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Summer of '42

Genre Comedy/Satire; Fringe
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Composer David Kirshenbaum
Lyricist David Kirshenbaum
Book By Hunter Foster
 
Other Credits Based on the novel and screenplay by Herman Roucher
Format Book Musical
Type Full Length
Status Available (?This work is currently available for application in Australia and New Zealand subject to our standard Terms of Use.)
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Short Synopsis

"Painted with pastels, awash in remembrance and melancholy, and humming with palliating jingles [SUMMER OF '42] arrived…timely in its way" —NY Times.

"SUMMER OF '42, a wistful breezy musical adaptation of the 1971 coming-of-age film…at its core it's a gentle and nostalgic take on one boy's poignant friendship with a beautiful older woman" —NY Daily News.

"The new musical adaptation…emerges as a work of engaging substance as well as consider-able charm…" —Variety. "…a wryly funny portrait of adolescent curiosity…" —Wall Street Journal.

Rehearsal Materials

Rehearsal Materials on Hire

SUMMER OF 42 REHEARSAL SET

  • 10 × SUMMER OF '42 LIBRETTO BOOKS
  • 1 × SUMMER OF '42 PIANO CONDUCTOR
  • 1 × SUMMER OF '42 PIANO VOCAL BOOK

Orchestral Materials

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Orchestral Materials on Hire

SUMMER OF 42 ORCHESTRAL SET

  • 1 × SUMMER OF 42 BASS
  • 1 × SUMMER OF '42 CELLO
  • 1 × SUMMER OF '42 KEYBOARD II
  • 1 × SUMMER OF '42 PERCUSSION
  • 1 × SUMMER OF '42 REED

PERFORM WITH PIANO ONLY

Casting Information

Dance Requirement: Minimal/None

Character Breakdown

DOROTHY

HERMIE

OSCY

BENJIE

AGGIE

MIRIAM

GLORIA

PETE

MR SANDERS/WALTER WINCHELL

RECORD SINGER

Detailed Synopsis

It's the summer of 1942…America is at war; men line up by the thousands to join the army; and on a tiny island off the coast of Maine, three fifteen-year-old boys begin a summer they will never forget. Hermie, Oscy and Benjie are accustomed to coming up and spending the summer together, but somehow this year seems different. Girls have replaced baseball and comic books, and a beautiful young war bride has won the heart of Hermie. Left alone by her husband as he goes off to fight in World War II, Dorothy is befriended by Hermie, and they form a bond that differs greatly from the one he shares with his two buddies. After meeting three girls on the beach, Hermie and his friends experience adolescent misadventures, including a date at the movies (mistakenly fondling a girl's elbow instead of her breast), a trip to the drugstore to buy condoms (where Hermie squirms during several painful attempts to say the word "rubber") and a beach party (that begins with a jitter-bug and ends with Hermie missing his date's lips and kissing her forehead). It is with Dorothy that Hermie feels most comfortable, and after she invites him over for a friendly night out at her house, Hermie discovers a devastating telegram. And in that one night, Hermie learns an important lesson about life, love and the scope of human compassion.

Rates and Fees

Education and Community Theatre Rates.

Rehearsal Materials

Rehearsal Material on Hire
Minimum Hire fee: A$375.00 – 3 month(s) prior to final performance
Additional Hire fee: A$90.00 – per month

Royalty Fees

14% of your ticket sales
Minimum: A$180.00 per performance

Other Fees

Booking and Handling Fee: A$50.00
Materials Security Deposit: from A$200.00 - A$500.00

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