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Hallelujah, Baby!

Description

HALLELUJAH, BABY! is a musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden, and book by Arthur Laurents. The show is a chronicle of the African American struggle for equality during the first half of the 20th century.

Synopsis

Georgina is a talented, beautiful and ambitious African American woman, determined to have a career. Overcoming many obstacles, she rises to stardom. She makes her way through the Great Depression, World War II, and the beginning of the civil rights movement. Her mother advises her to “keep her place” as a maid on a South Carolina estate, but Georgina negotiates the blocks to stardom from her negative and opportunistic mother. She encounters the racism that pervades society and show business.

Two men vie for Georgina’s attention. Harvey, who is white, is able to provide opportunities for her. Her fiancé Clem, who is a black train porter, cannot help her on her journey. By the 1950s, she is a successful singer in an expensive night club. However, Clem has become an Army captain and then a civil rights activist and challenges Georgina’s life goals.

Credits

HALLELUJAH, BABY!
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

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:

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

Orchestration

Instrumentation: 21 Parts

3 Violins
2 Cello
1 Bass (Electric, Acoustic & Tuba)

1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax Soprano Sax and Alto flute
1 Reed II: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet Alto Sax and Soprano Sax
1 Reed III: Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Tenor Sax and Soprano Sax
1 Reed IV: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon & Tenor Sax
1 Reed V: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Sax & Bass Saxophone

1 Horn
2 Trumpet I & II (both doubling Flugelhorn)
1 Trumpet III (doubling Flugelhorn)
1 Trumpet IV
1 Trombone I (Tenor)
1 Trombone II (Tenor)
1 Trombone III (Bass)

1 Percussion I
Trap Set (Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Tom Tom, Hi-Hat, Suspended Cymbals), Wood Blocks
Cowbells, Triangle

1 Percussion II
Snare Drum, Field Drum, Bass Drum, (with Cymbal attached), Piatti, Suspended Cymbal,
Timpani (2), Bells, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Triangle, Wood Block, Bongo Drums, Ratchet,
Tambourine, Slapstick, Wind Whistle (Mouth Siren) Maracas, Scratcher

1 Guitar/Banjo
1 Piano/Celeste/Organ

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score for Director
1       Prompt Book for Director
25     Chorus-Vocal Books for Cast
25     Prompt Books for Cast

Cast List

(In order of Appearance)

Georgina
Momma
Clem
Provers
Harvey
Mary
Captain Yankee
Mr. Calhoun
Stagehands
Wardrobe Woman
Mr. Charles
Mrs. Charles
Prince
Princess
Tip
Tap
Sugar Daddy
Waiters
Couples
Chorines
Bouncer
Mistress
Master
Actors
Director
Ethel
Official
Breadliners
Brenda
Beau
Apple Annie
Winston
Timmy
Dan
A White G.I.
3 Girls (1 Black)
Another G.I.
White Sergeant
Four Black G.I.s
White Couple (on bus)
Black person (on bus)
Bus Driver
Other Soldiers and Civilians (Black and White, on bus)
2 Nightclub Captains
Black & White Couples (dancing in club)
Hostess
Maria
Suzanne
Justin
Dancers
Black Maid (job applicant)

Brief History

HALLELUJAH, BABY! opened on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on April 26, 1967 and played for 293 performances starring Leslie Uggams.

Awards (1968)

5 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Music & Lyrics, Actor, Actress and Featured Actress.
The Theatre World Award for outstanding debut performance (Leslie Uggams)