Woman of the Year

by  Peter Stone, Ring Lardner, Jr., Fred Ebb, John Kander, Michael Kanin

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  11m, 6f

"It is funny, it has zing, it has sass...It also has some very attractive music and lyrics, a clever book, an air of class and a superior sense of imagination to it. In a word, it is terrific." - New York Post

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Lauren Bacall made a triumphant return to Broadway in this Tony Award winning musical adaptation of the famous Tracy/Hepburn film. Tess Harding, a glamorous is a high powered anchorwoman of a network TV morning news show. She makes some derogatory remarks about comic strips on the air and comes head to head with Sam Craig, a famous cartoonist who introduces a lampoon of Tess into his comic strip. The feud turns to romance and marriage, but not to harmony in this delightful battle of the sexes between two out sized egos.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1981 Tony Award, Best Book of a Musical
    Winner! 1981 Tony Award, Best Original Score
    Nominee! 1981 Tony Award, Best Musical

Reviews

"It is funny, it has zing, it has sass...It also has some very attractive music and lyrics, a clever book, an air of class and a superior sense of imagination to it. In a word, it is terrific." - New York Post

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Large

Song Samples

Overture
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Woman of the Year
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The Poker Game
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See You in the Funny Papers
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When You're Right, Your Right
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So, What Else is New?
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One of the Boys
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Table Talk
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It Isn't Working
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I Told You So
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I Wrote the Book
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Happy in the Morning
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Sometimes a Day Goes By
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The Grass is Always Greener
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We're Gonna Work it Out
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Casting

11m, 6f
TESS HARDING
SAM CRAIG
PHIL WITAKER
CHAIRPERSON
CLEANING WOMEN
GERALD
JAN DONOVAN
MAURY
ALEXI PETRIKOV
ELLIS MCMASTER
HELGA
CHIP SALISBURY
FLOOR MANAGER
ABBOTT CANFIELD
LARRY DONOVAN
PINKY PETERS
ENSEMBLE
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Plus Chorus

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18 Keyboard/Conductor Scores (Piano/Synthesizer)
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Reed I (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Reed II (Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
Reed III (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Reed IV (Oboe, English Horn)
Reed V (Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Trumpets I & II (2 books)
Trumpet III
Horns I & II (2 books)
Trombone I
Trombone II
Trombone III (Bass Trombone)
Percussion (Timpani, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Siren, etc.)
Drums
Violins I & II (2 books)
Celli I & II
Bass
Harp

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Authors

Peter Stone

Peter Stone (1930-2003) was the first writer to win the Tony, the Oscar and the Emmy. With 15 Broadway productions to his credit, he received Tony Awards for his books to 1776, Woman of the Year, Death Takes a Holiday,The Will Rogers Folliesand Titanic(all four also winning the Tony for Best Musical). His other Broadwa ...

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Ring Lardner, Jr.

Ring Lardner, Jr.

Fred Ebb

Fred Ebb (1928 – 2004) won Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Awards for his work as a writer, director, and composer. His collaborations with John Kander, Bob Fosse, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Liza Minnelli made him a legend in the New York theatre community. Mr. Kander and Mr. ...

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John Kander

John Harold Kander was born on March 18, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri to Harold and Berenice (Aaron) Kander. He was exposed to music at an early age. Kander believed that a bout of tuberculosis as a baby, which had kept him isolated from other people, had actually helped him develop his sense of sound. At age six he b ...

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Michael Kanin

Michael Kanin

Woman of the Year was first presented by Lawrence Kasha, David S. Landay, James M. Nederlander, Warner Theatre Productions, Inc. (Claire Nichtern: President), Carole J. Shorenstein and Stewart F. Lane on Broadway at the Palace Theatre in New York City on March 29, 1981. It was directed by Robert Moore.

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