Panama Hattie

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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.

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  • 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 by Cole Porter
    Book by Herbert Fields and B.G. DeSylva

  • 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 Bass
    1 Flute & Piccolo
    1 Clarinet
    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
    1 Trumpet 1 & 2
    1 Trumpet 3
    1 Trombone 1 (tenor)
    1 Trombone 2 (tenor)
    1 Piano (2 volumes)
    1 Guitar
    2 Drums (2 players: trap set & mallet instruments)
    Bass Drum
    Snare Drum
    Tom Toms
    Cuban Drums
    Bongo Drums
    Cymbals: suspended, “Crash”, “Choke”, “Finger”
    Hi-Hat/Sock Cymbals
    Gong (2 sizes)
    Oriental Drum
    Timpani (2, pedal drums)
    Castanets
    Maracas
    Claves
    Tambourine
    Wood blocks
    Temple Blocks
    Ratchet
    Gran Cassa/Bass Drum
    Shafing Stick/Rasp
    Wind Machine
    Vibraphone
    Xylophone
    Marimba
    Bells
    Triangle
    Cow Bell
    Sleigh bells
    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal materials

  • 1       Prompt Book
    25     Prompt Books as Dialogue Material for Cast
    1       Piano-Vocal Score (Two Volume Set)
    12     Chorus-Vocal Books for Principal Characters
    25     Chorus-Vocal Books for Chorus

  • Mrs. Gonzales
    Mac (Bartender of Tropical Shore)
    Skat Briggs )
    Windy Deegan ) Sailors from the S.S. Idaho
    Woozy Hogan )
    Chiquita
    Fruit Peddler
    Tim )
    Tom ) Soldiers
    Ted )
    Ty )
    Hattie Maloney
    Leila Tree
    Mildred Hunter
    Kitty-Belle Randolph
    Nick Bullett
    Florrie
    Geraldine Bullett (Nick’s daughter)
    Vivian Budd
    First Stranger
    Second Stranger
    Mike
    Whitney Randolph

  • 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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