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Make Me A Musical

by Bernard J Taylor


     
Now playing : 'The Marketing Game'

"The whole show is firmly tongue-in-cheek, with a fair amount of parody, and is great fun. It has a contemporary score with some fantastic jazzy numbers. I loved every second of it."
'CD', Beneath the Mask
 

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Synopsis

This musical is loosely based on the Faust story and is set in the context of a 'backstage musical' which embraces many of the clichés of the genre - and turns them on their head. It could almost be described as a something of a parody musical, with some elements of pastiche, and with its tongue firmly in its cheek.

It was created to be a high-energy show, with more than its share of high kicking chorus numbers, but the score also includes some tender ballads and some funky, jazz numbers which reflect the story's New York setting.

The story revolves around the rehearsals of a new Broadway show called "Success!". It begins with the auditions for the show - and if anyone is reminded of the opening scenes of 'A Chorus Line', this is entirely calculated, for this is just one of the classic musicals at which 'Make Me a Musical' takes an affectionate dig. Others include 'West Side Story', 'The Producers', 'Singing In The Rain', 'My Fair Lady' and 'Hello Dolly'.

Robert Ponsonby, the show's rehearsal pianist, dreams of being a song-writer, but feels he will never make it because he lacks 'street cred', being a white Anglo Saxon male with no minority status and no suffering to speak of. During rehearsals, he becomes friendly with one of the chorus girls, Angela Goodall. He is thrilled when she enthuses about some songs he has written, and they begin to fall in love.

Robert is approached by Cedric E. de Ville, a powerful New York agent. De Ville offers to be Robert's agent and manager and promises to make him the most successful song writer in America - provided Robert agrees to do everything De Ville asks him to. "What you need is a formula, kid, and I can give it to you." ... "With the right type of hype you can do very well."

Robert succumbs to the blandishments of De Ville, while Angela becomes increasingly dismayed by this turn of events. She is even more dismayed by the changes she begins to see in Robert himself, as he turns from the innocent and unassuming (albeit rather naive) person she first knew into an egocentric monster. This personality change is engineered by De Ville in scenes that are the flip side of Eliza Doolittle being changed from a flower girl into a lady by Professor Higgins in "My Fair Lady." De Ville engineers a plot to remove Robert from the influence of Angela and send him into the arms of Stella Hudson, who is completely under de Ville's control. Robert is left with the impression that Angela has been cheating on him and becomes easy prey to the machinations of the evil duo.

Will Robert discover the truth? Will he and Angela be re-united? Will he return to writing the kind of music that Angela had so admired? No prizes for guessing the answers to these questions.


Characters

Principals (2m, 2f)
  Cedric E De Ville - middle-aged, oily, raffish
  Robert Ponsonby - 30s, nerdish but nice
  Angela Goodhall - 20s, 'love's young dream'
  Stella Martin - 30ish, vamp
 
Support (2m, 1f  plus chorus)
  Juanita Fitzgerald - sassy and cynical Irish-Hispanic New Yorker
  Nigel Hudson - a fading star
  Barry - the slightly camp Director of the show
 
  Chorus (minimum of 8 required) includes some named characters :
    Riff Winkler, Jerry Obenstaller, Kevin Nolte, Gordon, Girl 1, Girl 2

Songs

  1) 'In Just One Moment' Theme Orchestra
  2) Ordinary Girl Angela & Chorus
  3) Reaching The Top Stella & Chorus
  4) Credibility Robert
  5) In Just One Moment Robert & Angela
  6) Put Your Trust In Me De Ville
  7) Your Music Has Touched My Heart Angela
  8) Time To Fall In Love Robert
  9) The Marketing Game De Ville & Chorus
10) Who Can Tell? Angela
11) Success! Chorus
12) Respect De Ville
13) Reaching The Top Robert, De Ville & Chorus
~~ Interval ~~  
14) Gimme Some Thrust Stella
15) I'll Still Be There Angela
16) Don't Trust A Man Juanita &Chorus
17) Why Do You Turn From Me? Angela & Robert
18) Some Folk Say Angela & Chorus
19) I Want To Be Naughty With You Stella
20) Get Outa Here Stella, Deville & Robert
21) Showdown Robert, Stella & Deville
22) Can You Forgive Me? Robert & Angela
23) Reaching The Top Angela & Chorus

Information for Production Administrators

Here's a list of all the supporting material available and some other information you might need. Pricing for the production materials is supplied automatically with a Perusal Set. Royalty pricing can only be provided as a formal quotation.

Available now (see below) ...
 
Preview Script/Libretto
You can download straightaway a shortened copy of the script/libretto to read and get a relatively good picture of whether you would like to proceed to the next step. The Preview E-Script is made available to you as a pdf file sized for A4 paper and contains just over half of the script.libretto.
Perusal Set
These are available for customers in European Union countries only to borrow free of charge (but you have to pay the postage to return the set to us). The set contains ...
 
  • Printed Libretto
  • Printed Piano/Vocal Score
  • Studio Recording Double CD Sampler
Available after Perusal ...
 
Libretti/Vocal Scores

Available to purchase in this form ...

  • Rehearsal Master Set on a Data CD (Cast). This contains the script and piano vocal score for your cast and crew provided as A4 pdf files. No problem about possible loss of deposit, as they are yours to print out and mark up as required. The price includes a multiple copying licence allowing you to copy the Data CD itself (enabling you to give or sell copies to your cast for them to make up their own rehearsal books) or to make multiple prints of the pdf's on the Data CD for your production company to organise and provide to your cast or crew.

To order this, create account with us, then go to the 'Ordering for Musicals' page

Please note that we do not sell printed copies of libretti, nor do we hire sets of printed rehearsal libretti or scores.

Available after Rights Obtained ...
 
Backing Tracks
For use in support of your rehearsal pianist.
Orchestrations
These are available for an 11 piece orchestra as below, for hire to production companies only, who hold a valid, unexpired, licence to perform.
 
  • Bass
  • Cello
  • Clarinet/Oboe
  • Flute
  • Harp
  • Horn
  • Keyboard
  • Oboe
  • Percussion
  • Timpani
  • Trumpet
  • Violin 1
  • Violin 2
  • MD's Full Score
Royalty Type
Royalties for this title are 'variable fee, post paid', and will be calculated on a percentage of your box office income once your production has finished. See our pricing policy for details. We work on a quotation system for royalties, based on information you supply to us. Complete a printed application form or create account with us, and use the online version.
Video Licence
We have secured the rights to video productions of this title from the Author, and we manage them on his behalf. Once a 'Licence To Perform' has been granted, and then on payment of a fee, we will be able to issue a 'Licence To Record'. There are some strings attached to this, but these are far outweighed by the benefits.
 
  • Record one or more live performances and mix down to a single video
  • Give or sell copies to your cast and crew
  • Sell copies to your audiences (take advance bookings on the night)

     

Rights are currently restricted for this title as the script is being revised.

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