Little Johnny Jones (Revised)


LITTLE JOHNNY JONES is George M. Cohan’s first full-length musical. It features some of Cohan’s most memorable songs, such as “Give My Regard To Broadway” and “The Yankee Doodle Boy”. The title character was inspired by the famous jockey Tod Sloan.

Photos courtesy of Goodspeed Musicals

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  • A brash, patriotic American jockey, Johnny Jones, goes to England to ride his horse, Yankee Doodle, in the English Derby. Jones falls in love with Goldie Gates, a San Francisco copper heiress, who follows him to Britain, disguising herself as a man to discover if Jones really loves her. Anthony Anstey, an American who runs a Chinese gambling establishment in San Francisco, offers Jones a bribe to lose the race deliberately, but he refuses. After Jones loses, Anstey spreads rumors that he threw the race intentionally. Jones’ detective, pretending to be a drunkard, searches for evidence to clear Johnny’s name and finds out that it was Anstey that framed Jones. Jones tells his friends who are returning to America, “Give My Regards to Broadway,” but he stays in London to try to regain his reputation. Jones returns to America with his name cleared, eager to propose marriage to Goldie, but he finds that Anstey has kidnapped her. He and his detective search for her in San Francisco’s Chinatown, eventually finding her.

  • Book, Music and Lyrics by George M. Cohan
    Book adapted by Alfred Uhry

  • Instrumentation: 18 Parts

    3 Violin I & II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass
    1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute & Clarinet
    1 Reed II: Flute, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
    1 Reed III: Oboe & Clarinet
    1 Horn
    1 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II (Bass Trombone)
    1 Percussion:
    Timpani (2 Drums)
    Bass Drum
    Side Drum
    Suspended Cymbal
    “Crash” Cymbal
    Piatti (Hand Cymbals)
    Slide Whistle
    Temple Blocks
    Slap Stick
    1 Drums: (Trap Set)
    Bass Drum
    Snare Drum
    Tenor Drum
    Floor Tom-Tom
    Wood block
    Cow Bell
    Siren Whistle
    Cymbals: Suspended, Hi-Hat, “Crash”, “Ride”, “Choke”
    Temple Blocks
    “Duck Quack”
    “G” Bell
    1 Harp
    1 Banjo (doubles Guitar & Mandolin)

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
    1       Prompt Book for Director
    8       Prompt Books for Cast
    30     Chorus-Vocal Books

  • Starter at the Hotel Cecil, London
    Derby Announcer
    Captain Squirvy
    Timothy D. McGee – a race track man
    Anthony Anstey – a race track man
    Florabelle Fly – society editor, San Francisco Searcher
    Goldie Gates – an American copper heiress
    Earl of Bloomsbury
    A newsboy
    Sing-Song sports editor – Peking Gazette
    Whitney Wilson the unknown – (Pinkerton Detective Agent)
    Mrs. Kenworth – guardian and aunt of Goldie
    Johnny Jones – an American jockey

    Waiter, Policeman, Newsboy, Saratoga Announcer, Bellboys, Sailors, Porters, Jockeys & American Girls

  • This revised version of the classic LITTLE JOHNNY JONES originated at the Goodspeed Opera and was transferred to Broadway at the Alvin Theatre in 1982 starring Donny Osmond in the title role.

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