Little Mary Sunshine

by  Rick Besoyan

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  13m, 10f

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This hugely successful Off-Broadway show played for almost three years at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, winning an Obie award as the Best of the Season.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    13m, 10f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Obie, From Off-Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

This hugely successful Off-Broadway show played for almost three years at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, winning an Obie award as the Best of the Season. Billed as “a musical about an old operetta,” Little Mary Sunshine gently spoofs such old-time favorites as Rose Marie and Naughty Marietta, but has a personality all its own. The plot is a little bit of everything: Colorado Rangers led by stalwart Captain Jim; the lovely Mary Sunshine and her “naughty” maid Nancy; a chorus of giggling schoolgirls; and the ominous but benevolent Indian chief. Hearts are won and lost and won again in this delightful, laugh-filled, and charming show.

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Accolades

  • Obie Award Winner!

Reviews

"The burlesque is delightful, lively and humorous. Mr. Besoyan's musical parody is tuneful, genteel and amiable...He also has a way with lyrics." - The New York Times 

"Bubbles with music and mirth." - New York Herald Tribune 

"Wild improbabilities follow one another in wooly sequences...Audiences shout with laughter at every sinister turn inh the plot." - Time Magazine

Keywords

Friendship, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910, Wild West
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The exterior of the Colorado Inn. The early 20th century.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Operetta
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Overture
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The Forest Rangers
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Little Mary Sunshine
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Look for a Sky of Blue
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You're the Fairest Flower
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In Izzenschnooken On The Lovely Essenzook Zee
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Playing Croquet
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How Do You Do?
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Tell a Handsome Stranger
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Once in a Blue Moon
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Every Little Nothing
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Colorado Love Call
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Such A Merry Party
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Naughty, Naughty Nancy
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Mata Hari
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Do You Ever Dream of Vienna?
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Finale
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Casting

13m, 10f

CHIEF BROWN BEAR - Chief of the Lakota Indians
CPL "BILLY" JESTER - a forest ranger, tenor or high baritone
CAPT. "BIG JIM" WARINGTON - captain of the forest rangers, handsome, baritone
"LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE" (MARY POTTS) - Proprietress of the Colorado Inn, soprano
MADAME ERNESTINE VON LIEBEDICH - an opera singer, contralto
NANCY TWINKLE - Little Mary's maid, soubrette
FLEET FOOT - an elderly Indian guide
YELLOW FEATHER - Chief Brown Bear's rogue son
GEN. OSCAR FAIRFAX, RET - a Washington diplomat, likes to flirt with younger ladies.
YOUNG LADIES FROM THE EASTCHESTER FINISHING SCHOOL - CORA, HENRIETTA, GWENDOLYN, BLANCHE, MAUD, MILLICENT and MABEL
YOUNG GENTLEMEN OF THE UNITED STATES FOREST RANGERS - PETE, SLIM, TEX, BUSTER, HANK, CHUCK and TOM

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Maud has no speaking lines. 

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

1 Piano/Conductor Score
23 Chorus Books

Flute
Oboe
Clarinet I
Clarinet II
Bassoon
Horn
Trumpets I & II (2 books)
Trombone
Drums
Harp
Violins
Viola
Cello
Bass

Duo-piano arrangement also available upon request

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Authors

Rick Besoyan

Rick Besoyan

Little Mary Sunshine first appeared on November 18, 1959 at the Orpheum Theatre in New York City's. It was directed and choreographed by Ray Harrison.

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