Say, Darling


A comedy about a musical in three acts and fourteen scenes.

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  • Brief History
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  • A play with music (and songs), Say, Darling stands as an oddity on Broadway where many musicals find their foundation in successful plays. Based on the eponymous novel written by Richard Bissell – about his experience trying to adapt his novel, 7½ Cents, for Broadway (it became The Pajama Game) – Say, Darling was enhanced by several songs, written by Jule Styne (music), Betty Comden and Adolph Green (lyrics). In it, David Wayne portrayed an innocent novelist, brought to the East Coast to work on the musicalization of his work, who unwillingly discovers the heartbeat of Broadway, personified by an inexperienced producer, a loudmouthed leading lady, a self-indulgent composer, and other equally Runyonesque characters. Those familiar with Broadway had no difficulty identifying the real names hiding behind the pseudonyms invented by Abe Burrows, which added an extra zest to an already shrewd production. The show opened on April 3, 1958 at the ANTA, where it enjoyed a comfortable run of 332 performances

  • Book by Richard Bissell, Abe Burrows and Marian Bissell
    Based on the best-selling novel by Richard Bissell
    Music by Jule Styne
    Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green


    1 Violin A
    1 Violin B
    1 Violin C
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed II: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed III: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed IV: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed V: Bass Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone

    1 Horn I & II
    1 Trumpet I
    1 Trumpet II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II

    1 Percussion I
    1 Percussion II
    1 Piano, Harmonium & Harmonica
    1 Guitar

    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book for Director
    23     Prompt Books for Cast
    9       Vocal Parts
    19     Chorus Parts

  • (In order of Appearance)

    “SAY, DARLING” was first presented by Jule Styne and Lester Osterman at the ANTA Theatre on the evening of April 3, 1958.

    Mr. Schneider
    Frankie Jordan
    Jack Jordan
    Pilot Roy Peters
    Ted Snow
    June, The Secretary
    Schatzie Harris
    Richard Hackett
    Irene Lovelle
    Rudy Lorraine
    Sidemen (2)
    Charlie Williams
    Maurice, a Pianist
    Arlene McKee
    Jennifer Stevenson
    Earl Jorgeson
    Cheryl Merrill
    Sammy Miles
    Rex Dexter
    Boris Reshevsky
    Morty Krebs

    Assorted Minor Characters…

  • SAY, DARLING opened on April 3, 1958 and played for 332 performances on Broadway at the ANTA and Martin Beck Theatres starring Vivian Blaine, David Wayne and Johnny Desmond.

    AWARDS 1958

    Theatre World Award for outstanding stage performance by Robert Morse.

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