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BAKER STREET takes place in London in 1897, the year in which England celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of the reign of Queen Victoria. It is loosely based on the Sherlock Holmes story A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Music samples provided courtesy of Decca Broadway and Edward B. Marks Music Company.
- Rehearsal Materials
- Cast List
- Brief History
Baker Street is an evening with Sherlock Holmes—a sequence of events that begins with an attempt on the master sleuth’s life. The bullet fells a dummy, and Holmes appears from underneath a beggar’s disguise to accost his would-be killer. Next it is a quest for love letters, which brings him in contact with one of the rare Holmes romantic interests, actress Irene Adler. Beneath all this diversion Holmes begins to sense an underlying plot to keep him occupied while something bigger is taking place. Holmes and Irene embark, disguised once again, on a search of London’s underworld. They are getting too close to Professor Moriarty’s plot to steal the Crown Jewels. Holmes is captured, but Irene escapes with the aid of a Holmes agent, who is then killed. The vicious Professor also captures Dr. Watson and leaves them to be destroyed by a tamper-proof bomb. Irene manages to get the word of Holmes’s danger to the Baker Street Irregulars, a band of teen-age boys that he employs from time to time. They come to his aid moments before the bomb is to go off. Once freed, Holmes quickly surveys the device and discovers a way to keep it from going off. He tracks down Moriarty on the Cliffs of Dover and engages the Professor in hand-to-hand combat. The Professor is overcome and falls from the foggy heights. Holmes’s next deduction is the hideout where the jewels are hidden. He arrives there with the police, who capture Moriarty’s gang and recover the gems.
Book by Jerome Coopersmith
Music and Lyrics by Marian Grudeff and Raymond Jessel.
Instrumentation: 18 Parts
1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute and Clarinet
1 Reed II: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Flute (or C Flute), and Eb Clarinet (or Bb
1 Reed III: Oboe & English Horn
1 Reed IV: Clarinet & Bassoon
1 Horns I & II
1 Trumpets I & II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone II (and optional Euphonium)
2 Percussion I & II
I: Timpani (mallets & thin sticks)
Cymbals: Suspended (2), Finger & Hand
Tam Tam (same as Percussion II)
English Police Whistle
Cow Bell (hand)
II: Snare Drum (brushes & sticks)
Base Drum (natural pedal & sponge mallets)
Tom Tom (2)
Wood Blocks (2) (two sticks)
Chinese Wood Blocks (2)
Temple Blocks (3)
Cymbals: Suspended (2), Choke & Hi-Hat
Tam Tam (Chinese Gong)
Chinese Glass Chimes
Chimes (D & A)
Soft Wind Whistle (optional)
Organ & Celeste
1 Piano Conductor’s Score (2 Volumes)
1 Prompt Book for Director
23 Prompt Books for Cast
36 Chorus-Vocal Parts
(in order of appearance)
4 Well Wishers
3 Gang Members
Dancing & Singing Ensemble
BAKER STREET opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre, February 10, 1965. It later transferred to the Martin Beck Theatre and played for a total of 311 performances starring Fritz Weaver, Peter Sallis, Martin Gabel, Inga Swenson, Virginia Vestoff and Teddy Green.
The Tony Award for best scenic design.
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