• Surprise! The Musical

Surprise! The Musical

Book, Music & Lyrics: Karen Sokolof Javitch

Grades: This show is intended for Adults and may be adapted for use by grades 9+

Running Time: About 2 hours

About The Show: Come join the fun when Shirley gives her husband, Harold a surprise 60th birthday party!  On the surface, their family may appear to be “normal”, but as all of the unexpected surprises occur, we know their family is anything but normal!  One ‘friend’ of  Harolds is pre-chosen from the audience to come up and give him a present.  

eKit Includes: Script, Piano/Vocal Score, Performance and Accompaniment Tracks

Royalty: $30 per performance


Listen

Overture 

Barrel of Surprises

Married to you!


©2001 JMR Productions Music & Lyrics: Karen Sokolof Javitch Orchestrations by Chuck Penington


Listen to the ENTIRE Cast Recording Below!

Casting
Cast List:

Principals

  • Harold:  The 60 year-old birthday boy.  A loving husband and father.  Has some issues to work out with his son, Steven.
  • Shirley: Harold’s wife.  A loving and doting wife – full of charm and personality.  Could be a few years younger than Harold.
  • Lisa: Harold and Shirley’s oldest child.  She is 30 - 35  and lives with her boyfriend, Brandon, who is a doctor.  She is more than 8 months pregnant with their first child.
  • Brandon:  Lisa’s live in boyfriend.   Around 30-35.  He is a gynecologist.
  • Steven:  Harold and Shirley’s middle child – 30 or so.  He is an actor/singer and lives in Las Vegas. 
  •  Jessica:  The youngest child.  She is still in college, around 20 years old.
  • Uncle Fred:  An older man who loves to be the center of attention and tell corny jokes.  He thinks he is a ladies’ man and his present girlfriend is Hannabelle.
  • Louise:  This is Shirley’s sister.  She has an ongoing feud with Harold, her brother-in-law.  She’s somewhere around 55-65 years old with a strong personality.

Supporting Cast

  • Hannabelle:  Uncle Fred’s girlfriend.  Around the same age as Shirley – still very well put-together, sexy (or thinks she is) and flirty.
  • Elvis/Dana:   Steven’s partner.  This is the biggest surprise, because Harold and  Shirley do not know that their son is gay.

Ensemble

  • Singers, dancers:  They sing the opening & closing numbers and wheel in the cake  to sing and dance to ‘Happy Birthday Harold.’  In the rest of the show, they could fill in as party guests and/or waiters and waitresses.
  • Party Guests:  You can have any amount of people you want at his birthday party. They are guests and mingle, sometimes dance to the music, etc.  They are dressed in their cocktail best – short or long dresses.

Special Audience Participation

  • Man from audience:  Shirley picks someone from the audience to be Fred’s long  lost friend.  She brings him onstage, they adlib a conversation about their friendship and he gives Harold a birthday present.  The friend comes up at the end of Act One.   It might be fun to have him on stage for the rest of the show.

Music
Song List:

ACT 1


1)  OVERTURE ……………………………………………………………..BAND

2)  BARREL OF SURPRISES…………………………….SINGERS, DANCERS

3)  I WANNA BE MARRIED TO YOU………………………LISA, BRANDON

4)  THIRTY-FIVE YEARS………………………………....SHIRLEY, HAROLD

5)  I WANNA BE HAROLD’S BABE…….SHIRLEY, LOUISE, LISA, JESSICA

6)  DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS…………………………….……..LISA, JESSICA

7)  I FEEL A SONG COMIN’ ON…………………....STEVEN, LISA, JESSICA

8)  I’M GONNA FLY……………………………………………………..STEVEN

9)  ALL I KNOW IS…………………………………………….LISA, BRANDON


      ACT 11


10)  ENTR’ACTE........................................................…………….................BAND

11)  HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAROLD……………………....SINGERS, DANCERS

12)  OLD FRIENDS…………………………………..…HANNABELLE, LOUISE

13)  THANK YOU……………………………………….………BRANDON, LISA

14)  LIFE WAS SIMPLE THEN…………………………………...……….ELVIS, 

                                                                          HANNABELLE, LOUISE, SHIRLEY

15)  I’M GONNA FLY Reprise……………………………….STEVEN, HAROLD

16)  BARREL OF SURPRISES Reprise…………………..............................CAST 


Surprise! The Musical

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