Do Re Mi



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Book by Garson Kanin
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Original production directed by Garson Kanin
Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick


Pie-in-the-sky operator Hubie Cramís somewhat legitimate schemes pay off only occasionally despite his tireless efforts. He doesnít realize that his wife, Kay, holds the key to his happiness: Love.

AWARDS (1960-61)

The Theatre World Award for Debut Performance by Nancy Dussault.


DO RE MI played for 400 performances on Broadway at the St. James and 54th Street Theatres starring Phil Silver, Nancy Walker, John Reardon and Nancy Dussault.


"DO RE MI is a musical for people who havenít been going to musicals lately. You know what it is? Itís fun. Silly fun, loud fun, fast fun, old fashioned fun, inconsequential fun, grand fun." wrote Walter Kerr in his review in the New York Herald Tribune. Its only object is to entertain, to delight the eye, please the ear and tickle the funny bone.

Kay is waiting for Hubie in the Casacabana night club. Itís their tenth anniversary. A brassy show is in progress. Celebrities are appearing.

Hubie has been so busy for ten years trying to become a big shot overnight that he hasnít even had time to dance with Kay. At last they are having a night out, and as usual Hubie is late and ruining her evening.

Later that evening, at home, Hubie scorns Kayís suggestion of a nice steady job in her fatherís dry cleaning establishment. For him it is the unattainable or nothing: Hubie, in his reach for glory, goes into business with Fatso, Skin, and Brains, three of his old gangster friends from the slot machine days. This time, however, itís to be a legitimate business. They are going to lease juke boxes to ice cream parlors and pancake dens. The boys meet Tilda, a pretty waitress, when they try to place a juke box in a Greenwich Village pancake house. She sings a peculiar kind of folk song.

Some time later Hubieís combination discovers that getting juke boxes into joints in only part of the battle. Successful operators have to make records, develop new talent and build up hit tunes. He remembers Tildaís song and they develop it into a big hit "Cry Like the Wind." Tilda meets a handsome competing record company executive John Henry Wheeler. They fall in love with the duet "Fireworks". She skyrockets to fame under Wheelerís guidance in a zany ballet production number "Whatís New at the Zoo?" Hubieís success is dwindling as Kay sings "Adventure" a lament on her life with her no goodnik husband.

Juke box violence flares, time passes and the boys are being questioned at a Senate investigation in Washington. Hubie is identified as the Mr. Big of the juke box rackets. At last he is Mr. Big and the center of attention, but the game is up. Mr. Big is scorned not honored. The bubble has burst. He sings the soliloquy "All of My Life." Hubie realizes the important thing is not that one big break, the overnight sensation but that love is the real stuff to cling to.

Hobe Morrison wrote in Variety: "The David Merrick production starring Phil Silvers, is a fast and brassy whoop-de-do with a colorful, serviceable book, plenty of laughs, tuneful songs, rousing dances, and the general glitter and punch that are the hallmark of the Broadway musical theatre when it clicks."


Full Orchestration:

2 Violin AB
1 Violin C
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Flute (or Clarinet), Piccolo (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed III: Oboe (or Clarinet), English Horn (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed IV: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (or Tenor Sax.) & tenor Saxophone
1 Reed V: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (or Bari. Sax.), Bassoon (or Bari. Sax.) & Baritone Saxophone.
1 Horn
1 Trumpet I & II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Trombone III
1 Percussion:
  • Timpani (2 drums)
  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Tom Tom
  • Bongo Drums
  • Suspended Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Xylophone
  • Vibraphone
  • Chimes
  • Slapstick
  • Wind Whistle
  • Cowbell
  • Wood Block
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Police Whistle
  • Train Whistle
  • Bell Tree ("Arnoldís Boinger")
1 Guitar
  Piano (Piano-Conductorís Score sent with rehearsal material)


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