What Makes Sammy Run?


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.

  • Book by Budd Schulberg and Stuart Schulberg
    Music and Lyrics by Ervin M. Drake

  • 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)
    1 Trumpets I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II
    1 Trombone III
    1 Percussion:
    Timpani (2)
    Bass Drum
    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)
    Cow Bell
    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
    Sammy Glick
    Julian Blumberg
    Tracy Clark
    Rita Rio
    Slave Master
    Lucky Dugan
    Sheik Orsini
    Technical Advisor
    Sidney Fineman
    Kit Sargent
    H. L. Harrington
    Laurette Harrington
    Seymour Glick
    Philippe Grandel

    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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