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On Your Toes

Gangsters, vaudeville and the Russian Ballet come together in this riotous, romantic romp.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy

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

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

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 1983 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical
Gangsters, vaudeville and the Russian Ballet come together in this riotous, romantic romp.

Junior's folks pull him from the family's vaudeville act and pack him off to school where he becomes a music teacher. He meets Sydney, a composer, and Frankie, a coed who's fallen hard for him, and together they set about trying to sell Sydney's new jazz ballet to a Russian ballet company. The prima ballerina wants to teach Junior more than a few new steps, but with her assistance, 'Slaughter On Tenth Avenue' is produced with Junior dancing the lead. In one of the funniest set pieces ever devised, Junior dances the premiere while being shot at from the audience by thugs who've mistaken him for a dancer who owes on a gambling debt.

This landmark musical was directed by the legendary George Abbott and choreographed by newcomer George Balanchine, whose use of ballet here marked the first time in musical comedy that dance was a direct proponent of the plot.

REVIEWS:

"A revelation of joy."

San Francisco Chronicle

"ON YOUR TOES is very inspiring by virtue of its temperament and cheeky wit, its high musical standards, its speed, liveliness and brilliance of dancing...and delights the audience right from the prelude."

Frankfurther Rundschau

"A triumph. Lots of applause... a happy audience."

Emma Pegler Critical Dance
Premiere Production: In 1936 Rodger & Hart's musical On Your Toes had its New York premiere at the Imperial Theatre before moving to the Majestic Theatre in November. The show ran for a total of 315 performances.
  • Casting: 5M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Chorus Size: Large

  • PHIL DOLAN II - Pa
    LIL DOLAN - Ma
    PHIL DOLAN III - Junior
    STAGE MANAGER
    LOLA
    JUNIOR - 15 years later
    SIDNEY COHN
    FRANKIE FRAYNE
    JOE McCALL
    VERA BARONOVA
    ANUSHKA
    PEGGY PORTERFIELD
    SERGEI ALAXANDROVITCH
    KONSTANTINE MORROSINE
    OSCAR
    STAGE DOORMAN
    A WOMAN REPORTER
    DMITRI IVAN
    LOUIE
    PRINCESS ZENOBIA - In the "Princess Zenobia" Ballet
    BEGGAR - In the "Princess Zenobia" Ballet
    KRINGA KHAN - In the "Princess Zenobia" Ballet
    ALI SHHAR - In the "Princess Zenobia" Ballet
    AHMUD BEN B'DU - In the "Princess Zenobia" Ballet
    HANK J. SMITH
    BALLET LEADERS -In the "On Your Toes" Ballet
    TAP LEADERS - In the "On Your Toes" Ballet
    COP (2)
    MESSENGER BOY
    HOOFER - In the "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" Ballet
    STRIPTEASE GIRL - In the "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" Ballet
    BIG BOSS - In the "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" Ballet
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    1 x Libretto-Vocal Book
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    $24.00
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    1 x Libretto-Vocal Book
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    $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 Books
    2 x Piano Vocal Score

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

    1 x Piano Vocal Score
    2 x Piano I-II (Piano II doubles Celesta)
    1 x Reed I (Piccolo, Flute)
    1 x Reed II (Oboe, English Horn, Optional Bass Oboe)
    1 x Reed III (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax)
    1 x Reed IV (Clarinet, Alto Sax)
    1 x Reed V (Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
    1 x Horn
    1 x Trumpet I-II
    1 x Trumpet III
    1 x Trombone
    1 x Drums (Trap Set, Wood Block, Tambourine, Timpani, Oriental Cymbal)
    1 x Percussion (2 Gongs, Xylophone, Temple Blocks, Vibraphone, Bells, Whistle Siren, Timpani, Suspended Cymbal, Finger Cymbals, Tambourine, Bass Drum, Glockenspiel, Police Whistle)
    1 x Violin A
    1 x Violin B (Divisi)
    1 x Violin C (Divisi)
    1 x Viola (Divisi)
    1 x Cello
    1 x Bass

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm
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    10 x Libretto-Vocal Books

    $50.00 +$50.00/pm