Neil Simon's Musical Fools

by  Ron West, Phil Swann, Neil Simon

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  7m, 7f

A musical based on the Neil Simon play, Fools.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

1893.  After a harrowing journey, recent college graduate Leon Tolinchinsky arrives in Kulyenchikov, Ukraine, to tutor Sophia Zubritsky, 19.  Her parents, Nickolai and Leyna, inform him the village is cursed, rendering every resident as dumb as a bag of rocks.  Leon must educate Sofia in 24 hours or fall victim to the curse himself, though teaching her, her parents, or anyone else about anything is just about impossible.   To complicate matters, Leon and Sofia fall in love, infuriating Count Gregor, her long time suitor.  Leon risks everything to break the curse and rescue the village. A musical based on the Neil Simon play, Fools.
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Videos

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Keywords

Love, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: 1893. Kulyenchikov, Ukraine
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

7m, 7f
LEON STEOPONOVITCH TOLCHINSKY
PASSENGER 1
PASSENGER 2
PASSENGER 3
TRAIN CONDUCTOR
SNETSKY, THE SHEPHERD
MAGISTRATE KUPCHIK
MARRIED WOMAN
MATA SLOVITCH, THE BUTCHER
LIBRARIAN
MISHKIN, THE MAILMAN
YENCHNA, THE VENDOR
COUNT GREGOR YOUSEKEVITCH
DR. NIKOLAI ZUBRITSKY
MRS. LENYA ZUBRITSKY
CAISIMIR YOUSEKEVITCH (1691)
SOPHIA (1691)
MIKHAIL ZUBRITSKY(1691)
UNIVERSITY STUDENT (1691)
MAGISTRATE (1691)
VLADIMIR YOUSEKEVITCH (1691)
SOPHIA IRENA ELENYA ZUBRITSKY
PASSENEGERS, TOWNSPEOPLE, WEDDING GUESTS, ET AL
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

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Authors

Ron West

Ron West co-wrote the book, music, and lyrics for The People vs. Friar Laurence: The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet and has written and directed many shows for The Second City, including the Jeff award-winning Curious George Goes to War. With Phil Swann, he has also written Shakespeare's Greatest Hits, Vocal Arrangeme ...

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Phil Swann

Phil Swann's career in the entertainment industry has spanned more than 30-years as a composer, author, playwright, performer, and producer. A short list of his work includes the hit Off-Broadway musical, Play It Cool, Outer Critics Circle nominee for best new musical; The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed ...

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Neil Simon

American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. In addition to Lost In Yonkers, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, his plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn, Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Coupl ...

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Musical Fools premiered at the Ramon C. Cortines School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California in January 2013 under the direction of Ron West.

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