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"Cruisin’ is true musical theatre; every song is grounded in character and is there to develop the story"
"... a rock-solid original score and a script with a heart of gold"
Peter Ross, Director
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Cruisin’ is an exciting new musical filled with comedy, pathos and catchy musical numbers with songs in the style and spirit of the pioneers of rock n roll.
It tells a vibrant, energetic and engaging musical story that follows Vinnie Russo, a young Italian kid as he struggles to escape from his Papa's expectations, to take his place in the modern 1950's world of motorbikes, rock and roll - and girls!
Vincenzo Russo emigrated to the UK in 1948 to help with the post-war rebuilding ,leaving his family behind in Italy. With his friend Johnny DiMaccio and others in a similar position, he is waiting at the docks for his wife Rosa and their children Vinnie and Maria. He is 'old school' and dreams that his children will grow up in the traditional family - the Italian way.
The years pass until 1959 when Vinnie at seventeen and in his final year at school finds that he is torn between his love for music and his family traditions. His father thinks that Vinnie is wasting his time with rock and roll music instead of concentrating on his Italian heritage and a solid career in the family small good’s business.
Conflict comes to a head when Maria, Vinnie's younger sister, leaves home to be with Phil (the guitarist and lead singer in the band Cruisin’) and Vinnie joins the band at the local Rock and Roll Club run by Johnny DiMaccio, who is now a streetwise entrepreneur, calling himself Johnny Angel.
It takes courage and determination for Rosa and Johnny Angel to convince Vinnie's father that this “crazy rock and roll music” may not be such a bad thing after all.
Eventually, the traditional family values stay intact and the Russos come to terms with the new British way of life. Music becomes the instrument of reconciliation, bridging the generation gap and creating a new cultural harmony and optimism for the future.
With 21 original songs fully scored for an 8 piece band, a vocal and piano score and rock and roll and dance numbers, Cruisin’ is a show that appeals to all ages and cultures.
A fun, moving and uplifting show!
Principals (5m, 4f)
Vincenzo Russo - early 40's, Italian, quick-tempered, domineering but humorous.
Rosa Russo - late 30's, Italian, compassionate, well-meaning, protective, gentle
Vinnie Russo - 17, feisty, musically ambitious, loves girls, Elvis and rock 'n roll
Maria Russo - 16, appears innocent but loves boys, fashion, music & dancing
Johnny Angel - mid-30's, an Italian immigrant, street-wise with connections.
Giovanna Paparde - 16, ordinary with glasses, shy, reserved, a 'good Italian girl'
Phil Stanton - 18, a teddy-boy, rides a Harley Davidson, leads the Cruisin' band
Rory Storm - late teens, leads a rival band (singing role only)
Support (3m, 5f plus non-speaking roles, plus 'bands', singers & chorus)
Sister Immaculate - a typical 'old-school' Nun
Brother Rodney - the school Principal
Bianca - a bride (non-speaking)
Gino - a bridegroom
Carmella - Giovanna's mother
Young Rosa - late 20's, newly arrived from Italy
Little Vinnie - 9, newly arrived from Italy
Little Maria - 7, newly arrived from Italy
The 'Bands' :(none play live music)
Cruisin' - Guitar, Bass & Drums, with Phil as vocalist
Rory Storm and the Hurricanes - Guitar, Double Bass & Drums, with Rory as vocalist
Wedding Band - Organ, Drums, Double Bass, with Vincenzo as leader
Backing Singers :
3 x 'Doo Wop' girls
Singers and dancers (as many as possible), school students etc
Vincenzo, Johnny, Young Rosa, Little Vinnie, Little Maria & Chorus
Phil & Cruisin' Band
4) Listen To Your Heart
Maria & Phil
5) When A Boy Meets A Girl
Pamela & Vinnie
6) Good Italian Girl
Vincenzo & Rosa
7) Holding On To A Dream
Vinnie & Rosa
8) Someone In The Crowd
Vinnie & Pamela
9) Bet Your Heart On Me
Rory Storm & The Hurricanes
10) Boys Were Made To Hug And Kiss
Pamela, Maria & Giovanna
11) Can You Really Dig
Johnny, Phil, Pamela & Vinnie
12) Get Back
Vincenzo, Vinnie, Maria & Chorus
~~ Interval ~~
13) What's He Gonna Do?
Johnny & Chorus
14) Don't Cry For Me
Vinnie & Maria
15) If That Boy Only Knew
Pamela, Maria & Giovanna
16) It Takes A Woman
Rosa & Maria
17) Don't Break My Heart
Phil, Johnny & Vinnie
18) This Crazy Rock And Roll
Johnny, Rosa & Maria
19) I Had A Dream
Vinnie, Phil, Cruisin' Band & Chorus
21) No More Good Italian Girl
Giovanna, Johnny & Chorus
22) Goodbye Caruso, Hello Elvis
Vincenzo, Vinnie & Chorus
23) Starting Here,Starting Now / Celebrate
24) Encore (Cruisin')
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) ...
These are available 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
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 ...
For use in support of your rehearsal pianist, or for use during performances.
These are available for an 11piece band as below, for hire to production companies only, who hold a valid, unexpired, licence to perform.
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 an online version.
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)