Whoopee! (Revised 1979)


The musical comedy WHOOPEE! premiered on Broadway in 1928, and introduced the hit song Love Me or Leave Me, sung by Ruth Etting. The show is set in California and involves Sally Morgan, who is getting married to Bob Wells, a local rancher, even though she is in love with Wanenis, whose part-Native American background presents difficulties. Sally leaves town, hitching a ride with a hypochondriac who loses control when the rancher sets out after his run-away wife.

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  • Book by William Anthony McGuire
    Lyrics by Gus Kahn
    Music by Walter Donaldson
    Based on “The Nervous Wreck” by Owen Davis

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
    1       Prompt Book
    10     Prompt Books for Dialogue Parts
    6       Vocal Parts
    12     Chorus Parts

  • HENRY WILLIAMS (The hypochondriac-hero, he is visiting the west for his health.)
    SHERIFF BOB (Arizona lawman engaged to Sally.)
    MISS MARY CUSTER (Henry’s nurse-companion.)
    JUDSON MORGAN (Sally’s father.)
    SALLY MORGAN (An 18 year old local beauty, she is engaged to Sheriff Bob but in love with Wanenis.)
    BLACK EAGLE (An Indian chief.)
    WANENIS (The eastern educated son of Black Eagle.)
    JEROME T. UNDERWOOD (Rich, absentee owner of the Bar M Ranch.)
    CHESTER UNDERWOOD (Underwood’s “weak” son.)
    HARRIETT UNDERWOOD (Underwood’s “aggressive” daughter.)
    ANDY MCNAB (The foreman of the Bar M Ranch.)
    MORT (Very strong ranch hand, a pal of Andy’s.)
    PETE (A cowboy.)
    SLIM (A cowboy.)
    JIM (A cowboy.)

    Chorus and Dancers:
    INDIANS, girls and men of the reservation.

  • WHOOPEE! (Revised) is based on the 1977 Goodspeed Opera House production. It opened on Broadway at the ANTA Playhouse, February 14, 1979 and played for 204 performances starring Charles Repole (Henry Williams), Beth Austin (Sally Morgan), Carol Swarbrick (Mary) and Susan Stroman (Leslie Daw).

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