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A Catered Affair

A Catered Affair tells the story of a Bronx mother’s efforts to give her only daughter the elaborate wedding she never had – and the bride never asked for.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre
A Catered Affair tells the story of a Bronx mother’s efforts to give her only daughter the elaborate wedding she never had – and the bride never asked for.

In this funny, poignant and oh, so human show of love and disaffection, Harvey Fierstein’s book and John Bucchino’s score explore both our need for love and true meaning of family.

The Broadway production received 12 Drama Desk Award nominations, the most of any show of the 2007-2008 season, and was chosen as Best Musical by the New York Drama League.

REVIEWS:

"A triumph of craft over commercialism. Fierstein's book is a sweet tale filled with humor and pathos. Bucchino's score for A CATERED AFFAIR is a ravishing combination of gorgeous melodies and scrupulously crafted lyrics. He has ingeniously blended recitative and song into character-driven pieces that fuse perfectly with the dialogue. It's an auspicious Broadway debut for Bucchino and several songs in the score, such as ''Don't Ever Stop Saying 'I Love You,''' are destined to become standards."

David Hurst Next Magazine

"An emphasis on characters drawn with passion and compassion, and handled with that most quaint of virtues: dignity. [Fierstein] has fashioned a witty, wise, moving script. John Bucchino's score is similarly thoughtful and heartfelt."

Elysa Gardner USA Today

"This Bronx tale, with its interlocking, underlining and quietly beautiful music and lyrics by John Bucchino, skims along the edge of sentimentality to find honest sentiment in this story. These are not musical comedy stereo-types - these are people. It's simply a musical with an honest heart, and that's enough."

Clive Barnes New York Post

"Running a concise but enthralling 90 minutes, this quietly intense, intimate musical possesses a heart and emotional power that too often has been missing from Broadway musicals... The beautiful score by John Bucchino, making his Broadway debut, gives each of the main players their chance to shine."

Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

"Perhaps the perfect show for a new period of economic anxiety and widening class divide...the show commands respect by further challenging standard preconceptions of how the Broadway musical should sound, function and feel."

David Rooney Variety
  • Casting: 4M, 6F

AGGIE HURLEY – mother of the bride
TOM HURLEY – father of the bride
JANEY HURLEY – the bride
RALPH HALLORAN – the groom
WINSTON – uncle of the bride
MR. HALLORAN – groom’s father (double as Sam)
MRS. HALLORAN – groom’s mother (doubles as Pasha)
MYRA – neighbor (doubles as Wedding Dress Saleswoman)
DELORES – neighbor (doubles as The Caterer)
ALICE – Janey’s best friends (doubles as Army Sergeant)
SAM – cab driver
PASHA – neighbor
WEDDING DRESS SALESWOMAN
CATERER
ARMY SERGEANT

Name Price
Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional.

1 x Libretto-Vocal Book
1 x Piano Conductor

$24.00
Pre-Production Pack Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This is optional.

1 x Libretto-Vocal Book
1 x Piano Conductor

$75.00
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 Book
2 x Piano Conductor

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

1 x Bass (Acoustic)
1 x Cello
1 x Piano Conductor
1 x Piano (Acoustic)
1 x Percussion (Traps [Snare Drum & Bass Drum], Suspended Cymbal, Bell Tree, Glock, Timpani, Xylophone, Triangle and Small Triangle)
1 x Reed I (Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo)
1 x Reed II (Bassoon and Clarinet)
1 x Trumpet (Trumpet and Flugel)
1 x Viola
1 x Violin I
1 x Violin II

$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