Where's Charley?

Where's Charley?
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, 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.

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.

Concert Selections for Where's Charley?

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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  • MAKE A MIRACLE
    From
    WHERE'S CHARLEY?
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Frank Loesser
    Lyrics by
    Frank Loesser
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute, 2 Clarinets, 1 Bassoon, 2 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 1 Trombone, (3) Percussion, (5) Violin A, (5) Violin B, (5) Violin C, (7) Viola, (6) Cello, (5) Bass, 3 Piano-Conductor Scores.
  • MY DARLING, MY DARLING
    From
    WHERE'S CHARLEY?
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    Bb
    Estimated duration
    6 min 47 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    TED ROYAL, HANS SPIALEK & PHIL LANG
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Alt.Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 1 Horn, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone, 6 Violin A, 6 Violin B, 6 Violin C, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Drum, 2 Piano Conductor, 25 Chorus books
  • NEW ASHMOLEAN MARCHING SOCIETY
    From
    WHERE'S CHARLEY?
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    2 FEMALE VOICE, 1 MALE VOICE, CHORUS
    Starting Key
    A
    Estimated duration
    3 min 30 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    TED ROYAL, HANS SPIALEK & PHIL LANG
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Piccolo), 1 Reed 2(Oboe), 1 Reed 2(Alternate Clarinet), 1 Reed 3(Clarinet), 1 Reed 4(Clarinet), 1 Reed 5(Bassoon), 1 Horn, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone, 6 Violin A, 6 Violin B, 5 Violin C, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Drum, 2 Piano Conductor, 25 Chorus books
  • ONCE IN LOVE WITH AMY
    From
    WHERE'S CHARLEY?
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    E
    Estimated duration
    2 min 10 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    MARTIN, JACK
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 2 Oboe 1&2, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bassoon 1, 2 Horn 1&2, 2 Horn 3&4, 2 Trumpet 1, 2 Trumpet 2 &3, 2 Trombone 1 &2, 2 Trombone 3(Tuba), 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1Percussion 1, 1 Celeste, 1 Conductor Score, 1 Vocal
  • OVERTURE ("WHERE'S CHARLEY?")
    From
    WHERE'S CHARLEY?
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    INSTRUMENTAL
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    8 min 45 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    TED ROYAL, HANS SPIAK, & PHIL LANG
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 2(alternate), 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 3 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 2 Horn, 2 Trombone, 9 Violin A, 8 Violin B, 7 Violin C, 6 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Drum, 2 Piano/Conductor
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