Doonesbury

by  Garry Trudeau, Elizabeth Swados

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  7m, 2f

A delightful romp of a show based on Mr. Trudeau's famous comic strip.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 2f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Zonker, Michael Doonesbury, J.J., Boopsie, B.D. and Joanie-- they are all present and happily accounted for in this delightful romp of a show based on Mr. Trudeau's famous comic strip. While they try to make it through commencement, the Walden crowd must fend off Zonker's uncle Duke, who wants to bulldoze their off campus house and replace it with condos. Michael Doonesbury steadfastly pursues the feisty and lovely J.J., while J.J., tries to come to terms with her long lost mother, Joanie Caucus.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"The qualities that have made Garry Trudeau's comic strip Doonesbury a national treasure are all present. You'll hear the off hand dialogue that snares the self contradictions of college kids of the 60's. You'll find sly political jokes. Best of all, you'll notice that the tone of Mr. Trudeau's work is intact." - The New York Times

"A larkish lampoon of an entertainment, sometimes sweet and often very funny. The score ranges from rock and calypso to tender ballad and boogie woogie-- a lively assortment of solos, duets and ensembles." - Christian Science Monitor

Videos

  • Doonesbury Broadway Promo
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Keywords

Adolescence

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Setting: Walden, an off-off-campus house. Graduation weekend, spring, 1983.

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

Casting

7m, 2f

ROLAND
MIKE DOONESBURY
MARK
B.D.
BOOPSIE
ZONKER
DUKE
HONEY
J.J.
JOANIE
PROVOST

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

Casting Notes

Intended for double casting.

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Piano/Conductor Score

Reed (Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Oboe, Alto and Tenor Saxophones)

Trumpet/FlugelHorn

Trombone

Cello

Drums

Guitar (Acoustic, Electric, 4-string Banjo)

Keyboard

Bass (Electric)

9 Vocal Chorus Books 


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Authors

Garry Trudeau

Garry Trudeau

Elizabeth Swados

Elizabeth Swados has composed, written, and directed over 30 theater pieces including The Trilogy, The Red Sneaks, Nightclub Cantata, Runaways, Alice in Concert, Doonesbury, Rap Master Ronnie,The Haggadah, Jewish Girlz, Jonah, Job, Esther, Jerusalem (with Yehudah Amichai), The 49 Years, and Missionaries. Her work has b ...

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Doonesbury premiered at the Biltmore Theatre in 1983. Directed by Jacques Levy

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