Anyone Can Whistle


Anyone Can Whistle


Book by  Arthur Laurents
Music and Lyrics by  Stephen Sondheim


2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG
Revised Version (2004)

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.

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The orchestrations for John & Jen were done by MTI author/composer Jason Robert Brown.

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