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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing

Musical Revue / Cabaret, Comedy  /  3f, 2m

Music Arrangements by Fred Wells
Conceived By Walter Bobbie

This first-rate revue offers a fresh and innovative take on the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 2m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominee: 1994 Tony Award, Best Musical
    Nominee: 1994 Tony Award, Best Book of a Musical
    Nominee: 1994 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revue
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Summary

Taste and imagination, the two key ingredients for a first-rate revue, abound in this fresh take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon, conceived by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. Over three decades after the duo's final collaboration, The Sound of Music, took Broadway by storm, this new R&H musical opened the 1994 Broadway season with flair and distinction, garnering wildly enthusiastic notices and earning two Tony nominations, including Best Musical.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein may never have imagined "Shall We Dance?" as a comic pas de deux for a towering beauty and her diminutive admirer, nor might they have suspected that one day a lovelorn young lad might pose the musical question, "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" But that's precisely the kind of invention lavished upon this new revue, with innovative musical arrangements, including a sultry Andrews Sisters-esque "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," a swingin' "Honeybun" worthy of the Modernaires, and a jazzy "Kansas City," proving how terrifically up to date the remarkable songs of R&H remain.

History
Rodgers & Hammerstein's A Grand Night For Singing premiered on Broadway at the Criterion Center Stage Right on November 17, 1993. Directed by Walter Bobbie, the production featured Victoria Clark, Jason Graae, Alyson Reed, Martin Vidnovic and Lynne Wintersteller.
MARTIN – Leading Man, Baritone
LYNNE – Leading Lady, Soprano
VICKI – Comic Ingenue, Second Soprano
JASON – Comic Juvenile, Tenor
ALYSON – Soubrette, Alto, Dancer
  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day
  • Setting A unit set.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

Media

“A splendiferous show of songs, a terrific compendium... indeed a grand night!” – New York Post

A Grand Night for Singing is enough to restore one's faith in the future of the revue and the durability of Rodgers & Hammerstein. It gives the material the kind of thoughtful rethinking it has long deserved.” – USA Today

“Stylish... Among the finest revues I’ve ever seen! Don’t miss it.” – Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

“A smooth two-hour entertainment... the songs flow together in a sequence that treats them as lighthearted extensions of one another.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Masterful... a songfest for those who love musical theater.” – Alan Bresloff, Around The Town Chicago

Videos

  • A Grand Night For Singing - 1994 Tony Awards

  • A Grand Night For Singing Promo - AU 2014

Music

Music Samples

Act I

1. “Sounds of the Earth” – Ensemble
1a. “Opening Medley” – Ensemble
2. “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” – Jason, Alyson, Lynne, Vicki
3. “Stepsisters’ Lament” – Jason, Lynne, Vicki
4. “We Kiss in a Shadow” – Martin
5. “Hello, Young Lovers” – Ensemble
5a. “I’m In Love with a Wonderful Guy” – Alyson, Ensemble
6. “I Cain’t Say No” – Vicki, Alyson
7. “Maria” – Jason
8. “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” – Lynne
9. “Honey Bun” – Ensemble
10. “The Gentleman Is a Dope” – Alyson
11. “Don’t Marry Me” – Jason, Martin, Lynne, Vicki
12. “Many A New Day/I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” – Alyson, Lynne, Vicki
13. “If I Loved You” – Vicki
14. “Shall We Dance?” – Ensemble
15. “That’s The Way It Happens” – Alyson, Jason
16. “All At Once You Love Her” – Martin, Jason
17. “Act I Finale” – Ensemble

Act II

18. “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’” – Martin
19. “Wedding Sequence” – Ensemble
20. “The Man I Used to Be” – Alyson, Vicki, Jason
21. “It Might As Well Be Spring” – Lynne
22. “Kansas City” – Ensemble
23. “Parent Medley” – Ensemble
24. “It’s Me” – Alyson, Martin, Jason
25. “Love, Look Away” – Jason
26. “When You’re Driving Through the Moonlight/ A Lovely Night”” – Vicki, Martin, Alyson, Jason
27. “Something Wonderful” – Lynne
28. “This Nearly Was Mine” – Martin
29. “Impossible/ I Have Dreamed” – Ensemble
30. “Bows: A Grand Night for Singing” – Ensemble
31. “Exit Music” – Orchestra

Full Orchestration

Piano
Reed (Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax)
Cello
Bass
Harp (May be played on Synthesizer)
Percussion (Trap Set (Snare Drum, 2 Tom-Tom Drums, Bass Drum, Ride Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, Hi-Hat, Sticks, Brushes, and Hard and Soft Mallets), Xylophone, Orchestra Bells (Glock), Marimba, Vibraphone, Chimes, Bell Tree, Mark Bells, Wind Chimes, Tubular Chimes, Triangles (2 Different Sizes), Castanets, Ratchet, Tambourine, 2 Wood Blocks, 2 Temple Blocks, Finger Cymbals.)

  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway
  • Dance RequirementsModerate
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeMedium
  • Chorus SizeNo Chorus

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Authors

Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers' contribution to the musical theatre of his day was extraordinary, and his influence on the musical theatre of today and tomorrow is legendary. His career spanned more than six decades, his hits ranging from the silver screens of Hollywood to the bright light ...

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Oscar Hammerstein II

Oscar Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City. His father, William, was a theatre manager and for many years director of Hammerstein's Victoria, the most popular vaudeville theatre of its day. His uncle, Arthur Hammerstein, was a successful Broadway producer ...

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