Johnny Manhattan


Johnny Manhattan

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

Robert Lorick, Dan Goggin

Book and Lyrics by Robert Lorick / Music by Dan Goggin

An exciting new musical set in a New York City nightclub when places like the Copacabana, The Latin Quarter and El Morroco were filled with socialites and glamorous showgirls.

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

Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
Performing Groups
  • Community Theatre


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



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


  • Johnny Manhattan - The Musical


  • Johnny Manhattan

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  • Johnny Manhattan

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  • Johnny Manhattan

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  • Johnny Manhattan

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Song Samples

At Johnny Manhattan's: For Old Times' Sake
Anonymous Town
Bits and Pieces
For Better Or For Worse
She Takes Very Good Care Of Herself
I'll Sing Your Favorite Song
Johnny's Girls: A Continental Guy
Morning Man
New York Is Driving Me Crazy
Where In The World Is The World That I Wanted
Quiet, Intimate Little Restaurants
Oh, Those Johnnies
I Don't Do That Anymore
Mister Producer
And I Would Go Away Every Now And Then
For Old Times' Sake (Reprise)

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

  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway, Jazz
  • Dance RequirementsModerate
  • 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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