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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Book and Lyrics by Judith Viorst. Music by Shelly Markham.

Cast: 4m., 3w., playing several roles. Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. In this delightful adaptation of her popular book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander's rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America's feistiest characters. Not only does Alexander wake up with gum in his hair, but his mother forgets to pack him dessert, and his best friend decides he's not his best friend anymore. And if that's not bad enough, Alexander's brothers don't have any cavities but—he does. And just when it can't get any worse, there are lima beans for supper and —yuck!—kissing on TV. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Alexander's struggles with life's daily dramas will not only entertain but educate young audiences as they identify with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters, encouraging them to share their feelings and to realize that bad days happen—even in Australia. Commissioned and premiered by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes.

Also Available:

Alexander, Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move

Music Samples
If I Were in Charge of the World
Lady, Lady
I Love Love Love My Brand New Baby Sister
The Lizzie Pitofsky Song
Mother Doesn't Want a Dog
The Sweetest of Nights and the Finest of Days

The original cast recording CD can be ordered from LML Music.
Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  A83
Cast Size:  7
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  76
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $10.95
Approx. Running Time:  115 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 0871299798
Publication Date: 01/03/2000
Shelly Markham (composer) was commissioned to write Flavia and the Dream Maker with librettist Doug Haverty and lyricist Bob Garrett in 1991 and enjoyed the experience immensely. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he moved to New York City where he wrote special material for "Captain Kangaroo." He then migrated to Los Angeles, where he collaborated with acclaimed writer Judith Viorst ...More
Judith Viorst was born and raised in New Jersey and has lived in Washington, D.C., since her marriage to political writer Milton Viorst in 1960. They have three adult sons whose names are the same as those of the brothers in her play Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. A graduate of Rutgers University and the ...More
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This title can only be licensed/sold in the U.S. and Canada
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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