Eleanor - An American Love Story

Full-Length Musical, Drama  /  2f, 2m, 1girl(s)

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

A sweeping musical about the remarkable life of Eleanor Roosevelt.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 2m, 1girl(s)
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Licence details
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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.
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 1940s / WWII, 1930s, 1920s
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)


“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.”
— Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times

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

“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.”
— Eric Marchese, 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.”
— Bob Mondella, Washington City Paper

“I loved it! … a play for the turn of the century … There’s so much there. It’s just wonderful!”
— Diane Rehm, National Public Radio

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

"Red-white-and-blue history with energy and warmth, pace and fluidity."
— Donald Rosenberg, The Pittsburgh Press

"A beautifully realized dramatic piece that explores the hidden heart and soul of the young Eleanor Roosevelt."
— Bill Morrison, The New York Observer


1. "How The Other Half Lives" - Eleanor, Company
2. "The Assembly Ball" - Company
3. "Our Beautiful Daughters" - Theodore Roosevelt and Fathers
4. "The New Century Walk" - Franklin, Alice, 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. "Frist You Serve Your Husband" - Sara, Eleanor
11. "Practical Politics" - Howe and Franklin
12. "The Life Of The Party/ Foggy Bottom" - Elearnor, Franklin, Company
13. "Dancing On And On" - Navy Trio, Company
14. "Doing" - Sara, Hower, Burke and Eleanor
15. "Dancing On And On (Reprise)" - Lucy
16. "If We Go On" - Elearnor and Franklin
17. "The Life Of The Party (Reprise)" - Al Smith and Chorus
18. "He Touches Me" - Eleanor
19. "Nothin' In Particular" - Franklin, Howe, Crew
20. "How The Other Half Lives (Reprise)" - Eleanor and Franklin
21. "Fun!" - Elearnor and Howe
22. "If We Go On (Reprise)" - Elearnor and Franklin
23. "Give (Finale)" - Elearnor, Company

Full Orchestration

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)
2 Timpani
Tiny Bells
Mark Tree
Wood Blocks
Temple Blocks
Medium Triangle
Small Triangle
Cow Bell

  • Musical StyleContemporary Broadway
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeMedium
  • Chorus SizeMedium


Music Rentals

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19 Libretto-Vocal
1 Keyboard 1
1 Keyboard 2
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 composed the music for NARNIA, based on C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, which has played in The City of London Festival, Off-Broadway in New York and in more than 900 productions throughout the US, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. His Narnia Suite f ...

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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’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! DUBROV ...

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