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Destry Rides Again

Description

DESTRY RIDES AGAIN is based on the novel by Max Brand and the 1939 western movie starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart. Tom Destry is hired as the deputy sheriff of Bottleneck in order to rid the town of Kent and his gang. Frenchy, a saloon girl who is initially one of Kent’s followers, saves Destry’s life, and then becomes romantically involved with him. *Music samples provided courtesy of Decca Broadway and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Synopsis

Hollywood’s classic western was filmed three times before the decision was made to turn the durable sagebrush saga into a Broadway musical. A whoopin’, shootin’, hollerin’ firecracker of a show, the action centers around a violence-hating sheriff, Thomas Jefferson Destry, Jr. and a peppery saloon entertainer known as Frenchy. Contrary to the movie industry’s moral code that never permitted a happy ending for a woman of easy virtue, Frenchy is not killed protecting Destry but ends up in his arms. The show’s choreographic highlight is the crackling, whip-cracking dance performed by the outlaws.

Credits

DESTRY RIDES AGAIN
Music and Lyrics by Harold Rome
Book by Leonard Gershe
Based on the Story by Max Brand
Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Michael Kidd
Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick

Such credits to the authors for all purposes shall be in type size equal to or greater than that of any other credits except for that of the star(s) above the title. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

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

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

Orchestration

Full Orchestration:

2 Violin A
1 Violin B
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass

1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed III: Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed IV: Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed V: Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone

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

1 Percussion:

Timpani (2 drums)
Snare Drum
Bass Drum
Cymbal
Hi-Hat Cymbals
Tom-toms (2)
Bongo Drums
Xylophone
Bells
Triangle
Temple Blocks
Wood Block
Cowbell
Slide Whistle
Ratchet

1 Guitar

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

Rehearsal Materials

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

Cast List

Bartender
Frenchy
Wash
Sheriff Keogh
Kent’s Gang:
Gyp Watson
Bugs Watson
Rockwell
Mayor Slade
Claggett
Kent
Chloe
Rose Lovejoy
Jack Tyndall
Destry
Stage Driver
Ming LI
Mrs. Claggett
Bailey
Clara
Dimples

Rose Lovejoy Girls, Frenchy’s Girls, Cowboys and Townspeople

Brief History

DESTRY RIDES AGAIN played for 472 performances on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre starring Dolores Gray and Andy Griffith.

Awards (1960)

The Tony Award for Choreography.