Pete 'n' Keely

James Hindman, Patrick Brady, Mark Waldrop

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  1f, 1m

Book by James Hindman
Original Music by Patrick Brady
Original Lyrics by Mark Waldrop, Patrick S. Brady and others

"Campy [with] nostalgic belly laughs." - New York Times
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1f, 1m
  • Duration
    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Period, Parody / Spoof, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Staged as a live taping of a 1968 television special that reUnits a divorced singing duo, this kitschy spoof had New York critics singing its praises. As Pete and Keely stroll down memory lane (in eye popping costumes) reprising songs from their days of stardom, they take "unscripted" swipes at each other that dredge up hilarious moments from their turbulent past. This small scale musical from the director of When Pigs Fly and the producer of The Mystery of Irma Vep features unforgettable renditions of the era's popular favorites as well as original songs in the spirit of the times.
Pete 'N' Keely was first presented Off Broadway by Steve Asher, David W. Unger, and Avalon Entertainment at the John Houseman Theater in New York City on December 2, 2000. It was directed by Mark Waldrop.


Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

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    This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.



  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: On stage during a live telecast from the NBC television studios in New York City.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


1f, 1m
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Pete and Keely, are a hugely popular singing duo, a pair of dazzling vocal technicians who topped the charts in the late 50s and early 60s. Now bitterly divorced, they've been reunited for a 1968 television special celebrating their lives and careers.

KEELY STEVENS - Female singer, age mid 30s to mid 50s. Charm, charm, charm -with an occasional touch of spitfire. Underneath, there's a driven, no-nonsense professional with an enormous and vulnerable ego.
PETE BARTEL - Male singer, age mid 30s to mid 50s. Handsome and charming -perhaps ever so slightly past his prime. He plays the straight man to Keely's comedienne. His ego is just as big and fragile as hers. He can be somewhat caustic, especially when he's covering his wounded pride.

Casting Notes

Plus 3 on stage musicians. Pete and Keely are brilliant musicians and a class act. They are not lounge singers.


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus




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3 Piano/Conductor Scores


"Campy [with] nostalgic belly laughs." - The New York Times

"A rattling good time.... The score is a mix of golden oldies, including a clever travelogue made of songs about every state in the Union, and silver newies.... A snappy scenario emerges ... [that] should leave no one unsmiling." - New York Magazine

"The brightest, happiest, and most entertaining little show in town." - New York Observer

"A sequined, bell bottomed parade of escalating fabulousness!" - Newsday



James Hindman

James Hindman is an award-winning playwright and actor. As a writer, his New York credits include: Popcorn Falls, directed by two-time Tony Award Winner Christian Borle (Top Twenty Theatrical Moments of 2018); Pete ‘n’ Keely (Outer Critics Award nomination, two Drama Desk nominatio ...

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Patrick Brady

Mark Waldrop

Winner of the Edward Kleban Award for lyrics, Mr. Waldrop wrote lyrics for the acclaimed 75th Anniversary edition of Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, which he also scripted. He has continued to write all new lyrics and dialogue for the show from then to the present. Off- Broadway, he wrote book and lyr ...

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