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Panama Hattie

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  4f, 4m

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter / Book by Herbert Fields and B. G. DeSylva

This jaunty romantic comedy features "Panama" Hattie Maloney, who owns and performs in her own night club in the Panama Canal Zone.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 4m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
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Panama Hattie

Details

Summary
Panama Hattie is the nickname for the colorful Hattie Maloney, who owns and performs in her own night club in the Panama Canal Zone. She is engaged to a navy officer who has a child from a previous marriage, but Hattie and the child don’t really get along. After many twists and turns, Hattie is praised by the Navy after she thwarts a terrorist attack on the Panama Canal, and she can finally marry her fiancé.
History
Panama Hattie opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre on October 30, 1940, starring Ethel Merman as the title character. The production played for 501 performances. In 1943, the show ran for 308 performances at the Piccadilly Theatre in London, with Bebe Daniels as Hattie.
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs
Hattie Maloney, a bar owner/performer in the Panama Canal Zone, meets Nick Bullett, widower and descendent of an old Philadelphia family. When Nick proposes marriage, Hattie agrees, provided Nick's young daughter Geraldine accepts her. At first little Geraldine is difficult, but as Hattie schemes and plans - thwarting a terrorist attack in the process - Geraldine finally warms up, and the three form a new family. 

Principals
(4 female; 4 male)

Hattie Maloney
Geraldine Bullett
Chiquita
Florrie

Nick Bullett
Woozy Hogan
Skat Briggs
Windy Deegan

Supporting

Mrs. Gonzales
Mac (Bartender of Tropical Shore)
Fruit Peddler

Soldiers:

  • Tim
  • Tom
  • Ted
  • Ty

Leila Tree
Mildred Hunter
Kitty-Belle Randolph
Vivian Budd
First Stranger
Second Stranger
Mike
Whitney Randolph

  • Time Period 1940s / WWII
  • Setting The Panama City Canal Zone. 1940.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Music

Act I

1. Opening (“A Stroll on the Plaza Sant' Ana” ) – Ensemble
2. “Join It Right Away” – Woozy, Skat & Windy
2a. Specialty – Orchestra
3. “Visit Panama” – Hattie, 4 Men of Manhattan & Ensemble
4. “American Family” – Ensemble
5. “My Mother Would Love You” – Hattie & Nick
6. “I’ve Still Got My Health” – Hattie & Ensemble
7. Reprise: “I’ve Still Got My Health” – Ensemble
8. “Welcome to Jerry” – Ensemble
8a. Specialty – Ensemble
9. “Let’s Be Buddies” – Hattie & Geraldine
10. Specialty – Mac & Chiquita
11. “I’m Throwing A Ball Tonight” – Hattie & Ensemble
12. Conga – Hattie & Ensemble

Act II

13. Opening: “I Detest A Fiesta” – Ensemble
14. “Who Would Have Dreamed” – Ty and Girl
15. “Make It Another Old-Fashioned, Please” – Hattie
16. “All I’ve Got to Get Now Is My Man” – Florrie & Ensemble
17. Street Scene: Dancer – Orchestra
18. “You Said It” – Hattie, Budd, Woozy, Windy & Skat
19. Waltz Reprise: “Who Would Have Dreamed?” – Chiquita & Ensemble
20. Reprise: “Let’s Be Buddies” – Windy, Woozy & Skat
21. Finale – Company

Full Orchestration

Violin A (2 players)
Violin B (2 players)
Violin C (2 players)
Viola (2 players, one doubling cow bell & rattle)
Cello (2 players)
Bass

Flute & Piccolo
Clarinet
Saxophone 1: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
Saxophone 2: Flute , Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
Saxophone 3: Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor & Baritone Saxophones

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

Piano (2 volumes)
Guitar

Drums (2 players: trap set & mallet instruments)
Bass Drum
Snare Drum
Tom Toms
Cuban Drums
Bongo Drums
Cymbals: suspended, Crash, Finger
Hi-Hat/Sock Cymbals
Gong (2 sizes)
Oriental Drum
Timpani (2, pedal drums)
Castanets
Maracas
Claves
Tambourine
Wood blocks
Temple Blocks
Ratchet
Gran Cassa/Bass Drum
Chafing Stick/Rasp
Wind Machine
Vibraphone
Xylophone
Marimba
Bells
Triangle
Cowbell
Sleigh bells

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

Materials

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17 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor
1 Flute/Piccolo
1 Clarinet
1 Saxophone 1
1 Saxophone 2
1 Saxophone 3
1 Saxophone 4>br /> 2 Trumpet 1&2
1 Trumpet 3
1 Trombone 1
1 Trombone 2
2 Percussion
1 Piano
1 Violin A
1 Violin B
1 Violin C
1 Viola 1
1 Cello
1 Bass
17 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor

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Authors

Cole Porter

Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana in 1891 and died in Hollywood 73 years later. In between, he wrote some of the most memorable songs ever heard on stage or screen, among them “Night and Day,” “Begin the Beguine,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Love For Sal ...

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Herbert Fields

Herbert Fields (1897-1958) was a celebrated librettist and screenwriter. The brother and sister team of Herbert and Dorothy Fields was part of a vibrant New York theatrical family that also included their brother, Joseph, a prolific librettist and playwright, and their father ...

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B.G. DeSylva

B. G. DeSylva was a composer, author and publisher, born in New York, NY, January 27, 1895, and died Los Angeles, CA, July 11, 1950. Education: University of Southern California. DeSylva wrote songs for several Broadway musicals, including Ziegfeld Follies (1918, 1921), Sinba ...

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