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Whoopee! (Revised 1979)

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  3f, 5m

William Anthony McGuire, Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson, Owen Davis

Book by William Anthony McGuire Lyrics by Gus Kahn / Music by Walter Donaldson / Based on The Nervous Wreck by Owen Davis / Produced by Ashton Springer, Frank C. Pierson, Michael Price as presented at The Goodspeed Opera House

In this 1928 musical farce set in California, a series of comic conflicts and miscommunications lead to an impulsive elopement, a host of outraged parties, and a hilarious grand chase.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 5m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Farce, Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • NOMINEE: 1979 Tony Award for Best Choreography
    NOMINEE: 1979 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor oin a Musical
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Whoopee! (Revised 1979)

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Summary
The musical comedy Whoopee! premiered on Broadway in 1928, and introduced the hit song "Love Me or Leave Me," sung by Ruth Etting. The show is set in California and involves Sally Morgan, who is getting married to Bob Wells, a local rancher, even though she is in love with Wanenis, whose part-Native American background presents difficulties. Sally leaves town, hitching a ride with a hypochondriac who loses control when the rancher sets out after his runaway wife. The score includes the hit songs "Makin' Whoopee," "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" and "Love Me Or Leave Me."
History
Whoopee! opeend on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Dec 04, 1928, and played for 407 peformances. In 1977, the Goodspeed Opera House presented a revised version of the show. This revised version opened on Broadway at the ANTA Playhouse on February 14, 1979, featuring Charles Repole (Henry Williams), Beth Austin (Sally Morgan), Carol Swarbrick (Mary) and Susan Stroman (Leslie Daw). The Broadway revival ran for 204 performances.
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  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
In California, 1928, Sheriff Bob Wells is marrying Sally Morgan, the daughter of a local rancher. Sally is in love with Wanenis, whose part-Indian heritage presents social difficulties for their romance. Sally abandons Sheriff Bob and their wedding, catching a ride with Henry Williams. A chronic hypochondriac, Henry has problems of his own, but Sally adds to his problems when she leaves a note saying they have eloped. A chase ensues, with the jilted Bob; Mary, Henry's nurse who is in love with him; and a cast of others. Along the way they arrive at the Indian Reservation where Wanenis lives. Comic complications ensue, but - of course - love wins out in the end.

Principals
(3 female; 5 male)

Sally Morgan (An 18 year-old-local beauty; engaged to Sheriff Bob but in love with Wanenis)
Miss Mary Custer (Henry’s nurse/companion)
Harriett Underwood (Underwood’s “aggressive” daughter)

Henry Williams (hypochondriac hero; visiting the west for his health)
Sheriff Bob (Arizona lawman engaged to Sally)
Wanenis (Eastern-educated son of Black Eagle)
Judson Morgan (Sally’s father)
Black Eagle (An Indian chief)

Supporting

Jerome T. Underwood (Wealthy absentee owner of the Bar M Ranch)
Chester Underwood (Underwood’s “weak” son)
Andy McNab (The foreman of the Bar M Ranch)
Mort (Very strong ranch hand, a pal of Andy’s)
Pete (A cowboy)
Slim (A cowboy)
Jim (A cowboy)

Ensemble

Mission Rest, Arizona Townsfolk
Bridesmaids, Cowboys and Sheriffs
Native Americans, women and men of the reservation

  • Time Period 1920s
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)

Music

Act I

1. Overture – Orchestra
2. Opening Act I: “Whoopee Tonight” – Chorus
3. Playoff & Hot Time – Men
3a. Ring: Underscore – Orchestra
4. “Makin’ Whoopee” – Henry & Girls
5. “Serenade” – Wanenis
6. Waneis: Underscore – Orchestra
6a. Henry & Sally: Underscore – Orchestra
6b. Sally’s Escape: Underscore – Orchestra
6c. Letter Underscore – Orchestra
7. “Go Get ‘Im” – Sheriff Bob & Chorus
8. “Until You Get Somebody Else” – Henry & Sally
9. Scene Change – Orchestra
10. Reprise With Guns: “Go Get ‘Im” – Orchestra
11. Scene Change: At The Ranch – Orchestra
11a. Underscore: Makin’ Waffles – Orchestra
11b. Underscore: Cowboy Custer – Orchestra
12. “Love Me Or Leave Me” – Miss Custer
12a. “Love Me Or Leave Me” Encore – Miss Custer
12b. Scene Change: Love Me Or Leave Me Chaser – Orchestra
13. Underscore: Henry Hides In The Oven – Orchestra
13a. Underscore: Tall Strong Romantic Fellow – Orchestra
13b. End of Scene – Orchestra
14. Underscore: En Bateau – Orchestra
15. “I’m Bringing A Red, Red Rose” – Wanenis & Sally
15a. Red Rose Reprise – Wanenis
16. Pantomime – Orchestra
17. Underscore: Whoopee – Orchestra
18. “My Baby Just Cares For Me” – Henry & Chorus
18a. My Baby Encore – Orchestra
19. Finale Act I: “Go Get ‘Im” – Henry & Chorus

Act II

20. Entr’acte – Orchestra
21. “Out Of The Dawn” – Wanenis, Sally & Chorus
21a. Indian Vamp – Orchestra
22. Indian Dance: The Tapahoe Tap – Orchestra
22a. Indian Dance Chaser – Orchestra
23. Wanenis/Sheriff Confrontation – Orchestra
24. “Reaching For Someone” – Sheriff Bob
25. “You” – Harriett & Men
25a. Chaser & Scene Change: You – Orchestra
26. Reprise: “Love Me Or Leave Me” – Miss Custer
27. “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby” – Henry & Chorus
27a. Chaser: Yes Sir – Orchestra
28. Love Conquers All Underscore – Orchestra
29. Finale Ultimo: “Whoopee” – Full Company
30. Bows – Orchestra

Full Orchestration

Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Cello
Bass

Flute/Piccolo
Clarinet I/Alto Saxophone I
Clarinet II/Alto Saxophone II
Clarinet III/Tenor Saxophone

Trumpet I & II
Trombone

Banjo
Piano
Percussion: (One Player)
Timpani (2 Pedal Drums)
Bass Drum
Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
Tom-Tom (2 Sizes)
Indian Drum
Cymbals: Suspended, Hi-Hat, Choke, Splash
Gong
Bell Tree
Bells
Chimes
Vibraphone
Xylophone
Whistles: Siren, Slide, Police, Nightingale
Whip
Wood Block
Temple blocks
Cowbell
Ratchet
Duck Quack

  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway
  • Dance RequirementsModerate
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeMedium
  • Chorus SizeMedium

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1 Piano-Conductor
27 Libretto-Vocal
1 Flute/Piccolo
1 Clarinet 1/Alto Saxophone 1
1 Clarinet 2/Alto Saxophone 2
1 Clarinet 3/Tenor Saxophone
2 Trumpet 1 & 2
1 Trombone
1 Piano
1 Banjo
1 Percussion
2 Violin 1
1 Violin 2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Piano-Conductor
27 Libretto-Vocal

Authors

William Anthony McGuire

WILLIAM ANTHONY McGUIRE was born in Chicago on July 9, 1885. Although he wrote and directed a few non-musical plays, he was best known for his musicals, especially those produced by Ziegfeld. Three of them – all big hits – opened in 1928: Rosalie, starring Marilyn Miller, The ...

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Gus Kahn

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Walter Donaldson

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Owen Davis

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