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Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  3f, 4m

Music by Richard Rodgers / Lyrics by Lorenz Hart / Book by Herbert Fields / Adapted from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court by Mark Twain

This delectable musical comedy, with its willfully silly dedication to pure hi-jinks, was meticulously restored in 2001.
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 4m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description
On the eve of his wedding, our hero receives an unexpected visit from his former fiancé. When his current wife-to-be finds them together, she knocks the fellow out cold with - what else? - a champagne bottle. He awakes to find himself transported back to the days of Camelot where he charms King Arthur's court and is soon put in charge of industrializing the country. He falls in love, only to have his armor kidnapped by the King's hilariously evil sister. He awakes from his prophetic dream realizing that he almost married the wrong girl. This delectable musical comedy, with its willfully silly dedication to pure hi-jinks, was meticulously restored in 2001 for its presentation by the acclaimed Encores! series in New York City and is now available with Don Walker's thrilling orchestrations.
History
A Connecticut Yankee opened on Broadway at the Vanderbilt Theatre on November 3, 1927, featuring William Gaxton, Constance Carpenter and June Cochrane. On November 17, 1943, the show was revived at the Martin Beck Theatre, featuring Vivienne Segal, Dick Foran, Vera-Ellen and Robert Chisholm. In 2001, New York City Center Encores! presented a staged concert of A Connecticut Yankee, featuring Christine Ebersole, Henry Gibson, Ron Leibman and Jessica Walter.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, 1920s, 5th Century / Arthurian
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

Setting:

A Connecticut Yankee takes place in Hartford, Connecticut in 1943 and Camelot in the time of King Arthur's Court.

SPECIFIC LOCATIONS
The Grand Ballroom of a Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut, 1943
On the Road to Camelot, 543 A.D.
A Courtyard of King Arthur's Castle
A Corridor of the Royal Factory - three months later
The Palace of Morgan Le Fay

Casting

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

FEATURED
1 Woman
1 Man

ENSEMBLE
Singing-Dancing ensemble as desired

CHARACTERS
Lt. Kenneth Kay, U.S.N. / Sir Kay
Judge Thurston Merrill / Merlin
Admiral Arthur K. Arthur, U.S.N. / King Arthur
Ensign Gerald Lake, U.S.N. / Sir Galahad
Lt. Martin Barrett, U.S.N.
Capt. Lawrence Lake, U.S.N. / Sir Lancelot
Lt. Fay Merrill, W.A.V.E. / Queen Morgan Le Fay
Corp. Alice Courtleigh, W.A.C. / Alisande La Courtelloise (Sandy)
Evelyn
Queen Guinivere
Lady Angela
Naval Officers / Knights and Slaves
Dancing Girls / Ladies-in-Waiting

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Moderate
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Large
1. ''Overture'' - Orchestra
2. ''Opening Act I'' - Judge Merrill, Martin and the Men
3. ''This Is My Night To Howl'' - Fay and the Ensemble
4. ''My Heart Stood Still'' - Martin and Alice
5. ''Thou Swell'' - Martin and Sandy
6. ''Knight's Opening'' - Arthur, Merlin and the Knights
7. ''On A Desert Island With Thee'' - Galahad and Evelyn
8. ''To Keep My Love Alive'' - Morgan Le Fay
9. ''My Heart Stood Still (Reprise)'' - Martin
10. ''Final Act I'' - Martin, Merlin and the Company
11. ''Entr'acte'' - Orchestra
12. ''Ye Lunchtime Follies'' - Galahad and the Ensemble
13. ''Can't You Do A Friend A Favor'' - Morgan Le Fay and Martin
14. ''I Feel At Home With You'' - Galahad and Evelyn
15. ''You Always Love The Same Girl'' - Arthur and Martin
16. "Camelot Samba" - Merlin and Ensemble
17. ''Can't You Do A Friend A Favor (Reprise)'' - Morgan Le Fay
18. ''Montage'' - Martin, Morgan Le Fay, Arthur, Sir Kay, Lancelot and Merlin
19. ''Finale Ultimo'' - The Company

Full Orchestration

Piano
Reed I (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet)
Reed II (Oboe, English Horn)
Reed III (Flute, Clarinet, Baritone Sax)
Reed IV (Clarinet, English Horn, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
Reed V (Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Flute, Bassoon)
Horn
Trumpet I&II
Trumpet III
Trombone
Drums
Violin A (Divisi)
Violin B (Divisi)
Violin C (Divisi)
Violin D (Divisi)
Viola (Divisi)
Cello
Bass

Materials

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package:
25 Libretto Vocal
1 Piano Conductor

1 Piano
1 Reed I
1 Reed II
1 Reed III
1 Reed IV
1 Reed V
1 Horn
2 Trumpet I&II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone
1 Drums
1 Violin A
1 Violin B
1 Violin C
1 Violin D
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Logo Pack

Piano Only:
25 Libretto Vocal
1 Piano Conductor
1 Logo Pack

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Press

"A delightfully well-wrought musical. A whole lot of fun, right from the start!" — Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times

"Listen to the glorious melodies and lyrics." — Richard Connema, TalkinBroadway.com, January 01, 2001

"A knock-your-socks-off evening... thoroughly wonderful, a delightfully well-wrought musical. A whole lot of fun, right from the start!" — Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times

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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 lights of Broadway, London an ...

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Lorenz Hart

Lorenz Hart was born in New York City on May 2, 1895, the oldest of two sons of Frieda and Max Hart. Hart graduated from Columbia Grammar School and attended the Columbia School of Journalism. In the late teens a mutual friend introduced Hart to composer Richard Rodgers. Rodgers & Hart began their career writing ...

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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, Lew, the famous producer, actor, and di ...

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Mark Twain

Mark Twain, pseudonym of SAMUEL LANGHORNE CLEMENS (1835-1910), was born November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. In 1862 he became a reporter on the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City, Nevada, and in 1863 began signing his articles with the pseudonym "Mark Twain," a Mississippi River phrase m ...

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