Face the Music

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

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Moss Hart

Encores! Concert Adaptation by David Ives

At the height of the Great Depression, Hal Reisman desperately seeks backers for his Broadway show. When he turns to crooked cops, hilarious hijinks ensue in this Irving Berlin treasure.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 6m
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Face the Music


Originally presented on Broadway by the legendary Sam Harris, Face the Music opened at the New Amsterdam Theater on February 17, 1932, and ran for 165 performances, before touring and then returning to Broadway's Forty-Fourth Street Theater. Sharply satirical, its humor both timely and timeless, Face the Music combined a piquant Moss Hart script with a superlative Irving Berlin score that featured such soon-to-be standards as "Let's Have Another Cup Of Coffee," "Soft Lights And Sweet Music," the ground-breaking "Manhattan Madness," and the utterly unique "I Say Its Spinach (And The Hell With It)."

After lying dormant for nearly seven decades, Face the Music was lovingly and painstakingly restored by a team of musical archivists led by R&H Director of Music Bruce Pomahac. With an adaptation by David Ives, direction by John Rando and choreography by Randy Skinner, Face the Music proved to be the discovery of the 14th season of City Center's Encores!: Great American Musicals in Concert.
Cast Attributes
3 Women
4 Men

1 Woman
2 Men

A singing, dancing ensemble with many small roles.

Hal Reisman - a Broadway producer
Kit Baker – a musical comedy actress
Pat Mason – a musical comedy actor
Mrs. Myrtle Meshbesher – a rich socialite
Martin Van Buren Meshbesher – the Police Chief
O'Rourke – a policeman
Joe Malarkey – part of a "œgenu-wine, A-number-one comical dancing team"
Pickles Crouse – the other part of a "œgenu-wine, A-number-one comical dancing team"
Streetwalker – a woman who wants to sing a torch song
Rodney St. Clair – a sensational baritone

ENSEMBLE (in order of appearance):
First Society Lady
Second Society Lady
Cartier Manager
Bergdorf Manager
Elizabeth Arden Manager
Page Boys
Depressed Man
Uncle Sam
First Actor
Second Actor
The Pratt Sisters
Booking Agent (Lou Shurr)
Stage Manager
Chorus Girl
First Bum
Second Bum
Federal Investigator (Agent Jones)
Hotel Detective
Two Newboys
Defense Attorney
  • Time Period 1930s
  • Features Period Costumes


Music Samples

1. "Overture"
2. "Lunching At The Automat"
3. "Let's Have Another Cup Of Coffee"
4. "Two Cheers Instead Of Three"
5. "The Police Of New York"
6. "Reisman's Doing A Show"
7. "Torch Song"
8. "You Must Be Born With It"
9. "(Castles In Spain) On A Roof In Manhattan"
10. "Crinoline Days"
11. "My Beautiful Rhinestone Girl"
12. "Soft Lights And Sweet Music"
13. "If You Believe"
14. "Well, Of All The Rotten Shows"
15. "I Say It's Spinach (And The Hell With It)"
16. "How Can I Change My Luck?"
17. "A Toast To Prohibition"
18. "I Don't Wanna Be Married (I Just Wanna Be Friends)"
19. "Manhattan Madness"
20. "Investigation" -

Full Orchestration

Reed I
Reed II
Reed III
Reed IV
Reed V
Trumpet I
Trumpet II
Trumpet III
Violin I
Violin II
Violin III
Violin IV

  • Musical Style Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements Moderate
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra Size Large
  • Chorus Size Medium

Licensing & Materials

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Music Rentals

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1 Piano-Vocal
22 Libretto-Vocal
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Reed 4
1 Reed 5
1 Trumpet 1
1 Trumpet 2
1 Trumpet 3
1 Trombone
1 Guitar-Banjo
1 Piano
1 Drums
1 Percussion
1 Violin 1
1 Violin 2
1 Violin 3
1 Violin 4
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Piano-Vocal
22 Libretto-Vocal


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Irving Berlin

With a life that spanned more than 100 years and a catalogue that boasts over 1,000 songs, Irving Berlin (1888-1989) epitomized Jerome Kern’s famous maxim that “Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.” Berlin wrote scores to 13 Broadway musicals, ...

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Moss Hart

Moss Hart (1904-1961) began his career as a playwright, director and producer in 1930 when, with George S. Kaufman, he wrote Once in a Lifetime. Subsequent Kaufman and Hart successes include Merrily We Roll Along, You Can't Take It With You and The Man Who Came To Dinner, amo ...

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