Johnny Manhattan


Johnny Manhattan

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  7w, 7m

Book and Lyrics by Robert Lorick
Music by Dan Goggin

This exciting new musical, set in a swanky New York City nightclub in the heyday of clubs like the Copacabana and El Morroco, follows the exploits of the club’s owner and his clientele, a colorful gathering of socialites, businessmen and glamorous showgirls.

Image: 2017 Meadow Brook Theatre Production (s. carter)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    7w, 7m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Johnny Manhattan



It’s 1958 and Johnny, the owner of Johnny Manhattan’s nightclub, has invited his closest friends to a private party for a surprise announcement. Over the course of the evening, unexpected revelations abound as relationships clash and secrets are exposed.

With book and lyrics by Robert Lorick (The Tap Dance Kid) and music by Dan Goggin (the Nunsense musicals), this dynamic, all-new musical will draw you into the lives of these entertaining characters, making you laugh while tugging at your heartstrings. You'll find it hard to resist the lure of a night at Johnny Manhattan’s!

Performing Groups

JOHNNY – The Club Owner. Very handsome, debonair. In his early 40’s. Tenor or high baritone, dancer.
ROSIE – The Lady on the Piano. Very attractive, 30–40. Excellent singer with a wide range, moves well. Was Johnny’s former girlfriend.
DAVID DARLING – Johnny’s lawyer. A suave Connecticut success story, 40–50. Baritone, some dancing. He is having an affair with Lorraine.
DOROTHY DARLING – David’s wife. A very elegant and regal “Connecticut wife.” 40–50. Legit soprano, some dancing.
RITA – An Actress. A “Norma Desmond” type. A fading star, 65-ish. Strong singer with a good belt range.
EDWARD – A Writer. Charming and elegant but past his prime as a writer. 55–65. High Baritone, Good dancer.
LORRAINE – A Showgirl. The club’s featured singer, 25-35. Jazz singer with wide range. Dancer. She is having an affair with David.
MAXIE – A Showgirl. One of the showgirls who feels her talent has been overlooked by Johnny. 30–40. Strong belt voice with some legit. Has a tour-de-force eleven o’clock number. Dancer.
MICKEY – The Escort. Rita’s escort. More handsome than smart. 25–40. Baritone, some dancing.
GLORIA – A Showgirl. Good singer and dancer. 25–30.
FRANCINE – A Showgirl. Good singer and dancer. 25–30.
GARY – The Bartender. Baritone/tenor. Dancer. 25–30.
PAUL – A Waiter. Baritone/tenor. Dancer. 25–30.
GEORGE – A Waiter. Baritone/tenor. Dancer. 25–30.

  • Time Period 1950s
  • Setting Johnny Manhattan's, a New York City nightclub. 1958.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol
    • Mild Adult Themes



Rediscovering the Musical Johnny Manhattan
by Lyle Saunders
August 14, 2019


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    Johnny Manhattan - The Musical


  • Johnny Manhattan

    Image: 2017 Meadow Brook Theatre Production (s. carter)

  • Johnny Manhattan

    Image: 2017 Meadow Brook Theatre Production (s. carter)

  • Johnny Manhattan

    Image: 2017 Meadow Brook Theatre Production (s. carter)

  • Johnny Manhattan

    Image: 2017 Meadow Brook Theatre Production (s. carter)


Music Samples

Act I

1. “At Johnny Manhattan’s” – Johnny & Girls
1A. “For Old Times’ Sake” – Rosie, Gary, Johnny & Ensemble
2. “Anonymous Town” – Lorraine, Maxie, Rosie, Gloria, George, Gary, Paul, Dorothy, Rita, Mickey, Francine & David
2A. Cocktail Music – Orchestra
3. “Bits and Pieces” – Johnny & Ensemble
3A. Cocktail Music – Orchestra
4. “For Better Or For Worse” – Dorothy & David
4A. Cocktail Music – Orchestra
5. “She Takes Very Good Care Of Herself” – Mickey, Gary, Paul & George
5A. Cocktail Music – Orchestra
6. “Luxury” -  Edward & Rita
6A. Cocktail Music – Orchestra
7. “I’ll Sing Your Favorite Song” – Rosie
8. “Johnny’s Girls”/”A Continental Guy” – Maxie, Gloria, Lorraine, Francine & Johnny
8A. Playoff Into Cocktail Music – Orchestra
9. “Morning Man” – Lorraine, Gloria & Francine
10. “Remarkable” – David, Dorothy, Rita, Mickey, Lorraine, Maxie, Gloria & Francine
11. “New York Is Driving Me Crazy” – Johnny, Rosie & Ensemble

Act II

11A. “New York Is Driving Me Crazy” (Reprise) – Johnny & Ensemble
12. “Where In The World” – Johnny
12A. Cocktail Music – Orchestra
13. “Quiet, Intimate Little Restaurants” – Rosie
13A. Cocktail Music – Orchestra
14. “Oh, Those Johnnies” – Rita
14A. Cocktail Music – Orchestra
15. “I Don’t Do That Anymore” – Edward
15A. Cocktail Music – Orchestra
16. “Mister Producer” – Maxie
16A. Playoff – Orchestra
16B. Final Cocktail Music – Orchestra
17. “And I Would Go Away”/”Every Now And Then” – Dorothy & David
18. “For Old Times’ Sake” (Reprise) – Rosie & Johnny
19. Bows – Orchestra

Reed (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax)
Keyboard 1- Conductor
Keyboard 2
Drums (Drum Set, Xylophone, Wind Chimes, Wood Blocks, Crash Cymbal, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Crotales, Sus Cymbal, Orchestra Bells)
  • Musical Style Classic Broadway, Jazz
  • Dance Requirements Moderate
  • Vocal DemandsModerate

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Robert Lorick

Dan Goggin

Dan Goggin, a writer and director, came to New York from Alma, Michigan to study as a classical countertenor. He began his professional career singing in the Broadway production of Luther, starring Albert Finney. While appearing in a comic folk-duo called “The Saxons,” he beg ...

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