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Soup du Jour
Soup du Jour
1999 Casey Award Winner: Best Musical (Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation

"Soup du Jour is as close to perfection as musical comedy gets! The recipe for successful musical comedy has been followed beautifully: take equal parts talent and chutzpah, mix in a workable plot, lovable characters and memorable songs and sprinkle with that certain magical ingredient that makes audiences thrill to be in the theatre." —Steadstyle Chicago

"With an expert score by Gregg Opelka and a lighthearted script by Todd Mueller and Hank Boland, this is a treat." —Chicago Reader

"A madcap and charming homage to the past. Think pheasant under glass. Think cherries jubilee." —Chicago Pioneer Press

"Soup du Jour is the recipe for old fashion gaity! It's all about laughing, about toe-tapping tunes and witty lyrics." —Chicago Critic

"Filled with laughter and catchy tunes, Soup du Jour is simply an evening of great, not-to-be-missed musical comedy." —Indiana News Dispatch
Book by Todd Mueller and Hank Boland. Music and lyrics by Gregg Opelka.

Cast: 3m., 3w. (Expansion possible: adding customers in restaurant/newspaper office.) New York City, 1939. There's a mystery at Bailey's restaurant, one of Gotham's top dining establishments, and it's up to Katharine Hawks, the New York Herald-Tribune's Pulitzer Prize-winning ace reporter, to solve it! J. P. Thompson, editor of the struggling Herald-Tribune is desperately searching for a way to increase circulation. Across town, Stewart Bailey is simultaneously mourning the death of his father and preparing for his imminent wedding to socialite golddigger Tiffany Vandervanden. Stewart has just inherited his father's restaurant, the success of which was built on its famous soup du jour. There's only one catch: Stewart's father took the recipe with him to the grave, and Stewart—along with everyone else in the story—winds up searching wildly for the missing recipe. Editor Thompson decides he, too, must have the secret recipe to solve his paper's circulation problems. Enter Katharine Hawks to save the day. Sent undercover as a waitress to Bailey's restaurant to find the recipe for the famed soup, Katharine winds up losing her heart to Stewart Bailey. Once she learns Stewart has lost the recipe, Katharine is in a real dilemma: Career or love? Winning songs, lightning-fast dialogue in the Tracy-Hepburn tradition, and a great plot are the delicious ingredients of this delightful tribute to 1930s screwball comedies. Two int. sets. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

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Music Samples
The Scoop on the Soup
Mr. Chaplin Wait Your Turn
The Wedding Toast
In Love With Kate
A Lovely Scandal Makes a Lovely Day
What Women Get Ya

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  SH7
Cast Size:  6
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  81
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Mystery
ISBN (10): 1583421793
Publication Date: 12/31/2003
Hank Boland was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and moved to Pensacola, Florida, at age 11. He has attended Florida State University, Pensacola Junior College, has taken writing workshops at Second City and has a bachelor's degree in film from Columbia College in Chicago. He is the co-author (with Todd Mueller and Gregg Opelka) of four musical comedies: Monky Business, ...More
Todd Mueller studied musical theater performance at Chicago's Roosevelt University and comedy performance and writing at the Second City Conservatory, where he co-wrote the comedy revue, Tail, Hook Line and Sink Her. With Hank Boland (bookwriter) and Gregg Opelka (composer/lyricist) he has co-authored the musical comedies Monky Business, Monky Business II: Back in the Sandals Again!, Soup du Jour and ...More
Gregg Opelka has written music and lyrics for 10 musicals, including The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical, which had its Chicagoland world premiere in summer 2014 at Theatre at the Center, Munster, Ind. Based on the popular TV comedy, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical has a book written by two-time Tony Award nominee and veteran TV comedy writer David Rogers ...More
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