Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro


Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro

Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  5f, 6m

Music by Richard Rodgers / Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Decades ahead of its time theatrically, Allegro explores four decades in the life of an average American man as he seeks meaning and purpose in his small-town life.

Photo: The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 6m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
  • WINNER! Three 1947 Donaldson Awards, for Best Book, Best Lyrics and Best Score
    NOMINEE: Seven 2005 Helen Hayes Awards
    WINNER! Two 2005 Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Resident Musical and Outstanding Director
This ensemble musical chronicles nearly four decades in the life of an Everyman, Joseph Taylor, Jr., from cradle through a mid-life discovery of who he is and what his life is truly about. The first musical to be staged by a director who was also the choreographer (the legendary Agnes de Mille), the unique structural format allows the saga to whisk us from Joe's birth through his childhood, from college dorm to marriage altar, and on to his career; from the tranquility of his small Midwestern hometown to the hectic din of big city life, in a series of vignettes and musical sequences dazzling in their simplicity and stunning in their impact. Ahead of its time theatrically, Allegro remains timeless in its appeal.
Allegro opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on Ocotber 10, 1947, featuring John Battles as Joseph Taylor, Jr., Annamary Dickey as Majorie Taylor, William Ching as Dr. Joseph Taylor, Roberta Jonay as Jennie Brinker, Lisa Kirk as Emily, and John Conte as Charlie Townsend.


Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups

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  • Time Period: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


Allegro takes place in a small town, a college town, and a large city, all in the same Midwestern state, between 1905 and 1940. The action follows Joseph Taylor Jr.'s life from birth through his thirty-fifth year. The original production had no stage 'sets' in the conventional sense, but backgrounds for the action were achieved by small scenic pieces on a moving stage, the use of light projections and drops.

Marjorie's Bedroom
The Taylor's Porch
The College Gym
The Football Field
The Campus
Jennie's Garden
Joe's Study
A Classroom
A Woodland
Another Part of the Woodland
Outside the Church
Inside the Church
The Backyard of the Taylor Home
Joe and Jennie's Bedroom
Dr. Taylor's Office
Joe and Jennie's Apartment in Chicago
The Foyer of the Taylor Apartment
The Street Entrance to the Apartment Building
Dr. Denby's Private Office
Joe's Office
The Lobby of the New Private Pavilion


5f, 6m
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
3 Women
4 Men

2 Women
2 Men

Singing/dancing ensemble with several small roles

Marjorie Taylor
Dr. Joseph Taylor
Grandma Taylor
Friends of Joey (2)
Jennie Brinker
Hazel Skinner
Charlie Townsend
Joeseph Taylor, Jr.
Miss Lipscomb
Cheer Leaders
Ned Brinker
English Professor
Chemistry Professor
Bertram Woolhaven
Dr. Bigby Denby
Mrs. Mulhouse
Mrs. Lansdale
Jarman, a butler
Emily West
Brook Lansdale
Harry Buckley
Casting Notes

In this show, the race of the characters is not pivotal to the plot. We encourage you to consider diversity and inclusion in your casting choices.


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Operetta
  • Dance Requirements: Moderate
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: X-Large
  • Chorus Size: Large

Act I

Overture - Orchestra
1. Opening ("Joseph Taylor, Jr.") - Ensemble
2. "I Know It Can Happen Again" - Grandma
3. "Pudgy Legs" - Ensemble
4. "One Foot, Other Foot" - Ensemble
5. "Children's Dance" - Children and Grandma
5a. Grandmother's Death - Orchestra
6. "Winters Go By" - Ensemble
7. "Poor Joe" - Ensemble
8. "Diploma" - Ensemble
9. "A Fellow Needs A Girl" - Dr. Taylor and Marjorie
10. Freshman Get-Together - Orchestra
11. Dream Sequence - Orchestra
12. Annabelle Solo - Orchestra
13. "End Of College Dance" - Joe and Ensemble
14. "Wildcats'' - Joe and Ensemble
15. Change of Scene - Orchestra
15a. "Jennie Reads Letter" - Jennie
16. Change of Scene - Orchestra
17. "Scene of Professors (Rotunda)" - Ensemble
18. Change of Scene - Orchestra
19. "So Far" - Beulah
20. Change of Scene ("So Far") - Orchestra
21. Change of Scene ("You Are Never Away") - Orchestra
22. "You Are Never Away" - Joe and Ensemble
22a. "You Are Never Away" (Encore) - Joe and Ensemble
22b. Never Away Exit - Orchestra
23. "Poor Joe (Reprise)" - Ensemble
24. Marjorie's Death - Orchestra
25. Incidental (Pantomime) - Orchestra
26. "What A Lovely Day For A Wedding" - Ned and Ensemble
26a. "It May Be A Good Idea" - Charlie
27. "Finale Act I" - Grandma and Ensemble

Act II

28. Entr'acte - Orchestra
29. Opening, Act II - Orchestra
30. "Money Isn't Everything" - Millie, Dot, Addie, Hazel and Jennie
31. Dance (Money Isn't Everything) - Orchestra
32. Change of Scene (Bedroom Scene) - Orchestra
33. "Poor Joe (Reprise)" - Ensemble
34. Change of Scene / "You Are Never Away (Reprise)" - Joe
35. Change of Scene - Orchestra
36. Incidental / "A Fellow Needs A Girl (Reprise)" - Marjorie
37. "Ya-ta-ta" - Charlie and Ensemble
37a. Change of Scene - Orchestra
38. "The Gentleman Is A Dope" - Emily
39. Change of Scene - Orchestra
40. "Allegro" - Charlie, Emily, Joe and Ensemble
41. Allegro Ballet - Orchestra
42. "Come Home" - Marjorie, Dr. Taylor and Ensemble
43. Change of Scene - Orchestra
44. Finale Ultimo ("Ya-Ta-Ta"/"One Foot, Other Foot") - Company
45. Bows and Exit Music - Orchestra

Full Orchestration

Flute (Doubling Piccolo)
Oboe (English Horn)
Clarinet I
Clarinet II
Horn I
Horn II
Horn III
Trumpet I
Trumpet II
Trumpet III
Trombone II
Violin I (Divisi)
Violin II (Divisi)

Trap Set
2 Timpani
Orchestral Bells
Wood Block
Bicycle Bell
Champagne Cork Pop Gun

In the original Broadway pit of ALLEGRO there were 7 Violins (divided between Violins A-C and Violins B-D), 3 Violas, 2 Cellos and 2 Bass.


Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package:
33 Libretto Vocal
1 Piano Vocal

1 Flute
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet I
1 Clarinet II
1 Bassoon
1 Horn I
1 Horn II
1 Horn III
1 Trumpet I
1 Trumpet II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone
1 Trombone II
1 Tuba
1 Percussion
1 Piano
2 Violin I
2 Violin II
2 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Logo Pack

Piano Only:
33 Libretto Vocal
1 Piano Vocal
1 Logo Pack

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“A timeless classic... both of and ahead of its time in every respect. An utterly charming and painfully honest musical theatre delight.” – Dom O'Hanlon, London Theatre

“A musical play of rare distinction... to be remembered with Show Boat and Oklahoma!... a consummate theatrical achievement and an electrifying entertainment...” – Howard Barnes, New York Herald Tribune, October 10, 1947

Allegro is a ‘modular’ musical, built from deceptively simple little blocks of thematic material that gain in power as they are repeated... the words are important. But it is the emotional strength of the music that gives these building blocks their greatest impact.” – New York Daily News, January 01, 1994

A musical for people who love musicals as well as people who don’t believe in musicals. A rare joy – not to be missed.” – Stephen Collins, Live Theatre UK, August 12, 2016

“Both a parable of its period, and revolutionary.” – Tim Hochstrasser, Plays To See, August 16, 2016

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  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro

    Credit: Matthew Murphy



Richard Rodgers

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Oscar Hammerstein II

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