Skyscraper

by  James Van Heusen, Elmer Rice, Peter Stone, Sammy Cahn

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  11m, 5f

Julie Harris starred in this off-beat musical about a daydreamer Georgina whose New York brownstone is threatened with demolition by a skyscraper.

Read more +
License Estimator

Use this tool for cost estimates based on your specific needs.

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

From the composer-lyricist team who penned such memorable Frank Sinatra standards as  “Call Me Irresponsible,” “Come Fly with Me,” “Love and Marriage,”and many others!

Georgina is the owner of an antique brownstone in New York City that is being squashed on all sides by skyscrapers. The builders are angry with her for not wanting to sell her little property; but she considers it an historic landmark, and undertakes an "urban prevention" crusade against the construction giants. Two men figure in her life and her dreams; the assistant in her boutique, a playwright who had a one-night run off-Broadway and is biding his time for the opening of an avant film festival; and the good-natured architect of one of the skyscrapers, who finds the key to her heart and to all her daydreams. In these daydreams, Georgina imagines the men of her life wooing her as an English officer, an FBI man, a toreador, a southern gentleman, and others

Digital sountrack and samples available on amazon.com!

Read more +

Accolades

  • Nominee! 1966 Tony Award, Best Musical

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Bright, amusing and imaginative with freshness of humor." - New York Post

Keywords

Business, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The entire action took place yesterday in New York City, in and around a large skyscraper and a small brownstone.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Song Samples

Overture
0:00
An Occasional Flight of Fancy
0:00
Run for Your Life
0:00
Local 403
0:00
Opposites
0:00
Just the Crust
0:00
Everybody Has the Right to Be Wrong
0:00
The Gaiety
0:00
More Than One Way
0:00
Haute Couture
0:00
I'll Only Miss Here When I Think of Her
0:00
Spare That Building
0:00

Casting

11m, 5f
GEORGINA
MRS. ALLERTON
MR. ALLERTON
CHARLOTTE
MAYOR
DOCTOR
HERBERT BUSHMAN
STANLEY
TIMOTHY BUSHMAN
ROGER SUMMERHILL
WOMAN CUSTOMER
AUCTIONEER
HARRY THE WAITER
CAB DRIVER
JAZZ MUSICIAN
PHOTOGRAPHER
PAOLA
FRANCESCO
ENSEMBLE
See all +

Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

Piano/Conductor Score

(Note: While this show was originally orchestrated for a full orchestra we are currently only offering a Piano Only rental package for this title. If you are interested in more orchestra parts please contact your licensing representative for more information.)

More

Authors

James Van Heusen

James Van Heusen

Elmer Rice

Elmer Rice (born Sept. 28, 1892, New York City—died May 8, 1967, Southampton, Hampshire, Eng.) was an American playwright, director, and novelist noted for his innovative and polemical plays. Rice graduated from the New York Law School in 1912 but soon turned to writing plays. His first work, the melodramatic On Trial ...

View full profile

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 ...

View full profile
Sammy Cahn

Sammy Cahn

Skyscraper was first presented on Broadway by Feuer and Martin at the Lunt-Fontane Theater in New York City on November 13, 1965. It was directed by Cy Feuer.

Now Playing

Community Experiences