A Night at the Nutcracker

by  Billy Van Zandt, Jane Milmore, Ed Alton

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  7m, 5f

“Tchaikovsky must be rolling in his grave…with laughter! No one who ever sees A Night at the Nutcracker is likely to take the actual ballet seriously ever again!” - Two River Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Christmas/Holiday, Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

With book and lyrics by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, and music by Ed Alton (and, of course, Tchaikovsky), the hilarity ensues when the world’s greatest detective, Felix T. Filibuster comes to the rescue of dowager patron of the arts Constance Stuffington, whose fortune has been swindled away. With the help of Pepponi, the Italian butler, and Pinchie, the silent butler, can Felix T save the opening night of the city’s Nutcracker ballet in time?
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2002 Newark Star-Ledger's Best Musical of the Year
    Winner! 2002 Newark Star-Ledger's Best Book of a Musical
    Nominee! 2002 Newark Star-Ledger's Best Score of a Musical

Reviews

REVIEWS

“Tchaikovsky must be rolling in his grave…with laughter! No one who ever sees A Night at the Nutcracker is likely to take the actual ballet seriously ever again!” - Two River Times 

“The movie the Marx Bros. never made, but should have! This new musical makes for a zany night! Van Zandt and Milmore have a wintertime perennial! It’s terrific! Perfect holiday fun for the whole family! The best musical of the year!” - The Star Ledger

Videos

  • Clips from A Night at the Nutcracker
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: $25 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The Park Avenue mansion of Constance Stuffington, NYC, 1933
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Overture
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Because I Love You
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Three Cheers for Filibuster
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Felix Filbuster
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Down in Rio
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In Darkest Africa
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Entr'Acte
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Christmas is You
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Nutcracker Medley
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Curtain Call
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Casting

7m, 5f
PEPPONI
NIKOLAI RASPUTIN
PINCHIE
CONSTANCE STUFFINGTON
EDIE
EDDIE
CLYDE RATCHETTE
ILONA
FELIX T. FILIBUSTER
SEAMUS MCRILEY O’REILLY
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Cast Attributes

  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Plus two Dancers

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Full Package

13 Piano/Vocal Scores

Full Orchestration and Rehearsal and Accompaniment CD are optional and available by request. Additional performance and rental fees apply. 

Optional Full Orchestration:

1 Piano/Conductor Score
Woodwind I (Flute, Alto Sax)
Woodwind II (Oboe, Tenor Sax)
Woodwind III (Clarinet Bb, Alto Sax)
Woodwind IV (Bassoon)
Horn in F
Trumpet I
Trumpet II
Trombone
Harp
Percussion I
Percussion II
Piano
Violin 1
Violin 2
Viola
Cello
Bass

 

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Authors

Billy Van Zandt

Billy Van Zandt - after starring in a series of his own plays (If you've never seen this clown at work, you should be ashamed of yourself - Asbury Park Press), Billy made his feature film debut in Jaws 2. The success of his comedies (written with partner Jane Milmore) brought him to the attention of Bob Newhart, who hi ...

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Jane Milmore

Jane Milmore began her career as an actress. After starring in several national TV commercials, she appeared in the TV shows Anything But Love and Sydney, as well as guest-starring on Bless This House, Newhart, Martin, The Hughley’s, and The Wayans Bros. Jane also ap ...

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Ed Alton

Ed Alton’s music has maintained a constant presence on prime time TV for nearly 30 years. To date, he has composed scores for over 530 episodes of 31 different prime time network TV series. For 21 of those series he also composed the Main Title themes. Daily Variety recognized Alton as one of TV’s top theme composers w ...

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