Bingo! The Winning Musical

by  Ilene Reid, Michael Heitzman, David Holcenberg

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  1m, 6f

Bingo is a splashy, zippy, fun new musical comedy - great for theatres looking to produce a small musical with a big heart. Bingo is about a group of die-hard bingo players who stop at nothing to miss their weekly game. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competitions, love blossoms and long lost friends reunite. These lovable characters spring to life with a smart, funny script and bouncy, hummable score. Audiences will be laughing in the aisles when they aren't playing games of bingo along with the cast!

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Bingo is a splashy, zippy, fun new musical comedy - great for theatres looking to produce a small musical with a big heart. Bingo is about a group of die-hard bingo players who stop at nothing to miss their weekly game. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competitions, love blossoms and long lost friends reunite. These lovable characters spring to life with a smart, funny script and bouncy, hummable score. Audiences will be laughing in the aisles when they aren't playing games of bingo along with the cast!

Best friends and Bingo pals Vern, Honey and Patsy brave a terrible storm in order to attend the yearly celebration of the birth of Bingo and tribute to its founder, Edwin S. Lowe. As the storm knocks out power at the Bingo Hall, Patsy and Honey remind each other of the ominous night fifteen years ago that began in the same way. In flashback, Honey tells us about the night Vern and her best friend, Bernice, had their falling out. Bernice's sweet, yet headstrong daughter, Alison, enters the Bingo hall in disguise - Bernice's health is failing, and Alison is determined, with the help of Bingo, to reunite her mother with her long-lost best friend.

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Reviews

"Popcorn, friendship, intrigue and a famous five-letter word. Bingo turns Grandma's favorite form of gambling into fun-loving musical theater." - The New York Times

"The score is bouncy and well-crafted. An exportable small-theater concoction a la Forever Plaid." - Variety

"A deceptively witty book and spirited performances - creating a hilarious portrait of a peculiar competitive event, much in the way The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee did for elementary school spellers." - The Associated Press

"Songs to bring down the house!" - Los Angeles Times

"Warm-hearted, witty, musical comedy!" - Chicago Tribune

"A show the whole family can enjoy." - Sun Sentinel Miami/Ft. Lauderdale

"Heitzman, Reid and Holcenberg's new musical comedy finds its heart, soul, and humor in a game that can be heard emanating from every church auditorium, high school cafeteria, and social hall across America." - The Beach Reporter, Hermosa Beach, CA

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Keywords

Betrayal, Friendship

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The show takes place in Hamerin County, a fictitious town in suburban Pennsylvania in the present. Detailed set and costume descriptions available in script.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Girls Night Out
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I Still Believe In You
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I've Made Up My Mind
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Under My Wing
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Gentleman Caller
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Swell
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B4
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Casting

1m, 6f
VERN - 40s; Matriarch of the group; funny; robust; stubborn and crusty, but with a good heart buried under her gruff exterior. Mermanesque Broadway belt, showing range and power from low A to a solid C.
PATSY - 40s; Somewhat mousey; neurotic; obsessively superstitious, yet underneath all that anxiety lies a rock star who can let it rip! Pop belt to F.
HONEY - 40s; Leggy; beautiful, but a little past her prime. She’s an extremely loveable sex kitten if not the brightest of bulbs. Belt/mix to E.
SAM WONNIETSKI/FRANK - 40s; Sam is the Bingo caller - tall, rugged, and handsome. He loves his job and takes his calling very seriously. The only thing that can distract him is Honey - the woman of his dreams. In flashbacks, he doubles as FRANK - a long-haired, hippie bingo caller from the past. Baritone to F.
MINNIE MARTINELLI - 60s; Friendly bingo hall manager, she’s everyone’s favorite, cute, cuddly grandma. Although this woman could be the oldest in the group, she’s still spry and quick on her feet. She must be extremely comfortable interacting and improvising with the audience and have a good, warm energy. Belt up to C.
BERNICE BOODALAY - 40s; Super mom; genuinely sweet and cheerful. She’s the peacemaker and pie baker, and spreads sunshine wherever she goes....maybe a bit passive aggressive with her friends. Belt to C.
ALISON BOODALAY - 20s; Bernice’s daughter - fresh faced, passionate, optimistic, perky and quirky. She is a young, comedic character woman in an ingénue’s body. Must be able to belt F sharp.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The show can also be performed with 6 - one male, and 5 female. You may combine the roles of Bernice and Minnie.

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Rehearsal Resources

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Authors

Ilene Reid

Ilene Reid and her longtime collaborator Michael Heitzman are the Grammy-nominated songwriters of "Throw That Girl Around" from the Broadway musical Swing! Their musical Bingo! The Winning Musical had a suc ...

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Michael Heitzman

Michael Heitzman and his longtime collaborator Ilene Reid are the Grammy-nominated songwriters of "Throw That Girl Around" from the Broadway musical Swing! Their musical Bingo! The Winning Musical had a succes ...

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David Holcenberg

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