Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  2w, 2m

Book and Lyrics by Barry Harman
Music by Keith Herrmann

A delightful pairing of one-act musicals, one a classical romantic farce and the other a contemporary comedy-drama, this tuneful Broadway hit is a small-cast gem.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2w, 2m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
  • Nominee: Five 1988 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book & Best Score
    Nominee: 1988 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics


This delightful pairing of one-act musicals, one classic and one modern, takes a comical and moving look at the mysteries of love. Act I, based on Schnitzler's The Little Comedy, is a delightful romp through the sexual ennui of turn-of-the-century Vienna, as two wealthy but bored socialites masquerade as impoverished bohemians seeking romance. Act II, based on the Jules Renard play Summer Share, explores modern affection and disaffection as two married couples share a summer house in the Hamptons. An Off Off Broadway sensation that successfully moved to Broadway, Romance/Romance is a charming and tuneful small-cast gem.

Romance/Romance opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre on May 1, 1988, directed by Barry Harman and starring Alison Fraser and Scott Bakula.

Act I
The Little Comedy

ALFRED VON WILMERS – A young handsome man about town. Strong legit baritone.
JOSEFINE WENINGER – a beautiful young woman with an “active past.” Strong alto with high belt.
HIM and HER – Two masked dancers, visions of eternal love.

Unmasked, HIM and HER also play the following roles:

FRITZ – Alfred’s friend
EMIL – Josepfine’s paramour
LARS– Alfred’s valet

MITZI – Fritz’s girlfriend
LINA – Josefine’s maid

Act II
Summer Share

SAM – A dreamer. Baritone.
BARB – Sam’s wife of thirteen years. Soprano.
MONICA – Sam’s best friend. Alto.
LENNY – Monica’s husband. Tenor.

  • Time Period Contemporary, 1900-1910, 19th Century
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol
    • Mild Adult Themes


“Sparkles with charm and intelligence.” – The New York Times

“Smart, bubbly and ardent.” – New York Daily News

“A double dollop of the romantic spirit.” – New York Post

“A savvy little romp with a hip sensibility. Sweet, fresh and welcome.” – Newsday

“A sweetheart of a musical that knows more about entertaining an audience than most of its larger, more pretentious peers.” – Hearst Newspapers


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    Romance, Romance


Song Samples

The Little Comedy
Letters / Goodbye
It's Not Too Late
Oh What a Performance!
I'll Always Remember the Song
Women of Vienna
Yes, It's Love
A Rustic Country Inn
The Night It Had to End
Summer Share
Think of the Odds
It's Not Too Late (Reprise)
So Glad I Married Her
How Did I End Up Here?
Words He Doesn't Say
Romantic Notions
Romance! Romance!

Act I
The Little Comedy

“The Little Comedy” – Alfred & Josefine
“Goodbye, Emil” – Josefine
“It’s Not Too Late” – Alfred & Josefine
“Great News” – Alfred & Josefine
“Oh, What A Performance!” – Alfred & Josefine
“I’ll Always Remember the Song” – Alfred & Josefine
“Happy, Happy, Happy” – Alfred
“Women of Vienna” – Alfred
“Yes, It’s Love” – Josefine
“A Rustic Country Inn” – Alfred & Josefine
“The Night It Had to End” – Josefine
“The Little Comedy (Finale)” – Alfred & Josefine

Act II
Summer Share

“Summer Share” – All
“Think of the Odds” – Barb & Lenny
“It’s Not Too Late (Reprise)” – Sam & Monica
“Plans A & B” – Monica & Lenny
“Let’s Not Talk About It” – Sam & Barb
“So Glad I Married Her” – All
“Small Craft Warnings” – Barb & Lenny
“How Did I End Up Here?” – Monica
“Words He Doesn’t Say” – Sam
“My Love For You” – Lenny & Barb
“Moonlight Passing Through A Window” – Sam
“Now” – Monica
“Romantic Notions” – Sam, Barb, Lenny & Monica

Vocal Book
Reed 1 (Alto/Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo)
Reed 2 (Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, English Horn)
Trumpet (Doubling Piccolo Trumpet)
Keyboard 2 (Synthesizer, with Synth Instruction Booklet)
  • Musical Style Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Broadway
  • Dance Requirements Minimal
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra Size Medium
  • Chorus Size Small

Licensing & Materials

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Music Rentals

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1 Piano-Conductor
4 Vocal Book
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Trumpet
1 Keyboard 2
1 Synthesizer Instruction Booklet
1 Drums/Percussion
1 Bass
1 Piano-Conductor
4 Vocal Book


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Barry Harman

Barry Harman is a multi-award winning book writer, lyricist and director for theater (2 Tony nominations, 4 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 3 Drama Desk nominations) and a writer for TV (2 Primetime Emmy Awards and writer of an Emmy Award-winning family special for HBO). He also ...

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Keith Herrmann

Keith Herrmann (1952-2021) received a Tony nomination (Best Musical Score) for the Broadway show Romance/Romance, which received a total of 5 nominations, including Best Show. (Other nominees that year included Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera and Stephen Sondheim' ...
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