110 In The Shade (Revised)


110 In The Shade (Revised)

N. Richard Nash, Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones, Jonathan Tunick

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  2f, 5m

Book by N. Richard Nash / Music by Harvey Schmidt / Lyrics by Tom Jones / Orchestration by Jonathan Tunick / Based on the play The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash

This beautiful, touching musical adaptation of Nash's stage play The Rainmaker explores love, hope and redemption in a small southwestern town during the Great Depression.

Photo: Joan Marcus

110 In The Shade (Revised)
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 5m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
  • NOMINEE: Four 1964 Tony Awards, including Best Composer & Lyricist
    NOMINEE: Five 2007 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical
    NOMINEE: Two 2007 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical
    WINNER! 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress (Audra McDonald)
N. Richard Nash, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones explore depression-era love and hope in this musical adaptation of Nash's stage play, The Rainmaker. In the tiny town of Three Point, in the hot and drought-stricken American southwest, traveling con man Bill Starbuck promises the local farmers he can conjure some much-needed rain. Spinster Lizzie Curry, whose advances are rebuffed by Sheriff File, blossoms as she pursues a romantic relationship with the charismatic stranger.

Musical numbers include "Love, Don’t Turn Away," "Little Red Hat," "Simple Little Things," "Everything Beautiful Happens At Night" and "Evenin’ Star."

This intimate show requires a cast of just 13 and an orchestra of 10.
110 IN THE SHADE played for 330 performances on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre starring Robert Horton, Inga Swenson and Stephen Douglass. In London’s West End, it played for 101 performances at the Palace Theatre starring Ivor Emmanuel and Joel Warfield. It was revived in 1992 by the New York City Opera, and most recently on Broadway in 2007 at Studio 54, starring Audra McDonald, John Cullum and Steve Kazee. This version of the show opened at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, in 2002.

Act I

It's the Fourth of July, 1936, and the small southwestern town of Three Point is experiencing a blistering heat wave ("Another Hot Day"). Lizzy Curry, a cheerful, fiercely intelligent thirty-ish spinster, regretfully accepts that no man outside her family has ever loved her or found her beautiful. But her rancher father, HC, and brothers urge her to pursue a romance with Sheriff File by dressing up and bringing a tasty lunch to the town picnic. Lizzy reluctantly agrees ("Love, Don't Turn Away").

Sheriff File is resistant to the Curry brothers' plan ("Poker Polka"), and refuses to join "The Hungry Men" at the picnic. Lizzie, stung by File's rejection, is heartbroken. Suddenly, a stranger named Bill Starbuck arrives in town, claiming he can bring an end to the town's drought for a payment of $100 ("The Rain Song"). HC, intrigued by Starbuck's charm, gives him the money. Lizzie, however, is scornful, and she and Starbuck butt heads ("You're Not Foolin' Me"). Lizzie playfully imagines herself living a different sort of life ("Raunchy"). File does show up at the picnic, and he shares some painful truths with Lizzie ("A Man and A Woman"). Her attempts at flirtation drive him away, though, and she's left alone to contemplate her future as an "Old Maid."

Act II

Evening sets upon the picnic ("Everything Beautiful Happens At Night") and Starbuck privately does a bit of soul-searching ("Evenin' Star"). Lizzie is inexplicably drawn to the quiet of Starbuck's camp. Alone with Lizzie, Starbuck urges her to dream beyond her small town ("Melisande"), but she defends her desire for "Simple Little Things." Starbuck encourages Lizzie to see her own beauty, and the lights fade as they embrace.

Back at the picnic, Lizzie's brother Jimmy boasts of his own romantic exploits ("Little Red Hat"). File enters, seeking a fugitive con man, whom he strongly suspects is Starbuck. HC, understanding that Lizzie needs to make a connection with a man, refuses to reveal their whereabouts. Meanwhile, Starbuck confesses to Lizzie that he's never actually conjured any rain, and she privately wonders whether it's best to live somewhere in between dreams and real life ("Is It Really Me?")

Lizzie and Starbuck return to the picnic, and File makes a plea for Lizzie's affections ("Wonderful Music"). Lizzie must make a choice, and with newfound self-assurance, she chooses a quiet life with Sheriff File. Starbuck drives off into the distance, and suddenly the heavens open, bathing the townspeople in glorious, nourishing rain ("Finale: The Rain Song").


Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

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  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The town of Three Point, in the Texas Panhandle. July 4, 1936.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


2f, 5m
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
H.C. Curry (a Southwestern rancher)
Lizzie Curry (his daughter)
Noah Curry (his oldest son)
Jimmy Curry (his youngest son)
File (the local sheriff)
Starbuck (a rainmaker)
Snookie Updegraff (Jimmy’s girlfriend)
George Curtis (a farmer-ministerin his early fifties)
Hanna Curtis (his wife)
Joe Copeland (a rancher in his thirties)
Beverly Copeland (his wife)
Phil Mackey (about nineteen)
Sammie-Sue Miller (a teenage girl)


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Moderate
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Act I

1. Opening: “Gonna Be Another Hot Day” – File & Townspeople
2. Train Whistle – Orchestra
3. “Lizzie’s Comin’ Home” – Jim, Noah & H.C.
4. “Love Don’t Turn Away” – Lizzie
4a. Opening Scene 2 – Men
5. “Poker Polka” – H.C., Noah, Jim & File
6. “The Hungry Men” – Lizzie & Townspeople
6a. After The Hungry Men – Orchestra
6b. “You Gotta Get A Man” – Lizzie & Noah
7. “Rain Song” – Starbuck & Townspeople
8. “You’re Not Foolin’ Me” – Lizzie & Starbuck
9. Jackass Parade – Orchestra
10. “Raunchy” – Lizzie & H.C.
11. “A Man And A Woman” – File & Lizzie
12. Finale Act One: “Old Maid” – Lizzie

Act II

13. Entr’acte – Orchestra
14. “Everything Beautiful Happens At Night” – Townspeople
15. Dance – Orchestra
15a. “Evenin’ Star” – Starbuck
16. “Melisande” – Starbuck
17. “Simple Little Things” – Lizzie & Starbuck
17a. Incidental (Kiss Music) – Orchestra
17b. Incidental #2 (Change of Scene) – Orchestra
18. “Little Red Hat” – Jim & Snookie
19. Change of Scene – Orchestra
20. “Is It Really Me?” – Lizzie & Starbuck
20a. End Scene 3 – Orchestra
21. “Wonderful Music” – Starbuck, File & Lizzie
22. Finale Act Two ("Rain Song" Reprise) – Starbuck & Townspeople

Combo Instrumentation


Percussion (1 player):
Trap Dum Set: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Tom-Toms (2), High-Hat & Cymbal
Bell Tree
Wood Block
Temple Blocks (2)

Solo Violin
Solo Viola
Solo Cello
Solo Bass



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Full Package:
1 Piano/Conductor Score
25 Libretto/Vocal Books
1 Clarinet
1 Bassoon
1 Trumpet
1 Piano
1 Harp
1 Percussion
1 Violin
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass

Piano Only:
1 Piano/Conductor Score
25 Libretto/Vocal Books

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  • 110 In The Shade (Revised)

    Credit: Joan Marcus



N. Richard Nash

N. RICHARD NASH wrote with distinction for the theatre, television, film, poetry and fiction. He is best known for The Rainmaker, which has been translated into nearly 40 languages. Nash wrote the screenplay for Porgy and Bess and the libretti for The Happy Time and 110 in the Shade. Novels: East Wind, Rain and The ...

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Harvey Schmidt

Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt wrote The Fantasticks for a summer theatre at Barnard College. After its Off-Broadway opening in May 1960, It went on the become the longest running production in the history of the American Stage. Their first Broadway show, 110 in the Shade, had a successful run and was later revived on ...

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Tom Jones

Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt wrote The Fantasticks for a summer theatre at Barnard College. After its Off-Broadway opening in May 1960, It went on the become the longest running production in the history of the American Stage. Their first Broadway show, 110 in the Shade, had a successful run and was later revived on ...

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Jonathan Tunick

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