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Oh, Captain!

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  4f, 2m

Book by Al Morgan and José Ferrer / Music and Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans / Based on 'Captains Paradise' by Alec Coppel

In this musical adaptation of the 1953 film The Captain's Paradise, an English sea captain sails from Surrey to Paris every week, keeping a wife in England and a mistress in Paris.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 2m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • NOMINEE: Five 1958 Tony Awards, including Best Musical
    WINNER! 1958 Theatre World Award (Jacquelyn McKeever)
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Oh, Captain!

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Summary
In this musical adaptation of the 1953 film The Captain's Paradise, an English sea captain sails from Surrey to Paris every week, keeping a wife in England and a mistress in Paris.
History
Oh, Captain! opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on February 4, 1958, starring Tony Randall, Abbe Lane, Susan Johnson, Jacquelyn McKeever, Edward Platt, Paul Valentine and ballerina Alexandra Danilova. The show played for 192 performances.
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
English sea Captain Henry St. James sails from Surrey to Paris every week, keeping a wife in England and a mistress in Paris, in this musical adaptation of the 1953 film The Captain's Paradise.

Principals
(4 female; 2 male)

Mrs. Maud St. James
Mae
Lisa
Bobo

Captain Henry St. James
Enrico Manzoni

Supporting

The Guide
A Spaniard
A Clerk

Ensemble

The Neighbors, English Townspeople, Dockworkers, Tourists, Parisians

  • Time Period 1950s
  • Setting Suburban London, on board the S.S. Paradise, and in Paris. 1958.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Music

Music Samples

Act I

1. “A Very Proper Town” – The Captain & Company
2. “Life Does A Man A Favor” – Maud & The Captain
3. “A Very Proper Week” – English Townspeople
4. “Life Does Man A Favor” – The Captain, Manzoni & Crew
5. “Captain Henry St. James” – The Crew of the S.S. Paradise
6. “The Dock Dance” – Dockworkers
7. “Three Paradises” – The Captain
8. “Surprise” – Maud & Neighbors
9. “Life Does A Man A Favor” – The Captain
10. “Hey Madame” – The Captain & Lisa
11. “Femininity” – Bobo
12. “It’s Never Quite The Same” – Manzoni & Crew
13. Reprise: “It’s Never Quite The Same” – Maud, Manzoni & Crew
14. “We’re Not Children” – Maud & The Spaniard
15. “Give It All You Got” – Mae & The Tourists
16. “Love Is Hell” – Mae & Women
17. “Keep It Simple” – Bobo & Her Dancing Companions

Act II

18. “The Morning Music of Montmarte” – Mae & the People of Montmarte
19. “You Don’t Know Him” – Bobo & Maud
20. “I’ve Been There and I’m Back” – Manzoni & The Captain
21. “Double Standard” – Bobo & Maud
22. “All the Time” – The Captain
23. “You’re So Right For Me” – Manzoni & Bobo
24. Reprise: “All The Time” – Maud
25. Finale – Company

Full Orchestration

Violin AC
Violin BD
Viola
Cello
Bass

Reed 1: Clarinet, Alto Sax, Flute & Piccolo
Reed 2: Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Oboe & English Horn
Reed 3: Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Oboe & English Horn
Reed 4: Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Oboe & English Horn
Reed 5: Clarinet, Baritone Sax and Bass Clarinet
Bassoon

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

Percussion
Harp

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

Materials

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34 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Reed 4
1 Reed 5
1 Bassoon
2 Trumpet 1&2
1 Trumpet 3
1 Trombone 1
1 Trombone 2
1 Trombone 3
1 Percussion
1 Harp
1 Violin AC
1 Violin BD
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
34 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor

Authors

Al Morgan

AL MORGAN was an American producer and novelist, and JOSÉ FERRER was a Puerto Rican actor and director. After Ferrer directed the 1956 film The Great Man, based on Morgan’s novel, the two collaborated again on the book for the musical comedy, Oh, Captain. They were nominated ...

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José Ferrer

AL MORGAN was an American producer and novelist, and JOSÉ FERRER was a Puerto Rican actor and director. After Ferrer directed the 1956 film The Great Man, based on Morgan’s novel, the two collaborated again on the book for the musical comedy, Oh, Captain. They were nominated ...

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Jay Livingston

JAY LIVINGSTON and RAY EVANS were a composing and songwriting team who worked together on movies, television and stage during the 1930s and 1940s. Livingston and Evans met at the University of Philadelphia and later moved to New York City, penning the hit “Goodbye Now” for th ...

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Ray Evans

JAY LIVINGSTON and RAY EVANS were a composing and songwriting team who worked together on movies, television and stage during the 1930s and 1940s. Livingston and Evans met at the University of Philadelphia and later moved to New York City, penning the hit “Goodbye Now” for th ...

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Alec Coppel

ALEC COPPEL was an Australian-born writer of screenplays, novels and stage plays. His first two produced plays - Short Circuit (1935) and The Stars Foretell (1936) - had only short runs, but I Killed The Count (1937) became a West End hit, racking up 185 performances. Coppel ...

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