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It\'s a Wonderful Life - The Musical
It's a Wonderful Life - The Musical
Book and lyrics by James W. Rodgers. Music by John Higgins. Based on the film by Frank Capra.

Cast: 12m., 10w. (6 children; at least 6m. may be played by young adults.) A beautiful and melodic score has been added to James W. Rodgers' faithful and popular adaptation. Capturing both the spirit and the period of the original, the musical selections offer a wide variety of delightful and heartwarming melodies that can be easily managed by quality actors with natural but untrained voices. The songs have been carefully woven into the fabric of the book not only to set mood and atmosphere but to heighten action, delineate characters and establish underlying themes. Like the play version (also available in the catalog), the musical is easily accessible to community and school groups. Staging has been kept to a minimum, requiring only a simple unit setting with limited props, costumes and lighting effects. All the great characters are here: George ("Something Important"), Mary ("Quiet Wishes: Simple Dreams"), Clarence ("I Want to Fly"), Violet ("I Love to Dance"), Uncle Billy and Aunt Tilly ("Whoops! Another Year's Gone By") and Potter ("Easy Living"); 22 songs in all. Solos, duets, ensembles and full chorus numbers all have pleasing and catchy melodies within comfortable vocal ranges. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes.

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Status:  (Subject to Restriction)
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  I02
Cast Size:  28
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  103
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $10.95
Approx. Running Time:  155 min.
Target Audience: Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama | Holiday
ISBN (10): 0871299631
Publication Date: 07/11/2000
John Higgins has been involved in writing, directing and acting for almost 30 years. He has written over 100 songs and It's a Wonderful Life is his fourth musical collaboration with James W. Rodgers. Previous projects include A Christmas Carol, Oh! Henry! and That's Life!, an original musical written by Higgins and directed by Rodgers. A Presbyterian minister by profession, ...More
Dr. James W. Rodgers (playwright, director, actor, author) has written a number of plays including several commissioned works for both the stage and television. It's a Wonderful Life, the musical, A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail and the play version of It's a Wonderful Life are all represented by Dramatic Publishing. Rodgers has directed more than 100 productions for professional, community, university ...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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