Best Foot Forward

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BEST FOOT FORWARD is the quintessential high school comedy: On a lark, Bud Hooper asks his idol, a Hollywood actress, to come to Philadelphia to be his partner at a school dance, and she accepts — for publicity reasons. The celebrity’s arrival at Winsocki Military Academy causes much excitement, and Bud abandons his girlfriend Helen Schlessinger to accompany the star to the ball. Out of jealousy, Helen damages the actress’s sash during the dance, and when other students see a chance to get a celebrity souvenir, chaos ensues. The school regards the incident as a scandal, and Bud is now in danger of being expelled before all problems are resolved for a happy ending.

  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Brief History
  • Book by John Cecil Holm
    Music and Lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane.

  • Full Orchestration

    2 Violin A
    1 Violin B
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

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

    1 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II
    1 Trombone III

    1 Percussion:

    Timpani (2)
    Snare Drums (2 sizes)
    Bass Drum
    Tom Tom (2 sizes)
    Cymbals (2 suspended)
    Hi-Hat
    Gong
    Bells
    Vibraphone
    Xylophone
    Triangle
    Wood Block
    Cowbell
    Wind Whistle
    Temple Blocks
    Tambourine
    Castanets
    Door Slam Effect
    Auto Horn

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

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book
    22     Dialogue Parts
    40     Chorus-Vocal Parts

  • BEST FOOT FORWARD opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, October 1, 1941, and played for 326 performances starring Maureen Stratton, Rosemary Lane and Gil Stanton, Jr. It was revived off-Broadway in 1963 at Stage 73 Theatre starring Liza Minnelli and Christopher Walken.