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The Grass Harp

This musical adaptation of Truman Capote's 1952 play is an intimate tale about a sweet-natured spinster with a secret recipe for an elixir cure, and her demanding sister who is determined to exploit the recipe for her own purposes.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama

  • Time Period: Wild West
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
This 1971 musical has long been considered among enthusiasts as one of the lost treasures of the musical theater. Kept alive largely thanks to the extraordinary cast recording featuring an incandescent Barbara Cook, THE GRASS HARP is an intimate tale of fascinating characters carried on the wings of a ravishing score. The title refers to the wind rustling though fields of tall grass - 'a harp of voices telling stories.' 

This story tells of Dollyheart, a sweet-natured spinster with a secret receipe for an elixir cure, and her demanding sister, Verena, who is determined to exploit the recipe for her own purposes. When tensions rise, Dollyheart leaves her sister's house with their orphaned teenage nephew and black housekeeper in tow to take up residence in a tree house. It isn't long before other outcasts join their extended family including the revivalist Babylove and the children who comprise her Miracle Show, and the dearly eccentric Judge Cool. The deep emotional currents of these shifting relationships lead to an uplifting, compelling reconciliation.

The Grass Harp is a Broadway cult favorite and anyone who has experienced its emotional tug and exhilarating score easily understands why.


"One of my most favorite Broadway scores. It is a delightful score with some memorable numbers such as “If There’s Love Enough” and the sly “Marry With Me”. “Yellow Drum” is especially catchy and downright hummable."

Richard Connema

"A charming little story."

David Horiuchi
Premiere Production: Adapted from Truman Capote's 1952 play of the same title, the musical The Grass Harp premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on November 2, 1971. Directed by Ellis Rabb and Rhoda Levine, the production starred Barbara Cook, Ruth Ford, Karen Morrow and Russ Thacker.
  • Casting: 7M, 7F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Roles for Children
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

  • DOLLYHEART TALBO - A quirky but feisty woman in her forties.
    VERENA TALBO - Dollyheart's older sister; a bossy, demanding, self-assured businesswoman.
    COLLIN - The Talbo sisters' teenage nephew.
    CATHERINE CREEK - Dollyheart's lifelong companion; a grouchy but practical woman in her forties.
    JUDGE COOL - A good-natured retired circuit judge in his fifties.
    DR. MORRIS RITZ - A bombastic, narcissistic drifter.
    MAUDI RIORDAN - An extremely pretty, mature teenage girl.
    BABYLOVE - A sexy and resilient woman in her thirties.
    SHERIFF AMOS LEGRAND - An unkempt and paranoid man in his thirties.
    THE HEAVENLY PRIDE-'N-JOYS -Babylove's children, ranging in age from eight to fourteen:
    BURMASHAVE - The oldest, a son.
    DR. PEPPER - The next-to-oldest, a son.
    DIXIECUP - Gangly and shy, a daughter.
    BUBBER TEXACO - Wears glasses, a son.
    JUICYFRUIT - The youngest and shortest, a daughter.
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    1 x Libretto/Vocal Book
    1 x Piano-Conductor Scores

    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
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    10 x Libretto/Vocal Books

    $50.00 +$50.00/pm