Written 

by

Mark A. Ridge


Music and Lyrics
Written by

Nora Bayes, Irving Berlin, N.J. Clesi, Walter Donaldson, Ray Eagan,

Fred Fisher, Lemuel Fowler, Joe Goodwin, James E. Hanley,

Clarence Jennings, Howard Johnson, Geo. Landis, Sam M. Lewis, J.P. Long,

Roy Marsh, Billy McCabe, Stanley Murphy, Jack Norworth,

Mitchell Parish, Paul Pelham, Maceo Pinkard, Tom Pitts, Mark A. Ridge

J. Russel Robinson, Howard Rogers, Fred Rose, Jimmy Selby,

Al Siegel, Andrew V. Souders, Harry D. Squires, Roy Turk, Harry Von Tilzer,

Paul Whiteman, Eleanor Young and Joe Young


Original Music & Lyrics are all in the public domain.


Orchestrations

by

Donny Walker


Music, Revised Lyrics and Orchestrations

© Mark A. Ridge

All Rights Reserved



*BETSY

A young, perky, ambitious but slightly naïve girl.


KATHIE
A very pregnant, indentured singer with an amazing voice.


**PENNY
Joan Crawford as her character from the film Torch Song.


JEFFERSON
The world’s greatest director.


DICK
A young, handsome, multi-talented Broadway actor.


SKIP
The choreographer and assistant director.


PETER
A young, attractive chorus boy.


FANNY
A chorus girl who rarely says “No.”


**GRANDMA / TEENIE
Betsy’s sweet grandmother.

Penny’s maid who yearns for more


BANKS / FILMORE
A powerful banker and backer of Broadway shows.

A young, handsome, physical fitness entrepreneur.


HARRY / A DIRECTOR IN INDIANA
A young, attractive chorus boy.

A Midwestern Theatre Director


THE ACTOR / GABE
A theatre veteran.

A powerful businessman and womanizing Broadway Angel


MONA / DR. BROCKTON
A chorus girl who is far from the brightest bulb on Broadway.

Jefferson’s doctor.


NOTES:

* Can be played by a female or male actor in drag.

**Should be played a male actor in drag.

With the exception of Grandma and Tennie, the other roles do not have to be double cast.

If desired, additional chorus members may be added.


"The play draws a lot of energy from staples of the traditional drag show: parody, camp, mockery of “traditional” values, references to popular culture, and winks and nods at the audience. There is also an attitude of fringe theatre in the script -- but where many fringe shows seek to alienate older adults, I found that this script still reached out to fans of classic cinema and early Jazz music."

MUSICAL NUMBERS



ACT ONE


OVERTURE


*THEY ALWAYS PICK ON ME

(Betsy)

(Jodi Ewen, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


*THERE’S A BROKEN HEART FOR EVERY LIGHT ON BROADWAY

(Grandma)

Marty Grubbs, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


I CAN ALWAYS FIND A LITTLE SUNSHINE

(Dick)

Will Wilhelm, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


*I CAN ALWAYS FIND A LITTLE SUNSHINE (REPRISE)

(Dick, Peter and Harry)

Will Wilhelm, Mike Pope, Chad Gearig-Howe, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


*SHE’S A MEAN JOB

(Peter, Harry, Mona, Fanny)

Panagiota Valkanas, Stephanie Hansen, Mike Pope, Chad Gearig-Howe, Vocals

Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


YOU’RE JUST THE TYPE FOR A BUNGALOW

(Dick, Betsy)

(Jodi Ewen, Will Wilhelm. Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


*I NEVER KNEW I COULD LOVE ANYBODY

(Kathie)

Bree Gordon, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker Musicians


THEY ALWAYS PICK ON ME (REPRISE)

(Kathie)


*A LITTLE KIND TREATMENT

(Teenie)

Marty Grubbs, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


MISTER MOON MAN

(Dick, Betsy, Peter, Harry, Fanny, Mona, Kathie, Teenie)


ALL BY MYSELF

(Kathie, Dick, Peter, Harry, Fanny, Mona and Penny)




ACT TWO


MAMMA WHIP! MAMMA SPANK!

(Kathie)


*I’LL MAKE YOU WANT ME

(Teenie and Penny)

Marty Grubbs, Chad Gearig-Howe, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


*GEE! BUT I HATE TO GO HOME ALONE

(Dick)

Will Wilhelm, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


GEE! BUT I HATE TO GO HOME ALONE (REPRISE)

(Dick and Peter)


*YOU THINK HE’S YOUR MAN

(Peter)

Mike Pope, Vocals, Justin Harner, Piano


MAMMA WHIP! MAMMA SPANK! (REPRISE)

(Kathie and Fanny)


DON’T BRING ME PANSIES

(Dick, Peter, Harry and Betsy)


*SWEET INDIANA HOME

(Betsy and Filmore)

(Jodi Ewen, Mike Pope Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


TAP THAT!

(Kathie, Betsy, Dick, Peter, Harry, Mona, Fanny, Penny and Teenie)


43rd STREET

(The Company)


*43rd STREET (REPRISE)

(The Company)

Jodi Ewen, Will Wilhelm, Marty Grubbs, Bree Gordon, Panagiota Valkanas, Chad Gearig-Howe,

Stephanie Hansen, Mike Pope, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians



Cast of Characters


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Sample Pages


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Awards


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Set Requirements


43rd Street should have the feel of a late night movie musical. Some of the locations can be actual sets, while others can merely be suggested. Click the icon for specific details.

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It takes balls to be a leading lady on Broadway!

CAST OF CHARACTERS

SET REQUIREMENTS / SCENE LOCATIONS

43rd Street is a musical parody that pays homage to many classic Broadway and Hollywood musicals, and pokes fun at the persona of screen legend Joan Crawford. Utilizing updated and re-worked songs from some of Tin Pan Alley’s greatest composers, it’s the ultimate backstage musical.


43rd Street draws a lot of energy from the staples of the traditional drag show: mockery of “traditional” values, camp humor, references to popular culture, and winks and nods at the audience. There is also an attitude of fringe in the script, but where many fringe shows seek to alienate older adults, it still reaches out to fans of classic cinema and early jazz music.


For the person with a keen knowledge of the genre, there are over seventy five different musicals referenced in the script, and a large portion of the dialogue is composed of show-tune lyrics.


43rd Street is a two act musical that requires a minimum of thirteen actors, has minimal set requirements, and has been described as “An odd cross between a John Waters film and the Carol Burnett show.”


Musical Numbers & Samples


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AWARDS

PRODUCTIONS & STAGED READINGS

MULTIMEDIA

MUSICAL NUMBERS & SAMPLES

43rd Street should have the timeless feel of a late night movie musical. The scenes should shift seamlessly and merge into one another with an almost cinematic quality. Some of the locations can be actual sets, while others can merely be suggested.

ACT ONE

SCENE ONE - Stage of a Broadway Theatre

SCENE TWO - Betsy's Bedroom

SCENE THREE - Jefferson's Office

SCENE FOUR - Stage of a Broadway Theatre

SCENE FIVE - Y.M.C.A. Sauna

SCENE SIX - Stage of a Broadway Theatre

SCENE SEVEN - Outside the Theatre

SCENE EIGHT - Stage of a Broadway Theatre

SCENE NINE - Outside the Theatre

SCENE TEN - Penny's Dressing Room

SCENE ELEVEN - Stage of a Broadway Theatre

ACT TWO

SCENE ONE - Stage of a Broadway Theatre

SCENE TWO - Penny's Dressing Room

SCENE THREE - Stage of a Broadway Theatre

SCENE FOUR - Stage of a Broadway Theatre

SCENE FIVE - Stage of a Broadway Theatre

SCENE SIX - Penny's Dressing Room

SCENE SEVEN - Stage of a Broadway Theatre

SCENE EIGHT -Outside the Theatre

SCENE NINE - Penny's Dressing Room

SCENE TEN - Stage of a Broadway Theatre


(With doubling, 43rd Street Requires 13 Actors).

43rd Street was a finalist in the 2017 Shawnee Playhouse Original Playwriting Competition..

43rd Street received a staged reading by Three Cat Productions in Chicago, IL.  This reading was part of the 2015 Next Draft Reading Series.

"I love the anachronistic references to keep the audience on their toes. I like all the work done to keep the audience in the show by referring to them constantly and I appreciate the subtle working of showtune lyrics into the character dialogues and the constant references back to Joan Crawford movies."


"While the music shies away from well-known standards of the American songbook, there is a familiarity in the early jazz/ragtime music selected which makes the soundtrack quickly accessible."

Mr. Douglas Hill,

Associate Producer,

Neil Simon Festival


Mr. Douglas Hill,

Associate Producer,

Neil Simon Festival


   I'll put the Broad

back into Broadway."

"The showtunes and the movies become a game for the audience to play while it’s watching the play itself."

43rd Street can be performed with piano accompaniment or with an orchestra of up to ten. 

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* Designates that a sample from the rough demo is available.