Book by JEROME MOROSS and EDWARD EAGER
Lyrics by EDWARD EAGER
Music by JEROME MOROSS
CHARACTERS MISTER INTERLOCUTOR Baritone (pop-style) MISTER TAMBO Tenor (pop-style) MISTER BONES Baritone (pop-style) CONTRALTO SOLOIST COMEDIENNE Mezzo-soprano JOHNNY REB Tenor BILLY YANK Baritone SOUTHERN GIRL Soprano NORTHERN GIRL Mezzo-soprano CHARACTER ACTOR Tenor MR. BANJO MR. TAPS (optional) SINGING CHORUSES (White and Black) DANCERS (White)
N.B.The Contralto Soloist sings the roles of HARRIET TUBMAN, AMANDA, etc.The Comedienne sings the roles of THE DOWAGER, BELLE BOYD, etc.The Character Actor sings the roles of THE SENATOR, THE GENERAL, etc.If the performer playing MR. INTERLOCUTOR cannot tap-dance, a new character, Mr. Taps, may be introduced to perform the dance sections of THE DOME and WHAT HAS BECOME OF BEAUTY.
The other minor character parts, FARMER McCLEAN, ERMYNTRUDE etc. should be played by members of the chorus.
The scenery should be simple and flexible. A number of gilt ball room chairs form the Minstrel Circle. At the opening and closing, Mr. Interlocutor is seated in the center on a sort of throne. Absolute requirements are a scrim and a scenic piece with an open oval in which cards may be placed with painted representation upon them.
The dancing should derive from the style of the 1860's and should utilize tap steps, buck and wing, soft shoe, clog-waltz' etc.
The minstrel characters, (Interlocutor, Tambo and Bones,) should wear a basic costume in which the characterizations they portray can be created by the simple addition of coat, or hat, etc.
The dialogues should always be performed in front of the same curtain.