Say, Darling

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SAY, DARLING is a three-act, behind-the-scenes comedy about the creation of a Broadway musical. Inspired by Richard Bissell’s semi-autobiographical novel, which chronicled his experience in transferring his novel 7½ Cents into The Pajama Game, SAY DARLING is more “straight play with music” than “traditional book musical.” Each of the eleven original songs by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green is sung within the context of the show the characters are rehearsing.

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  • Humble Midwestern novelist Jack Jordan travels to the East Coast to help develop his bestseller into a Broadway musical. Jack soon gets an education about life behind the scenes on the Great White Way, as he encounters veteran stage producer/director Richard Hackett (loosely based on George Abbott), loudmouthed leading lady Irene Lovell, fledgling co-producer Ted Snow, self-indulgent composer Rudy Lorraine, and several other equally Runyonesque characters. Through auditions, rehearsals, rewrites in hotel rooms, and feuds among cast members, Jack must somehow hold his own in the wacky world of professional musical theatre.

  • SAY, DARLING
    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

    Such credits to the authors for all purposes shall be in type size equal to or greater than that of any other credits except for that of the star(s) above the title. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

    SAY, DARLING
    is presented by arrangement with
    TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • FULL ORCHESTRATION:

    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

    2 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
    Photographer
    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
    Accompanist
    Sammy Miles
    Rex Dexter
    Boris Reshevsky
    Waiter
    Morty Krebs
    Tatiana
    Joyce

    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, Johnny Desmond and Robert Morse.

    AWARDS 1958

    Theatre World Award for outstanding stage performance by Robert Morse.

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