The 3 1/2 Musketeers

by  Jack Sharkey, Alexandre Dumas, Tim Kelly

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  14m, 8f

"Take three bold, brave Musketeers, toss in a brash pint-sized would-be Musketeer, add a king who's a giant chicken, blend with a conniving cardinal, and you've got the recipe for a musical melodrama that is goofiness at a gallop." - Daily News

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    14m, 8f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Here is Alexandre Dumas' greatest swashbuckling novel turned inside out and the result is sheer musical hilarity. Darth Canyon, a country lad, dreams of becoming a King's Musketeer. In Paris, he joins up with three of the best: Armistice, Pothole and Applesauce. Because Darth Canyon is very short they decide to be known as "The 3 1/2 Musketeers." Soon Darth Canyon is smitten with one of the Queen's handmaidens, the lovely Custard (she's sweet and always ruinning). The Musketeers find themselves smack in the middle of a wild plot concocted by the evil Minister of State, Richelieu, and his number one spy, the devastatingly beautiful (and wicked) Countess De Whimper.

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Reviews

"Take three bold, brave Musketeers, toss in a brash pint-sized would-be Musketeer, add a king who's a giant chicken, blend with a conniving cardinal, and you've got the recipe for a musical melodrama that is goofiness at a gallop." - Daily News

Keywords

Betrayal, Friendship

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The action takes place in France during the 17th century - when the throne was rocking and the King was shaking.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Small

Casting

14m, 8f
DARTH CANYON'S FATHER - former Musketeer
ROBAIRE - young farmer
JEAN-PIERRE - another
DARTH CANYON - soon-to-be a Musketeer, quite short
POTHOLE - King's Musketeer
APPLESAUCE - another
ARMISTICE - another
SERVING GIRL - in Paris tavern
SOUPCON - Richelieu's henchman
ANNE - Queen of France
LOUIS - King of France
CUSTARD - Queen's servant
RICHELIEU - villainous First Minister of France
MADAME BUSHWHACK - runs a rooming house
BUCK - Prime Minister of England
COUNTESS DE WHIMPER - Richelieu's top agent, some dish
MIMI - De Whimper's handmaiden
FIFI - another
BIBI - another
MAN IN SEASIDE TAVERN - has important paper
MAN IN THE IRON MASK - could use a can opener
COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO - could use a shave
EXECUTIONER - chop, chop here, chop, chop there
CITIZENS, MEMBERS OF COURT, OTHERS, CHORUS AS DESIRED
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

Casting Notes

In the premiere production at the Moorpark theatre, DARTH was played by a girl, Sandra Bunday; this is only beause no teeny talented tenors tried out for the role, so we went for a girl for matters of size; so when you announce auditions for productions of this show, please specify that your two leading roles require diminutive performers, so that the long-frustrated great-tenors-in-small-bodies show up!

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

1 Piano Scores
22 Vocal Chorus Books

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Authors

Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in th ...

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Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas

Tim Kelly

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flo ...

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The 3 1/2 Musketeers was first performed at the Magnificent Moorpark Melodrama & Vaudeville Co., Moorpark, California on June 19, 1987. It was directed by Frank Roach.

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