Do Re Mi

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Pie-in-the-sky operator Hubie Cram’s somewhat legitimate schemes pay off only occasionally despite his tireless efforts. He doesn’t realize that his wife, Kay, holds the key to his happiness: Love.

*Music samples provided courtesy of DRG Records and Stratford Music Publishing.

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Brief History
  • “DO RE MI is a musical for people who haven’t been going to musicals lately. You know what it is? It’s fun. Silly fun, loud fun, fast fun, old fashioned fun, inconsequential fun, grand fun,” wrote Walter Kerr in his review in the New York Herald Tribune. Its only object is to entertain, to delight the eye, please the ear and tickle the funny bone.

    Kay is waiting for Hubie in the Casacabana night club. It’s their tenth anniversary. A brassy show is in progress. Celebrities are appearing.

    Hubie has been so busy for ten years trying to become a big shot overnight that he hasn’t even had time to dance with Kay. At last they are having a night out, and as usual Hubie is late and ruining her evening.

    Later that evening, at home, Hubie scorns Kay’s suggestion of a nice steady job in her father’s dry cleaning establishment. For him it is the unattainable or nothing: Hubie, in his reach for glory, goes into business with Fatso, Skin, and Brains, three of his old gangster friends from the slot machine days. This time, however, it’s to be a legitimate business. They are going to lease juke boxes to ice cream parlors and pancake dens. The boys meet Tilda, a pretty waitress, when they try to place a juke box in a Greenwich Village pancake house. She sings a peculiar kind of folk song.

    Some time later Hubie’s combination discovers that getting juke boxes into joints in only part of the battle. Successful operators have to make records, develop new talent and build up hit tunes. He remembers Tilda’s song and they develop it into a big hit “Cry Like the Wind.” Tilda meets a handsome competing record company executive John Henry Wheeler. They fall in love with the duet “Fireworks”. She skyrockets to fame under Wheeler’s guidance in a zany ballet production number “What’s New at the Zoo?” Hubie’s success is dwindling as Kay sings “Adventure” a lament on her life with her no goodnik husband.

    Juke box violence flares, time passes and the boys are being questioned at a Senate investigation in Washington. Hubie is identified as the Mr. Big of the juke box rackets. At last he is Mr. Big and the center of attention, but the game is up. Mr. Big is scorned not honored. The bubble has burst. He sings the soliloquy “All of My Life.” Hubie realizes the important thing is not that one big break, the overnight sensation but that love is the real stuff to cling to.

    Hobe Morrison wrote in Variety: “The David Merrick production starring Phil Silvers, is a fast and brassy whoop-de-do with a colorful, serviceable book, plenty of laughs, tuneful songs, rousing dances, and the general glitter and punch that are the hallmark of the Broadway musical theatre when it clicks.”

  • Book by Garson Kanin
    Music by Jule Styne
    Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
    Original production directed by Garson Kanin
    Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick

  • Full Orchestration:

    2 Violin AB
    1 Violin C
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed II: Flute (or Clarinet), Piccolo (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed III: Oboe (or Clarinet), English Horn (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed IV: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (or Tenor Sax.) & tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed V: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (or Bari. Sax.), Bassoon (or Bari. Sax.) & Baritone Saxophone.

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

    1 Percussion:

    Timpani (2 drums)
    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum
    Tom Tom
    Bongo Drums
    Suspended Cymbals
    Hi-Hat Cymbals
    Bells
    Xylophone
    Vibraphone
    Chimes
    Slapstick
    Wind Whistle
    Cowbell
    Wood Block
    Tambourine
    Triangle
    Police Whistle
    Train Whistle
    Bell Tree (“Arnold’s Boinger”)

    1 Guitar

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

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
    1       Prompt Book
    27     Dialogue Parts
    33     Chorus-Vocal Parts

  • DO RE MI played for 400 performances on Broadway at the St. James and 54th Street Theatres starring Phil Silver, Nancy Walker, John Reardon and Nancy Dussault.

    Awards (1961)

    The Theatre World Award for Debut Performance by Nancy Dussault.