Promenade

by  Al Carmines, Maria Irene Fornes

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  11m, 6f

Winner! 1970 Obie Award for Best Musical

"It is a triumph. A wickedly amusing musical. A great show. A joy from start to finish." - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 6f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Obie, From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This absurdist delight follows the Candide-like travails of two escaped prisoners, known only by their numbers as they make their way into and through The City, where the poor and homeless mingle with the Idle Rich. The messages range from: "Live with your own truth (whether you like it or not)" to "Riches make you dumb". Al Carmines' music is a magical blend that takes the audience from rock to blues, from Puccini to Noel Coward. Such songs as "Capricious and Fickle," "The Clothes Make the Man," and "Listen, I Feel" pepper this abstractionist fanstasia of song and dance. A ground-breaking Off-Broadway hit.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1970 Obie Award for Best Musical

Reviews

REVIEWS

"It is a triumph. A wickedly amusing musical. A great show. A joy from start to finish." - The New York Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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Production

Details

  • Setting: Several locations the escaped prisoners visit in The City.

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Operetta
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Promenade Theme
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Unrequited Love
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Isn't That Clear
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Four
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Chicken is He
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A Flower
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The Moment Has Passed
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The Clothes Make the Man
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Cigarette Song
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Two Little Angels
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The Passing of Time
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Capricious and Fickle
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Crown Me
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A Poor Man
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Little Fool
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Listen, I Feel
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I Saw a Man
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All is Well in the City
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Casting

11m, 6f
105 
106
JAILER 
SERVANT
MISS I
MISS O
MISS U 
MR. R 
MR. S 
MR. T 
WAITER
ROSITA
DISHWASHER
MAYOR
MOTHER 
SOLDIER I / DRIVER
SOLDIER II / INJURED MAN
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Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

18 Piano/Conductor Scores
Percussion
Reed
Violin
Trombone
Trumpet
Bass

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Authors

Al Carmines

Al Carmines

Maria Irene Fornes

Maria Irene Fornes

Promenade premiered at the Judson Poet's Theatre in New York City in April 1965. The musical moved Off-Broadway to the Promenade Theatre in June 1969 under the direction of Lawrence Kornfield.

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