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The Roar of the Greasepaint --- The Smell of the Crowd

Description

A rousing music-hall allegory, THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT - THE SMELL OF THE CROWD explores British class structure through the antics of two comic figures: Sir, who has everything, and Cocky, who has nothing. The two clowns fiercely compete in a “Game of Life,” in which Sir holds every advantage. Cocky struggles to overcome the obstacles Sir lays in his path, and soon grows as judgmental and bellicose as Sir himself. In time, Cocky and Sir reconcile and develop a mutual, if cautious, understanding.

Photos by Jake Pett, courtesy of Manhattanville College, Purchase NY

Synopsis

Sir (one of the “haves”) and his foil, Cocky (one of the “have-nots”), meet to play “The Game.” Sir insists that the “haves” must retain their position, even if the rules of The Game must constantly change to accommodate them. Poor Cocky contends with Sir’s new rules at every turn.

Cocky tries again and again, unsuccessfully, to play The Game. With every victory, Sir further restricts the rules. Finally, Cocky tires of Sir’s authority and declares that only in dreams do hopes come true. Sir, however, claims that the courage, wisdom and foresight of the “haves” can only improve the lot of the “have-nots.”

Crowned “King” in a mock ceremony, Cocky appears to be winning The Game of Life, but Sir steps in to remind him that wealth always wins out. Desperate as Act One ends, Cocky mournfully sings “Who Can I Turn To?”

In Act Two, a new character enters– someone even more downtrodden than Cocky. Cocky, seizing a chance at superiority, grows as overbearing as Sir. He asserts himself and – with new confidence – plays Sir’s game and wins. Triumphant, he challenges Sir’s mastery and proposes new rules. But neither Cocky nor Sir can survive alone. They decide to set off together, but disagree about how to get there, and wind up locked in a perpetual state of antagonism.

Credits

THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT — THE SMELL OF THE CROWD
Book, Music and Lyrics by
Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick

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is presented by arrangement with
TAMS-WITMARK
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Orchestration

Full Orchestration:

2 Violin A
1 Violin B
1 Cello I & II
1 Bass

1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Alto Flute (or Clarinet)
1 Reed II: Flute (or Clarinet) & Clarinet
1 Reed III: Oboe, English Horn (or Clarinet), Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (or Tenor Sax.) & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed IV: Clarinet, Bassoon (or Baritone Sax.) & Baritone Saxophone

2 Horn I & II
2 Trumpet I & II
1 Trombone (optionally doubling Euphonium)

2 Percussion I & II:

Timpani (2 drums)
Snare Drum
Bass Drum
Tom Toms (2)
Toy Drums (3)
Bongo Drums
Cymbals (large & small suspended)
Hi-Hat Cymbals
Anvil
Tam Tam
Temple Blocks (4)
Ratchet
Siren
Castanets
Wood Blocks (2)
Celeste
Bells
Xylophone
Chimes
Tambourine
Triangle
Cowbell
Sistrum (small metal Rattle)
Train Whistle
Slide Whistle
Slapstick
Glass Tree
Raspberry

1 Harp
1 Guitar & Banjo

(Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material. There is no Piano in the orchestration.)

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score (Two volume set)
1       Prompt Book for Director
6       Prompt Books for Cast
2       Piano-Conductor’s Scores for Principal Characters
18     Chorus-Vocal Books

Cast List

Sir
Cocky
The Kid
The Girl
The Negro
The Bully
The Urchins

Brief History

THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT—THE SMELL OF THE CROWD played for 231 performances on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre Theatre starring Anthony Newley, Cyril Ritchard, Sally Smith and Joyce Jillson.

AWARDS (1964-65)

The Theatre World Award for debut performance by Joyce Jillson.