What Makes Sammy Run?

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WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN? is based on Budd Schulberg’s novel about Sammy Glick, a kid from New York’s Lower East Side, who is determined to escape the ghetto there and seek opportunity and success in Hollywood, even if it requires deception and betrayal.

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  • A ruthlessly ambitious young man schemes his way to the top of the Hollywood-studio food chain, betraying friends and lovers in his wake, in Ervin Drake, Budd and Stuart Schulberg’s musical adaptation of Budd Schulberg’s novel.

  • WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN?
    Based on the Novel by Budd Schulberg
    Music and Lyrics by Ervin Drake
    Book by Budd and Stuart Schulberg
    Original Production Directed by Abe Burrows
    Produced for the Broadway Stage by Joseph Cates

    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:

    WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN?
    is presented by arrangement with
    TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • Full Orchestration

    3 Violins ABC
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet, Alto Sax (Or: Clarinet and Alto Sax)
    1 Reed II: Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute (Or “C” FLUTE), Clarinet, Alto Sax
    1 Reed III: Clarinet, Tenor Sax (and optional Oboe & English Horn)
    1 Reed IV: Clarinet, Tenor Sax (and optional Flute)
    1 Reed V: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet Alto Sax, Baritone Sax (and optional Bassoon)

    2 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II
    1 Trombone III

    1 Percussion:
        Timpani (2)
        Bass Drum
        Bells
        Xylophone
        Snare Drum
        Tom Toms (3 Pitches)
        Oriental Drums (2 Pitches)
        Cymbals: Suspended, Hi-Hat, Hand
        Tam Tam
        Chimes (F and C)
        Wood Blocks (2 Pitches)
        Tambourine
        Triangle
        Castanets
        Cowbell
        Wind Whistle or Siren

    1 Guitar and Banjo

      Piano-Organ-Celeste (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material).

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score (Two volume set)
    1       Prompt Book for Director
    27     Prompt Books for Cast
    30     Chorus Parts

  • Al Manheim
    Osborn
    Sammy Glick
    O’Brien
    Reporter
    Henry
    Julian Blumberg
    Tracy Clark
    Rita Rio
    Slave Master
    Lucky Dugan
    Sheik Orsini
    Technical Advisor
    Sidney Fineman
    Guard
    Columnist
    Kit Sargent
    Grip
    H. L. Harrington
    Laurette Harrington
    Man
    Seymour Glick
    Gino
    Philippe Grandel
    Photographer

    Singing Ensemble
    Dancing Ensemble
    Swing Couple

  • WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN? opened on Broadway at the 54th Street Theatre, February February 27, 1964 and played for 540 performances starring Steve Lawrence, Robert Alda and Sally Ann Howes.

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