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Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Ira Gasman
Book by David Newman, Ira Gasman and Cy Coleman
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Cy Coleman
Based on an original idea by Ira Gasman
Original Broadway Production Produced by
Roger Berlind, Martin Richards, Cy Coleman and Sam Crothers
Cy Coleman's score for THE LIFE is charged with emotionally revealing songs; the music is the pulse of life itself, as experienced by the show's characters. Trapped in a location and situations most of us would avoid at all costs, the personal stories and dreams of Fleetwood, Memphis, Jojo, Sonja, Queen, Mary and Lou are realistic and gripping. Musical numbers include Use What You Got, A Lovely Day to Be Outta Jail, Easy Money, Greed, My Friend and My Way or the Highway. Actors and audience members alike are intrigued by the show and sympathize with the characters.
2 Tony Awards for Featured Actor and Featured Actress
THE LIFE played for 466 performances on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre starring Pamela Isaacs, Chuck Cooper, Sam Harris and Lillias White.
THE LIFE depicts the pulsating life
on the Times Square streets in the 1980's-where everything had a price,
especially sex-the garish topless bars, the transvestite joints, the
hookers who worked the sidewalks at the bidding of their pimps-Check
Jojo, an opportunistic, conniving white
hustler in the thick of the action, has a bareknuckled plan for feeding
his ambition-Use What You Got. But among these unsavory characters
there are appealing people who have been caught in the web of these
sordid surroundings. Sonja, a veteran hooker who has seen better days,
befriends Queen who is on the street because her man, Fleetwood, a displaced
Vietnam veteran, needs her support. She has saved her money and on this
day plans to get away with Fleetwood and leave the life for good, enjoying,
with Sonja, A Lovely Day to Get Out of Jail.
Returning to her hotel room, Queen discovers
that Fleetwood has spent half of her savings to pay off his drug debts
and feed his habit-Oh, Daddy.
Fleetwood has an unrealistic dream of
attaining power, money and A Piece of the Action. Jojo tells
him he'll never amount to anything as a pimp as long as he's romantically
involved with the woman he's selling. Jojo takes him to the Port Authority
where they find Mary, just off the bus from Minnesota, a girl with the
mien of an angel but, as we eventually find out, she's no angel. Jojo
grabs at her suitcase so that Fleetwood can rescue it and become her
The demi-monde hangs out at a bar owned
by Lacy, who has seen it all but has certain affection for his clientele.
In the company of her sister whores, Sonja bemoans the wear and tear
of her life-The Oldest Profession. When Fleetwood and Mary arrive,
Memphis, the "biggest businessman on the block" comments on the professionalism
of his trade and soon zeroes in on the newcomer-Don't Take Much.
Reluctantly, Queen takes Mary to the room
she shares with Fleetwood and tries to persuade her to Go Home.
Later, as prostitutes eye potential customers, a gospel group parades
by -You Can't Get to Heaven. The girls defiantly stand up for
themselves -My Body, while the pimps complain about the harassment
of the cops -Why Don't They Leave Us Alone?
Jojo cajoles Mary into taking a turn as
a go-go dancer. A smashing success, she celebrates her good fortune
in Easy Money with Fleetwood and Jojo, who has her in mind for
his "mentor" Lou, a gaudy Los Angeles producer of "motion pictures"
of the triple X genre, who's looking for fresh corn-fed talent.
Once again in jail, Queen reflects on
her attachment to Fleetwood-He's No Good; while, enticed by Mary,
Jojo and Fleetwood spend the night with her in a threesome. As Fleetwood
turns his attentions toward Mary, Memphis makes his move to put "Queen
in his deck." Queen discovers what's been going on between Fleetwood
and Mary, and decides she's finally had enough -I'm Leaving You.
As everyone parties at The Hookers' Ball, Lou makes off with Mary, while
Queen, shunning Fleetwood, attaches herself to Memphis.
Over a game of Three-Card Monte, Jojo
and the pimps discuss their "silent partner," Mr. Greed. In Memphis'
spacious apartment, Queen thanks him for getting her out of jail and
for the beautiful dress he gave her to wear to the Hookers' Ball; but
Memphis makes it very clear that the dress was a $6,000 loan that she
must repay with her earnings -My Way or the Highway. He warns
Queen that she better not leave town "cause you'll be coming back real
soon for a funeral - Fleetwood's; followed shortly by your own."
Queen tells Sonja that she must find Fleetwood
and warn him about Memphis' threat. She asks Jojo to tell Fleetwood
to meet her the next morning at Lacy's. Meanwhile Mary, with Lou, toasts
her acceptance of his offer of a movie career -People Magazine.
The next morning Jojo double crosses Queen
and comes to Lacy's with Memphis, who brutally flogs the terrified woman.
When Fleetwood arrives, Queen reminds him of what they once had together-We
Had a Dream. When Fleetwood returns to his hotel, he finds Mary
leaving for Los Angeles.
Near the Lincoln Tunnel, Memphis' henchman,
Snickers, pushes Queen to get "plenty of action tonight. Memphis is
dependin' on it." She, Sonja and other girls share their hopes for the
future -"Someday" Is for Suckers.
Later, near the Hudson River in a spot
once special to Queen and Fleetwood, Sonja hands Queen a bus ticket
and a suitcase in a desperate attempt to get her away from Memphis.
Fleetwood unexpectedly appears and tries to talk Queen into making a
new start -We Gotta Go, but Queen bitterly rejects him. Jojo
guides Memphis onto the scene. Fleetwood pulls a gun on Memphis, but
Jojo knocks the gun loose as Memphis mortally stabs Fleetwood; Queen
seizes the fallen gun and shoots Memphis. Sonja decides to take the
rap for killing Memphis, claiming self defense; she and Queen say good-bye-My
Friend, then Queen departs for the bus, which will carry her to
freedom, as Sonja surrenders to the police.
||Reed I - Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano &
||Reed II - Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet &
||Reed III - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet &
||Trumpet I & II (2 Volumes) (both parts
||Guitar (Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar & Banjo)
||Bass (Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass, Fender Bass &
||Keyboard I (2 Volumes) (Keyboard Synthesizer-principally Piano)
||Keyboard II (2 Volumes) (Keyboard Synthesizer-Bass,
Strings & Woodwinds)
- Timpani (2 pedal drums)
- Glockenspiel/Orchestra Bells
- Suspended Cymbal
- Small Cymbal
- Finger Cymbals
- Triangle (several sizes)
- Brass Bell (or mallet
- Bell Tree
- Mark Tree
- Plastic Shells
- Wood Shells
- Wind Chime
- Wood Block
- Cow Bell
||Drums-Trap Drum Set:
- Bass Drum
- Snare Drum
- Tom Tom(s)
- Wood Block
- Hi-Hat Cymbals
- Suspended Cymbal(s)
- Ride & Crash Cymbals
||Piano-Conductor's Score (2 Volumes) Sent with
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