Gutenberg! The Musical!

by  Anthony King, Scott Brown

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  2m

In this two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers' audition for their new project - a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass histor…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult

Additional Info

In this two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers’ audition for their new project - a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic, with the hope that one of the producers in attendance will give them a Broadway contract – fulfilling their ill-advised dreams.
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Accolades

  • Nominated! 2007 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the 2007 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical; and its authors were nominated fro the 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical.

Reviews

"“A smashing success!” –The New York Times

“Brilliantly realized and side-splitting!"—New York Magazine

“There are lots of genuine laughs in GUTENBERG!”— New York Post

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: This is ostensibly a reading of a musical. It should absolutely not be performed on anything resembling an appropriate set for the show-within-the-show. Every set piece and prop should be simple, functional and expository. In other words, we should be abl
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

2m
DOUG SIMON is an innocent. He's a naive, utterly sincere and earnest man who never met a cause he wasn't passionate about. He's a jack of all trades, master of none, who compensates with an infectious, matter-of-fact energy and focus that would probably sound condescending if he weren't so likable. He's incredibly proud of the show he wrote with Bud, and thinks Bud, whom he adores, is a genius.

BUD DAVENPORT is an innocent. He's eager to please, and thrives on approval. When Bud sings one of his songs, he's reveling in his own "brilliance." But he's too naive to be a true egomaniac; if anything, he's overly grateful for the mere opportunity to create and perform. Bud enjoys getting caught up in Doug's passion and admires his friend's Big Ideas.

CHARLES is the pianist.

Tonight is the most important night of their lives. 

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Casting Notes

All of the roles were originally written for men, but there's no reason any of the roles couldn't, with only slight changes, be played by anyone.

Resources

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3 Piano/Vocal Scores

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Authors

Anthony King

Anthony King is an Emmy-nominated writer, director, and performer currently living in Los Angeles. He co-wrote the Off-Broadway show, Gutenberg! The Musical!, which also enjoyed a run in Off-West End in London and is now ...

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Scott Brown

Scott Brown

Brown and King developed Gutenberg! at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, where it ran for over a year with direction by Charlie Todd and musical direction by Barry Wyner. It starred the authors and Ken Keech. The show was par

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