Shenandoah

by  Peter Udell, Phillip Rose, Gary Geld, James Lee Barrett

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  11m, 3f, 2boy(s)

"A show for you and your children to love and cherish and enjoy." - Newsday
"Lovely ballads, very tuneful." - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 3f, 2boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This colorful and dramatic saga is based on the film which starred James Stewart as a strong willed Virginia farmer trying to keep his family neutral as the Civil War rages. Union forces and the Confederates see things only in shades of Blue or Grey, so the family is inevitably swept up in the conflict against all odds. Their story is a heart-warming and heart-rending portrayal of the upheaval that left wounds on the land and its people for generations to come. The Tony-winning Broadway production ran for over 1000 performances and toured extensively.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1975 Tony Award, Best Book of a Musical
    Nominated! 1975 Tony Awards, Best Musical and Best Original Score

Reviews

"A show for you and your children to love and cherish and enjoy." - Newsday

"Lovely ballads, very tuneful." - The New York Times

"A first rate show, an antiwar musical with heart and humor. It is not afraid to believe in the goodness in man." - NBC

"A musical that celebrates American in the same excellent way that Oklahoma did. The score has many beautiful songs." - CBS

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: American Civil War Era
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. The Civil War.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Song Samples

Raise the Flag of Dixie
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I've Heard it All Before
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Why Am I Here?
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Next to Lovin'
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Over the Hill
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The Pickers Are Comin'
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Meditation
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We Make a Beautiful Pair
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Violets and Silverbells
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It's a Boy!
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Freedom
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Violets and Silverbells (Reprise)
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Papa's Gonna Make It All Right
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The Only Home I Know
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Meditation II
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Pass the Cross to Me
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Casting

11m, 3f, 2boy(s)
CHARLIE ANDERSON - a strong, earthy farmer of about fifty, who rules his large family with authority and tenderness
JENNY ANDERSON - a nineteen-year-old daughter, attractive, feminine, who competes with her brothers as equally as with her suitor
ROBERT ANDERSON (THE BOY) - the youngest son - twelve years old, a typical country boy
SAM - Jenny's suitor and later husband, upstanding and shy young Confederate soldier
GABRIEL - twelve-year-old black boy, a slave, charming and friend of Robert
ANNE ANDERSON - wife of James, beautiful and mature, twenty-six years old
JAMES ANDERSON - second oldest son, twenty-six, very much his father's son, strong, handsome, and argumentative
JACOB ANDERSON - twenty-eight, oldest son very serious and devoted to his father
NATHAN ANDERSON - twenty-four-year-old son
HENRY ANDERSON - seveneen year-old son
REV. BYRD - irascible, preacher, very much duty oriented to God and country
SERGEANT JOHNSON
LIEUTENANT
TINKHAM
CAROL
CORPORAL
MARAUDER
ENGINEER
CONFEDERATE SNIPER
ENSEMBLE

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Cast Attributes

  • Features Teens
  • Multicultural casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

1 Piano/Conductor Score
25 Chorus Books

Flute/Piccolo
Bassoon/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Clarinet (Bb and Eb and Flute)
Trumpet I & II(2 books)
Horns I & II(2 books)
Trombone
Percussion (Timpani, Xylophone, Chimes, Bells, Drums)
Violins A & B
Violin C
Viola
Cello
Bass
Harp
Guitar/Banjo
Harmonica

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Authors

Peter Udell

Peter Udell

Phillip Rose

Phillip Rose

Gary Geld

Gary Geld

James Lee Barrett

James Lee Barrett was a prolific film and TV writer whose work often reflected his Southern roots and salt-of-the earth American values. Barrett received his greatest recognition for Shenandoah, the story of a Virginian family trying to stay out of the fighting during the Civil War. First presented as a 1965 feature fi ...

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Shenandoah was first presented on Broadway by Philip Rose and Gloia & Louis K. Sher at the Alvin Theatre in New York City on January 7, 1975. It was directed by Philip Rose.

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