Small Musicals

 

ALL STRESSED UP

Book, Music & Lyrics by David Warrack 
Additional book by Lona Davis 

5 characters; Males: 3, Females: 2, Doubles: 1 
2 Acts 
Originally Produced At: Muskoka Festival, 1994 
Originally Directed By: Ken Walsh 

A day in the life of Suzanne, a dancer who has it all, but is nearing the end of her prime. She races from home to the bank to an audition to a lunch with her ex, to the studio, to the closing night of her current show. It’s fun, it’s moving and it’s real. 

BACKSTAGE

Book by James Saar 
Music & Lyrics by David Warrack 

4 characters; Males: 2, Females: 2 
2 Acts 
Originally Produced By: Peter Caldwell & Encore Entertainment, 1979 
Originally Directed By: James Saar 

The show is on, but the real fun is behind the scenes, where the four performers’ true selves are revealed, in hilarious and often touching scenes. 

BEING CRAZY IS FUN

Book, Music & Lyrics by David Warrack 

3 characters; Males: 2, Females: 1 
2 Acts 
Originally Produced At: Old Angelo’s by Warrack Productions, 1973 
Originally Directed By: Michael Oscars 

Are we in a mental institution or back in the days of Moses? You decide. 

CHEEK TO CHEEK

Book & Original Lyrics by Barrie Wood 
Various Composers 
Arrangements by David Warrack 

7 characters 
2 Acts 
Musicians: 4 (piano, bass & drums) 
Originally Produced At: Muskoka Festival, 1982 
Originally Directed By: Barrie Wood 

The wonderful song and dance story of film stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers told with a musical score which is a mixture of songs from their greatest movies and original material. 

COUNTER MELODY

Book, Music & Lyrics by David Warrack 

3 characters; Males: 2, Females: 1 
2 Acts 
Originally Produced At: Old Angelo's, 1976 
Originally Directed By: Randy Davies 

Set in the first class lounge of a jumbo jet, it shows the kind of fun we could have if we could get out of our seats more often. 

I LOVE MONEY

Book by Rod Hayward 
Music & Lyrics by David Warrack 

5 characters 
Originally Produced At: Saidye Bronfman Center in Montreal 
Originally Directed By: Rod Hayward 

Oscar Gapp wins $8,000,000 in a lottery. This French-Canadian comedy is loaded with charm and laughter, and hits home for anyone who has ever dreamed of becoming rich overnight. 

MEN, WOMEN, AND WHY IT WON’T WORK

Book by June Siegel & Miriam Fond 
Music by David Warrack 
Lyrics by Miriam Fond 

7 characters; Males: 3, Females: 4 
2 Acts 
Originally Produced At: Theatre at Mama Gail’s in New York by Charles Leslie, 1975 
Originally Directed By: Miriam Fond 

The musical takes place in New York and suburbs. It’s basically about Men and Women and why it won’t work 

NEIGHBOURS

Music & Lyrics by David Warrack 
Book by Jeff Sweet 

4 characters; Males: 2, Females: 2 
Originally Produced At: Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, 1975 
Originally Directed By: Peter Mandia 

When a new couple moves into the apartment next door, you don’t really want to find out your wife used to live with her husband. It’s wacky, it’s romantic, it’s unpredictable, and wonderfully entertaining. 

OH SUZANNA

Book, Music & Lyrics by David Warrack 

3 characters; Males: 1, Females: 2, Doubles: 2 
2 Acts 
Originally Produced At: Quinte Festival in Picton, Ontario, 1988 
Originally Directed By: David Warrack 

Suzanna Moodie was a pioneer lady who dared to write about all her adventures. Set to music, the story becomes a marvelous entertainment, as Suzanna grows from a blushing bride newcomer into a feisty, self-possessed woman of the new world. 

PRAISE

Book, Music & Lyrics by David Warrack 

8 characters; Males: 4, Females: 4 
Originally Produced At: Bayview Playhouse by Warrack Productions, 1978 
Originally Directed By: Richard Pochinko 

The farm boy goes to the big city and experiences that joy of discovery which turns him into a man deserving of praise. 

BOOK BY MARC RICHARD 
VARIOUS COMPOSERS 
ARRANGEMENTS BY DAVID WARRACK 

8 CHARACTERS; MALES: 4, FEMALES: 4 
ORIGINALLY PRODUCED AT: VICTORIA PLAYHOUSE IN PETROLIA, 1998 
ORIGINALLY DIRECTED BY: MARC RICHARD 

THE STORY TAKES PLACE IN AN UPSCALE, SMALL TOWN NIGHT CLUB, OVER ONE WEEK IN THE SPRING OF 1947. IRENE O’DAY HAS BOUGHT THE CLUB, IT’S OPENING NIGHT, AND THE ENTERTAINMENT QUARTET IS HIGH! 

As a composer, I am passionate about creating and playing music that makes people think. If you’d like to see driven composer who speaks their mind through their music, take a look at this recent project and feel free to contact me to learn more.

TEASE FOR TWO

Book, Music & Lyrics by David Warrack 

2 characters; Males: 1, Females: 1
Originally Produced At: Old Angelo's, 1975 
Originally Directed By: Walter Burgess 

Act I takes place in a piano bar – the pianist and a couple of his regulars deal with life on the barstool. Act II moves to the apartment. 

TUT TUT

Book, Music & Lyrics by David Warrack 

3 characters; Males: 2, Females: 1, Doubles: 1 (1 male plays 4 parts) 
2 Acts 
Originally Produced At: Village by the Grange, 1979 
Originally Directed By: Heinar Piller 

From a 20th century TUT exhibit we are transported back into the past to experience the life, love, and death of this celebrated Pharaoh of Egypt. 

THE VAUDEVILLIANS

Book & Original Lyrics by Heinar Piller & Peter Colley 
Various Composers including David Warrack 
Arrangements by David Warrack 

3 characters; Males: 2, Females: 1 
Originally Produced At: Old Angelo’s, 1977 
Originally Directed By: Ken Walsh 

Three vaudevillians near the end of their careers share memories and demonstrate why, for some people, all of life is crystallized in that time on stage where they are allowed to entertain. 

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