Strike Up The Band

Strike Up The Band
Misguided businessmen, famous bureaucrats and over-zealous patriots come to life in this satiric fable from the Gershwins.

The hilarity of Strike Up The Band proves that it is all farcical in love and war with this romp; a true joy embodied on the stage. With music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and script by George S. Kaufman, this Broadway classic offers songs ranging from playful Gilbert and Sullivan pastiches to heart-clutching ballads (most notably "The Man I Love") woven into a goofy plot loaded with blatant anti-war, big-business satire.

The overly proud owner of the Fletcher American Cheese Co. has convinced the U.S. government to declare war on Switzerland, who has protested a tariff on imported cheese. Add two pairs of star-crossed lovers, one very overbearing mother, a cagey government official, and a strange man who always places himself in the right place at the most interesting times. Mix them all together and you are left with a side-splitting romp of cheese-y proportions!

Beneath this title's exterior beats an observant heart that is as relevant today as when it opened. The magnificence of its Gershwin score is sheer splendor. Performers and audience members alike will be chomping at the bit and given the brilliance of the material, it can be produced just as effectively as a concert piece.

Concert Selections for Strike Up The Band

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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  • IVE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU
    From
    STRIKE UP THE BAND
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    Bb
    Estimated duration
    6 min 40 sec
    Music by
    GEORGE GERSHWIN
    Lyrics by
    IRA GERSHWIN
    Orchestrated by
    ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT
    Instrumentation
    2 Flutes, 2 Clarinets, Oboe, Bassoon, 2 Trumpets, 2 Horns, Trombone, Harp, 5 Bass, 6 Cello, 7 Viola (4 Viola 1, 3 Viola 2), 7 Violin 1, 6 Violin 2, 6 Violin 3, 3 Percussion, 1 Full Score, 4 PC Score
  • MAN I LOVE
    From
    STRIKE UP THE BAND
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    5 min 10 sec
    Music by
    GERSHWIN, GEORGE
    GERSHWIN, IRA
    Lyrics by
    GERSHWIN, GEORGE
    GERSHWIN, IRA
    Orchestrated by
    DALEY, WILLIAM
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bassoon, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Horn 1, 1 Horn 2, 1 Trombone, 6 Violin 1, 6 Violin 2, 6 Violin 3, 4 Viola 1, 3 Viola 2, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1 Harp, 3 Drum(Percussion ,Bells, Timp), 1 Piano(Vocal), 1 Full Score, 2 Chorus books
  • OVERTURE ("STRIKE UP THE BAND")
    From
    STRIKE UP THE BAND
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    INSTRUMENTAL
    Starting Key
    Ab
    Estimated duration
    13 min 30 sec
    Music by
    GERSHWIN, GEORGE
    Arranged by
    HYMAN, DICK
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn 1, 1 Horn 2, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trombone, 7 Violin A, 5 Violin B, 5 Violin C, 4 Viola A, 3 Viola B, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Full Score, 1 Piano Score, 1 Harp
  • STRIKE UP THE BAND
    From
    STRIKE UP THE BAND
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 SOLOIST, CHORUS
    Starting Key
    Bb
    Estimated duration
    10 min 25 sec
    Music by
    GERSHWIN, GEORGE
    Lyrics by
    GERSHWIN, IRA
    Arranged by
    BROHN, WILLIAM D.
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1Flute 2, ! Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Oboe, 1 Bassoon, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Horn 1, 1 Horn 2, 1 Trombone, 7 Violin A, 5 Violin B, 5 Violin C, 4 Viola 1, 3 Viola 2, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 1 Full Score, 25 Chorus books
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