2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated G
Original Broadway Version (1948)
The hilarious musical farce of disguised chaperones and young love features the music of the incomparable Frank Loesser.
What do you get when two musical theater masters, Frank Loesser and
George Abbott, adapt one of the most successful farces of all time?
Where's Charley?, a
tuneful comedy classic that earned lead actor Ray Bolger (of Wizard
of Oz fame) a TONY Award and launched Loesser's career (Guys And Dolls)!
George Abbot's book preserves all of the laughs from the
record-breaking play Charlie's Aunt that the show is based on.
Oxford University students Charley and Jack invite the young and
winsome Kitty and Amy to lunch under the chaperoning eye of Donna Lucia,
aunt (it is, after all, 1892). But when Donna Lucia doesn't show, a
desperate Charley disguises himself as his aunt so the young ladies can
is unaware that they've brought a chaperone of their own: Amy's
stuffy uncle, who promptly falls for Charley's aunt-like charms! When
the real aunt shows
up, it's all downhill from there: quick changes, fast-talking,
marriage proposals, compromising situations and rowdy hilarity.
Where's Charley? offers a star turn
for a talented leading man amongst a medium-sized cast. Featuring
Loesser's critically acclaimed, but fairly obscure score, Where's Charley? is a chance to
introduce audiences to a classic Golden Age musical they'll love,
but that they probably haven't already heard, while keeping the interest
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Stephen Schwartz was only 25 years old when Pippin opened on Broadway.