The First

by  Joel Siegel, Martin Charnin, Bob Brush

Full Length Musical  /  48m, 12f

"A stirring piece of Americana." - WCBS TV.

"A rousing, true to life tale.... A story of the triumph of sport over bigotry, and the human spirit at its most noble." - Gannett Newspapers.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    48m, 12f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The First is the story of Jackie Robinson, the first black person to play major league baseball. It is also the story of Branch Rickey, the team owner who had the fortitude to defy racist tradition and hire Robinson.
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Reviews

"A stirring piece of Americana." - WCBS TV.

"A rousing, true to life tale.... A story of the triumph of sport over bigotry, and the human spirit at its most noble." - Gannett Newspapers.

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII

Music

  • Orchestra Size: Large

Casting

48m, 12f
PATSY
LEO DUROCHER
CLYDE SUKEFORTH
POWERS
PHOTOGRAPHER
BRANCH RICKEY
SORRENTINO
JACKIE ROBINSON
THIRD BASEMAN
JUNKYARD JONES
CATCHER
RODNEY
UMPIRE
COOL MINNIE
SOFTBALL
BUCKY
EQUIPTMENT MANAGER
REDCAP
RACHEL ISUM
CUBAN REPORTERS
SWANEE RIVERS
CASEY HIGGINS
HATRACK HARRIS
PEE WEE REESE
EDDIE STANKY
DODGER COACHES
DODGER ROOKIE
DODGER TRAINER
BLACK FANS
SHERIFF
HUEY
BRIAN WATERHOUSE
OPAL
RUBY
MRS. FURILLO
MRS. STANKY
RED BARBER
HILDA CHESTER
PITTSBURCH CATCHER
HANK GREENBERG
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Plus 1 offstage voice

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

Piano/Conductor’s Score
Reed I (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Reed II (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Reed III (Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
Reed V (Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone)
Trumpet I
Trumpet II
Trumpet III
Horn
Trombone I
Trombone II
Trombone III
Percussion (Trumpet, Xylophone, Bongos, Bells, etc.)
Drums
Cello
Bass (or Tuba)
Guitar/Banjo
(No Chorus Books available.)

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Authors

Joel Siegel

Joel Siegel

Martin Charnin

Martin Charnin

Bob Brush

Bob Brush

THE FIRST was first presented at The Martin Beck Theatre in New York City on October 17, 1981. Directed by Martin Charnin.

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