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Do Re Mi

Description

“DO RE MI is a musical for people who haven’t been going to musicals lately,” wrote Walter Kerr in his review in the New York Herald Tribune. “You know what it is? It’s fun. Silly fun, loud fun, fast fun, old fashioned fun, inconsequential fun, grand fun.” In 1960 New York City, lovable loser Hubie Cram is determined to find a get-rich-quick scheme. Pursuing a quick buck in jukebox rentals, Hubie is soon swept up into the record business, facing the temptation of power, money, and romance with an attractive young singer. The show’s tuneful score by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green features the hits “Cry Like the Wind” and "Make Someone Happy."

Music samples provided courtesy of DRG Records and Stratford Music Publishing.

Synopsis

Kay Cram sits in the Casacabana nightclub, waiting for her husband Hubie on their tenth anniversary (“Waiting, Waiting”). Hubie, a pie-in-the-sky schemer, is determined to find his big break and become a hot shot, but he is sadly lacking in the husband department.

Kay suggests that Hubie take a nice steady job in her father’s dry cleaning establishment (“Take A Job”), but he scoffs at the notion. Instead, Hubie goes into business with Fatso, Skin, and Brains, three of his old gangster friends from the slot machine days. This time, however, they swear “It’s Legitimate”; they plan to lease jukeboxes to ice cream parlors and pancake houses. While placing a jukebox in a Greenwich Village restaurant, the men meet Tilda, a young waitress who sings a haunting folk song (“Cry Like The Wind”).

Hubie soon discovers that successful jukebox operators have to make records, develop new talent, and build up hit tunes. He remembers Tilda’s song and together they develop it into a big hit (“Ambition”). Tilda’s star begins to rise (“Success”) and she meets a handsome competing record company executive named John Henry Wheeler. They fall in love (“Fireworks”) and Tilda skyrockets to fame under Wheeler’s guidance in a zany ballet production number (“What’s New at the Zoo?”). Meanwhile, Hubie’s success dwindles (“The Late, Late Show”), and Kay wonders how she wound up with such a no-goodnik husband (“Adventure”).

Wheeler and Tilda find genuine contentment together (“Make Someone Happy”). But violence flares in the jukebox violence business, and soon Hubie and the boys find themselves under questioning at a Senate investigation in Washington. Hubie is identified as the Mr. Big of the jukebox rackets (“V.I.P.”). At last, Hubie achieves Big Shot status, but instead of finding glory, he is scorned and left crestfallen (“All of My Life”). Hubie realizes his blind ambition has never brought him any satisfaction; the only true joy in his life remains his faithful and patient wife, Kay (Finale: “Make Someone Happy”). 

Credits

DO RE MI
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

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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:

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

Orchestration

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
2 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 (“Arnold’s Boinger”)

1 Guitar

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

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
1       Prompt Book for Director
28     Prompt Books for Cast
30     Chorus-Vocal Parts

Cast List

(In order of Their Appearance)

Kay Cram
Hubert Cram
A Waiter
John Henry Wheeler
The Headwaiter
Fatso O’Rear
Skin Demopoulos
Brains Berman
Thelma Berman
The Reporter
The Photographer
James Russell Lowell, IV
The Sumo Student
Tilda Mullen
Wolfie
Marsha
Irving
Gretchen
The Recording Engineer
Moe Shtarker
The Commentators
The Chief Counsel
Senator Rogers
Senator Redfield

The Public

Brief History

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.

Awards (1961)

The Theatre World Award for Debut Performance by Nancy Dussault.