

7m, 7f, 1m or f

CHOIR MASTER
THE CHILD
THE PRIEST
GRANDAD
FAY - a new theologian
BOB - a dog owner
CAROLINE - a woman who hears voices
FREDERIKA - a woman needing miracles
SISTERS - a woman with religious relatives
CELIA - a woman unlucky in love
MIKE - the brother
DELORIS - a woman who left home
ELLIOTT - a single parent
THE STRANGER
PIANIST/CONDUCTOR

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Casting includes pianist.

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

16 Piano/Vocal Scores

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Authors

Carol Hall

Carol Hall wrote both music and lyrics for the TONY-winning The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and contributed to Sesame Street, A...My Name is Alice, and the landmark children’s classic Free to Be You and Me. For that project, she wrote both music and lyrics for “It’s All Right To Cry,” “Parents Are People,” and “Gl ...

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To Whom it May Concern was first presented at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, under artistic director Nikos Psacharpoulos, on July 17, 1985. It was directed by Geraldine Fitzgerald. The play was subsequently presented Off Broadway by Bedda Roses Company, by arrangement with Williamstown Theatre Festival, at St. Stephens Church in New York City on December 5, 1985. It was also directed by Ms. Fitzgerald.

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