Anyone Can Whistle

Anyone Can Whistle
Society, government and religion are lampooned in this unconventional satire of small town life.

Anyone Can Whistle, an absurdist social satire about insanity and conformity (among a dozen other things) is probably the bravest show Stephen Sondheim wrote, at least until Assassins. A legendary cult show, this wacky, intelligent, highly unconventional musical points ahead to Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking work in the 1970's even as it keeps a foot firmly rooted in musical theatre's "golden age."

Anyone Can Whistle tells the story of a corrupt mayoress who fakes a miracle to revitalize her bankrupt town (through the resulting pilgrim trade) and the ill-fated romance between the rational nurse out to expose the fraud and the easy-going doctor determined to enjoy the chaos it brings. In the end, the show delivers a poignant message about the importance of the individual in a conformist society-but not before aiming its still-relevant barbs at government, religion, science and anything else that stands in its way!

With its circus-like atmosphere, Anyone Can Whistle features plenty of memorable, lovably cartoonish roles of all sizes. The dazzling, melodic Broadway-style score overflows with the youthful energy of experimentation, consisting of one showstopper after another, including two extensive ballets which provide opportunities for some inspired choreography.

Concert Selections for Anyone Can Whistle

Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances. Concert Selections are the perfect way to give audiences a taste of the musical theatre experience without the sets, props and costumes.

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  • ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
    From
    ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    5 min 38 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Flute 3, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bass clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 2 Horn 1&2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 2 Cello A, 2 Cello B, 2 Cello C, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion(Timp, Triangle), 1 Accordian, 2 Piano Conductor
  • EVERYBODY SAYS DON'T!
    From
    ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    3 min 37 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Flute), 1 Reed 2(Clarinet 3), 1 Reed 3(Clarinet 1), 1 Reed 4(Clarinet 2), 1 Reed 5(Bassoon), 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 2 Horn 1&2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 2 Cello A, 2 Cello B, 2 Cello C, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion(Drum Set, Vibes, Xylophone), 1 Accordian, 2 Piano/Conductor
  • THERE WON'T BE TRUMPETS
    From
    ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    2 FEMALE VOICES
    Starting Key
    Bb
    Estimated duration
    3 min 55 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute(Piccolo), 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet 1(Clarinet in Eb), 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Clarinet 3, 1 Bassoon, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 2 Horn 1&2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 2 Cello A, 2 Cello B, 2 Cello C, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion(Timp F, Timp Bb), 1 Accordian, 2 Piano Conductor, 2 Chorus books
  • WALTZES FROM "ANYONE CAN WHISTLE"
    From
    ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SYMPHONIC SUITE
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Arranged by
    MOORE, LARRY
    Instrumentation
    3 Flute (Flute 3 doubles Piccolo), 2 Oboe, 2 Clarinet, 2 Bassoon, 4 Horn, 3 Trumpet, 3 Trombone 1 Tuba, 2 Percussion, 1 Timpani, 1 Harp, (8) Violin I, (8) Violin II, (7) Viola, (6) Cello, (5) Bass.
  • WITH SO LITTLE TO BE SURE OF
    From
    ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    D
    Estimated duration
    7 min 10 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2(Alto flute), 1 English horn, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Clarinet 3, 1Bass clarinet, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 2 Horn 1&2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 2 Cello A, 2 Cello B, 2 Cello C, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion(Drum set ,Timp), 1 Accordian, 2 Piano Conductor, 2 Chorus books
  • WITH SO LITTLE TO BE SURE OF (FOR SOLO HORN & STRINGS)
    From
    ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    CONCERT/SYMPHONIC ARRANGEMENT (INSTRUMENTAL)
    Arranged for
    FOR SOLO HORN (Flugelhorn or Trumpet solo) AND STRINGS
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    9 min 14 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Arranged by
    MCKIBBINS, PAUL
    Instrumentation
    9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola 1 2 &3, 2 Cello 1, 2 Cello 2, 2 Cello 3, 5 Bass, 1Flugelhorn, 1 Full Score
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