Do Re Mi


Do Re Mi

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

Book by Garson Kanin
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Original production directed by Garson Kanin
Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick

A musical comedy satirizing the record business in 1960, Do Re Mi features a lovable loser, Hubie Cram, who nearly destroys his marriage as he desperately seeks material success.

Image: Sam Norkin

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2w, 2m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Period, Parody / Spoof, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
  • NOMINEE: Five 1961 Tony Awards, including Best Musical
    WINNER! 1961 Theatre World Award for Debut Performance (Nancy Dussault)
Do Re Mi


Do Re Mi is a musical for people who haven’t been going to musicals lately,” wrote Walter Kerr in his review in the New York Herald Tribune. “You know what it is? It’s fun. Silly fun, loud fun, fast fun, old fashioned fun, inconsequential fun, grand fun.”

In 1960 New York City, lovable loser Hubie Cram is determined to find a get-rich-quick scheme. Pursuing a quick buck in jukebox rentals, Hubie is soon swept up into the record business, facing the temptation of power, money, and romance with an attractive young singer. The show’s tuneful score by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green features the hits “Cry Like the Wind” and "Make Someone Happy."
Do Re Mi opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on December 26, 1960, starring Phil Silver, Nancy Walker, John Reardon and Nancy Dussault. The show later transferred to the 54th Street Theatre, playing a total of 400 performances.

Act I

Kay Cram sits in the Casacabana nightclub, waiting for her husband Hubie on their tenth anniversary (“Waiting, Waiting”). Hubie, a pie-in-the-sky schemer, is determined to find his big break and become a hot shot, but he is sadly lacking in the husband department.

Kay suggests that Hubie take a nice steady job in her father’s dry cleaning establishment (“Take A Job”), but he scoffs at the notion. Instead, Hubie goes into business with Fatso, Skin, and Brains, three of his old gangster friends from the slot machine days. This time, however, they swear “It’s Legitimate”; they plan to lease jukeboxes to ice cream parlors and pancake houses. While placing a jukebox in a Greenwich Village restaurant, the men meet Tilda, a young waitress who sings a haunting folk song (“Cry Like The Wind”).

Hubie soon discovers that successful jukebox operators have to make records, develop new talent, and build up hit tunes. He remembers Tilda’s song and together they develop it into a big hit (“Ambition”). Tilda’s star begins to rise (“Success”) and she meets a handsome competing record company executive named John Henry Wheeler. They fall in love (“Fireworks”) and Tilda skyrockets to fame under Wheeler’s guidance in a zany ballet production number (“What’s New at the Zoo?”). Meanwhile, Hubie’s success dwindles (“The Late, Late Show”).

Act II

Kay wonders how she wound up with such a no-goodnik husband (“Adventure”).

Wheeler and Tilda find genuine contentment together (“Make Someone Happy”). But violence flares in the jukebox business, and soon Hubie and the boys find themselves under questioning at a Senate investigation in Washington. Hubie is identified as the Mr. Big of the jukebox rackets (“V.I.P.”). At last, Hubie achieves Big Shot status, but instead of finding glory, he is scorned and left crestfallen (“All of My Life”). Hubie realizes his blind ambition has never brought him any satisfaction; the only true joy in his life remains his faithful and patient wife, Kay (Finale: “Make Someone Happy”). 

(2 female; 2 male)

Kay Cram
Hubert Cram
John Henry Wheeler
Tilda Mullen


Fatso O’Rear
Skin Demopoulos
Brains Berman


Thelma Berman
The Reporter
The Photographer
James Russell Lowell, IV
The Sumo Student
The Recording Engineer
Moe Shtarker
The Commentators
The Chief Counsel
Senator Rogers
Senator Redfield
The Headwaiter
A Waiter
The Public

  • Time Period 1960s
  • Setting New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. 1960.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)



  • Do Re Mi

    Image: Sam Norkin


Music Samples

Act I

1. Overture – Orchestra
2. “Waiting” – Kay
3. “Venezuela” – Casa Girls
4. Dance: Divertissement – Ballroom Couple
5. “All You Need Is A Quarter” – Swingers
6. Scene Change – Orchestra
7. “Take a Job” – Hubie & Kay
7a. Reprise: “Waiting” – Kay
8. “All You Need Is A Quarter” – Ensemble
9. “It’s Legitimate” – Hubie, Fatso, Skin, Brains & Male Chorus
10. “I Know About Love” – Wheeler & Ensemble
11. Opening: Scene 6 – Orchestra
12. Scene Change: Opening Scene 7 – Orchestra
13. Blackout No. 1 – Orchestra
14. Blackout No. 2 – Orchestra
15. Blackout No. 3 – Orchestra
16. Scene Change: Opening Scene 8 – Orchestra
17. “Cry Like The Wind” – Tilda
18. “Ambition” – Hubie & Tilda
19. Juke Box Montage – Dance
19a. Scene Change – Orchestra
20. “Fireworks” – Tilda & Wheeler
21. “What’s New At The Zoo?” – Tilda & Animal Girls
22. “Asking For You” – Wheeler
23. “The Late, Late Show” – Hubie

Act II

24. Entr’acte – Orchestra
24a. Opening: Act Two – Orchestra
25. “Adventure” – Kay & Hubie
25a. “Adventure (Ending)” – Kay
26. “Make Someone Happy” – Wheeler & Tilda
26a. Scene Change – Orchestra
27. End of Scene 3 – Kay
28. Investigation – Prelude – Trouble – Dancers
29. Investigation – “Who Is Mr. Big?” (Part I) – Chorus, Fatso, Brains, Skin & Hubie
30. Investigation (Part II)  - “He’s A V.I.P.” – Chorus & Hubie
31. Investigation (Part III) – “All of My Life” – Hubie
32. Finale Act Two – Hubie & Kay
33. Exit Music – Orchestra

Full Orchestration

Violin AB
Violin C

Reed 1: Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
Reed 2: Flute (or Clarinet), Piccolo (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
Reed 3: Oboe (or Clarinet), English Horn (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
Reed 4: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (or Tenor Sax.) & tenor Saxophone
Reed 5: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet (or Bari. Sax.), Bassoon (or Bari. Sax.) & Baritone Saxophone.

Trumpet 1 & 2
Trumpet 3
Trombone 1
Trombone 2
Trombone 3


Timpani (2 drums)
Snare Drum
Bass Drum
Tom Tom
Bongo Drums
Suspended Cymbals
Hi-Hat Cymbals
Wind Whistle
Wood Block
Police Whistle
Train Whistle
Bell Tree (“Arnold’s Boinger”)


  • Musical Style Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements Moderate
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra Size Large
  • Chorus Size Large

Licensing & Materials

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