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"... a rollicking tale of love, lust and greed ..." "... a raw, lung-powered, pomp-rock pageant ..."
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This powerful professional musical tells the moving story of immigrant gold miners and their quest for instant fortune. With a strong storyline and a modern score, it demands the resources of a professional, semi-pro or large amateur group to be successful. It has been licenced to and performed by both professional and amateur groups to rapturous audience applause.
In 1862 the goldfields were a savage and unforgiving environment. Duncan and Sarah McKenzie arrive in the 'new country' when Jackie O'Fea brings news of the gold strikes. Leaving his family for the diggings with a promise to return, Duncan seizes his chance for freedom from the near-slavery of the 19th century working class life. He is joined by his friends Nathan and Millie Hall, who along with O'Fea and his nephews, the Lomax brothers, head off to seek their fortune.
At the diggings, tragedy strikes. Nathan is drowned in a massive flood on the Arrow River leaving Millie a widow. She is cared for by the camp and particularly by Joe Lawson who cuts her wood for the coming winter. But Millie's winter comes early when she is assaulted by O'Fea with only the Lomax brothers as witnesses.
Meanwhile Sarah thinks of what could have been. She reflects on her childhood as she struggles to support her children.When Duncan strikes gold, his euphoria is short lived as a young miner Dan Nolan is murdered by the Lomax brothers. Duncan is accused of the crime, and after an absurd trial, he is sentenced to hang. Sarah tries for an appeal but fails.
After Duncan's death a bond develops between Millie and Sarah. She tells Sarah of her ordeal with O'Fea and the Lomaxes. As the Lomax brothers sleep a woman enters the cabin and shoots them both. O'Fea fights her and with some help from the 'spirit of the times' O'Fea meets his end. Love has blossomed between Millie and Lawson who decide to leave the goldfields together as Sarah considers her past and looks to the future.
The gold rush in New Zealand may not be quite as well known as the Californian gold rush, but exactly the same dreams, desperation and desires happened there as in California.
David John's true-to-life words coupled with the rich and varied music of Kevin Lynch greatly inspired the previous casts with an enthusiasm which was seen and felt by the audience. The newspaper reviews and letters of praise stand testament to this impressive musical which is as loud, large and feverish as its name would suggest. Larger amateur groups need not fear for their audience numbers - this has the all the musical power and feel of 'Oliver!', 'Paint Your Wagon, 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and 'The Pirates Of Penzance' all rolled into one. The Managing Director of New Zealand's CHTV has said of Rush!, "... the only thing preventing it from being a similar worldwide hit to 'Cats' and 'Phantom Of The Opera' is that it wasn't written by Andrew Lloyd-Webber ...".
Complete with all marketing and promotional artwork and images, as well as comprehensive staging details, 'Rush!' fizzes with energy, and has both a wonderful, warm richness which fills the soul, coupled with a rawness as cold and spectacular as hoar frost.
Principals (4m, 3f)
Duncan McKenzie - 30/40, a jeweler, enthusiastic and impulsive, loving. Tenor
Sarah - his wife, 30/32, dutiful, emotionally torn, compassionate. Belt/MS
Jackie O'Fea - middle aged comic Irishman with an unpleasant side. Baritone
The Prospector - 50/60, the 'Spirit Of The Time', takes the part of narrator/observer. Bass/Baritone
Meg - 40's, a big buxom hearty Scot, fearsome yet gentle. Belt
Judge - 40/50, a little 'possessed', passionate. Baritone/Tenor
Support (5m adults; 2m, 2f, 1m/f juniors)
Nathan Hall - 25, an adventurer, ebullient. Baritone
Joe Lawson - 25/30, handsome prospector, a good friend to have. Baritone
Bill Lomax - 20's. Slow-witted, relies on John. Baritone
John Lomax - 20's, older brother of Bill, both are under O'Fea's influence. Baritone
Dan Nolan - 19. A young adventurer. Baritone
Male and Female company, who play a variety of roles - Prospectors, Constables, Barmaids, Immigrants of various nationalities and skills. NOTE : the 5 McKenzie children are aged 6yrs to 10yrs and includes one set of twins.
1) Prologue / Overture
2) Let Me Take You Back
3) A New Day Dawns
Principals & Ensemble
4) A Fair Days Work
Joe, Nathan, Duncan & Company
5) Gold At Your Fingers
O'Fea & Company
6) I Can't Take Anymore
Duncan & Sarah
7) Bright And Shiny Gold
8) Cry Your Tears
Sarah, Children & Women
9) The Ballad Of Millie Hall
10) Look But Don't Touch
Meg, Dan, 3 Barmaids & Men
11) Broken Wings
12) In A Perfect World
13) That's What Friends Are For
Dan Nolan, The Lomax Brothers
14) Run Duncan, Run
Duncan & Company
~~ Interval ~~
15) Working Men
16) Sign Your Name
Duncan, John Lomax & Company
17) Hell Of A Life On The Arrow
18) Seven Doors
Judge & Company
19) The Wheels Keep On Rolling
Women & Prospector
20) Appeal Court
Sarah & Appeal Judge
21) I Wonder
Duncan & Miners
22) Once Upon A Time
Joe & Millie
23) The Ghost Of Duncan Mckenzie
Prospector & Lomax Brothers
24) I've Got News For You Lady
O'Fea & Prospector
25) Try To Make The Best Of What You Got
Meg & Company
26) If I Knew Then & Finale
Duncan, Sarah & Company
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) ...
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.
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 Piano/Vocal Score
Cast Recording Audio CD (from a professional production in New Zealand)
Full Production Video DVD (from the UK premiere amateur production)
Available after Perusal ...
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.
Please note that we do not sell individual printed copies of libretti, nor do we hire sets of printed rehearsal libretti or scores.
Available after Rights Obtained ...
These are available for a 16 piece orchestra as below, for hire to production companies only, who hold a valid, unexpired, licence to perform.
Percussion / Timpani
Acoustic Bass (Optional)
MD's Full Score
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.
We have secured the rights to video productions of this title from the Authors, and we manage them on their 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)
Order your free preview script or perusal material now ...