Where's Charley?

Where's Charley?

Book by  George Abbott
Music and Lyrics by  Frank Loesser
Based on Brandon Thomas' Charley's Aunt

Two Acts, Book Musical, Rated G
Original Broadway Version

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)! The 2011 semi-staged version that ran at Encores! still received critical acclaim 63 years after the original Broadway opening.

Oxford University students Charley and Jack invite the young and winsome Kitty and Amy to lunch under the chaperoning eye of Donna Lucia, Charley's wealthy 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 visit. Charley 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.

George Abbot's book preserves all of the laughs from the record-breaking play Charlie's Aunt that the show is based on. 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 of die-hard fans.

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Not all Broadway musicals have had happy premises or happy endings. Popular musicals over the years which featured death or murder include: Redhead (1959), Sweeney Todd (1979), and West Side Story (1957).

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