On Your Toes

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  3f, 5m

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Book by Rodgers & Hart and George Abbott

Gangsters, vaudeville and the Russian Ballet come together in this riotous, romantic romp!

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 5m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Farce, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
  • Winner! Two 1983 Tony Awards, including Best Revival
    Nominee: Five 1983 Tony Awards
    Winner! Four 1983 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival
    Nominee: Six 1983 Drama Desk Awards
    Winner! 1983 Theatre World Award
Licence details
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Junior's folks pull him from the family's vaudeville act and pack him off to school where he becomes a music teacher. He meets Sydney, a composer, and Frankie, a coed who's fallen hard for him, and together they set about trying to sell Sydney's new jazz ballet to a Russian ballet company. The prima ballerina wants to teach Junior more than a few new steps, but with her assistance, "Slaughter On Tenth Avenue" is produced with Junior dancing the lead. In one of the funniest set pieces ever devised, Junior dances the premiere while being shot at from the audience by thugs who've mistaken him for a dancer who owes on a gambling debt. This landmark musical was directed by the legendary George Abbott and choreographed by newcomer George Balanchine, whose use of ballet here marked the first time in musical comedy that dance was a direct proponent of the plot.
On Your Toes opened on Broadway on April 11, 1936, at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for seven months before transferring to the Majestic, for a total run of 315 performances. The cast included Ray Bolger, Tamara Geva and Monty Woolley. The first Broadway revival, directed by George Abbott and again choreographed by Balanchine, opened on October 11, 1954 at the 46th Street Theatre, featuring Vera Zorina, Bobby Van, Elaine Stritch and David Winters. The second Broadway revival opened on March 6, 1983 at the Virginia Theatre, where it ran for 505 performances. The opening night cast included Natalia Makarova, Christine Andreas, George de la Peña, George S. Irving and Dina Merrill.
Cast Attributes
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups
3 Women
3 Men

2 Men

Large singing-dancing ensemble with several small roles

Phil Dolan II (Pa)
Lil Dolan (Ma)
Phil Dolan III (Junior)
Stage Manager
Junior, 15 years later
Sidney Cohn
Frankie Frayne
Joe McCall
Vera Baronova
Peggy Porterfield
Sergei Alaxandrovitch
Konstantine Morrosine
Stage Doorman
A Woman Reporter
Dmitri Ivan
Princess Zenobia - In the 'Princess Zenobia' Ballet
Beggar - In the 'Princess Zenobia' Ballet
Kringa Khan - In the 'Princess Zenobia' Ballet
Ali Shhar - In the 'Princess Zenobia' Ballet
Ahmud Ben B'Du - In the 'Princess Zenobia' Ballet
Hank j. Smith
Ballet Leaders -In the 'On Your Toes' Ballet
Tap Leaders - In the 'On Your Toes' Ballet
Cop (2)
Messenger Boy
Hoofer - In the 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue' Ballet
Striptease Girl - In the 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue' Ballet
Big Boss - In the 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue' Ballet
  • Time Period 1930s
  • Setting Various locations in the worlds of vaudeville and ballet. Late 1920s-1930s.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Gun Shots


“A revelation of joy.” – San Francisco Chronicle
On Your Toes is very inspiring by virtue of its temperament and cheeky wit, its high musical standards, its speed, liveliness and brilliance of dancing... and delights the audience right from the prelude.” – Frankfurther Rundschau

“A triumph. Lots of applause... a happy audience.” – Emma Pegler, Critical Dance


Music Samples

1. ''Overture''
2. ''Two A Day For Keith''
2.1. ''Two A Day For Keith (Bows)''
3. ''School Room Intro''
4. ''Question And Answers''
4.1. ''Question And Answers (Dance)''
5. ''Junior Incidental''
6. ''It's Got To Be Love''
6.1. ''It's Got To Be Love (Continued)''
6.2. ''Scene Change''
7. ''Too Good For The Average Man''
8. ''Underscore - Zenobia''
9. ''Opening Scene 5 - Piano Solo Onstage''
10. ''There's A Small Hotel''
11. ''Orchestra Tune-Up''
12. ''La Princess Zenobia (Ballet)''
13. ''Entr'acte''
14. ''The Heart Is Quicker Than The Eye''
15. ''Glad To Be Unhappy''
16. ''Quiet Night''
17. ''On Your Toes''
17.1. ''On Your Toes (Dance)''
18. ''Incidental #1''
18.1. ''Incidental #2''
19. ''Juniorvich Dolanski''
20. ''Quiet Night''
21. ''Slaughter On Tenth Avenue (Ballet)''
22. ''Bows''
23. ''Exit Music'' -
Full Orchestration

Piano Conductor
Piano I&II (Piano II doubles Celesta)
Reed I (Piccolo, Flute)
Reed II (Oboe, English Horn, Optional Bass Oboe)
Reed III (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax)
Reed IV (Clarinet, Alto Sax)
Reed V (Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
Trumpet I&II
Trumpet III
Violin A
Violin B (Divisi)
Violin C (Divisi)
Viola (Divisi)

  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway, Jazz
  • Dance RequirementsDifficult
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeLarge
  • Chorus SizeMedium


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Full setting:

On Your Toes takes place in the 1930s.

A Vaudeville Stage, 1920s
A Vaudeville Dressing Room
Classroom at Knickerbocker University - WPA Extension
Vera's Apartment
Cosmopolitan Opera House
Stage Palace of Princess Zenobia
The Stage Door
Expressionistic Smoke-filled Div

20 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Vocal
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Reed 4
1 Reed 5
1 Horn
1 Trumpet 1&2
1 Trumpet 3
1 Trombone
2 Piano 1&2
1 Drums
1 Percussion
1 Violin A
1 Violin B
1 Violin C
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Logo Pack
20 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Vocal
1 Logo Pack


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