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My Favorite Year


Book by Joseph Dougherty. Music by Stephen Flaherty. Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Based on the motion picture My Favorite Year courtesy of Turner Entertainment Company. Screenplay by Norman Steinberg & Dennis Palumbo. Story by Dennis Palumbo

Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Broadway - 10 December, 1992 (37 perfs)



A classic farce with a heart - and fencing - this adaptation of the film introduces Benjy Stone, a naive young television writer during the Golden Age of live 50s US television, to Alan Swann, a hard drinking, swash-buckling movie star from Hollywood. Assignment: keep the star sober for his guest spot on a live show, learn some lessons about life and love and, of course, get the girl. Simple.

Musical Numbers:

  1. Funny
  2. The Duck Joke
  3. The Gospel According to King
  4. If the World Were Like the Movies
  5. Larger Than Life
  6. The Lights Come Up
  7. Manhattan
  8. Maxford House
  9. My Favourite Year
  10. Naked in the Bethesda Fountain
  11. Professional Showbusiness Comedy
  12. Rookie In the Ring
  13. Shut Up and Dance
  14. Twenty Million People
  15. Waldorf Suite
  16. Welcome to Brooklyn


8 men, 5 women, chorus


Reed 1 (piccolo/flute/clarinet/alto sax), Reed II (flute/clarinet/bass clarinet/alto sax), Reed III (oboe/cor anglais/clarinet/tenor sax), Reed IV (flute/clarinet/bass clarinet/baritone sax/ bassoon), horn, Trumpet I (trumpet/flugelhorn), Trumpet II (trumpet/piccolo trumpet), Trumpet III (trumpet/flugelhorn), 2 trombones, 2 percussion, Keyboard I (piano/synthesizer), Keyboard II (synthesizer), 3 violins, viola, cello, double bass


Original Cast recording - RCA Victor 09026-61617-2