Written by
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.
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Orchestrations by Donny Walker​

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New Music and Revised Lyrics © Mark A. Ridge  All Rights Reserved
Welcome to 43rd Street, the musical that pays homage to many classic Broadway and Hollywood musicals and to screen legend Joan Crawford.  

On this page, you will find some general information, including a cast break-down, musical demos and sample script pages.  For additional information, please use the contact form located at the bottom of the page.​​

Featuring singing, dancing, camp humor and men in drag, 43rd Street is the ultimate back-stage musical!

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It takes balls to be ​a​
​leading lady on Broadway!
Cast of Characters
(With doubling, 43rd Street Requires 13 Actors)
For a sample of the script, click the pages.






CLICK THE SONG TITLE TO HEAR A SAMPLE
Note:  These are rough demo recordings.  We are still working of the arrangements and orchestrations.
It's  ​the  Carol Burnett  Show
​meets ​ John Waters.

"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. "

"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

"The showtunes and the ​movies become a game for the audience ​to play while it’s ​watching the play itself."
"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."
Mr. Douglas Hill,
​Associate Producer, ​
​Neil Simon Festival
Mr. Douglas Hill,
Associate Producer, ​Neil Simon Festival




​ACTOR - A seasoned Broadway Actor
​DIRECTOR - Off-Stage Voice
BETSY – A young, perky, ambitious but slightly naïve girl with her sights set on becoming a Broadway Star.
WOMAN #1 - Off-Stage Voice
GRANDMA - Betsy’s sweet grandmother.
GABE - A powerful businessman and womanizing Broadway angel.
PENNY - Glamourous and powerful movie star Joan Crawford as her character from Torch Song.
BANKS - Powerful banker and backer of Broadway shows.
JEFFERSON - The world’s greatest director. Directs as if his very life depends on it and it may.
SKIP – The choreographer and assistant director.
DR. BROCKTON - Jefferson’s female doctor.
MONA - A chorus girl who is far from the brightest bulb on Broadway.
FANNY - A chorus girl who rarely says “No.”
PETER - A young, attractive chorus boy.
HARRY - A young, attractive chorus boy.
DICK - A young, handsome, multi-talented Broadway actor.
TEENIE - Penny’s maid who yearns for more.
FILMORE - A young, handsome, physical fitness entrepreneur.
KATHIE - A very pregnant, indentured singer with an amazing voice.

NOTES

​​BETSY   ​(Can be played by a female or by a male actor in drag)
​GRANDMA
also plays TEENIE   ​(Should be played by a male actor in drag)
​PENNY   ​
(Should be played by a male actor in drag)
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.


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                                                     ​​​   ​MUSICAL NUMBERS



                                                               ACT ONE

OVERTURE​​

THEY ALWAYS PICK ON ME    (Betsy)

THERE’S A BROKEN HEART FOR EVERY LIGHT ON BROADWAY
(Grandma)

I CAN ALWAYS FIND A LITTLE SUNSHINE
(Dick)

I CAN ALWAYS FIND A LITTLE SUNSHINE (REPRISE)   (Dick, Peter and Harry)

SHE’S A MEAN JOB  
(Peter, Harry, Mona, Fanny)

YOU’RE JUST THE TYPE FOR A BUNGALOW
   (Dick and Betsy)

I NEVER KNEW I COULD LOVE ANYBODY
(Kathie)

THEY ALWAYS PICK ON ME (REPRISE)   (Kathie)

A LITTLE KIND TREATMENT   (Teenie)

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)

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

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

YOU THINK HE’S YOUR MAN (Peter)

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)


Additional Music

​​ALL BY MYSELF     (Full Instrumental Version)​​​​​​​​​​





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For a sample of the piano score, click the pages.









For a sample of a full orchestration page, click the pages.​​​​​






​​​​​​​​Orchestrations for Piano, 5 or 10 instruments.

Contact Information

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