HALLELUJAH, BABY! is a musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden, and book by Arthur Laurents. The show is a chronicle of the African American struggle for equality during the first half of the 20th century.
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Georgina is a talented, beautiful and ambitious African American woman, determined to have a career. Overcoming many obstacles, she rises to stardom. She makes her way through the Great Depression, World War II, and the beginning of the civil rights movement. Her mother advises her to “keep her place” as a maid on a South Carolina estate, but Georgina negotiates the blocks to stardom from her negative and opportunistic mother. She encounters the racism that pervades society and show business.
Two men vie for Georgina’s attention. Harvey, who is white, is able to provide opportunities for her. Her fiancé Clem, who is a black train porter, cannot help her on her journey. By the 1950s, she is a successful singer in an expensive night club. However, Clem has become an Army captain and then a civil rights activist and challenges Georgina’s life goals.
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden
Book by Arthur Laurents
Productions: 1967 Broadway
Tony Award for Best Musical
Tony for Composer and Lyricist
Instrumentation: 21 Parts
1 Bass (Electric, Acoustic & Tuba)
1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax Soprano Sax and Alto flute
1 Reed II: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet Alto Sax and Soprano Sax
1 Reed III: Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Tenor Sax and Soprano Sax
1 Reed IV: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon & Tenor Sax
1 Reed V: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Sax & Bass Saxophone
1 Trumpets I & II (doubling Flugelhorn)
1 Trumpet III (doubling Flugelhorn)
1 Trumpet IV
1 Trombone I (Tenor)
1 Trombone II (Tenor)
1 Trombone III (Bass)
1 Percussion I
Trap Set (Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Tom Tom, Hi-Hat, Suspended Cymbals), Wood Blocks
1 Percussion II
Snare Drum, Field Drum, Bass Drum, (with Cymbal attached), Piatti, Suspended Cymbal,
Timpani (2), Bells, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Triangle, Wood Block, Bongo Drums, Ratchet,
Tambourine, Slapstick, Wind Whistle (Mouth Siren) Maracas, Scratcher
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Prompt Book
(In order of Appearance)
A White G.I.
3 Girls (1 Black)
Four Black G.I.s
White Couple (on bus)
Black person (on bus)
Other Soldiers and Civilians (Black and White, on bus)
2 Nightclub Captains
Black & White Couples (dancing in club)
Black Maid (job applicant)
HALLELUJAH, BABY! opened on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on April 26, 1967 and played for 293 performances starring Leslie Uggams.
5 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Music & Lyrics, Actor, Actress and Featured Actress.
The Theatre World Award for outstanding debut performance (Leslie Uggams)
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