Eleanor - An American Love Story

Full-Length Musical, Drama  /  7w, 7m, 1girl(s)

Music by Thomas Tierney
Lyrics by John Forster
Book by Jonathan Bolt

A shy, insecure young aristocrat emerges as a compelling champion of the downtrodden. The tumultuous story of Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt, set in a bittersweet world of romance, infidelity and politics.

Eleanor - An American Love Story

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    7w, 7m, 1girl(s)
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences



A hit at regional theaters across America, Eleanor- An American Love Story chronicles the remarkable journey of the shy, insecure aristocrat who was destined to become First Lady of the World. Warmth, humor and insight inform the evolving relationship between young Eleanor and Franklin, their passionate courtship, tumultuous marriage and the courage that eventually lead to Eleanor's emergence as a compelling catalyst for social change. By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, the lush score, thoughtful lyrics and moving book make Eleanor an uplifting celebration of the American spirit.

For more information, visit EleanorTheMusical.com.

1 Woman
1 Man

1 Woman
1 Man

The ensemble can be comprised of 6-12 men and women, plus one girl.

Eleanor Roosevelt – ages 18 to 38, a shy woman with a self-deprecating spunk.
Franklin Roosevelt – ages 20 to 40, a charming, patrician, handsome man.
Sara Delano Roosevelt – ages 40 to 60, Franklin's handsome, imperious mother.
Louis Howe – age 40, Franklin's mentor; a small, abrasive former newspaper hound.
Young Eleanor – age 10, plain and shy. Also plays Hester, Young Anna, and Little June Pike.
Young James Roosevelt – age 9. Also plays Poor Son, Pepini and Newsboy.
Alice Roosevelt – Same age as Eleanor. Gorgeous, spoiled, but quick-witted and abrasive.
Theodore Roosevelt – aged 40s to 50s, the President in his prime.
Lucy Mercer – aged 22, attractive and intelligent. Also plays Hot Head's Wife and a Debutante.
Woman One – early 20s, plays Teenage Anna, Pregnant German Woman, Debutante, Cook, and others.
Woman Two – in her 30s, plays June Pike, Chaperone, Debutante, Supervisor, Nurse Nellie, and others.
Man One – in his 30s, plays Elliot Roosevelt, Eleanor's handsome, alcoholic father, and others.
Man Two – in his 20s, plays Teenage James, Train Conductor, a Beau, Junior Pike, and others.
Man Three – in his 30s, plays Hot Head, a Beau, Connell, Senator, Sullivan, and others.
Man Four – an older character, plays Rich Man #2, a father, Simmons, Jackson Pike, and others.
  • Time Period 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910
  • Setting A young country in a young time, 1894 to 1924. Minimal Set.

  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)


“Triumphant… a work of surprising visceral force. A potent profile in courage.” – Chicago Sun Times

“An enormously engaging show… It’s got drama and heart… jazzy, syncopated and sprightly.” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“Triumphant… a work of surprising visceral force. A potent profile in courage… deftly drawn… Eleanor takes off, climaxing with ‘If We Go On,’ a song of gripping provisional reconciliation.” – Chicago Sun Times

“That rarity of rarities – an intelligent musical. A slice of Americana made highly palatable through superb craft, intelligence and attention to minute detail. Eleanor and Eleanor – a match made in heaven.” – The Orange County Register

“Genuinely bracing… A snappy throwback to the era when Broadway musicals knew both what they were about and how to entertain.” – Washington City Paper

“I loved it!… A play for the turn of the century… There’s so much there. It’s just wonderful!” – National Public Radio

“A quality tribute to a First Lady… has warmth, humor, wisdom and some darned catchy tunes to boot.” – The Seattle Press

“Red-white-and-blue history with energy and warmth, pace and fluidity.” – The Pittsburgh Press

“A beautifully realized dramatic piece that explores the hidden heart and soul of the young Eleanor Roosevelt.” – The New York Observer


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    Excerpts from Eleanor - An American Love Story at Musical Theatre West

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    Excerpts from the concert presentation of Eleanor - An American Love Story at Ford's Theatre


Music Samples

1. “How The Other Half Lives” – Eleanor and Company
2. “The Assembly Ball” – Company
3. “Our Beautiful Daughters” – Theodore Roosevelt and Fathers
4. “The New Century Walk” – Franklin, Alice and Company
5. “The Conjugation” – Eleanor and Kids
6. “Give” – Eleanor with Kids, Franklin
7. “The New Century Walk (Reprise)” – Franklin, Eleanor and Kids
8. “United!” – Ensemble
9. “Running Before The Wind” – Franklin and Eleanor
10. “First You Serve Your Husband” – Sara and Eleanor
11. “Practical Politics” – Howe and Franklin
12. “The Life Of The Party/Foggy Bottom” – Eleanor, Franklin and Company
13. “Dancing On And On” – Navy Trio and Company
14. “Doing” – Sara, Hower, Burke and Eleanor
15. “Dancing On And On (Reprise)” – Lucy
16. “If We Go On” – Eleanor and Franklin
17. “The Life Of The Party (Reprise)” – Al Smith and Chorus
18. “He Touches Me” – Eleanor
19. “Nothin’ In Particular” – Franklin, Howe and Crew
20. “How The Other Half Lives (Reprise)” – Eleanor and Franklin
21. “Fun!” – Eleanor and Howe
22. “If We Go On (Reprise)” – Eleanor and Franklin
23. “Give (Finale)” – Eleanor and Company

Full Orchestration

Keyboard 2 (Conductor)
Reed I (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax)
Reed II (Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax)
Trumpet (Doubles Flugelhorn)
Trap Set (including Snare Drum, Tom Toms, Bass Drum, High Hat, Large Suspended Cymbal, Small Cymbal)
Other percussion includes:

  • 2 Timpani
  • Xylophone
  • Vibes
  • Bells
  • Tiny Bells
  • Chimes
  • Mark Tree
  • Wood Blocks
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Medium Triangle
  • Small Triangle
  • Cow Bell
  • Octapad
  • Musical Style Contemporary Broadway
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra Size Medium
  • Chorus Size Medium

Licensing & Materials

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Music Rentals

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1 Piano-Vocal
19 Libretto-Vocal
1 Keyboard 1
1 Keyboard 2 (Conductor)
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Trumpet
1 Trombone
1 Bass
1 Drums
1 Logo Pack
1 Piano-Vocal
19 Libretto-Vocal
1 Logo Pack


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Thomas Tierney

Thomas Tierney composed the music for Narnia, based on C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, which toured nationally for 25 years and has played in The City of London Festival, off-Broadway in New York and in more than 900 productions throughout the US, Canada, Grea ...

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John Forster

John Forster wrote the music and lyrics for How To Eat Like A Child, one of the most performed shows in the country. He founded the long-running revue The Proposition as an undergraduate at Harvard, where he also wrote for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. His satirical revue Bo ...

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Jonathan Bolt

Jonathan Bolt’s first play, Threads, premiered at New York City's famed Circle Repertory Company. To Culebra and The Whore and H'Empress premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville. His experience directing a Communist Bulgarian theater company led to his romantic comedy, Oh! D ...

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