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The Boys from Syracuse

The first musical ever adapted from Shakespeare remains the most madcap musical farce ever to animate the stage.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy

  • Time Period: Greek; Roman; Biblical
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 1962 Obie Award for Best Musical Revival
    Winner! 1962 Vernon Rice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Off-Broadway Theatre
Twins! More twins! Women-chased and chaste! The first musical ever adapted from Shakespeare remains the most madcap musical farce ever to animate the stage. 

Antipholus and his wily servant, Dromio, travel to Ephesus in search of their respective twins, from whom they were separated in a shipwreck. Naturally, they are immediately taken for their brothers and we're off and running on a riotous chase from marketplace to marital bed. 

Perplexed wives, disgruntled courtesans, outraged constables and an audience roaring with laughter are left in its wake before this show's tangled web is unraveled, and Rodgers & Hart & Abbott have triumphed once again!

REVIEWS:

"It doesn't get much better than this."

The New York Observer

"I believe it will be regarded as the greatest musical comedy of its time...set to the most captivating, thrilling, humorous music and lyrics in the long and honorable history of Messrs. Rodgers and Hart, and it has a modern and swift moving book."

New York World Telegram

"The kind of show we've almost lost the ability to create."

New York Post

"Light as a feather and fresh as a day in spring."

The Wall Street Journal
Premiere Production: In 1938, Rodgers & Hart's musical The Boys From Syracuse had its New York premiere at the Alvin Theatre, and ran for 235 performances.
  • Casting: 8M, 6F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Chorus Size: Large

  • SERGEANT
    DUKE
    AEGEON
    ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
    DROMIO OF EPHESUS
    TAILOR
    ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE
    DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
    MERCHANT OF SYRACUSE
    APPRENTICE
    ANGELO
    CORPORAL
    LUCE
    ADRIANA
    LUCIANA
    MAIDS (3)
    SORCERER
    COURTESAN
    FATIMA
    COURTESANS (2)
    MERCHANT OF EPHESUS
    GALATEA
    PYGMALIAN
    AMAZONS (3)
    EMILIA
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Libretto/Vocal Book
    1 x Piano Vocal 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 Vocal Scores

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Reed I (Piccolo, Flute, Optional Clarinet)
    2 x Reed II-III (Clarinet I, Clarinet II (Doubling Bass Clarinet))
    1 x Trumpet I-II
    1 x Trombone
    2 x Drums (Trap Set, Timpani, Suspended Cymbal, Xylophone, Wood Block, Gong, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Finger Cymbals, Tambourine, Ratchet, Siren, Triangle, Temple Blocks)
    2 x Violin I-II (Divisi)
    1 x Cello (Divisi)
    1 x Bass
    1 x Harp
    1 x Piano
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    $350.00 +$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