A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop
A jukebox celebration of the early days of Rock & Roll!
Available in the US and Canada only
Show Essentials
15
Roles
+ Ensemble
PG
Rated
2
Acts

Full Synopsis

Act One

In the mid-1960s, Ruby Lester, a famous singer, appears on TV ("Sleepwalk"). Talking to the audience, she tells them that before she became a singer, she grew up listening to her father Chester DJ at a local radio station KWK in St. Louis, Missouri. The scene begins to change and take us back to 1959. Ruby introduces us to Gary, the lead of a local band called Gary and the Twisters, and others at Ruby's high school who had dreams of their own. Judy wants to create the next hit dance move. Raymond wants to be a DJ just like Chester.

Gary and the Twisters are performing at the high school dance ("Rock Around the Clock"). When Ruby, then known as Roberta, tells Judy that she wants to be in Rock & Roll band, Judy and other students are shocked she wants to be a "loser" like Gary. Raymond rushes in and tells everyone to listen to an announcement on KWK. A DJ at KWK announces the station will no longer play Rock & Roll records and declares this week is "record breaking" week. The following week, Elvis gets kicked out ("Rip It Up"), as do The Coasters ("Yakety Yak"), and Little Richard ("Tutti Frutti (Short)").

Back at school, students are mad at Ruby because her dad works at KWK ("I'm Sorry"). Ruby is determined to make a change and transforms her look, going from Roberta to Ruby ("Rock Around the Clock (Reprise)").

KWK is receiving dozens of angry calls about the ban on Rock & Roll. The Boss, who's been in charge for a week, talks to Chester and praises him for playing along with the new station policy so well. Chester is upset and tells Boss that he can't stand not playing Rock & Roll. Raymond arrives to start his summer job at KWK. Boss explains their plan to keep listeners excited: a contest. And it's up to Chester and Raymond to make it happen or they lose their jobs. After Boss leaves, they confess to each other how much they miss Rock & Roll ("Who Put the Bomp?").

During home economics, Judy shares with Ruby and the rest of the class about her dream of coming up with a new dance ("The Loco-Motion"). After class, they overhear students talk about Gary and the Twisters playing at the Rockabilly Barn. Ruby and Judy decide to go.

At the Rockabilly Barn, Gary and the Twisters are performing ("Jailhouse Rock"). Judy introduces Ruby to Gary. When Gary asks her to join as a backup singer for the Twisters, Ruby doubts that singing backup will help her chase her dream. But when television talent scout Rick Parks introduces himself to Gary and tells him that he's looking for female singers, Ruby changes her mind and performs with her new "Rubettes" ("Jim Dandy"). Rick asks Ruby to come to the station for a screen test the following week. Judy gets Ruby to admit she has feelings for Gary.

At the KWK station, Ruby tells Chester the news about Rick Parks and the screen test. Boss is enraged when they hear about Rick Parks hosting a song and dancing contest at the TV station. Raymond suggests that KWK hold a "Name That Song" competition and drop a clue from a song every week. The winner will get to DJ the station for a week.

Kids are listening to KWK for the first clue at a diner. Judy comes in to show her new dance move ("Land of a Thousand Dances") - only to learn that it has already been done and has a name - The Pony.

Ruby catches Gary singing on the roof of Rockabilly Barn and tells him that Rick Parks wants her to sing on the show Dance Sensation. As the two confide in each other about their worries and frustrations, Gary shows her his favorite spot "Up On the Roof". They almost kiss. Back inside the Barn, Rick Parks finds them and tells Ruby he wants her performing on "Let's Rock!", a new Rock & Roll show. He's claimed the Rockabilly Barn for the whole year to produce and broadcast the show. Gary chimes in, hoping that this means the Twisters will get to perform on TV, but Rick tells him that they won't be on the show. Gary's history with reform school will not sit well with sponsors. Gary storms off, while Ruby is conflicted about who to side with.

Act Two

Backstage in her dressing room, Ruby is getting read for "Let's Rock!". Although she's excited to have her big break, she worries that she has turned back on her dad, Gary, and her friends. The show begins ("Let's Rock!"), and Ruby makes her television debut ("Rip It Up (Reprise)").

At KWK, Boss is furious that "Let's Rock!" has stolen their listeners and blames Chester. Raymond suggests they offer money for their contest prize. Boss sets the prize to a staggering ten thousand dollars. The station doesn't actually have the money, but Boss is going to rig the contest to avoid paying out.

Meanwhile, "Let's Rock!" continues ("Stupid Cupid"). Judy is about to dance on TV for the dance contest but is too scared to do it. Raymond encourages her to go for it and gets her spirits up. Judy performs her new dance ("The Judy") and wins.

At a diner, Gary and the Twisters perform ("Runaway"). Everyone there listens to the next KWK contest clue. As Ruby enters the diner, Gary mocks her for her newfound stardom. Raymond pulls Gary aside, promising he has something that could be worth his while.

Chester finds the final Rock & Roll record remaining at KWK - a Chuck Berry record signed by Mr. Berry himself. Chester doesn't have the heart to destroy it and decides to play it on air ("Johnny B. Goode"). Boss comes in and destroys the record after the song finishes. Raymond informs Boss that he's set it up that Gary will shout out the right answer for their contest.

Chester announces the final clue in the high school gymnasium ("The Contest Results") and Gary shouts out the answer. Just as Gary is declared the winner, the police barge in to arrest Boss and Chester for holding a gambling event without a license. Raymond confesses that he gave Gary the answer in advance. Ruby and Judy are furious, but Gary and Raymond tell them they love them. Gary asks the police to let Boss and Chester go if he doesn't take the prize money and if Boss spends some of the money on Rock & Roll records for the station. Boss agrees, and everyone celebrates the return of Rock & Roll ("Blue Suede Shoes (Finale Part 1)", "Tutti Frutti (Finale Part 2)").

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Medium (11 to 20 performers)
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Ruby Lester

Daughter of DJ Chester Lester. At the beginning she is a famous Popular singer with her own TV show, then as the musical goes back in time to the late 50’s, she’s known as “Roberta”, a slightly nerdy girls wearing glasses and dreaming of Rock & Roll. But once she gets to the Rockabilly Barn she starts to transform into a current, hip, late-50’s teenager.

Gender: female
Age: 15 to 18
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Gary

High School dropout – Passionate, hot headed, and longing for a Rock ‘n’ Roll recording contract. Love interest of Ruby and the lead of Gary & The Twisters.

Gender: male
Age: 18 to 21
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: C3
Judy Marone

Best friend of Ruby's - she loves the R&R beat and wants to invent her "own" dance step. Her biggest challenge thinking up a truly “original” dance step.

Gender: female
Age: 14 to 17
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Raymond

Judy's boyfriend and an aspiring DJ who becomes the KWK Radio Studio Flunky.

Gender: male
Age: 14 to 18
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Chester Lester

Top DJ and Radio host on KWK and Dad to Ruby.

Gender: male
Age: 16 to 18
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Rick Parks

Rock & Roll talent scout and Host of new LET’S ROCK Dance TV show.

Gender: male
Age: 16 to 18
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Boss (Mr./Mrs. Davis)

Owner of the Radio Station who bans Rock & Roll music

Age: 16 to 18
Josephine

Secretary/Receptionist for KWK and general busy body.

Gender: female
Age: 16 to 18
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Mrs. Possibilities

A Julia Childs type of character who is teaching the Home Economics class. **May even be a guy in drag ala Mrs. Doubtfire.

Age: 16 to 18
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Bopper

Cooler band member of Gary & The Twisters.

Gender: male
Age: 16 to 18
Stewie

Weaselly kid who always knows the latest “scoop,” band member of Gary & The Twisters.

Gender: male
Age: 16 to 18
Sally

High School Girl

Gender: female
Age: 16 to 18
Donna

The bad girl type, with a snarky attitude about everything.

Gender: female
Age: 16 to 18
Betty

High School girl and a Roller skating waitress at Moe’s Diner.

Gender: female
Age: 16 to 18
Joey

High School friend of Raymond.

Gender: male
Age: 16 to 18
Featured Roles

The following roles can be played by different members of the cast (Director’s prerogative):

Coasters, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis, Radio Station Workers, Rubettes, Janie, Tony, Billy, Bobby, Assoc. Producer, Assoc. Assoc. Producer, Police Officer #1 & #2

Age: 19 to 30
Generic Ensemble Characters

The “Generic” Ensemble can be any other characters that might populate Webster Groves, MO. High school kids, parents, teachers, etc. The number can vary depending on how many ensemble performers are available to cast.

Full Song List
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Overture
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Sleepwalk
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Rock Around The Clock
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Rip It Up
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Yakety Yak
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Tutti Frutti (Short)
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: I'm Sorry
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Rock Around The Clock (Reprise)
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Who Put The Bomp?
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: The Loco-Motion
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Jailhouse Rock
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Jim Dandy
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Land Of A Thousand Dances
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Up On the Roof
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Entr'acte
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Let's Rock! (TV Show Theme)
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Rip It Up (Reprise)
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Stupid Cupid (Part 1)
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Stupid Cupid (Part 2)
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: The Judy (Part 1)
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: The Judy (Part 2)
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Runaway
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Johnny B. Goode
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: The Contest Results
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Blue Suede Shoes (Finale Part 1)
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Tutti Frutti (Finale Part 2)
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Rock Around The Clock (Bows)

Billing

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A-WOP BOP A-LOO BOP

100%

Book by Mark Brymer and John Jacobson

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Copyright Notices:
Book © 2020 Mark Brymer and John Jacobson All rights reserved.

A-WOP BOP A-LOO BOP - Music Publishing Credits
MTI shall require that the billing for the musical compositions appear on or appurtenant to the “Staff Credit Page” of the program for all licensed productions of the Play.
"BLUE SUEDE SHOES"
Written by Carl Lee Perkins
Courtesy of Wren Music Co. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
 
"I'M SORRY"
Written by Dub Allbritten, Ronnie Self
Songs of Universal Inc. (BMI) Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
 
"JAILHOUSE ROCK"
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI)
Used by Permission. All rights reserved. 
 
"JIM DANDY"
Composed by Lincoln Chase
Published by Embassy Music Corporation (BMI) in the United States
Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved
(Stage show only--not for streaming)
 
"JOHNNY B GOODE"
Written by Chuck Berry
Published by Isalee Music Publishing Company c/o Dualtone Words and Songs administered by Entertainment One Music, BMG Platinum Songs (BMI) obo Arc Music Corp. (BMI), Jewel Music Publishing Co Ltd obo Arc Music Corp. (BMI)
Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
 
"LAND OF A THOUSAND DANCES"
Written by Christopher Kenner
Published by EMI Longitude Music (BMI)
Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
 
“LET'S ROCK!”
Written by Mark Brymer and John Jacobson
Published by Brymark Publishing Company
Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
 
"LOCO-MOTION"
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. (BMI)
Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
 
"RIP IT UP"
Written by Robert Alexander Blackwell and John S. Marascalco
Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI) and Robin Hood Music Co. (BMI)
Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
 
"ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK"
Written by Max Freedman and James Myers
Published by Kassner Associated Publishers, Ltd., Myers Music Inc. (ASCAP, PRS)
Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
 
"RUNAWAY"
Written by Max Crook, Del Shannon
Published by BMG Bumblebee (BMI) obo Mole Hole Music (BMI) and Appoline Avenue Music, Inc. (BMI) and Belton Street Music, Inc. (BMI)
Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
 
"SLEEP WALK"
Written by John Farina, Santo Farina, Ann Farina, Don Wolf Published by Aniraf Inc. (BMI), Alley Music Corp. (BMI), Carbert Music, Inc. (BMI), Trio Music Company (BMI) administered by Round Hill Carlin LLC
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"STUPID CUPID"
Written by Howard Greenfield and Neil Sedaka
Published by EMI Longitude Music, Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. (BMI)
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“THE JUDY”
Written by Mark Brymer and John Jacobson
Published by Brymark Publishing Company
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"TUTTI FRUTTI"
Written by Dorothy Labostrie, Joe Lubin and Richard Penniman
Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI)
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"UP ON THE ROOF"
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. (BMI)
Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
 
"WHO PUT THE BOMP IN THE BOMP BOMP BOMP"
Written by Gerry Goffin and Barry Mann
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. (BMI)
Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
 
"YAKETY YAK"
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI)
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Included Materials

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DOWNLOADABLE VIDEO CONTENT1
LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOK30
PIANO VOCAL SCORE2

Production Resources

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STANDARD ORCHESTRATION

InstrumentationDoubling
BASS
DRUMS
GUITAR
KEYBOARD 1
REED 1
REED 2
REED 3
TRUMPET
TRUMPET 2