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PANAMA HATTIE is the nickname for the colorful Hattie Maloney, who owns and performs in her own night club in the Panama Canal Zone. She is engaged to a navy officer who has a child from a previous marriage, but Hattie and the child don’t really get along. After many twists and turns, Hattie is praised by the Navy after she thwarts a terrorist attack on the Panama Canal, and she can finally marry her fiancé.
Music samples courtesy of Decca Records and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
- Rehearsal Materials
- Cast List
- Brief History
Hattie Maloney is a bar girl in the Panama Canal Zone where she meets Nick Bullett, descendent of an old Philadelphia family. When Nick proposes marriage, Hattie agrees, provided Nick’s young daughter, by his first wife, accepts her. At first little Geraldine is difficult but by the end of the show she and Hattie agree to be buddies!
Music and Lyrics
Book by HERBERT FIELDS and B.G. DESYLVA
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Instrumentation: 20 Parts, 21 Books
1 Violin A (2 players)
1 Violin B (2 players)
1 Violin C (2 players)
1 Viola (2 players, one doubling cow bell & rattle)
1 Cello (2 players)
1 Flute & Piccolo
1 First Saxophone: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Second Saxophone: Flute , Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Third Saxophone: Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor & Baritone Saxophones
2 Trumpet 1 & 2
1 Trumpet 3
1 Trombone 1 (tenor)
1 Trombone 2 (tenor)
1 Piano (2 volumes)
2 Drums (2 players: trap set & mallet instruments)
Cymbals: suspended, Crash, Finger
Gong (2 sizes)
Timpani (2, pedal drums)
Gran Cassa/Bass Drum
Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal materials
1 Piano-Vocal Score (Two Volume Set)
1 Prompt Book for Director
25 Prompt Books for Cast
12 Chorus-Vocal Books for Principal Characters
25 Chorus-Vocal Books for Chorus
Mac (Bartender of Tropical Shore)
Skat Briggs )
Windy Deegan ) Sailors from the S.S. Idaho
Woozy Hogan )
Tom ) Soldiers
Geraldine Bullett (Nick’s daughter)
PANAMA HATTIE opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre, October 30, 1940 and played for 501 performances starring Ethel Merman as the title character. The show opened in London’s West End at the Piccadilly Theatre in 1943 and ran for 308 performances with Bebe Daniels as Hattie.
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