1 Act, Book Musical, Rated G
Original Version (1963)
The timeless tale of class differences and swapped identities based on the novel by Mark Twain.
The Prince And The Pauper, based on the novel by Mark Twain, is a delightful social satire centering on Edward, Prince of Wales, and Tom Canty, the son of a beggar. When a chance encounter gives them a glimpse of the other's life, the boys take the opportunity to experience a way of living they'd always envied . Edward puts on Tom's worn-out clothes and has a chance at freedom from constantly being told what to do, while Tom enjoys Edward's luxurious lifestyle. It becomes increasingly clear, however, that neither Edward or Tom know how to behave in their new environments. Things soon go haywire for both boys, causing them to switch back...without forgetting the lessons they've learned.
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Originally approached by legendary author/director George Abbott to pen the score for The Pajama Game, Frank Loesser turned it down, but recommended his two protégés Richard Adler and Jerry Ross for the job.