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Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  10f, 17m

Music by Richard Rodgers / Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II / Based on the novels Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck

Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical adaptation of Steinbeck's novels depicts the drifters and dropouts of Cannery Row with compassion, romance and sympathy.
Pipe Dream
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    10f, 17m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominee! Nine 1956 Tony Awards, Including Best Musical
    Winner! 1956 Tony Award
Description
From the pages of Steinbeck, the drifters and dropouts along Cannery Row spring to life in this uncommon story of love and hope. When Suzy, a homeless girl, is picked up for stealing food, she's taken in by Fauna, the big-hearted Madam of the Bear Flag Café (which is no café at all). Here she meets Doc, a carefree marine biologist, and soon romance is in the air. Rodgers & Hammerstein struck a new tone with Pipe Dream: warm and highly personal. It illuminates Rodgers & Hammerstein’s benevolence for outcasts who are infinitely capable of every emotion and longing felt by the more fortunate members of society. As sung by Doc at the top of the show, the soulful message is simple: "It takes all kinds of people to make up a world." Is there a better one?
History

The seventh musical by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Pipe Dream premiered on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on November 30, 1955. The original cast featured Helen Traubel, William Johnson and Judy Tyler.

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Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Setting:

Pipe Dream takes place in Cannery Row, Monterey County, California, in the 1950's.

SPECIFIC LOCATIONS

The Western Biological Laboratory
Sonny Boy's Pier Restaurant
Cannery Row
The Bear Flag Café
The Palace Flophouse
Inside “The Pipe”
A Room in the Bear Flag Café

Casting

10f, 17m
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
PRINCIPALS
2 Women
3 Men

FEATURED
8 Women
14 Men

ENSEMBLE
A singing-dancing ensemble with many small roles.

CHARACTERS
Doc
Hazel
Millicent Henderson
Mac
Suzy
Fauna
Jim Blaikey
Ray Busch
George Herman
Bill
Red
Whitey
Dizzy
Eddie
Alec
Joe
Pancho
Agnes
Magle
Emma
Beulah
Marjorie
Cho Cho Sen
Sumi
Sonny Boy
Esteban
A Waiter
Harriet
Hilda
Fred
Slick
Slim
Basha
Bubbles
Sonya
Kitty
Weirde
Johnny Carriagra
Pedro
Dr. Ormondy

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Moderate
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Act I

0. Overture – Orchestra
1. Opening Scene – Orchestra
2. "All Kinds Of People" - Doc and Hazel
3. "The Tide Pool" - Doc, Hazel and Mac, To Suzy
4. "Everybody's Got A Home But Me" – Suzy
5. “All Kinds of People (Reprise)” - Jim
5a. "2nd Reprise: All Kinds of People" - Jim
6. "A Lopsided Bus" - Mac, Hazel, Kitty, Sonya and the Flophouse Gang
7. "Bums' Opera" - Fauna, Joe, Pancho and the Flophouse Gang
8. "Fauna's Song" - Fauna
9. Bum's Opera (Reprise) - Orchestra
10. "On a Lopsided Bus (Reprise)" - Ensemble
11. "The Man I Used To Be" - Doc
12. "Sweet Thursday" - Fauna
12a. Change of Scene (Sweet Thursday) - Orchestra
12b. Musical Cue - Orchestra
13. "Suzy Is A Good Thing" - Fauna and Suzy
14. "Sweet Thursday (Reprise)" - Ensemble
15. Change of Scene - Orchestra
16. "All At Once You Love Her" - Doc, Suzy and Esteban

Act II

17. Entr'acte - Orchestra
18. Curtain Music - Orchestra
19. "The Happiest House On The Block" - Fauna and Girls
20. "The Party That We're Gonna Have Tomorrow Night" - Mac and the People Of Cannery Row
20a. Dance - Orchestra
20b. Change of Scene - Orchestra
21. Masquerade Brawl (Entrance to Party) - Orchestra
22. The Party Gets Going - Orchestra
22a. Dance Fugue - Orchestra
22b. Incidental Dance - Orchestra
23. "We Are a Gang of Witches" - Fauna, Girls
24. "Will You Marry Me?" - Suzy, Fauna and Doc
25. Change of Scene - Orchestra
26. "Thinkin'" - Hazel
27. "Serenade (Offstage)" - Esteban
28. "All At Once You Love Her (Reprise)" - Fauna
29. "How Long?" - Fauna, Doc, Flophouse Boys and Bearflag Girls
30. Incidental - Orchestra
31. "The Next Time It Happens" - Suzy and Doc
31a. "Continuation: The Next Time It Happens" - Suzy
32. “ncidental (Hazel Crossing) - Orchestra
33. Finale (First Part) - Orchestra
33a. Finale, Part II: "Sweet Thursday" Reprise - Company
34. Exit Music - Orchestra

Full Orchestration

Piano
Flute (Doubling Piccolo)
Clarinet I
Clarinet II
Horn I&II
Trumpet I&II
Trombone
Percussion
Violin A (Divisi)
Violin B-D (Divisi)
Viola (Divisi)
Cello (Divisi)
Bass (Divisi)

Materials

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package:
29 Libretto
29 Vocal Book
1 Piano Vocal
1 Piano
1 Flute
1 Clarinet I
1 Clarinet II
1 Horn I&II
1 Trumpet I&II
1 Trombone
1 Percussion
1 Violin A
1 Violin B-D
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Logo Pack

Piano Only:

29 Libretto
29 Vocal Book
1 Piano Vocal
1 Logo Pack

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Media

Press

"Tender and entertaining...a beautiful score." — The New York Times

"A revelation of joy." — San Francisco Chronicle

"Pipe Dream is a wonderful opportunity to hear an 'unheard' Rodgers and Hammerstein... an eminently pleasant work." — Oakland Tribune

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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 lights of Broadway, London and beyond. He was ...

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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 and his grandfather, Oscar Hammerstein, ...

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John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck (1902-68) was born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California, and educated at Stanford University. As a youth, he worked as a ranch hand and fruit picker. His works include Cup of Gold (1929), The Pastures of Heaven (1932), To a God Unknown (1933), Tortilla Flat ...

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