A comedy about a musical in three acts and fourteen scenes.
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- Cast List
- Brief History
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 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
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.
Pilot Roy Peters
June, The Secretary
Maurice, a Pianist
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.
Theatre World Award for outstanding stage performance by Robert Morse.
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