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Stop the World…

… I Want to Get Off

Cover to Original London Cast Recording

A New-Style Musical in 2 Acts. Book, Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

Queen's Theatre London - 20 July, 1961 (485 perfs)
Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York - Opened 3 October, 1962; transferred 9 September, 1963 - Ambassador Theatre,: closed 1 February, 1964 (556 perfs)


This thought-provoking piece by one of Britain's foremost writing teams of the 50s and 60s tells of the ephemeral nature of worldly success, where that success is achieved to the detriment of one's personal happiness, and one of the efforts of the hero, Littlechap, to apply some braking effect on the world which, for him, is spinning out of control.


Littlechap finds himself a father before his time. He agreed to marry Evie because it offered him certain business advantages. Now he succeeds in his position, but finds himself trapped in the responsibility of a premature family. He turns to the woman of the world but finds only empty fulfilment. In the twilight of his years he finally discovers that he has wasted his life looking for something that was before him all the time - his wife's true love.

CAST: Male 1: Female - 6 plus various minor roles and Chorus

Littlechap - good voice
Evie - his wife and continental lady friends all played by the same girl - good voice
Both main characters should be good pantomimists.
Twin Daughters - sing, minor dance

9 - 15 member girls' chorus who sing and dance

Scenes and sets

Multi-purpose set to resemble the inside of a European circus tent with 3 or 4 level risers around the circumference. In the centre is a draped arch entrance. Continuous action

Musical Numbers

  1. The A.B.C. Song - Chorus
  2. I Want To Be Rich- Littlechap, Chorus
  3. Typically English - Evie
  4. A Special Announcement - Chorus
  5. Lumbered - Littlechap
  6. Welcome to Sludgepool - Chorus
  7. Gonna Build a Mountain - Littlechap, Chorus
  8. Glorious Russian - Evie
  9. Meilinki Mailchick - Littlechap, Evie
  10. Family Fugue - Littlechap. Evie, Jane, Susan
  11. Typische Deutsche - Evie, Chorus
  12. Nag! Nag! Nag! - Littlechap, Evie, Jane, Susan, Chorus
  13. All American - Evie
  14. Once in a Lifetime - Littlechap
  15. Mumbo Jumbo - Littlechap
  16. Welcome to Sunvale - Chorus
  17. Someone Nice Like You - Littlechap, Evie
  18. What Kind of Fool Am I? - Littlechap


Bass; Reed 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5; Horn; Trumpet 1 & 2; Trombone 1 & 2; Percussion