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Wildcat

Description

Wildcat “Wildy” Jackson and her sister Jane arrive in Centavo City with big dreams of striking it rich in the oil business. Though Wildy has neither land nor know-how, she convinces Joe Dynamite, a crew foreman, to help her prospect. Joe doubts they'll ever find oil, but Wildy persists. After several adventures and a turbulent romance, Wildy and Joe ultimately prevail, and a gusher explodes over their triumphant finale. The score (which marked the Broadway debut of Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh), includes the showstopper "Hey, Look Me Over."

Photo by Friedman-Abeles © The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Synopsis

WILDCAT is true Americana. It is a period piece about oil drillers in the West of 1912. Wildcat Jackson and her younger, daintier and more helpless sister Jane, come into Centavo City. They are looking to strike it rich so as to provide for the lame sister. “Wildy’s” speech is exaggerated as she tries to compete in a man’s world on masculine terms. Joe Dynamite, the most successful oil foreman in the West pulls into town.

Wildcat immediately feels she must have him to work the land she will acquire. The girls are befriended by Countess Emily O’Brien who lets them share her house. As Wildy hopes that Jane will marry a nice man, she becomes more anxious to obtain some oil land, and meets an odoriferous, unwashed hermit named Sookie. Sookie stays dirty because it keeps people away. They make a deal to go fifty-fifty on any oil discovered on Sookie’s land, and celebrate by singing a show-stopping number, What Takes My Fancy. She stretches the truth to try and attract Dynamite, and falls into a sharp duet with him, You’re A Liar. In the meantime, Jane has met Hank, a pleasant young Mexican boy. Joe is put in jail for cutting up in El Paso and Wildy’s plans are stalled. We are taken to a gay Mexican fiesta where Wildy, dressed like a lady, dances gaily in the El Sombrero number. A well is dug on Sookie’s hill but no oil arises from the earth. The cry goes up that Joe Dynamite has dug a dry one. Wildy keeps at it and at last “Wham” we have a gusher.

A robust, bouncy musical, Wildcat boasts Hey Look Me Over, one of the catchiest numbers to ever come from Broadway. Other outstanding hits are Give A Little Whistle and Tall Hope.

Credits

WILDCAT
A Musical Play by N. Richard Nash
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Music by Cy Coleman

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The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

WILDCAT
is presented by arrangement with
TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

Orchestration

Full Orchestration

3 Violin ABCD
2 Cello ABC
1 Bass

1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Flute, Piccolo, Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone & Bass Saxophone
1 Reed III: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed IV: Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed V: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Bassoon & Baritone Saxophone

1 Horn
2 Trumpet I & II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Trombone III

2 Percussion I & II:

Timpani (2)
Timpani (2 drums)
Snare Drum
Bongo Drums
Suspended Cymbal
Hi-Hat Cymbals
Xylophone
Marimba
Glockenspiel
Chimes
Wood Block
Steel Plate
Wind Whistle
Slide Whistle
Boat Whistle (sharp, high pitch)
Small Handbell
Castanets
Ratchet
Gargling Sound
Cowbells (3)
Tambourine

1 Guitar, Banjo & Mandolin

Piano (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.)

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score
1       Prompt Book for Director
17     Prompt Books for Cast
30     Chorus-Vocal Parts

Cast List

Wildcat Jackson
Jane Jackson
Sheriff Sam Gore
Barney
Luke
Countess Emily O’Brien
Joe Dynamite
Hank
Miguel
Sookie
Matt
Corky
Oney
Sandy
Tattoo
Cisco
Postman
Inez
Blonde

People of Centavo City and the Plaza

Brief History

WILDCAT played for 171 performances on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre starring Lucille Ball and Keith Andes.