You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Original)


You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Original)

Charles M. Schulz, Clark Gesner

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  2f, 4m

Based on the Comic Strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz / Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner / Originally Produced in New York by Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson / Originally Directed in New York by Joseph Hardy

Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang explore life's great questions as they play baseball, struggle with homework, sing songs, swoon over their crushes, and celebrate the joy of friendship.

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You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Original)

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Original)

by  Charles M. Schulz Clark Gesner

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 4m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Suggested Use
    Suggested Use
    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Young Children (Age 2 - 5)
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
  • Winner! Two 1967 Drama Desk-Vernon Rice Awards for Director and Performer
    Winner! 1967 Outer Critics Circle Award for Production
    Winner! Three 1999 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical
    Winner! Two 1999 Tony Awards® for Best Actress and Featured Actor
    Nominee: Two 1999 Tony Awards® for Best Revival and Best Director of a Musical
Happiness is great musical theatre! With charm, wit, and heart, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang. This revue of songs and vignettes, based on the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip, is the ideal first show for those who would like to do a musical. Musical numbers include "My Blanket and Me," "The Kite," "The Baseball Game," "Little Known Facts," "Suppertime," and "Happiness." Guaranteed to please audiences of all ages!

NOTE: You are not required to perform the entire show! You may, at your option, perform your choice of scenes from the show, provided that the total running time for your performance (without intermission) is no less than 45 minutes. Under no circumstances may you add any dialogue, music, or vocal material to the show or combine versions. In the event that you do exercise this option, you do not need to notify us, and the quotation will not change.

All Tams-Witmark shows other than You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised or Original) must be performed in their entirety.
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown opened on March 7, 1967 and played for 1,597 performances in New York at the theatre 80 St. Marks with Gary Burghoff in the title role. This version was revived on Broadway in 1971 and played for 32 performances at the John Golden Theatre. A new version, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised), was presented on Broadway in 1999 and played for 149 performances at the Ambassador Theatre with Tony Award-winning performances by Roger Bart as Snoopy and Kristin Chenoweth as Sally.
Act I

A program note says that the time of the action is “an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.” It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening.

It seems to start off all right. After some brief comments on the nature of his character by his friends, Charlie Brown is swept into their center by a rousing tribute of only slightly qualified praise, in the song “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” He is then left to his own musings as he eats his lunch on the school playground, complicated unbearably by the distant presence of his true love, the “little redheaded girl,” who is always just out of sight.

True love also seems to be the only unmanageable element in Lucy’s solid life, which we discover as we watch her try to bulldoze her way through to her boyfriend’s sensitive, six-year-old musician’s heart, in “Schroeder.” The little scenes then begin to accumulate, and we learn that Lucy’s little brother, Linus, is thoughtful about many things but fanatical when it comes to the matter of his blanket; that Patty is sweet and utterly innocent; and that Charlie Brown’s dog spends much if not most of his time thinking of being something else-a gorilla, a jungle cat, perhaps a handsome trophy or two-but that mostly his life is a pleasant one (“Snoopy”).

The events continue to trickle on. Linus enjoys a private time with his most favorite thing of all (“My Blanket and Me”), Lucy generously bothers to inform him of her ambition-of-the-moment, to become a queen with her own queendom, and then Charlie Brown lurches in for still another bout with his own friendly enemy, “The Kite.”

Valentine’s Day comes and goes with our hero receiving not one single valentine, which brings him to seek the temporary relief of Lucy’s five-cent psychiatry booth (“The Doctor Is In”). We then watch as four of our friends go through their individual struggles with the homework assignment of writing a hundred word essay of Peter Rabbit in “The Book Report.”

Act II

Act Two roars in with Snoopy lost in another world atop his dog house. As a World War One flying ace, he does not bring down the infamous Red Baron in today’s battle but we know that someday, someday he will.

The day continues. We learn of the chaotic events of the Very Little League’s “Baseball Game” as Charlie Brown writes the news to his pen pal. Lucy is moved to conduct a personal survey to find out just how crabby she really is, and all the group gathers for a misbegotten rehearsal of a song they are to sing in assembly.

It is “Suppertime,” and Snoopy once more discovers what wild raptures just the mere presence of his full supper dish can send him into. And then it is evening. The gathered friends sing a little about their individual thoughts of “Happiness” and then they go off, leaving Lucy to make a very un-Lucy-like gesture: she tells Charlie Brown what a good man he is.

None of the cast is actually six years old. And they don’t really look like Charles Schulz’s Peanuts cartoon characters. But this doesn’t seem to make that much difference once we are into the play, because what they are saying to each other is with the openness of that early childhood time, and the obvious fact is that they are all really quite fond of each other.

-Clark Gesner


Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs
  • Tours
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  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The colourful, playful world of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes


2f, 4m
Cast Attributes
  • Features Children
  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
(2 female; 4 male)

Charlie Brown

The original Broadway production had a cast of 6 performers. The show has no dedicated chorus. No doubling was employed.


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Easy
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Act I

1. Opening – Orchestra
2. “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” – Lucy, Patty, Linus, Schroeder, & Snoopy
2a. Lunch Hour – Percussion
2b. Bridge To Schroeder – Orchestra
3. “Schroeder” – Lucy
4. Quick Changes – Orchestra
5. “Snoopy” – Snoopy
5a. Change Music – Orchestra
6. “My Blanket And Me” – Linus
6a. Change Music – Orchestra
7. Queen Lucy – Orchestra
7a. Change Music – Orchestra|
8. "The Kite" – Charlie Brown
8a. Valentines – Orchestra
8b. Lucy Opens Shop – Orchestra
9. “The Doctor Is In” – Lucy & Charlie Brown
9a. Snoopy-Sugarlips – Orchestra
10. “The Book Report” – Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, & Charlie Brown
11. Leaf – Orchestra

Act II

12. The Red Baron – Orchestra
12a. Change Music – Orchestra
13. Rabbit Chasing – Orchestra
13a. Change Music – Orchestra
14. “The Baseball Game” – Lucy, Patty, Linus, Schroeder, Charlie Brown, & Snoopy
14a. Baseball Tag – Orchestra
15. Crabbiness Survey – Percussion
15a. Bridge To Glee Club – Orchestra
16. “Glee Club Rehearsal” – Lucy, Patty, Linus, Schroeder, Charlie Brown, & Snoopy
16a. Change Music – Orchestra
17. Quick Changes – Orchestra
18. “Little Known Facts” – Lucy
19. “Suppertime” – Snoopy
19a. Night Scene – Orchestra
20. “Happiness” – Lucy, Patty, Linus, Schroeder, Charlie Brown, & Snoopy
21. Bow Music – Orchestra

Full Orchestration

Violin I (optional)
Violin II (optional)
Viola (optional)
Cello (optional)

Reed I: Flute I & Piccolo
Reed II: Flute II
Reed III: Clarinet I
Reed VI: Clarinet II
Reed V: Bass Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone

Horn (optional)
Trumpets I & II

Timpani (1 Pedal Drum)
Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
Bass Drum
Tom Tom (optional)
Cymbals –
Wood Block
Cow Bell
Slide Whistle
School Bell
Kite Crash – Sound Effect

Guitar (optional)

Piano, Celeste, Toy Piano & Melodica

Combo Instrumentation

Flute and Piccolo



Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package:

1 Piano/Conductor Score
8 Libretto/Vocal Books
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Reed 4
1 Reed 5
1 Horn
2 Trumpet 1&2
1 Trombone
1 Percussion
1 Guitar
2 Violin 1
1 Violin 2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass

Optional rehearsal tracks, in the form of MP3s, are available from Concord Theatricals for an additional fee.

Piano Only:

1 Piano/Conductor
8 Libretto/Vocal Books


1 Piano/Conductor
8 Libretto/Vocal Books
1 Flute and Piccolo
1 Bass
1 Percussion

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"A small miracle...Almost everything works, because almost everything is effortless.'' - Walter Kerr, The New York Times

"The songs are a delight!" – Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

"Familiar and fun, this is a show that comforts your nostalgic inner child while welcoming the newer generations with open arms." - DC Metro Theatre Arts

"All the things you love about Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder and Snoopy are there - the infamous little redhead girl that Charlie is so in love with, Lucy’s lemonade stand turned psychiatrist stand, Snoopy’s red house and more… With the first notes of the overture my eight year old and I melted into our seats ready for the fun to take us away." - Holli Harms, New York Theatre Guide

Music Samples


  • "Happiness"

  • "Suppertime"

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  • You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Original)

    Credit: Carol Rosegg



Charles M. Schulz

Charles M. Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 26, 1922. His Peanuts comic strip debuted in 1950 in just seven newspapers and launched a cultural legacy. When Schulz announced his retirement in December 1999, Peanuts was syndicated in over 2,600 newspapers worldwide, with book co ...

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Clark Gesner

Clark Gesner (1938-2002) was an American composer, songwriter, author, and actor. In addition to You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Mr. Gesner wrote the book, music and lyrics for Animal Fair, which premiered at the Denver Center Theatre, and with Nagle Jackson, Broadway's The Utter Glory of Morris ...

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