Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  5f, 5m

Music and Lyrics by Richard Rodgers / Book by Samuel Taylor

An American author and a successful high-fashion model meet in Paris and pursue a whirlwind fling in this contemporary romantic comedy.
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 5m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
  • NOMINEE Nine 1962 Tony Awards, including Best Musical
    WINNER! Three 1952 Tony Awards, including Best Composer
A successful high-fashion model meets and falls in love with a writer in Paris. While this Pulitzer prizewinner has been trying to recover from a prolonged case of writer's block, he's assumed the dubious role of charming intellectual-in-residence at some of the Continent's more luxurious watering holes. As the model's work takes them on a whirlwind tour of the most exclusive European playgrounds, their romance develops into the first deeply-felt, honest relationship either has ever known. The model, however, ruefully comes to realize that the life-style demanded by her career is stifling the writer, and if he's ever to fulfill the promise of his earlier work, he must take responsibility for himself, go home, and write. Reluctantly, but with no strings, they part, each having discovered anew their capacity to love.
No Strings opened on Broadway at the 54th St. Theatre on March 15, 1962, starring Diahann Carroll and Richard Kiley. The production transferred to the Broadhurst Theatre and ran for a total of 580 performances.


Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups
  • Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


No Strings takes place in France.

The original production was a unit set using scaffolds, props, lights and revolving screens to depict scenes in Paris, Monte Carlo, Honfleur, Deauville and St. Tropez.


5f, 5m
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
1 Woman
1 Man

4 Women
4 Men

Singing-dancing ensemble

Barbara Woodruff
David Jordan
Jeanette Valmy
Luc Delbert
Mollie Plummer
Mike Robinson
Louis dePourtal
Comfort O'Connell
Gabrielle Bertin
Marcello Agnolotti


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Moderate
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Medium
1. ''The Sweetest Sounds'' - Barbara and David
2. ''How Sad'' - David
3. ''Loads Of Love'' - Barbara
4. ''The Man Who Has Everything'' - Louis
5. ''Be My Host'' - David, Comfort, Mike, Luc, Gabrielle and Dancers
6. ''La, La, La'' - Jeanette and Luc
7. ''You Don't Tell Me'' - Barbara
8. ''Love Makes The World Go'' - Mollie, Comfort and Dancers
9. ''Nobody Told Me'' - David and Barbara
10. ''Look No Further'' - David and Barbara
11. ''Maine'' - David and Barbara
12. ''An Orthodox Fool'' - Barbara
13. ''Eager Beaver'' - Comfort, Mike and Dancers
14. ''No Strings'' - David and Barbara
15. ''Maine'' - Barbara and David
16. ''The Sweetest Sounds'' - David and Barbara

Full Orchestration

1 Reed I (Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
1 Reed II (Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Baritone Saxophone)
1 Reed III (Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
1 Reed IV (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
1 Reed V (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
1 Reed VI (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
1 Reed VII (Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
1 Reed VIII (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Baritone Saxophone)
1 Trumpets I&IV
1 Trumpets II&III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Trombone III (Doubles Bass Trombone)
1 Drums
1 Guitar
1 Harp
1 Bass

1 Percussion
Trap Set
Optional Door Bell
Large Bell
Orchestra Bells
Pop Gun
Temple Blocks
Train Whistle
Suspended Cymbal

The orchestral apparatus of the original Broadway production of NO STRINGS was entirely different from that of the usual Broadway musical play. There was no orchestra pit. The conductor and the orchestra were on stage, completely concealed behind the scenery to the right of the audience. The customary string section was eliminated and the only string instruments remaining were HARP, GUITAR, and BASS. The conductor and the orchestra appeared on stage only once in full view of the audience after the close of Act II to play the Exit Music. However, a specified number of musicians did appear and play on stage, either singly or in groups, and were an integral part of the action. These were REEDS I, II, III and IV TRUMPET I, TROMBONE and PERCUSSION.


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Full Package:
15 libretto
15 Piano Vocal
1 Reed I
1 Reed II
1 Reed III
1 Reed IV
1 Reed V
1 Reed VI
1 Reed VII
1 Reed VIII
1 Trumpets I&IV
1 Trumpets II&III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Trombone III
1 Drums
1 Guitar
1 Harp
1 Bass
1 Percussion
1 Logo Pack

Piano Only:

15 libretto
15 Piano Vocal
1 Logo Pack

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"Tart, breezy and lovelorn...The revelation of No Strings is that [Richard Rodgers], one of songwriting's greatest collaborators, had it in him to fly high on his own." — The New York Times
"The relationship between the fashion model and the writer is poignant and utterly believable. Rodgers' score helps to heighten the effect... and one can cite a handful of lovely ballads to back that statement up." — The Daily Oklahoman

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