Little Johnny Jones (Revised)

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

Photos courtesy of Goodspeed Musicals

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
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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.

  • LITTLE JOHNNY JONES
    Music, Lyrics and Book by George M. Cohan
    Adapted by Alfred Uhry

    Such credits to the authors for all purposes shall be in type size equal to or greater than that of any other credits except for that of the star(s) above the title. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

    LITTLE JOHNNY JONES
    is presented by arrangement with
    TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • 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
    2 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)
          Xylophone
          Bells
          Slide Whistle
          Triangle
          “Suitcase”
          Temple Blocks
          Slapstick

    1 Drums: (Trap Set)
          Bass Drum
          Snare Drum
          Tenor Drum
          Floor Tom-Tom
          Triangle
          Wood block
          Cowbell
          Siren Whistle
          Cymbals: Suspended, Hi-Hat, Crash, Ride
          Temple Blocks
          Duck Quack
          “G” Bell

    1 Harp
    1 Banjo (doubles Guitar & Mandolin)

      Piano

  • 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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