Out Of This World


Based on Plautus’ ancient Greek comedy Amphitryon, OUT OF THIS WORLD revolves around the god Jupiter who hopes to have an earthly affair with the mortal Helen. To win her over, Jupiter disguises himself as Helen’s husband until he is tracked down by his wife Juno.

*Music samples courtesy of DRG Records and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • Jupiter, father of the gods, has decided that Helen Kenyon, a fair American mortal, will be his latest conquest, to the consternation of his wife, Juno. She traipses around the Greek countryside in various ineffectual mortal disguises searching for her cheating husband. Their son Mercury escorts Helen to an inn near Athens, where Jupiter woos her in the guise of her husband, Art. The next day, Helen realizes she has been deceived; meeting the god face to face, she rejects his offer of immortality, insisting that her husband’s love is all she needs. Throw into the mix, Niki Skolianos, American gangster turned innkeeper, who trades barbs with Juno in her mortal disguise, and Niko’s ambitious niece, Chloe, providing a love interest for Mercury.

  • Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
    Book by Dwight Taylor and Reginald Lawrence


    1 Violin A
    1 Violin B
    1 Violin C
    1 Violin D
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass
    1 Reed I: Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed II: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed III: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed IV: Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed V: Clarinet, Bassoon & Baritone Saxophone
    1 Horn I & II
    1 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II
    1 Percussion: (one player)
    Bass Drum
    Snare Drum
    Military Snare Drum
    Tom Toms (3)
    Timpani (2 pedal drums)
    Suspended Cymbal
    1 Harp I
    1 Harp II
    1 Guitar I: Guitar, Lute, Mandolin & Violin
    1 Guitar II: Acoustic & Electric Guitars
    Piano & Celeste (Piano-Conductor’s Score, two volumes, sent with rehearsal material)

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
    1       Prompt Book
    6       Prompt Books for Principal Characters
    4       Dialogue Parts
    25     Chorus Parts
    7       Vocal Parts

  • Mercury
    Art O’Malley*
    Niki Skolianos
    Night (Dancer)
    Strephon (Dancer)
    Gods, Peasants, etc.

    *Jupiter and Art O’Malley can be doubled by same actor

  • OUT OF THIS WORLD opened on Broadway at the New Century Theatre, December 21, 1950 and played for 157 performances starring George Jongeyans and Charlotte Greenwood as Jupiter and Juno.

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