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Book by Jennifer Draganski and Sean Hartley. Music by John O'Neill. Lyrics by John O'Neill and Sean Hartley. Based on the book Sunshine by Ludwig Bemelmans.

Cast: 2m., 1w., at least 12 children. Based on a delightful book by Madeline author Ludwig Bemelmans, Sunshine tells the story of a grumpy landlord, Mr. Sunshine, who wants nothing but peace and quiet in his brownstone in Gramercy Park, New York. When he meets Miss Moore, a sweet and slightly daffy older woman, he thinks he has found a perfect tenant, and he immediately signs her to a five-year lease. The next day, Mr. Sunshine discovers that Miss Moore intends to run a music school in her apartment. Enraged, he tries to evict her, but the imperturbable Miss Moore is so dedicated to sharing the joys of music with her students that she barely notices his displeasure and resists all attempts to be moved. However, after hearing a radio weather forecast calling for rain, Miss Moore attends a public auction, where she unwittingly bids the rent money on a lot of 500 umbrellas. She is now unable to pay the rent, and Mr. Sunshine plans to evict her and the school. But the resourceful students take matters into their own hands, raising the necessary money by selling the umbrellas. Mr. Sunshine moves out of the building, defeated, but then realizes he is lonely without the children. He returns to his building and becomes a patron of the music school. The ensemble of children has several stirring musical numbers, including the contrapuntal "The Rain Song" (in which they sell the umbrellas), "The Auction" (sung with the auctioneer), "Get Out Your Parasol" (sung with Max Marvel, the weather man, in a '40s-style fantasy sequence), and Miss Moore's theme song about the joys of music, "Make a Joyful Noise." Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 50 minutes.

Music Samples

Mr. Sunshine
Make a Joyful Noise
Sunshine's Transition
Get Out Your Parasol
The Auction
The Rain Song
Let Me Come Back/Finale

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  SM1
Cast Size:  15
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  36
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  50 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 1583423834
Publication Date: 05/10/2007
Jennifer Draganski resides in Manhattan where she has worked in the field of youth theater for more than 13 years as a director, educator, administrator and writer. She is currently the director of the drama department at the Rodeph Sholom middle school as well as a freelance theater teaching artist. Recently she managed a Music Theatre International Department of Education/Shubert ...More
Sean Hartley is the director of the Theater Wing at the Elaine Kaufman Center in New York City, where he produces the concert series "Broadway Close Up" and "Broadway Playhouse" and is the artistic director of the Poppy Seed Players. He was nominated for a 2003 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics for the off-Broadway production of Cupid and Psyche, ...More
John O'Neill is a musical director and composer living in New York City. In addition to writing Sunshine, he has written the musical review Topical Cruise, which was commissioned and performed by the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, Pa. He has also written several children's musicals including The Snow Queen, which was performed at Merkin Hall in New York. O'Neill ...More
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