Set on a small fictional island off the Jamaican coast, Jamaica weaves romance, comedy, and social commentary as an unspoiled island community fights the encroaching forces of commercialism. The Calypso-inflected score from Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg features the songs "Savannah," "Push the Button," and "Ain't It The Truth?"

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  • Genre: Period
  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Cast Attributes: Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences


Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen (1905-1986) wrote some of the greatest hits from the 30's and 40's, including the entire score to the classic movie The Wizard of Oz. Songs such as “Over the Rainbow,” “Get Happy,” “Stormy Weather,” “It's Only a Paper Moon,” “I've Got the World on a String” and “ ...

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E. Y. Harburg

One of America’s greatest lyricists for stage and screen, Yip Harburg (1896-1981) was the son of poor Russian-Jewish immigrants and attended CCNY. Also a book writer (usually with Fred Saidy), director, and poet, Harburg wrote lyrics for more than 550 songs, including “It’s O ...

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Fred Saidy


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