Little Johnny Jones (Revised)

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  3f, 4m

George M. Cohan, Alfred Uhry

Music, Lyrics and Book by George M. Cohan / Adapted by Alfred Uhry

George M. Cohan’s first full-length musical, inspired by the famous jockey Tod Sloan, features some of Cohan’s most memorable songs, including “Give My Regards To Broadway” and “Yankee Doodle Boy.”
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 4m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
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Little Johnny Jones (Revised)


Little Johnny Jones, George M. Cohan’s first full-length musical, features some of Cohan’s most memorable songs, including “Give My Regards To Broadway” and “Yankee Doodle Boy.” The title character was inspired by the famous jockey Tod Sloan.
Little Johnny Jones opened on Broadway at the Liberty Theatre on November 7, 1904, and returned to Broadway three more times within a decade. This revised version of the classic musical originated at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1982 and transferred to Broadway at the Alvin Theatre, starring Donny Osmond in the title role.
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
A brash, patriotic American jockey, Johnny Jones, goes to England to ride his horse, Yankee Doodle, in the English Derby. Jones falls in love with Goldie Gates, a San Francisco copper heiress, who follows him to Britain, disguising herself as a man to discover if Jones really loves her. Anthony Anstey, an American who runs a Chinese gambling establishment in San Francisco, offers Jones a bribe to lose the race deliberately, but he refuses. After Jones loses, Anstey spreads rumors that he threw the race intentionally. Jones' detective, pretending to be a drunkard, searches for evidence to clear Johnny's name and finds out that it was Anstey that framed Jones. Jones tells his friends who are returning to America, "Give My Regards to Broadway," but he stays in London to try to regain his reputation. Jones returns to America with his name cleared, eager to propose marriage to Goldie, but he finds that Anstey has kidnapped her. He and his detective search for her in San Francisco's Chinatown, eventually finding her.

(3 female; 4 male)

Florabelle Fly – society editor, San Francisco Searcher
Goldie Gates – an American copper heiress
Mrs. Kenworth – guardian and aunt of Goldie

Johnny Jones – an American jockey
Anthony Anstey – a race track man
Captain Squirvy
Timothy D. McGee – a race track man


Starter at the Hotel Cecil, London
Derby Announcer
Earl of Bloomsbury
A newsboy
Sing-Song sports editor – Peking Gazette
Whitney Wilson the unknown – (Pinkerton Detective Agent)


Waiter, Policeman, Newsboy, Saratoga Announcer, Bellboys, Sailors, Porters, Jockeys & American Girls

  • Time Period 1900-1910
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)


Act I

1. Overture – Orchestra
2. Opening Chorus Act One – Starter, Florabelle, Anstey, McGee, Goldie & Chorus
3. “Then I’d Be Satisfied With Life” – Anstey
4. Johnny’s Entrance-Underscore – Orchestra
5. “Yankee Doodle Boy” – Johnny & Chorus
6. Johnny’s Exit – Orchestra
7. Scene Change – Orchestra
8. “Oh You Wonderful Boy” – Goldie, Florabelle & Girls
9. “The Voice In My Heart” – Mrs. Kenworth & Chorus
10. “Yankee Doodle Reprise” – Wilson & Mcgee
11. Finale Act One – Derby Announcer, Goldie, McGee, Johnny & Chorus

Act II

12. Entr’acte – Orchestra
13. Opening Act Two – Captain & Chorus
14. “Goodbye Flo” – Florabelle & Men
15. “Life’s a Funny Proposition After All” – Johnny
16. Wonderful Boy Underscore – Orchestra
17. “Let’s You and I Just Say Goodbye” – Goldie & Johnny
18. “Give My Regards To Broadway” – Johnny & Chorus
19. “Broadway” Encore – Johnny & Chorus
20. Extra! Extra! – Orchestra
21. “American Ragtime” – Florabelle, McGee & Chorus
22. “Voice In My Heart” Reprise – Captain & Mrs. Kensworth
23. Finale Act Two – Johnny, Goldie, McGee & Chorus
24. Bows – Full Company

Full Orchestration

Violin I & II

Reed I: Piccolo, Flute & Clarinet
Reed II: Flute, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
Reed III: Oboe & Clarinet

Trumpet 1 & 2
Trumpet 3
Trombone 1
Trombone 2 (Bass Trombone)

Timpani (2 Drums)
Bass Drum
Side Drum
Suspended Cymbal
Crash Cymbal
Piatti (Hand Cymbals)
Slide Whistle
Temple Blocks

Drums: (Trap Set)
Bass Drum
Snare Drum
Tenor Drum
Floor Tom-Tom
Wood block
Siren Whistle
Cymbals: Suspended, Hi-Hat, Crash, Ride
Temple Blocks
Duck Quack
“G” Bell

Banjo (doubles Guitar & Mandolin)

  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway
  • Dance RequirementsModerate
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra SizeLarge
  • Chorus SizeMedium


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1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Horn
2 Trumpet 1&2
1 Trumpet 3
1 Trombone 1
1 Trombone 2
1 Drums
1 Percussion
1 Harp
1 Banjo
3 Violins 1&2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
25 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor



George M. Cohan


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