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Monky Business
Monky Business
"A poisoned venison-and-whipped-cream pie, a radio mystery, a zany ventriloquist act, a witty Abbot-and-Costello-inspired routine about faith, a minor miracle and plenty of great, hummable songs all combine in a crazy quilt of monks, mayhem and merriment. Loaded with hilarious references to pop culture and songs like 'Celibacy,' 'The Mohair Rag' and 'Satan's Place' Go see it and consider yourself blessed." —Rochester Messenger

"For a couple of hours of pure entertainment and laughs, you'll want to see Monky Business." —Clinton Herald

"Monky Business is heavenly fun. This is a male version of Nunsense with a little Damn Yankees thrown in." —WQPT-TV
Book by Todd Mueller and Hank Boland. Music and lyrics by Gregg Opelka.

Cast: 5m. (no doubling, expansion or gender flexibility.) The fun-loving monks of Saint Bernard's monastery are in a jam. Abbot Costello and his four beleaguered brethren have just learned that a real-estate developer is about to turn their monastery into a gambling hall called Bernie's Casino Royale. Unless the merry Men in Brown can raise $250,000 dollars by midnight, they are done for. Luckily, the Brothers have a divine plan. They've rented religious radio station WGOD for the night and are hosting a radiothon fundraiser with plenty of singing, dancing and vaudeville routines. Abbot Costello, Brother Lee Love, Brother Brooks, Brother Clarence and Brother Forte all take turns strutting their stuff, and the pledged donations from the listeners start streaming in. But, unbeknownst to the other four, one of the monks is really a devil in disguise and is out to sabotage their plan. Good and evil race to beat a midnight deadline in this hilarious hit musical. One int. set. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

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Monky Business
The Mohair Rag
The Bible is the Greatest Book on Earth
My Brother's Keeper

In the credits for the world premiere of Monky Business presented by Lone Star Performing Arts Association, the part of Brother Clarence was played by Brooks "Braselman." We regret the misspelling of Mr. Braselman's name in the playbook.
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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  MD3
Cast Size:  5
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  96
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 1583421785
Publication Date: 12/04/2003
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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