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How Now, Dow Jones

Cover to original Broadway Cast Recording

Music by Elmer Bernstein; Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh; Book by Max Shulman
(Originally entitled and score published as How Do I Do, I Love You)

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Broadway - 7 December, 1967 (220 perfs)


New York Stock Exchange tour guide Cynthia Pike has just explained the complicated world of high finance and joins friend Kate Montgomery (the voice of Dow Jones). Kate complains that her fiancé, Herbert, won't marry her until the Dow Jones Industrial Average tops 1,000. When Cynthia leaves, Kate is joined by champion loser Charlie Mason who states he intends to commit suicide after he has drunk his lunch. They exchange their tales of woe and decide to have night out together. This, what turns out to be, a night-long affair restores some hope but Kate rejects Charlie for a future of security instead of dreams.

Meanwhile, the owner of a brokerage firm, William Foster Wingate, plans to sell more stock and hires Charlie to give his firm the "little-man" image. Charlie hits it off with the rich widow set and hits the big-time at last. When the girls meet again, Cynthia confides that she has agreed to be Wingate's mistress. She is a little upset, however, because it would seem he has forgotten about her. Kate explains her new problem - she has fallen in love with Charlie, is engaged to Herbert and yet finds she is expecting a baby - and the father is Charlie. When Kate learns that Charlie has proposed to his childhood sweetheart, her current state of impending motherhood causes a panic. As "The Voice of Dow Jones" she announces that the Dow average has topped 1,000. Wingate realises that Kate's report is untrue but wonders why. Herbert and Cynthia provide the answer but the hoax is publicly discovered and the bottom then falls out of the market.

The truth is seized on happily by Charlie as he thought Kate loved Herbert. He finds Kate, and together with Cynthia, they persuade "A.K.", Wall Street's shrewdest and most closely watched player, to buy. The market fall is reversed and the future once again becomes bright - especially for Charlie and Kate.


Charlie - comic actor who sings well and dances
Kate - strong legit voice, acts well and dances
Cynthia - comedienne with powerful singing voice, minor dance
Wingate - character actor who sings
Widows (4 - 8) - all sing and dance
Chorus required for chorale and other numbers

Total cast 35 - 50

Musical Numbers

A-B-C- Big Trouble
Crazy Night Ballet
Credo (Rich Is Better)
Goodbye, Failure
Goodbye (Gawk, Tousle and Shucks)
He's Here!
How Now, Dow Jones
A Little Investigation
Live A Little
One Of Those Moments
The Pleasure's About To Be Mine
Shakespeare Lied
Step To the Rear
That's Good Enough For Me
They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore
Where You Are


Violins, A,B,C,
1st Flute (2 db alto sax, clar)
1st Clar (1st alto sax)
Tenor sax (clar)
Bari sax (bass clar)
Trumpets I, II, III
Percussion I, II