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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, such as My Blanket and Me, The Kite, The Baseball Game, Little Known Facts, Suppertime and Happiness.
- Rehearsal Materials
- Cast List
- Brief History
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 won 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’ “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.
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.
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
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)
Various suspended Cymbals
Cow Bell (2 sizes)
1 Piano/Partitur in 2 volumes (also doubling Keyboard Synthesizer and Kazoo)
(synthesizer registrations include: Celeste, Gospel Organ, Harmonium, Ballpark Organ, Electric Piano, Fender Rhodes, Tremolo Strings, solo Cello, Trumpets and French Horns) [SAMPLE]
Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Prompt Book with Vocal Parts
6 Prompt Books with Vocal Parts for Principal Characters
Optional Additional Materials
1 Stage Manager’s Guide
1 Piano Rehearsal CD
(2 female; 4 male)
Lucy Van Pelt
Linus Van Pelt
The original Broadway production had a cast of 6 performers. The show has no dedicated chorus. No doubling was employed.
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.
2 Tony Awards for Featured Actress and Featured Actor
3 Drama Desk Awards for Revival, Featured Actress and Featured Actor
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Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance Genoa's Children's Theatre GENOA, IL 07/17/2009 07/18/2019 Cresson Lake Playhouse EBENSBURG, PA 05/21/2015 05/30/2015 Milton Academy K-8 MILTON, MA 05/27/2015 05/29/2015 Levine Jewish Comm. Center of Charlotte CHARLOTTE, NC 05/30/2015 05/31/2015 Gold Coast Arts Center GREAT NECK, NY 05/31/2015 05/31/2015 Auburn High School AUBURN, NE 06/01/2015 06/01/2015 Weir High School WEIRTON, WV 06/04/2015 06/06/2015 Quick As a Wink Theatre Society WINDSOR, NS 06/04/2015 06/07/2015 Lenox Middle and High School LENOX, MA 06/04/2015 06/04/2015 Music Box Players SWOYERSVILLE, PA 06/05/2015 06/14/2015 Westhill High School STAMFORD, CT 06/05/2015 06/06/2015 Tyrrell Middle School WOLCOTT, CT 06/05/2015 06/08/2015 Whitman Middle School WAUWATOSA, WI 06/05/2015 06/07/2015 St. Phillip's School GREENVILLE, RI 06/05/2015 06/05/2015 Artful Impact NAPERVILLE, IL 06/06/2015 06/06/2015 Music Training Center CONSHOHOCKEN, PA 06/11/2015 07/24/2015 Arts Alive in Canterbury CANTERBURY, CT 06/11/2015 06/11/2015 Play On Words Production BURNABY, BC 06/11/2015 06/13/2015 University of Utah SALT LAKE CITY, UT 06/11/2015 06/21/2015 Perry Meridian High School INDIANAPOLIS, IN 06/12/2015 06/14/2015 Bridgewater Middle School BRIDGEWATER, MA 06/12/2015 06/13/2015 Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts HAMILTON, ON 06/12/2015 06/12/2015 Odd Act Theatre Group HAMILTON, NJ 06/13/2015 06/14/2015 New England Youth Theatre BRATTLEBORO, VT 06/18/2015 06/21/2015 Kit & Kaboodle Productions, Inc. AGAWAM, MA 06/19/2015 06/21/2015 Emmanuel Episcopal Church VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 06/19/2015 06/20/2015 Kids Who Care FORT WORTH, TX 06/25/2015 06/28/2015 City of Cedartown CEDARTOWN, GA 06/25/2015 06/26/2015 Mountain View High School MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 06/26/2015 06/27/2015 Mighty Richland Players ORANGEVILLE, IL 06/26/2015 06/28/2015 Charleston County School District CHARLESTON, SC 07/03/2015 07/03/2015 Bancroft Summer Theatre BANCROFT, ON 07/07/2015 08/01/2015 Family Players of NENY ALBANY, NY 07/08/2015 07/11/2015 Reno Little Theater RENO, NV 07/09/2015 08/02/2015 First United Methodist Church WICHITA FALLS, TX 07/10/2015 07/12/2015 Pequot Lakes School ISD # 186 PEQUOT LAKES, MN 07/10/2015 07/17/2015 Church Street Commons, Inc ALEXANDRIA, IN 07/10/2015 07/12/2015 Edgar High School EDGAR, WI 07/16/2015 07/17/2015 Texas A & M University Kingsville KINGSVILLE, TX 07/17/2015 07/19/2015 Auburn Community Players AUBURN, WA 07/17/2015 07/19/2015 Spotlight Community Theatre MONUMENT, CO 07/22/2015 07/23/2015 Legacy Theater Company JACKSONVILLE, NC 07/23/2015 08/14/2015 Warren Players-Struthers Library Theatre WARREN, PA 07/23/2015 07/26/2015 Woodbury Community Theatre WOODBURY, MN 07/24/2015 08/02/2015 Audience of One FORT WAYNE, IN 07/24/2015 07/25/2015 Fergus Falls Center for the Arts FERGUS FALLS, MN 07/24/2015 08/02/2015 Phoenix Theatre MARSHALL, IL 07/25/2015 08/02/2015 YSA Lakeside Ward WEST BOUNTIFUL, UT 07/31/2015 08/03/2015 Haven Academy of the Arts EL SEGUNDO, CA 08/01/2015 08/01/2015 Watertown Players WATERTOWN, WI 08/07/2015 08/16/2015 Camp Broadway NEW YORK, NY 08/07/2015 08/07/2015 Acting Academy for Kids, Inc. SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA 08/08/2015 08/08/2015 Church of Jesus Christ of L.D.S. KNOXVILLE, TN 08/08/2015 08/08/2015 Lehi City Arts Council LEHI, UT 08/14/2015 08/22/2015 Local-Motions Inc CHICAGO, IL 08/14/2015 08/14/2015 Lawton Community Theatre LAWTON, OK 09/11/2015 09/20/2015 Warehouse Theatre Company YAKIMA, WA 09/15/2015 09/26/2015 Furman University GREENVILLE, SC 09/17/2015 09/19/2015 The Studio - Rockford ROCKFORD, IL 09/24/2015 09/27/2015 McPherson College MCPHERSON, KS 10/02/2015 10/10/2015 Haddonfield Plays and Players HADDONFIELD, NJ 10/22/2015 11/07/2015 Frisco Community Theatre FRISCO, TX 10/30/2015 11/15/2015 Pyramid, Inc. PENSACOLA, FL 11/06/2015 11/06/2015 College of St. Scholastica DULUTH, MN 11/06/2015 11/22/2015 Forest Hills High School JACKMAN, ME 11/06/2015 11/07/2015 Lafayette High School LAFAYETTE, GA 11/13/2015 11/20/2015 Cascades Theatrical Company BEND, OR 11/18/2015 12/12/2015 Angelina College LUFKIN, TX 11/19/2015 11/21/2015 The Flowertown Players, Inc. SUMMERVILLE, SC 12/04/2015 12/20/2015 Kent County Theatre Guild DOVER, DE 12/04/2015 12/19/2015 Horace Mann School NEW YORK, NY 12/10/2015 12/12/2015 Terrace Plaza Playhouse KAYSVILLE, UT 12/31/2015 02/06/2016 Playhouse Merced MERCED, CA 01/08/2016 01/24/2016 Standing Room Only Productions SOMERS, CT 02/12/2016 02/14/2016 Cheyenne Little Theatre Players CHEYENNE, WY 04/15/2016 05/01/2016 Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center SANFORD, FL 04/28/2016 05/01/2016 Walpole Footlighters WALPOLE, MA 05/06/2016 05/22/2016 Licking County Players, Inc. NEWARK, OH 08/04/2016 08/14/2016