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My One and Only

Featuring timeless Gershwin tunes from Funny Face and other hit shows of the 1920’s, My One and Only is a delightfully frothy escapade buoyed by a tuneful score and exuberant dance numbers.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Romantic Comedy, Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: No Special Cautions
  • Orchestra Size: Large

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

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! Three Tony Awards including Best Choreography (1993)
    Winner! Three Drama Desk Awards (1993)
In 1927 America, Captain Billy Buck Chandler, a barnstorming aviator, falls for Edith Herbert, a former English Channel swimmer and the star of Prince Nicolai Erraclyovitch Tchatchavadze’s International Aquacade. Billy, who plans to be the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, hopes to win Edith’s hand by taking a crash course in sophistication at Mr. Magix’ Tonsorial and Sartorial Emporial. Billy’s wisecracking female mechanic, Mickey, adds a bit of sass as a series of escapades and misadventures keep the potential lovers from finding happiness.

In addition to the title tune, the score includes “‘’S Wonderful,” “Funny Face,” “I Can’t Be Bothered Now,” “He Loves and She Loves,” “Strike Up the Band,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “Kickin’ the Clouds Away.”

Premiere Production: My One and Only opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on May 1, 1983, starring Tommy Tune and Twiggy. (Tune also co-choreographed with Thommie Walsh.) The show ran until March 3, 1985, playing a total of 767 performances.
  • Casting: 4M, 2F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Expandable casting
  • Chorus Size: Large

  • *CAPTAIN BILLY BUCK CHANDLER – An aviator. (singer/dancer)
    *NIKKI-PRINCE NICOLAI ERRACLYOVITCH TCHATCHAVEDZE – A Russian Agent, Owner Promoter of the Aquacade (singer)
    *EDYTHE HERBERT – Channel Swimmer, Star of the Aquacade (singer/dancer)
    *MICKEY – Agent Lucy Ann Fergusson – An airplane mechanic and an F.B.I. Agent (singer)
    *REVEREND J.D. MONTGOMERY – Clergyman and Speakeasy Proprietor (singer)
    *MR. MAGIX – Proprietor of the “Tonsorial & Sartorial Emporial” (principal specialty dancer/singer)

    NEW RHYTHM BOYS – Singing trio, part of the 8 male chorus/dancers
    Fish: The 6 Girl Chorus/Dancers

    TRAIN PORTER (doubling role – male)
    NEWSPAPER REPORTER (doubling role – female)
    RITZ QUARTETTE (4 mature businessmen – singers)
    “NUNS” (New Rhythm Boys in disguise)
    MOVIE PATRON #1 (doubling role – female)
    MOVIE PATRON #2 (doubling role – male)
    MAN'S VOICE (doubling role)
    NEWSCASTER (taped voice – male)
    STAGE DOORMAN (doubling role – male)
    MRS. O'MALLEY (played by one of the New Rhythm Boys)
    TRAIN CONDUCTOR (doubling role)
    ACHMED (played by Nikki)
    LEGIONNAIRE (doubling role – male)
    RADIO (taped voice imitates Lowell Thomas)
    DEACONS (the 8 male chorus/dancers)

    CHORUS: Emporial Assistants, Shoeshine Boy, Manicurist, etc., Club Havana Waiters, Customers, Cops, Beauties: Miss Domino, Miss Del Monte, Miss Upman Panatella, Miss United Fruit, Miss Cuba Libra. Movie Patrons, Spectators at Train, Photographers, Umbrella Dancers, Club Oasis Legionnaires & Belly Dancers.
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Lib-Vocal Book

    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.

    31 x Chorus-Vocal Parts
    24 x Dialogue Parts
    3 x Prompt Books for Principal Characters
    1 x Prompt Book
    1 x Piano-Conductor's Score

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

    3 Violins (divisi a3, six players)
    1 Cello (divisi a2, two players)
    1 Bass (doubles Cabasa)

    1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano & Alto Sax
    1 Reed II: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Alto Sax
    1 Reed III: Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet & Tenor Sax (or: Clarinet & Tenor Sax)
    1 Reed IV: Flute (or Clarinet), Clarinet, Bassoon & Baritone Sax

    1 Horn I & II
    1 Trumpet I & II (Trumpet I doubles on Piccolo Trumpet)
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II (Bass Trombone)

    2 Percussion I & II:

    I: (Trap Set)
    Bass Drum
    Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
    "Indian Drum"
    Small Tom-Tom
    Floor Tom-Tom
    Small Triangle
    Cow Bell
    Wood Block
    Crash - Thin & Normal

    II: (Mallets)
    Timpani - 2 Pedal Drums
    Small Triangle
    Field Drum
    Gran Cassa
    Suspended Cymbal
    Bell Tree
    Siren Whistle
    Bongo Drums
    Conga Drum
    Cabasa - "Rattlesnake"
    Sandpaper Blocks
    Wood Block
    Dumbek - for Belly Dance
    "Taps" - Tap Shoes & Boards

    1 Piano I (Doubles on Cow Bell)
    1 Piano II (Doubles on Claves, Cabasa, Police Whistle and Piatti)

    1 Guitar-Banjo

    Piano-Conductor's Score sent with the rehearsal material.

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm