I'm Just Wild About Harry
I'm Just Wild About Harry
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An exciting musical romp based on Charley's Aunt, featuring nostalgic favorites such as “Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two),” “Aba Daba Honeymoon,” “You Made Me Love You,” and, of course, the title tune, “I'm Just Wild About Harry.” In turn-of-the-century Milwaukee, Jack and Harry need a chaperone so they can entertain their sweethearts. Enter their friend Benjamin to impersonate Harry's Aunt, a rich widow from Brazil. Hilarity ensues when Harry's Aunt actually arrives on the scene, and this musical farce of mistaken identity climaxes in a delightfully happy conclusion.


SYNOPSIS


Act I

After a rousing opening number (“I Love a Musical Comedy Show”), the lights come up on a lovely Milwaukee spring morning in 1912. Harry and Jack, two handsome students have met the girls of their dreams and intend to propose marriage that very day (“I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl”). They quickly get off an invitation to Katy and Margie under the guise of meeting Harry’s rich aunt from Brazil. To help distract old Auntie, the boys ask their music professor, Babbs to lunch as well (“Look for the Silver Lining”). Babbs agrees and then uses Jack's room to try on a costume for a amateur production of The Importance of Being Ernest in which he plays Lady Bracknell.

Katy and Margie arrive and the two couples recall the night they met (“By the Light of the Silvery Moon”). But, as Auntie has not yet arrived, the girls leave promising to return. Annoyed, Jack orders Harry to go fetch his aunt. While waiting for Harry to return, Jack’s father, Frank Chesney, suddenly arrives with bad news. They are broke. Horrified at the thought, Jack suggests that his father could marry Harry’s rich aunt. Frank is hesitant, but agrees to come back and meet her.

Harry returns with more bad news. His aunt won't be coming after all. At first panicked since the girls won't stay without a chaperone, Babbs enters dressed as Lady Bracknell and saves the day. The boys convince a hesitant Babbs to pose as Harry’s aunt (“Baby Face”). When the girls return, they are introduced to Babbs as "Auntie" and they instantly adore her/him.

Jack’s father returns but, before lunch can start, Margie’s grumpy uncle, Mr. Spettigue, arrives and is furious that the girls are there without his permission. When he learns that Harry's aunt is rich, both he and Frank stay and try to impress her for obvious financial gains (“Oh, You Beautiful Doll”).

After lunch, Jack proposes marriage to Margie and she happily consents (“My Little Margie”). In the meantime, Frank decides to woo "Auntie" much to Babbs consternation (“Runnin’ Wild”). To complicate matters further, Harry’s actual aunt, Donna Lucia, arrives after all with her companion, Ida. Ida reminds Donna Lucia of how she met and fell in love with a man named Babbs. Donna Lucia also shares a story of her own lost love (“My Buddy”). When Frank enters, both he and Donna Lucia are thrilled to realize that they were sweethearts years ago. But when Donna Lucia discovers that someone is impersonating her, she quickly makes up a false name and plans on discovering the reason for the deception.

After Harry finally makes his declaration of love (“K-K-K-Katy”), Jack and Margie join the happy couple to share in the good news (I’m Just Wild About Harry). Unfortunately, the girls need Spettigue's consent to marry. They decide to ask "Auntie" to help them. Everyone converges on Babbs to get what they need but poor "Auntie" is exhausted and stops the show, declaring it’s time for an intermission.

Act II

After Frank shares his feelings for Donna Lucia (“If You Were the Only Girl in the World”), the girls rush in with Babbs and try to convince "Auntie" to help them (“Abba Dabba Honeymoon”). Babbs agrees to try and get a letter of consent from old Spettigue, but before he can he is confronted by the real Donna Lucia who tries to figure out just who this odd woman is. Babbs is clearly shocked when Donna Lucia introduces him to Ida, a girl he fell in love several years before. Ida explains to him that she also has a secret love (“I’m Always Chasing Rainbows”).

Babbs resolves to end the charade and reveal himself to Ida but must convince Spettigue to allow the girls to marry first. He dodges Donna Lucia’s questions by singing a fake Brazilian song (“Spanish Love”) and then, while the young lovers hide, he tricks Spettigue into giving him a letter of consent for the marriages (“Under the Bamboo Tree”).

That done, Babbs turns his attention to Ida who hints that she might in fact know who he is (“You Made Me Love You”). Babbs finally admits that he is not Harry’s aunt, but the man she loves and runs off to change. Frank and Donna Lucia also make their own wedding plans (“Daisy Bell”).

Babbs, now dressed as himself, admits to everyone that he had been playing the part of Harry's aunt. He tries to return Spettigue’s letter of consent when the real Donna Lucia reveals herself shocking everyone and takes the letter, declaring it is legal.

Spettigue fumes, threatening to dispute the letter, but Donna Lucia convinces him to agree to the couples marrying by introducing him to her even wealthier friend, Donna Frederica De Sanchez, also from Brazil. Happy with the arrangement, Spettigue agrees to the marriages. With all the couples paired off, they celebrate their good fortune (“For Me and My Gal”).

QUOTE


Fun, fun, fun!! Truly great entertainment.

–BroadwayWorld


Characters:

Spettigue: C4 to E-flat5

Frank: A3 to E5

Jack: B-flat3 to G5

Harry: C4 to B-flat5

Babberly: B-flat3 to A5

Katy: A3 to F5

Margie: B-flat3 to G5

Dona Lucia: G3 to C5

Ida: G3 to D5

The women’s ensemble has a high note of F5. 

Setting: Dorm rooms at Old Milwaukee University, May of 1910

Gary Lamb is lyricist and book writer of the musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, that has had successful runs at several theaters in Southern California. He wrote the book for the musical Fion The Fair that opened the 450 seat Coronet Playhouse in the Chicago area. Mr. Lamb also wrote lyrics for the hugely successful Chicago Christmas Carol that has been a staple for Crown City Theatre Company. He was lead writer on a series of short plays entitled Grimmages and is developing a new adaptation of a famous Brecht piece for which he also wrote a new score. Mr. Lamb’s book entitled The Absolute Truth About Santa, I Think is set to be published in the later half of 2014 and his short film Shakespeare Apocalypse which he wrote and stars in is making the festival rounds and will be released on youtube.

 

William A. Reilly is an award-winning director and musical director. Bill is co-artistic director of Crown City Theatre located in Los Angeles, California. Also a composer, Bill's original score for the award-winning production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame was featured on A&E's Biography and has received rave reviews. Bill has also composed scores for A Chicago Christmas Carol, Fion the Fair, and Obsession, the Musical. As a director, Bill has directed productions for The Nevada Shakespeare Festival and for Crown City, including the multiple award-winning production of Compleat Female Stage Beauty. Bill is also an accomplished pianist and arranger.

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"A MUST SEE... You will laugh yourself silly. Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!"–Nohoartsdistrict.com

"CRITICS PICK, 5 OUT OF 5 STARS... Fun, fun, fun!!!! I'm Just Wild About Harry is truly great entertainment."–Broadwayworld.com

"WOW!.one of the FUNNIEST cross-dressing leading men (leading ladies?) ever."–Stagescenela.com

"This is an EXCELLENT PRODUCTION. Slapstick insanity with the innocence of young love."–The Tolucan Times

"If you’re looking for laugh out loud fun, first-rate talent, just the right amount of camp, then make sure to catch the clever musical comedy “I’m Just Wild about Harry”–Valley Scene Magazine 

GO “I'm Just Wild About Harry is delightful. Every song is a sentimental chunk of Americana and musical director Reilly plays them with bouncy perfection. The energetic cast dances through the original dialogue and happily croons through the music. Casey Zeman is particularly charming as Babbs.”–Tom Provenzano, L.A. Weekly

“Hil-harry-ous!... William Reilly and Gary Lamb have created a musical so breathtaking and exciting, you'll want to sing along and have just as much fun as the actors…-extraordinary musical theatre production. I watched the production enjoying every single moment never once needing to look in my program to check intermission status. Allow me to welcome [with open arms] Crown City Theatre Co. to the NoHo Arts District.”–P. Storiale, Stagehappenings.com

"...this musical is an absolute delight"–Beth Temkin, The Tolucan Times 

“clever and delightful… Director's William A. Reilly and Gary Lamb did a splendid job of keeping the ensemble in the farcical mode.  They were funny, outrageous, and running amok, as burlesque demands. Casey Zeman's terrific… he sings, dances, cross-dresses, and steals the show.”–Cynthia Citron, Curtainup.com and The Santa Monica Daily Press

Materials: your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date and will include everything necessary for your production and can be ordered in Printed or Digital format. Printed Materials are provided on unbound three-hole punched loose-leaf paper while Digital Materials are provided via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.

The required materials for I’m Just Wild About Harry include:

Production Scripts, Piano/Conductor/Vocal Score, Vocal Scores

Orchestrations: Piano, Keyboard 2, Guitar, Bass, Percussion

Available Products:

Print Edition – Beautifully bound scripts available at wholesale costs to sell in your lobby!

Director's Script – Single-sided script with space for director’s notes.

Performance Tracks

Reference Recording - Audio recording for reference purposes only

Rehearsal Tracks - Tracks for each role with the individual character played at full volume, other parts at half volume. 

Logo/PR Pack – Includes high-resolution artwork, ready-designed posters, reviews and pull quotes, and reference photos.

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