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I'd Rather Be Right

"What's a young couple to do when they can't get married until he gets a raise, and his boss won't give him a raise until the President balances the budget?"

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy

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

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Church / Religious Groups
The unique collaboration of Rodgers & Hart and Kaufman & Hart brought George M. Cohan back to Broadway after an absence of ten years, resulting in the largest advance sale in Broadway history.

This Depression-era political satire, set in NYC's Central Park, poses the question, 'What's a young couple to do when they can't get married until he gets a raise, and his boss won't give him a raise until the President balances the budget?' Who should come strolling through the park but FDR himself, and soon he is determined to resolve the country's economic crisis on behalf of his young new friends.

The ensuing machinations bring on the entire cabinet, the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice, the Federal Theatre's production of 'Spring in Vienna,' and the President's mother. No one escapes unscathed in this hilarious political sent-up which, over half a century after its creation, still plays as if inspired by last week's headlines.

REVIEWS:

"Provides quite a bit of amusement for persons well-versed in American history. The jokes come fast and furious."

Taoyue

"Rich in amiable monkeyshines...it applies a droll and delightful slapstick to the seat of government and amounts to as happy a sport as the theatre has provided in some time."

Newsweek
Premiere Production: In 1937, Rodgers & Hart's musical I'd Rather Be Right opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York. The show ran for 290 performances.
  • Casting: 8M, 5F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Chorus Size: Large

  • PEGGY JONES
    PHIL BARKER
    THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
    HIS SECRETARY
    THE POSTMASTER GENERAL
    THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
    THE SECRETARY OF STATE
    THE SECRETARY OF LABOR
    THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
    THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
    THE SECRETARY OF WAR
    THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
    THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
    THE CHIEF JUSTICE
    JAMES B. MAXWELL
    FEDERAL THEATRE DIRECTOR
    SOCIAL SECURITIES MESSENGER
    THE PRESIDENT'S MOTHER
    A BUTLER
    THE JUDGE'S GIRL
    SISTIE
    BUZZIE
    TONY
    JOE
    THE ACROBATS - (2)
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Libretto-Vocal Book
    1 x Piano Conductor Score

    $24.00
    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.

    20 x Libretto-Vocal Books
    2 x Piano Conductor Scores

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Lib/Vocal Book 10 Pack Shipped with (or after) Rehearsal Material. This is optional.

    10 x Libretto-Vocal Books

    $50.00 +$50.00/pm