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Salad Days

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  5f, 7m

Julian Slade, Dorothy Reynolds

Book and Lyrics by Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds / Music by Julian Slade

The long-running smash-hit British musical boasts a delightfully bright score and features the songs "We Said We Wouldn't Look Back," "Oh, Look at Me!" and "We're Looking for a Piano."
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 7m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
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Salad Days

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Summary

In this wacky, exuberant British musical, innocent newlyweds Jane and Timothy discover a piano that inexplicably causes everyone to dance. The musical's enduring popularity lies in its light-hearted innocence and simplicity, along with its bright score, featuring the songs "We Said We Wouldn't Look Back," "Oh, Look at Me!" and "We're Looking for a Piano."

History
Salad Days premiered in the UK at the Theatre Royal, Bristol in June 1954, and transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in London on August 5, 1954. The show ran for 2,283 performances, making it - at the time - the longest-running show in musical theatre history.
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
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  • Church / Religious Groups
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Jane and Timothy Dawes meet in a park, soon after their graduation, to plan their lives. They agree to get married, and do so in secret, but Timothy's parents have urged him to ask his various influential uncles — a Minister, a Foreign Office official, a General, a scientist — to find him suitable employment. He and Jane, however, decide that he must take the first job that he is offered. A passing tramp offers them £7 a week to look after his mobile piano for a month, and, upon accepting, they discover that when the piano plays it gives everyone within earshot an irresistible desire to dance!

After attempts by the Minister of Pleasure and Pastime (Timothy's Ministerial uncle) to ban the disruptive music, the piano vanishes, and Timothy enlists his scientific Uncle Zed to take them in his flying saucer to retrieve it. When it is found, the tramp reappears to tell them that their month is up and the piano must be passed on to another couple. He also reveals that he is a hitherto unknown uncle of Timothy (whose parents had referred to "the one we don't mention"). Timothy and Jane look forward to the future with confidence.

Act I

The Tramp
Jane
Timothy
Mr. Dawes, his father
Mrs. Dawes, his mother
Aunt Prue
Lady Reyburne
P. C. Boot
Rowena
A Bishop
Troppo
Sir Clamsby Williams (Uncle Clam)
Fosdyke (his attache)
A Police Inspector
Nigel Danvers

Act II

Manager (of the Cleopatra Night Club)
A Waitress
A Slave
A Dancer
Asphinxia (a singer)
Augustine Williams
Fiona
Tom Smith
Ambrose (a dress designer)
Electrode
Prof. Zebediah Dawes (Uncle Zed)

Dons, Passersby, Beauticians, Models, etc.

  • Time Period 1950s
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Music

Music Samples

Act I

Overture - Orchestra
1. Opening Music - Orchestra
2. “The Things That Are Done By A Don” - Timothy, June & Dons
3. “We Said We Wouldn't Look Back” - Jane and Timothy
4. “Find Yourself Something To Do” - Father, Mother, Aunt Prue & Timothy
5. “I Sit in The Sun” - Jane
6. “Oh, Look At Me!” - Jane & Timothy
6a. “Oh, Look At Me!” (Reprise) - Jane
7. Bishop's Dance - Jane, Timothy & Bishop
8. “Oh, Look At Me!” (2nd Reprise) - Ensemble
9. “Hush-Hush” - Uncle Clem, Fosdyke & Timothy
9a. Police Station Cues - Orchestra
10. “Out of Breath” - Timothy, Troppo & Ensemble

Act II

Entr’acte - Orchestra
11. “Cleopatra” - Manager
12. “Sand In My Eyes” - Asphinxia
13. “It’s Easy to Sing” - Jane, Timothy & Nigel
13A. “Let’s Take A Stroll Through London” - Boot
14. “We're Looking For a Piano” - Ensemble
14a. Troppo's Dance - Troppo
14b. “Looking For A Piano” (Reprise) - Ensemble
15. “The Time of My Life” - Jane
16. “Saucer Song” - Jane, Timothy & Uncle Zed
16a. “Saucer Song” (Reprise ) - Jane, Timothy & Uncle Zed
17. “We Don’t Understand Our Children” - Jane’s Mother and Timothy’s Mother
18. “Oh, Look At Me!” (3rd Reprise) - Ensemble
19. “Oh, Look At Me!” (4th Reprise) - Ensemble
20. Finale: “We Said We Wouldn't Look Back” - Jane & Timothy

Full Orchestration

Piano
Bass
Percussion

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

Materials

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1 Piano-Conductor Score
42 Libretto-Vocal Books
1 Percussion
1 Bass

1 Piano-Conductor Score
42 Libretto-Vocal Books

Authors

Author

Julian Slade

Author

Dorothy Reynolds

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