Destry Rides Again


DESTRY RIDES AGAIN is based on the novel by Max Brand and the 1939 western movie starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart. Tom Destry is hired as the deputy sheriff of Bottleneck in order to rid the town of Kent and his gang. Frenchy, a saloon girl who is initially one of Kent’s followers, saves Destry’s life, and then becomes romantically involved with him.

*Music samples provided courtesy of Decca Broadway and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • Hollywood’s classic western was filmed three times before the decision was made to turn the durable sagebrush saga into a Broadway musical. A whoopin’, shootin’, hollerin’ firecracker of a show, the action centers around a violence-hating sheriff, Thomas Jefferson Destry, Jr. and a peppery saloon entertainer known as Frenchy. Contrary to the movie industry’s moral code that never permitted a happy ending for a woman of easy virtue, Frenchy is not killed protecting Destry but ends up in his arms. The show’s choreographic highlight is the crackling, whip-cracking dance performed by the outlaws.

  • Music and Lyrics by Harold Rome
    Book by Leonard Gershe
    Based on the Story by Max Brand
    Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Michael Kidd
    Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick

  • Full Orchestration:

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

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

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

    1 Percussion:

    Timpani (2 drums)
    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum
    Hi-Hat Cymbals
    Tom-toms (2)
    Bongo Drums
    Temple Blocks
    Wood Block
    Slide Whistle

    1 Guitar

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

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book for Director
    26     Prompt Books for Cast
    30     Chorus-Vocal Parts

  • Bartender
    Sheriff Keogh
    Kent’s Gang:
          Gyp Watson
          Bugs Watson
    Mayor Slade
    Rose Lovejoy
    Jack Tyndall
    Stage Driver
    Ming LI
    Mrs. Claggett

    Rose Lovejoy Girls, Frenchy’s Girls, Cowboys and Townspeople

  • DESTRY RIDES AGAIN played for 472 performances on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre starring Dolores Gray and Andy Griffith.

    Awards (1960)

    The Tony Award for Choreography.

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