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Out Of This World

Description

Based on Plautus’ ancient Greek comedy Amphitryon, OUT OF THIS WORLD revolves around the god Jupiter who hopes to have an earthly affair with the mortal Helen. To win her over, Jupiter disguises himself as Helen’s husband until he is tracked down by his wife Juno. *Music samples courtesy of DRG Records and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Synopsis

Jupiter, father of the gods, has decided that Helen Kenyon, a fair American mortal, will be his latest conquest, to the consternation of his wife, Juno. She traipses around the Greek countryside in various ineffectual mortal disguises searching for her cheating husband. Their son Mercury escorts Helen to an inn near Athens, where Jupiter woos her in the guise of her husband, Art. The next day, Helen realizes she has been deceived; meeting the god face to face, she rejects his offer of immortality, insisting that her husband’s love is all she needs. Throw into the mix, Niki Skolianos, American gangster turned innkeeper, who trades barbs with Juno in her mortal disguise, and Niko’s ambitious niece, Chloe, providing a love interest for Mercury.

Credits

OUT OF THIS WORLD
Lyrics & Music by Cole Porter
Book by Dwight Taylor and Reginald Lawrence

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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:

OUT OF THIS WORLD
is presented by arrangement with
TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

Orchestration

INSTRUMENTATION: 21 PARTS

1 Violin A
1 Violin B
1 Violin C
1 Violin D
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass

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

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

1 Percussion: (one player)
Bass Drum
Snare Drum
Military Snare Drum
Tom Toms (3)
Triangle
Tambourine
Timpani (2 pedal drums)
Xylophone
Bells
Chimes
Gong
Suspended Cymbal

1 Harp I
1 Harp II

1 Guitar I: Guitar, Lute, Mandolin & Violin
1 Guitar II: Acoustic & Electric Guitars

Piano & Celeste (Piano-Conductor’s Score, two volumes, sent with rehearsal material)

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
1       Prompt Book for Director
6       Prompt Books for Principal Characters
4       Dialogue Parts
25     Chorus Parts
7       Vocal Parts

Cast List

Mercury
Jupiter*
Juno
Helen
Art O’Malley*
Niki Skolianos
Chloe
Bartender
Night (Dancer)
Strephon (Dancer)
Diana
Venus
Minerva
Apollo
Bacchus
Mars
Gods, Peasants, etc.

*Jupiter and Art O’Malley can be doubled by same actor

Brief History

OUT OF THIS WORLD opened on Broadway at the New Century Theatre, December 21, 1950 and played for 157 performances starring George Jongeyans and Charlotte Greenwood as Jupiter and Juno.