Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Based on Kurt Vonnegut's satirical novel, Eliot Rosewater sets out to expose the hypocrisy of modern society.

Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is an outrageous and savagely funny fantasy about people, their pleasures, pains and perversions, a penetrating satire on insanity – a millionaire's private lunacy. Featuring an infectious score by the Oscar- and Tony-winning team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is a legendary collaboration between one of America's greatest novelists and the songwriting team behind some of the greatest hits of all time.

Eliot Rosewater, drunk, volunteer fireman and president of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation, is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature, with a little help from writer, Kilgore Trout. The result is Vonnegut's funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy and follies of the flesh to which we are all heir.

Any fan of the music of Menken and Ashman will delight in producing this gem, which marked the first collaboration for the two. Full of unforgettable characters and a rich and hysterically funny story, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is a perfect choice for theatres that are looking for hidden greats of musical theatre.

Alan Menken speaks about his work:

"Of all the musicals I've composed scores for in my career God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is probably closest and dearest to my heart..."

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"... It was my very first commercially produced musical and, more importantly, my first collaboration with Howard Ashman. Adapted from Kurt Vonnegut's novella, it tells the story of Elliot Rosewater, the eccentric head of the Rosewater Foundation, son of Senator Rosewater, descendant of generations of wealthy and powerful Rosewater's, who finds in the poor and forgotten Americans in Rosewater Township, Indiana, the very people who most deserve his foundation's generosity. And that story struck a deep chord in both Howard and me. The fact that Kurt Vonnegut himself became creatively involved in our little musical was a total dream-come-true.

If you look (and listen) carefully, the seeds of our later work are all over this musical. It was the cradle from which we emerged to write Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin . We lost Howard Ashman way too soon, or that list of titles would have been much longer. That makes it all the more meaningful to me that, nearly 40 years after its creation, God Bless You Mr Rosewater now joins those other titles out in the world."

 

 

 

Concert Selections for Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

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  • "I LOVE YOU" SONG
    From
    25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    William Finn
    Lyrics by
    William Finn
    Instrumentation
    4 Piano-Conductor Scores, Reed (Oboe, Alto Sax), Synthesizer, Percussion, Cello
  • 9 TO 5
    From
    9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • A MUSICAL
    From
    SOMETHING ROTTEN!
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Wayne Kirkpatrick
    Karey Kirkpatrick
    Lyrics by
    Wayne Kirkpatrick
    Karey Kirkpatrick
    Orchestrated by
    Larry Hochman
    Arranged by
    Glen Kelly
  • A PLACE CALLED HOME
    From
    CHRISTMAS CAROL, A
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    Bb
    Estimated duration
    3 min 20 sec
    Music by
    ALAN MENKEN
    Lyrics by
    LYNN AHRENS
    Instrumentation
    5 Bass, 6 Cello, 7 Viola, 17 Violin, 1 Drum, 1 Harp, 1 Horn, 1 Keyboard1,1 keyboard2, 6 Piano Conductor Scores, 2 Percussion, 1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3,1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3
  • ABBONDANZA
    From
    MOST HAPPY FELLA, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    3 MALE VOICES
    Starting Key
    B
    Estimated duration
    7 min 25 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Oboe, 1 Bassoon, 2 Horn 1&2, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 2 Vocal Score, 3 Chorus books
  • ACID QUEEN
    From
    TOMMY, THE WHO'S
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • ACT 2 FINALE - PART 4 ("INTO THE WOODS")
    From
    INTO THE WOODS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    3 min 50 sec
    Music by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Lyrics by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Orchestrated by
    JONATHAN TUNICK
    Instrumentation
    5 Bass, 6 Cello, 2 Horns, 1 Piano, 1 Reed 1 (Flute, Piccolo), 1 Reed 2(Clarinet)1 Reed 3 (Bassoon), 1 Synthesizer, 1 Trumpet in C, 1 Bb Trumpet (opt), 7 Viola, 17 Violin, 3 Percussion, 1 Piano, 2 Piano Conductor Scores, 1 Full Score, 25 Chorus Books
  • ADELAIDE'S LAMENT
    From
    GUYS & DOLLS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    Gb
    Estimated duration
    5 min 10 sec
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    GEORGE BASSMAN & TED ROYAL
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute, 1 English horn, 1 Clarinet in Bb, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Clarinet 3, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone, 9 Violin AC, 8 Violin BD, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 2 Percussion, 2 Piano Conductor
  • ADVENTURES OF A ZOO
    First Performance Fee:
    $300
    Each Additional Performance:
    $150
    Type
    SYMPHONIC COMPOSITION (WITH NARRATION)
    Arranged for
    NARRATOR
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    23 min 20 sec
    Music by
    KLEINSINGER, GEORGE
    Lyrics by
    TRIPP, PAUL
    Instrumentation
    1 Oboe 1, 1 Oboe 2, 1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Flute 3, 1 Clarinet 2(in B), 2 Bassoon 1&2, 1 Clarinet 1(in Bb), 1 Tuba, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Horn 1(in F), 1 Horn 2(in F), 1 Horn 3(in F), 1 Horn 4(in F), 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Narrator, 1 Fullscore
  • AGONY
    From
    INTO THE WOODS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    2 MALES VOICES
    Starting Key
    E
    Estimated duration
    3 min 39 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute, 1 Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn 1, 1 Horn 2, 17 Violin, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1 Synth, 1 Piano, 2 Piano Conductor, 1 Conductor Score, 2 Chorus books
  • AGONY (REPRISE)
    From
    INTO THE WOODS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • AH, MISS
    From
    SWEENEY TODD
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    Eb
    Estimated duration
    3 min 20 sec
    Music by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Lyrics by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    5 Bass, 6 Celli, 1 Organ, 1 Harp, 1 Horn, 4 Piano Conductor Scores, 3 Percussion, 1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Trombone 3, 2 Trumpets, 7 Viola, 17 Violin
  • AH, SWEET MYSTERY / FALLING IN LOVE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    B
    Estimated duration
    7 min 10 sec
    Music by
    TESORI, JEANINE
    Lyrics by
    SCANLAN, DICK
    Orchestrated by
    RALPH BURNS & DOUG BESTERMAN
    Instrumentation
    5 Bass, 6 Cello, 1 Drums, 1 Guitar, 1 Harp, 1 Horn, 2 Percussion, 1 Piano, 1 Reed 1 (Flute), 1 Reed 2 (Clarinet & Flute), 1 Reed 3 (Clarinet), 1 Reed 4 (Flute, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone), 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 17 Violin, 3 Piano Vocal, 1 Full Score
  • AIN'T IT GOOD
    From
    CHILDREN OF EDEN
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    Am
    Estimated duration
    6 min 53 sec
    Music by
    STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
    Lyrics by
    STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
    Instrumentation
    1 Bass, 2 Guitars, 1 Drums, 2 Percussion, Keyboard 1, Keyboard 2, 1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 20 Piano-Conductor Score, 1 Full Score
  • ALDOLPHO
    From
    DROWSY CHAPERONE, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Lisa Lambert
    Greg Morrison
    Lyrics by
    Lisa Lambert
    Greg Morrison
    Orchestrated by
    Larry Blank
    Instrumentation
    Reed 1 (Clarinet, Alto Sax), Reed 2 (Clarinet, Alto Sax), Reed 3 (Piccolo, Clarinet, Tenor Sax), Reed 4 (Bass Clarinet, Baritone Sax), 3 Trumpets, 1 Trombone, Keyboard 1, Keyboard 2, Drums, Percussion, Bass. Your rental set will also include 3 Piano-Conductor Scores.
  • ALL THE WASTED TIME
    From
    PARADE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    CONCERT/SYMPHONIC ARRANGEMENT (WITH VOCAL)
    Starting Key
    Bb
    Estimated duration
    7 min 21 sec
    Music by
    JASON ROBERT BROWN
    Lyrics by
    JASON ROBERT BROWN
    Orchestrated by
    DON SEBESKY & JASON ROBERT BROWN
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute/Piccolo, 2 Oboe, 2 Bb Clarinet, 1 Bass Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 4 Horn, 2 Trumpet, 1 Trombone, 1 Tuba, 2 Percussion, 1 Timpani, 1 Guitar, 1 Piano, (8) Violin I,(8) Violin II, (7) Viola, (6) Cello, (5) Bass. Your materials will also include 1 Full Score.
  • ALMOST REAL
    From
    BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Music by
    Jason Robert Brown
    Lyrics by
    Jason Robert Brown
    Orchestrated by
    Jason Robert Brown
  • ALWAYS STARTING OVER
    From
    IF/THEN
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • ANATEVKA
    From
    FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    Fm
    Estimated duration
    5 min 10 sec
    Music by
    BOCK, JERRY
    Lyrics by
    HARNICK, SHELDON
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn 1, 1 Horn 2, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 17 Violin, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Accordian, 1 Guitar, 2 Piano Conductor, 25 Chorus books
  • AND THIS IS MY BELOVED
    From
    KISMET
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 3 MALE VOICES
    Starting Key
    F
    Estimated duration
    7 min 23 sec
    Music by
    WRIGHT, ROBERT
    FORREST, GEORGE
    Lyrics by
    WRIGHT, ROBERT
    FORREST, GEORGE
    Orchestrated by
    KAY, ARTHUR
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bass clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 2 Horn, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Tuba, 1 Vibes, 9 Violin AC, 8 Violin BD, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 2 Piano Conductor, 4 Chorus books
  • ANOTHER HUNDRED PEOPLE
    From
    COMPANY
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE (Plus optional Vocal Minority, 4 females)
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    3 min 58 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    Reed 1 (Piccolo), Reed 2 (Flute), Reed 3 (Flute), Reed 4 (Oboe), Reed 5 (Clarinet), 2 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Percussion, Guitar (Electric), Piano, (16) Violins, (6) Cello, Bass, Vocal Minority (optional). You rental set will also include 2 Piano-Conductor Scores and 1 Full Score.
  • ANOTHER NIGHT
    First Performance Fee:
    $0
    Each Additional Performance:
    $0
  • ANY MOMENT
    From
    INTO THE WOODS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    Eb
    Estimated duration
    3 min 20 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Full Score, 5 Bass, 6 Celli, 2 Horns, 4 Piano Conductor Scores, 1 Piano3 Percussion, 1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Synthesizer, 7 Viola, 17 Violin
  • ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
    From
    ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    5 min 38 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Flute 3, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bass clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 2 Horn 1&2, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 2 Cello A, 2 Cello B, 2 Cello C, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion(Timp, Triangle), 1 Accordian, 2 Piano Conductor
  • ANYWHERE I WANDER
    From
    HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    CONCERT/SYMPHONIC ARRANGEMENT (WITH VOCAL)
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Frank Loesser
  • AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME (F#)
    From
    OLIVER!, LIONEL BART'S
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME (F)
    From
    OLIVER!, LIONEL BART'S
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME (G)
    From
    OLIVER!, LIONEL BART'S
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • AS WE STUMBLE ALONG
    From
    DROWSY CHAPERONE, THE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
  • ASCOT GAVOTTE
    From
    MY FAIR LADY, LERNER AND LOEWE'S
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec

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May 03, 2021
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Encores orchestrations

Is it possible that the 2016 revival orchestrations will be available at any point in the future?

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May 12, 2016
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Why has this show not been released?
The description for this show says that the general release date is unknown, yet I can't find it being shown anywhere. Is there some other reason that the show is not available? Being an Indiana theater close to Vonnegut's home town, we are interested in doing this show.
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