Music and Lyrics
Written by

Nora Bayes, Irving Berlin, N.J. Clesi, Walter Donaldson, Ray Eagan, Fred Fisher,

Lemuel Fowler, Joe Goodwin, James E. Hanley, Clarence Jennings,

Howard Johnson, Geo. Landis, Sam M. Lewis, J.P. Long, Roy Marsh, Billy McCabe, Stanley Murphy, Jack Norworth, Mitchell Parish, Paul Pelham, Maceo Pinkard, Tom Pitts, Mark A. Ridge, J. Russel Robinson, Howard Rogers, Fred Rose,

Jimmy Selby, Al Siegel, Andrew V. Souders, Harry D. Squires, Roy Turk,

Harry Von Tilzer, Paul Whiteman, Eleanor Young and Joe Young


Original Music & Lyrics are all in the public domain.


Orchestrations

by

Donny Walker

New Music, Revised Lyrics and Orchestrations

© Mark A. Ridge

All Rights Reserved


It's the

Carol Burnett Show 

meets

John Waters.

"The showtunes and the movies become a game for the audience to play while it’s watching the play itself."

Mr. Douglas Hill,

Associate Producer,

Neil Simon Festival

Cast of Characters

(With doubling, 43rd Street Requires 13 Actors)


*BETSY
A young, perky, ambitious but slightly naïve girl.


KATHIE
A very pregnant, indentured singer with an amazing voice.


**PENNY
Joan Crawford as her character from the film Torch Song.


JEFFERSON
The world’s greatest director.


DICK
A young, handsome, multi-talented Broadway actor.


SKIP
The choreographer and assistant director.


PETER
A young, attractive chorus boy.


FANNY
A chorus girl who rarely says “No.”


**GRANDMA / TEENIE
Betsy’s sweet grandmother.

Penny’s maid who yearns for more


BANKS / FILMORE
A powerful banker and backer of Broadway shows.

A young, handsome, physical fitness entrepreneur.


HARRY / A DIRECTOR IN INDIANA
A young, attractive chorus boy.

A Midwestern Theatre Director


THE ACTOR / GABE
A theatre veteran.

A powerful businessman and womanizing Broadway Angel


MONA / DR. BROCKTON
A chorus girl who is far from the brightest bulb on Broadway.

Jefferson’s doctor.


NOTES:

* Can be played by a female or male actor in drag.

**Should be played a male actor in drag.

With the exception of Grandma and Tennie, the other roles do not have to be double cast.

If desired, additional chorus members may be added.

"The play draws a lot of energy from staples of the traditional drag show: parody, camp, mockery of “traditional” values, references to popular culture, and winks and nods at the audience. There is also an attitude of fringe theatre in the script -- but where many fringe shows seek to alienate older adults, I found that this script still reached out to fans of classic cinema and early Jazz music. "

43rd Street should have the timeless feel of a late-night movie musical. The scenes should shift seamlessly and merge into one another with an almost cinematic quality. Some of the locations can be actual sets and some merely suggested.

  MUSICAL NUMBERS

(* Listen to sample from our rough demo recording)


ACT ONE


OVERTURE


*THEY ALWAYS PICK ON ME

(Betsy)

(Jodi Ewen, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


*THERE’S A BROKEN HEART FOR EVERY LIGHT ON BROADWAY

(Grandma)

Marty Grubbs, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


*I CAN ALWAYS FIND A LITTLE SUNSHINE

(Dick)

Will Wilhelm, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


*I CAN ALWAYS FIND A LITTLE SUNSHINE (REPRISE)

(Dick, Peter and Harry)

Will Wilhelm, Mike Pope, Chad Gearig-Howe, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


*SHE’S A MEAN JOB

(Peter, Harry, Mona, Fanny)

Panagiota Valkanas, Stephanie Hansen, Mike Pope, Chad Gearig-Howe, Vocals

Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


YOU’RE JUST THE TYPE FOR A BUNGALOW

(Dick and Betsy)


*I NEVER KNEW I COULD LOVE ANYBODY

(Kathie)

Bree Gordon, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker Musicians


THEY ALWAYS PICK ON ME (REPRISE)

(Kathie)


*A LITTLE KIND TREATMENT

(Teenie)

Marty Grubbs, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


MISTER MOON MAN

(Dick, Betsy, Peter, Harry, Fanny, Mona, Kathie, Teenie)


ALL BY MYSELF

(Kathie, Dick, Peter, Harry, Fanny, Mona and Penny)




ACT TWO


MAMMA WHIP! MAMMA SPANK!

(Kathie)


*I’LL MAKE YOU WANT ME

(Teenie and Penny)

Marty Grubbs, Chad Gearig-Howe, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


*GEE! BUT I HATE TO GO HOME ALONE

(Dick)

Will Wilhelm, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians


GEE! BUT I HATE TO GO HOME ALONE (REPRISE)

(Dick and Peter)


*YOU THINK HE’S YOUR MAN

(Peter)

Mike Pope, Vocals, Justin Harner, Piano


MAMMA WHIP! MAMMA SPANK! (REPRISE)

(Kathie and Fanny)


DON’T BRING ME PANSIES

(Dick, Peter, Harry and Betsy)


SWEET INDIANA HOME

(Betsy and Filmore)


TAP THAT!

(Kathie, Betsy, Dick, Peter, Harry, Mona, Fanny, Penny and Teenie)


43rd STREET

(The Company)


*43rd STREET (REPRISE)

(The Company)

Jodi Ewen, Will Wilhelm, Marty Grubbs, Bree Gordon, Panagiota Valkanas, Chad Gearig-Howe,

Stephanie Hansen, Mike Pope, Vocals - Justin Harner, Donny Walker, Musicians



"While the music shies away from well-known standards of the American songbook, there is a familiarity in the early jazz/ragtime music selected which makes the soundtrack quickly accessible."

it takes balls to be a leading lady on broadway

43rd Street is a musical parody that pays homage to many classic Broadway and Hollywood musicals and to screen legend Joan Crawford.  Featuring singing, dancing, camp humor and men in drag, 43rd Street is the ultimate back-stage musical!


On this page, you will find some general information, including a cast break-down, sample script pages and sample pages from the score.  Some songs have musical samples from our rough demo recording.


For additional information, please use the contact link in the main menu.


I'll put the

Broad

back into Broadway

"I love the anachronistic references to keep the audience on their toes. I like all the work done to keep the audience in the show by referring to them constantly and I appreciate the subtle working of showtune lyrics into the character dialogues and the constant references back to Joan Crawford movies. "

Mr. Douglas Hill,

Associate Producer,

Neil Simon Festival

Welcome to 

SAMPLE PAGES 

FROM

THE SCRIPT

SAMPLE PAGES 

FROM

THE PIANO SCORE

SAMPLE PAGES 

FROM

THE ORCHESTRATIONS

Questions?  Comments?

Licensing Information?

Mr. Douglas Hill,

Associate Producer,

Neil Simon Festival

Mr. Douglas Hill,

Associate Producer,

Neil Simon Festival

Promotional Videos

On October 19, 2015, 43rd Street was given a staged reading by Three Cat Productions in Chicago.  The following folks were kind enough to volunteer their time and talent to make the reading a smashing success!


Andrew Seller, Arne Saupe, Brian Sheridan, Catherine Hermes

Jake Degler, Jason Paul Smith, Jeff Broitman, John Steins

john Wilson. Leigh Yenrick,  Lisa Stran, Molly Beran

Paul Oasulka, Scott Ozaroski and Wesley James.


Sending out a special THANKS to the following folks who have donated their time, talents or money to help create the show!


Thanks to:​​

Adam Siegel
​Amy Neslon
​Amy ​Wallin
Anonymous ​
​Barbara Roche
David Cohen​
Denise Maxwell​
Diana Oliver​
Ilene Collins​
Ira Kohlman​
John Nasca​
John Scarpa​
Jodi Burke​
Jose Nathaniel Billy Suparollo, Esq.​
Kara Stefanson​
Kenneth Saganski​
​Kimberly Muller
Lisa Mancini​
Logan Stefanson​
Mark Contorno​
Mark Smaglinski​
Megan Machnik​
Michael Halberstam​
Michelle McKenzie-Voight​
Neal Wagner​
Peter Burke​
Richard Paul​
Sasha Gerritson​
Shari Lewis​
Tamara Albertson​
Tom Stefanson​


In May of 2015, A small, closed door reading of the first draft of 43rd Street was held.  The following folks were kind enough to volunteer their time and talents.


Amanda Bessinger, Bryan Breau, Sean Ewert
Marty Grubbs, John Highberger, Aaron Itczak-McCarty
Brooke Johnson, andrew pond, Andrew Souders

Amy Wallin, Charlie Wein & Lee Wichman