Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  4w, 6m

Guy Bolton, Jerome Kern, Victor Herbert, Clifford Grey, B.G. DeSylva

Book by Guy Bolton / Music by Jerome Kern / 'Butterfly Ballet' Music by Victor Herbert / Lyrics by Clifford Grey / Lyrics for 'Look For The Silver Lining' by B.G. DeSylva

Sally, a waif who works as a dishwasher at the
Alley Inn, poses as a famous foreign ballerina and eventually gains
fame as a Ziegfeld Follies girl.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 6m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences


Sally is the story of a waif who works as a dishwasher at the Alley Inn. She poses as a famous foreign ballerina and eventually gains fame as a Ziegfeld Follies girl. Sally also finds love and the show ends with marriage and happiness ever after. The show's original star was a real-life Follies girl, and it was produced by Florenz Ziegfeld himself.
Sally opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on December 21, 1920 and played for 561 performances, starring Marilyn Miller in the title role.
A humble dishwasher attends a fancy party pretending to be a ballerina, finding love and a contract with the Ziegfeld Follies.

(3 female; 7 male)

Rosaline Rafferty
Mrs. Ten Brock

Blair Farquar
Otis Hooper
Constantine (“Connie”)
“Pops” – proprietor of the Elm Tree Inn
Jimmie Spelvin
Sascha Commiski, a violinist
Richard Farquar

The original Broadway production had a cast of 39, including chorus and dancers. Some doubling was employed in the minor parts.

  • Time Period 1920s
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions


Music Samples

Act I

1. Opening - Orchestra
2. "The Night Time" - Jimmy & Chorus
3. “On With The Dance!” - Otis, Rosalind, Betty & Harry
4. Entrance of Sally & Girls - Orchestra
5. “You Can't Keep A Good Girl Down” - Sally & Foundlings
6. “Look For The Silver Lining” - Sally & Blair
7. Silver Lining Dance - Orchestra
8. “Sally” - Blair & Ensemble
9. Eccentric Dance - Orchestra
10. Finale Act I: "On With The Dance!" - Company

Act II

11. Opening: “The Social Game” - Jimmie & Ensemble
12. “Wild Rose” - Sally & Men
13. “The Schnitza-Komisski” - Constantine & Ensemble
14. “Whip-poor-Will” - Sally & Blair
15. “The Lorelei” - Otis, Rosalind & Jimmie
16. “The Church 'Round the Corner” - Rosalind & Otis
17. Finale Act II: "Wild Rose"/"Schnitza-Komisski” - Company


18. The Butterfly Ballet - Orchestra
18a. Incidental Music - Orchestra
19. Finale: "Church 'Round the Corner" - Company

Full Orchestration

Violin 1 (2 stands minimum)
Violin 2 (1 stand minimum)
Viola (1 stand minimum)
Cello (1 stand minimum)

Clarinet 1 (in Bb and A)
Clarinet 2 (in Bb and A)

Horns I & II
Trumpet I (in Bb and A)
Trumpet II (in Bb and A)


  • Musical Style Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements Difficult
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra Size Large
  • Chorus Size Large

Licensing & Materials

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Music Rentals

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1 Piano-Conductor
32 Libretto-Vocal
1 Flute
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet 1
1 Clarinet 2
1 Bassoon
2 Horn 1 & 2
1 Trumpet 1
1 Trumpet 2
1 Trombone
1 Percussion
2 Violin 1
1 Violin 2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Piano-Conductor
32 Libretto-Vocal


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Guy Bolton

Guy Bolton (1884-1979) was born in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England, on November 23, 1884. Bolton famously collaborated with Jerome Kern and P.G. Wodehouse on a series of buoyant musicals for the 299-seat Princess Theatre, including Have A Heart; Oh, Boy!; Leave It To Jane; ...

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Jerome Kern

Jerome Kern (1885-1945) composed his first complete show, The Red Petticoat, in 1912. Between 1915 and 1919, he composed a series of intimate chamber musicals, mostly in collaboration with Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, known as the Princess Theatre shows. These works — Very ...

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Victor Herbert


Clifford Grey

B.G. DeSylva

B.G. DeSylva (1895-1950) was a composer, author and publisher, born in New York, NY, January 27, 1895, and died in Los Angeles, CA, July 11, 1950. Education: University of Southern California. DeSylva wrote songs for several Broadway musicals, including Ziegfeld Follies (1918 ...

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