You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised)

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YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Revised) is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Snoopy in this version. Two new songs, “Beethoven Day” and “My New Philosophy,” have been added to the twelve wonderful numbers of the original version, which include “My Blanket and Me,” “The Baseball Game,” “Little Known Facts,” “Suppertime,” and “Happiness.”

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  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
  • Upcoming
  • A program note says that the time of the action is “an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.” It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening.

    It seems to start off all right. After some brief comments on the nature of his character by his friends, Charlie Brown is swept into their center by a rousing tribute of only slightly qualified praise, in the song “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” He is then left to his own musings as he eats his lunch on the school playground, complicated unbearably by the distant presence of his true love, the “little redheaded girl,” who is always just out of sight.

    True love also seems to be the only unmanageable element in Lucy’s solid life, which we discover as we watch her try to bulldoze her way through to her boyfriend’s sensitive, six-year-old musician’s heart, in “Schroeder.” The little scenes then begin to accumulate, and we learn that Lucy’s little brother, Linus, is thoughtful about many things but fanatical when it comes to the matter of his blanket; that Patty is sweet and utterly innocent; and that Charlie Brown’s dog spends much if not most of his time thinking of being something else-a gorilla, a jungle cat, perhaps a handsome trophy or two-but that mostly his life is a pleasant one (“Snoopy”).

    The events continue to trickle on. Linus enjoys a private time with his most favorite thing of all (“My Blanket and Me”), Lucy generously bothers to inform him of her ambition-of-the-moment, to become a queen with her own queendom, and then Charlie Brown lurches in for still another bout with his own friendly enemy, “The Kite.”

    Valentine’s Day comes and goes with our hero receiving not one single valentine, which brings him to seek the temporary relief of Lucy’s five-cent psychiatry booth (“The Doctor Is In”). We then watch as four of our friends go through their individual struggles with the homework assignment of writing a hundred word essay of Peter Rabbit in “The Book Report.”

    Act Two roars in with Snoopy lost in another world atop his dog house. As a World War One flying ace, he does not bring down the infamous Red Baron in today’s battle but we know that someday, someday he will.

    The day continues. We learn of the chaotic events of the Very Little League’s “Baseball Game” as Charlie Brown writes the news to his pen pal. Lucy is moved to conduct a personal survey to find out just how crabby she really is, and all the group gathers for a misbegotten rehearsal of a song they are to sing in assembly.

    It is “Suppertime,” and Snoopy once more discovers what wild raptures just the mere presence of his full supper dish can send him into. And then it is evening. The gathered friends sing a little about their individual thoughts of “Happiness” and then they go off, leaving Lucy to make a very un-Lucy-like gesture: she tells Charlie Brown what a good man he is.

    None of the cast is actually six years old. And they don’t really look like Charles Schulz’s Peanuts cartoon characters. But this doesn’t seem to make that much difference once we are into the play, because what they are saying to each other is with the openness of that early childhood time, and the obvious fact is that they are all really quite fond of each other.

    -Clark Gesner

    WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE SHOW AND THIS REVISED VERSION?

    In 1998 the authors and producers of the original 1967 musical show, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, decided it was time for a major revival of the work in a Broadway theatre. The idiomatic, intimate innocence of the characters that is presented in the original stage production has been maintained, but a new perspective has been added by emphasizing the insatiable insouciance of the characters that was held in check in the original. The new cast of six characters includes Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy and Sally Brown (she replaces Patty.)

    The original twelve songs all remain in this version, and two new songs: “Beethoven Day” (Schroeder & Company) and “My New Philosophy” (Sally with Schroeder) have been added. The two melodramas, Lucy’s “Queen Lucy” and Snoopy’s “Red Baron,” retain their spoken dialogue but have completely new underscoring music. The pantomime “Rabbit Chasing” has an entirely new musical score. All the music and dialogue for the show has been reworked; it is not just the same thing with two new songs. All the show’s incidental music, dance music, vocal arrangements and orchestrations are brand new. The signature simple waltz tune (instrumental only, never sung), used to open the original show and as a musical bridge between scenes is the only music from the original that is not used in the revised version. Instead, all of the incidental musical bridge passages now relate to the characters and the principal songs associated with them. And there are 465 more measures of music in this version. The entire show looks and sounds newly minted.

    This version has an entirely new sound, musically distinct from the original. It is true theatre chamber music at its most inventive, orchestrated for an ensemble of five players. The orchestrations move the feeling of the work from the intimate parlor setting of the original version, into the more public arena of the theatre proper, while maintaining the basic charm of the original music. Adding bass and percussion to the piano has broadened the rhythmic pulse of the music and sharpened its edge. These instruments also allow room for a more flexible and overtly dramatic underscoring of the staging of the musical numbers. The two solo lines of the orchestration, woodwind and string, bring wonderful shades of color and texture to the sound. The string part is for viola doubling on violin, the wind part is for one player principally doubling flute, clarinet and alto saxophone. All five players double on several instruments which significantly widens the palette of color available in the orchestration. At one point (in Snoopy’s song “Snoopy”) all the players are asked to perform a brief passage on Kazoos!

    Because the new songs, new orchestrations, and new vocal and musical arrangements are substantially different from the original, a new Piano-Conductor’s Score has been written and computer-engraved. This new score is complete with all the new vocal arrangements and a piano-reduction of the new accompanying orchestration. It captures the rhythmic vitality of the new orchestrations and all the important melodic lines. This Piano-Conductor’s Score can serve as the only accompanying instrument for both rehearsals and performances when the chamber ensemble is not available. The show may be performed successfully with piano accompaniment only.

  • YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN

    Based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts”
    by
    Charles M. Schulz

    Book, Music and Lyrics
    by
    Clark Gesner

    Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
    Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

    Original Direction for this version of
    “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” by Michael Mayer

    Originally Produced in New York by
    Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson

    The above credits shall appear at least as prominently in size and placement of type as other credits, except for the star(s) of the play who may appear 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:

    YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
    is presented by arrangement with
    TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • Full Orchestration

    1 Reed: Flute, Clarinet and Alto Saxophone (also doubling: Piccolo, Soprano Recorder, Soprano Saxophone & optional Kazoo)
    1 Violin and Viola
    (also doubling: Alto Recorder, Kazoo and Tambourine)
    1 Bass: acoustic and electric instruments
    (also doubling: Tenor Recorder and Kazoo)
    1 Percussion: trap set and mallet instruments
    (“Kat” percussion synthesizer)

    trap set:
    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum
    Small Tom-Tom
    Floor Tom-Tom
    Jungle Drums
    Hi-Hat Cymbals
    Various suspended Cymbals
    crash
    splash
    ride
    Wood Block
    Cow Bell (2 sizes)
    Tambourine (mounted)
    Triangle
    Slide Whistle
    Siren Whistle
    Duck Quack
    Sandpaper Blocks
    Mark Tree
    Bell Tree
    Kazoo
    mallet instruments:
    Bells/Glockenspiel
    Vibraphone
    Xylophone
    Chimes
    Crotale
    Timpani
    Triangle
    French Horn
    Oboe

    1 Piano/Partitur in 2 volumes (also doubling Keyboard Synthesizer and Kazoo) [SAMPLE]
    (synthesizer registrations include: Celeste, Gospel Organ, Harmonium, Ballpark Organ, Electric Piano, Fender Rhodes, Tremolo Strings, solo Cello, Trumpets and French Horns)

    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book with Vocal Parts for Director
    6       Prompt Books with Vocal Parts for Cast

    Optional Additional Materials

    1       Piano Rehearsal CD
    1       Performance Tracks CD

  • Principals

    (2 female; 4 male)

    Sally Brown
    Lucy Van Pelt

    Snoopy
    Schroeder
    Charlie Brown
    Linus Van Pelt

    The original Broadway production had a cast of 6 performers. No doubling was employed. The show has no dedicated chorus.

  • YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Revised) was presented on Broadway in 1999 and played for 149 performances at the Ambassador Theatre with award-winning performances by Roger Bart and Kristin Chenoweth as Snoopy and Sally. Originally, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN opened on March 7, 1967 and played for 1,597 performances in New York at the theatre 80 St. Marks with Gary Burghoff in the title role. That version was revived on Broadway in 1971 and played for 32 performances at the John Golden Theatre.

    Awards (1999)

    2 Tony Awards for Featured Actress and Featured Actor
    3 Drama Desk Awards for Revival, Featured Actress and Featured Actor

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    Plaza Theatre Company CLEBURNE, TX 08/05/2016 09/03/2016
    Regional Theatre of Palouse PULLMAN, WA 08/18/2016 08/28/2016
    Dunellen Skylight Theatre Productions DUNELLEN, NJ 08/19/2016 08/28/2016
    Everett Theatre MIDDLETOWN, DE 08/19/2016 08/28/2016
    Judge Memorial High School SALT LAKE CITY, UT 08/26/2016 08/27/2016
    Mizpah Community Center LIMA, OH 08/26/2016 08/27/2016
    Captain Shreve High School SHREVEPORT, LA 08/30/2016 08/31/2016
    Empty Space Productions BAKERSFIELD, CA 09/02/2016 09/17/2016
    Black Sheep Theatre ROCHESTER, NY 09/02/2016 09/03/2016
    Rains High School EMORY, TX 09/08/2016 09/12/2016
    Iowa City Community Theatre IOWA CITY, IA 09/09/2016 09/18/2016
    Ridgedale Players TROY, MI 09/09/2016 09/25/2016
    Musical Theatre Village IRVINE, CA 09/16/2016 10/16/2016
    Rochester College ROCHESTER HILLS, MI 09/22/2016 10/02/2016
    Traverse City High School West TRAVERSE CITY, MI 09/23/2016 10/01/2016
    Bear Creek High School LAKEWOOD, CO 10/06/2016 10/08/2016
    University of Michigan DEARBORN, MI 10/06/2016 10/07/2016
    Out of the Box Theatrics NEW YORK, NY 10/08/2016 10/16/2016
    Santa Gertrudis Academy High School KINGSVILLE, TX 10/09/2016 10/13/2016
    Freed-Hardeman University HENDERSON, TN 10/13/2016 10/22/2016
    Granite Theatre WESTERLY, RI 10/14/2016 11/13/2016
    Sandy Arts Guild SANDY, UT 10/14/2016 10/29/2016
    Clayton Theatre Company CLAYTON, CA 10/14/2016 10/29/2016
    Liberty Middle School CUMMING, GA 10/16/2016 10/17/2016
    York College of Pennsylvania YORK, PA 10/26/2016 10/29/2016
    Palos Verdes High School PALOS VERDES ESTATES, CA 10/28/2016 11/06/2016
    Mercy High School FARMINGTON HILLS, MI 11/03/2016 11/06/2016
    Saskatoon Summer Players SASKATOON, SK 11/03/2016 11/06/2016
    Mid America Nazarene College OLATHE, KS 11/03/2016 11/05/2016
    Defiance Community Players GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO 11/11/2016 11/19/2016
    Southwestern University GEORGETOWN, TX 11/11/2016 11/20/2016
    Centerville High School CENTERVILLE, OH 11/11/2016 11/19/2016
    Lava Ridge Intermediate School SANTA CLARA, UT 11/16/2016 11/19/2016
    Mahtomedi High School MAHTOMEDI, MN 11/17/2016 11/20/2016
    Northwest High School CEDAR HILL, MO 11/17/2016 11/19/2016
    Southern Arkansas University MAGNOLIA, AR 11/17/2016 12/01/2016
    Shelby High School SHELBY, MI 11/18/2016 11/19/2016
    Martensville High School MARTENSVILLE, SK 11/18/2016 11/19/2016
    St. Mary's Academy High School WINNIPEG, MB 11/30/2016 12/03/2016
    Absegami High School GALLOWAY, NJ 12/02/2016 12/04/2016
    Aspire Langston Hughes Academy STOCKTON, CA 12/08/2016 12/11/2016
    Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate SCARBOROUGH, ON 12/08/2016 12/10/2016
    Niverville Collegiate NIVERVILLE, MB 12/15/2016 12/16/2016
    Firehouse Community Theatre LABELLE, FL 01/13/2017 01/22/2017
    Central Magnet High School MURFREESBORO, TN 01/19/2017 01/22/2017
    Pacifica Spindrift Players PACIFICA, CA 01/20/2017 02/12/2017
    Buck Creek Players INDIANAPOLIS, IN 01/27/2017 02/12/2017
    Adams High School ROCHESTER, MI 02/01/2017 02/04/2017
    Christian Youth Theatre TUCSON, AZ 02/02/2017 02/05/2017
    Woodhaven Middle School SPRUCE GROVE, AB 02/15/2017 02/17/2017
    Cinnaminson Middle School CINNAMINSON, NJ 02/24/2017 03/04/2017
    Gilbert S. Lance Middle School KENOSHA, WI 02/24/2017 02/25/2017
    Northwest High School CLARKSVILLE, TN 03/01/2017 03/01/2017
    Wilde Lake High School COLUMBIA, MD 03/09/2017 03/11/2017
    Blackman High School MURFREESBORO, TN 03/10/2017 03/12/2017
    Summit Country Day School CINCINNATI, OH 03/17/2017 03/18/2017
    Assumption High School LOUISVILLE, KY 03/23/2017 03/26/2017
    Pasadena Little Theatre PASADENA, TX 04/04/2017 04/13/2017
    J.M. Robinson High School CONCORD, NC 04/06/2017 04/08/2017
    Central Catholic High School METHUEN, MA 04/06/2017 04/08/2017
    Faulkner University MONTGOMERY, AL 04/06/2017 04/22/2017
    Decatur High School DECATUR, AL 04/24/2017 04/29/2017
    Coldwater High School COLDWATER, OH 04/28/2017 04/30/2017
    Spotlight Youth Theater CARY, IL 05/04/2017 05/14/2017
    Levine Music WASHINGTON, DC 05/05/2017 05/07/2017
    U.S. Army FORT LEE, VA 05/05/2017 05/21/2017
    Roswell Community Little Theatre ROSWELL, NM 06/02/2017 06/11/2017
    Discovery Charter School SAN JOSE, CA 06/08/2017 06/10/2017
    Gibson County Theatre Company PRINCETON, IN 06/16/2017 06/25/2017
    St. Charles County Community College COTTLEVILLE, MO 07/26/2017 07/30/2017