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Merrily We Dance and Sing

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  4f, 11m

Merrily We Dance and Sing is a slapstick, madcap musical farce. While a small-town community theater performs an original operetta The Naughty Boy, an escaped serial killer gets loose in the theater - eventually hiding from the local police on the stage - which forces the actors to improvise new plot lines, rewrite dialogue, and take the opportunity to invent their own happy endings.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 11m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Farce
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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Details

Summary
Merrily We Dance and Sing is a slapstick, madcap musical farce. While a small-town community theater performs an original operetta The Naughty Boy, an escaped serial killer gets loose in the theater - eventually hiding from the local police on the stage - which forces the actors to improvise new plot lines, rewrite dialogue, and take the opportunity to invent their own happy endings. Imagine “Gilbert & Sullivan Meet the Marx Brothers.” With book & lyrics by Van Zandt & Milmore and original music by Van Zandt, Milmore & Ed Alton. Includes the songs “I Am First an Englishman,” “Once Upon a Time,” the near-impossible tongue twister show stopper “It’s All in the Chase” and “They Call Me Sweet Carnation (Because I Love to Smell).”
Cast Attributes
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
LORETTA / SWEET CARNATION'S NAN
CHUCK / THE MAYOR OF HIMM
MICKEY / THE NAUGHTY BOY
COREY / SWEET CARNATION 
BROCK / THE MAJOR GENERAL
PETEY / THE FOOL
JOHNNY JONES
SERGEANT TAGGERT
POLICEMEN
BERNIE LUDLOE
CHORUS BOYS AND GIRLS
  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

Media

“It’s exceptional! With its wicked puns, naughty misogyny, sexual entendre and general goofiness, it’s like an extended Milton Berle Comedy Hour! Slapstick, missed cues, tear-away clothing, pratfalls. Just about everything except scenery falling down. Stay for the curtain call!” - Two River Times

“A zany musical! The first musical nuttiness Van Zandt & Milmore have put together in their 22 year association. Van Zandt and Milmore have included every gag in the book - men dressed as women, women dressed as men, innuendoes and slapstick galore! Let us rejoice! Flashes of 'Pirates of Penzance,' Abbott & Costello, sex of various persuasions, chases through the audience and collapsing scenery. First-rate! And so hilarious!” - The Coaster

“Packed with fun! Unparalleled in its absurd hilarity! Uproariously funny! So packed with quips, wisecracks and innuendoes that it may be impossible to get all the jokes in one viewing!” - Asbury Park Press

Music

Song Samples

Happy Hamlet of Himm
Sweet Carnation's Nan
I am First an Englishman
A Plan, A Scheme
Once Upon a Time (Reprise)
Lord of the Hamlet
It's All in the Chase
Finale
  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeMedium
  • Chorus SizeSmall

Materials

Music Rentals

Concord offers a full suite of resources to help you put on the show of a lifetime!

1 Piano/Vocal Score
15 Vocal Chorus Books
1 Performance CD (Full Orchestration Accompaniment)

Authors

Billy Van Zandt

Billy Van Zandt and writing partner Jane Milmore are two of the most often-produced playwrights in the world. “These two people are a riot!” – New York Times. Billy and Jane met at a high school drama competition in their home state of New Jersey. They have written and starre ...

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Jane Milmore

Jane Milmore began her career as an actress. After starring in several national TV commercials, she appeared in the TV shows Anything But Love and Sydney, as well as guest-starring on Bless This House, Newhart, Martin, The Hughleys, and The Wayans Bros. Jane also appeared in ...
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Ed Alton

Ed Alton’s music has maintained a constant presence on prime time TV for nearly 30 years. To date, he has composed scores for over 530 episodes of 31 different prime time network TV series. For 21 of those series he also composed the Main Title themes. Daily Variety recognize ...
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