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110 In The Shade (Revised)

N. Richard Nash, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones explore depression-era love and hope in this musical adaptation of Nash's stage play, The Rainmaker.

In the tiny town of Three Point, in the hot and drought-stricken American southwest, travelling con man Bill Starbuck promises the local farmers he can conjure some much-needed rain. Spinster Lizzie Curry, whose advances are rebuffed by Sheriff File, blossoms as she pursues a romantic relationship with the charismatic stranger.

Number include Love, Don't Turn Away, Little Red Hat, Simple Little Things, Everything Beautiful Happens At Night and Evenin' Star. This intimate show requires a cast of just 13 and an orchestra of 10.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult, Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
It's the Fourth of July, 1936, and the small southwestern town of Three Point is experiencing a blistering heat wave (Another Hot Day). Lizzy Curry, a cheerful, fiercely intelligent thirty-ish spinster, regretfully accepts that no man outside her family has ever loved her or found her beautiful. But her rancher father, HC, and brothers urge her to pursue a romance with Sheriff File by dressing up and bringing a tasty lunch to the town picnic. Lizzy reluctantly agrees (Love, Don't Turn Away).

Sheriff File is resistant to the Curry brothers' plan (Poker Polka), and refuses to join "The Hungry Men" at the picnic. Lizzie, stung by File's rejection, is heartbroken. Suddenly, a stranger named Bill Starbuck arrives in town, claiming he can bring an end to the town's drought for a payment of $100 (The Rain Song). HC, intrigued by Starbuck's charm, gives him the money. Lizzie, however, is scornful, and she and Starbuck butt heads (You're Not Foolin' Me). Lizzie playfully imagines herself living a different sort of life (Raunchy). File does show up at the picnic, and he shares some painful truths with Lizzie (A Man and A Woman). Her attempts at flirtation drive him away, though, and she's left alone to contemplate her future as an "Old Maid."

Evening sets upon the picnic (Everything Beautiful Happens at Night) and Starbuck privately does a bit of soul-searching (Evenin' Star). Lizzie is inexplicably drawn to the quiet of Starbuck's camp. Alone with Lizzie, Starbuck urges her to dream beyond her small town (Melisande), but she defends her desire for "Simple Little Things." Starbuck encourages Lizzie to see her own beauty, and the lights fade as they embrace.

Back at the picnic, Lizzie's brother Jimmy boasts of his own romantic exploits (Little Red Hat). File enters, seeking a fugitive con man, whom he strongly suspects is Starbuck. HC, understanding that Lizzie needs to make a connection with a man, refuses to reveal their whereabouts. Meanwhile, Starbuck confesses to Lizzie that he's never actually conjured any rain, and she privately wonders whether it's best to live somewhere in between dreams and real life (Is It Really Me?)

Lizzie and Starbuck return to the picnic, and File makes a plea for Lizzie's affections (Wonderful Music). Lizzie must make a choice, and with newfound self-assurance, she chooses a quiet life with Sheriff File. Starbuck drives off into the distance, and suddenly the heavens open, bathing the townspeople in glorious, nourishing rain (Finale: The Rain Song).

Premiere Production: 110 In The Shade played for 330 performance on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre starring Robert Horton, Inga Swenson and Stephen Douglass. In London's West End, it played for 101 performances at the Palace Theatre starring Ivor Emmanuel and Joel Warfield. It was revived in 1992 by the New York City Opera, and most recently on Broadway at Studio 54, starring Audra McDonald, John Cullum and Steve Kazee. This version of the show opened at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA in 2002.
  • Casting: 8M, 5F

  • H.C. CURRY - a Southwestern rancher
    LIZZIE CURRY - his daughter
    NOAH CURRY - his oldest son
    JIMMY CURRY - his youngest son
    FILE - the local sheriff
    STARBUCK - a rainmaker
    SNOOKIE UPDEGRAFF - Jimmy's girlfriend
    GEORGE CURTIS - a farmer-minister in his early fifties
    HANNA CURTIS - his wife
    JOE COPELAND - a rancher in this thirties
    BEVERLY COPELAND - his wife
    PHIL MACKEY - about nineteen
    SAMMIE-SUE MILLER - a teenage girl
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Script & Vocal Score

    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    13 x Prompt Books with Vocal Parts for Cast
    1 x Prompt Book with Vocal Parts for Director
    1 x Piano-Conductor's Score

    $450.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Clarinet
    1 x Bassoon
    1 x Trumpet

    1 x Piano
    1 x Harp
    1 x Percussion (1 player):
    Trap Drum Set: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Tom-Toms (2), High-Hat & Cymbal
    Bell Tree
    Wood Block
    Temple Blocks (2)

    1 x Solo Violin
    1 x Solo Viola
    1 x Solo Cello
    1 x Solo Bass

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm
    Partitur Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Full Score (Partitur) in 2 volumes is available, at an additional charge, with the rental of the full orchestration.

    $120.00 +$120.00/pm