Merrily We Dance and Sing

by  Billy Van Zandt, Jane Milmore, Ed Alton

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  11m, 4f

Merrily We Dance and Sing is a slapstick, madcap musical farce. While a small-town community theater performs an original operetta The Naughty Boy, an escaped serial killer gets loose in the theater - eventually hiding from the local police on the stage - which forces the actors to improvise new plot lines, rewrite dialogue, and take the opportunity to invent their own happy endings.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Merrily We Dance and Sing is a slapstick, madcap musical farce. While a small-town community theater performs an original operetta The Naughty Boy, an escaped serial killer gets loose in the theater - eventually hiding from the local police on the stage - which forces the actors to improvise new plot lines, rewrite dialogue, and take the opportunity to invent their own happy endings. Imagine “Gilbert & Sullivan Meet the Marx Brothers.” With book & lyrics by Van Zandt & Milmore and original music by Van Zandt, Milmore & Ed Alton. Includes the songs “I Am First an Englishman,” “Once Upon a Time,” the near-impossible tongue twister show stopper “It’s All in the Chase” and “They Call Me Sweet Carnation (Because I Love to Smell).”
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Reviews

REVIEWS

“It’s exceptional! With its wicked puns, naughty misogyny, sexual entendre and general goofiness, it’s like an extended Milton Berle Comedy Hour! Slapstick, missed cues, tear-away clothing, pratfalls. Just about everything except scenery falling down. Stay for the curtain call!” - Two River Times

“A zany musical! The first musical nuttiness Van Zandt & Milmore have put together in their 22 year association. Van Zandt and Milmore have included every gag in the book - men dressed as women, women dressed as men, innuendoes and slapstick galore! Let us rejoice! Flashes of 'Pirates of Penzance,' Abbott & Costello, sex of various persuasions, chases through the audience and collapsing scenery. First-rate! And so hilarious!” - The Coaster

“Packed with fun! Unparalleled in its absurd hilarity! Uproariously funny! So packed with quips, wisecracks and innuendoes that it may be impossible to get all the jokes in one viewing!” - Asbury Park Press

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Chorus Size: Small

Song Samples

Happy Hamlet of Himm
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Sweet Carnation's Nan
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I am First an Englishman
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A Plan, A Scheme
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Once Upon a Time (Reprise)
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Lord of the Hamlet
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It's All in the Chase
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Finale
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Casting

11m, 4f
CHUCK PEAMAN - playing the role of the Mayor of Himm (G2-E4)
LORETTA PEAMAN - playing the role of Sweet Carnation's Nan (G3-C5)
MICKEY - playing the role of the Naughty Boy (G2-E4)
COREY - playing the role of Sweet Carnation (G#3-D5)
BROCK - playing the role of the Major-General (Bb3-E4)
PETEY - playing the role of the Fool (Bb3-G4)
JACK “JACKIE” BALDO - escaped mental patient
SERGEANT TAGGERT - the real thing (B3-C4)
TWO POLICEMEN - also real
BERNIE LUDLOE - the show's composer and conductor
CHORUS BOYS AND GIRLS - at least four
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

1 Piano/Vocal Score
15 Vocal Chorus Books
1 Performance CD (Full Orchestration Accompaniment)

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Authors

Billy Van Zandt

Billy Van Zandt - after starring in a series of his own plays (If you've never seen this clown at work, you should be ashamed of yourself - Asbury Park Press), Billy made his feature film debut in Jaws 2. The success of his comedies (written with partner Jane Milmore) brought him to the attention of Bob Newhart, who hi ...

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Jane Milmore

Jane Milmore began her career as an actress. After starring in several national TV commercials, she appeared in the TV shows Anything But Love and Sydney, as well as guest-starring on Bless This House, Newhart, Martin, The Hughley’s, and The Wayans Bros. Jane also ap ...

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Ed Alton

Ed Alton’s music has maintained a constant presence on prime time TV for nearly 30 years. To date, he has composed scores for over 530 episodes of 31 different prime time network TV series. For 21 of those series he also composed the Main Title themes. Daily Variety recognized Alton as one of TV’s top theme composers w ...

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Merrily We Dance and Sing (or The Naughty Boy) was first presented on Friday May 20, 1994, at the Henderson Theatre in Lincroft, New Jersey.  Produced by Mark Fleming.  Directed by Billy Van Zandt & Art Neill.

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