Cast Size: Medium (5-21) • Large (14+). Vocal Demands: Easy • Moderate. Dance Requirements: Extensive • Some Dancing Required • Minimal. Good For: High School • College/University • Amateur/Community • Professional Theatre • Religious Organization.
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Rodgers and Hart’s BY JUPITER opened at the Shubert Theatre in New York on June 3, 1942, and enjoyed the longest run (427 performances) of any of their shows – thus surprising several critics who praised it but called it a “summertime hit.” The book, by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, was based on the play “The Warrior’s Husband” by Julian F. Thompson, with music by Mr. Rodgers and lyrics by Mr. Hart. One of the most memorable songs from this score is “Wait Till You See Her,” a charming waltz. Strangely enough, this was cut from the show for a time in New York only because the show was running late. Fortunately, it was put back towards the end of the run. Other musical highlights are: “Nobody’s Heart,” and “Ev’rything I’ve Got.”
BY JUPITER was the last show Rodgers wrote with Hart, although they did write several new songs for a 1943 revival of A CONNECTICUT YANKEE (a Rodgers and Hart hit of the 1920’s.) Lorenz Hart died on November 22, 1943, a few months after BY JUPITER had completed its Broadway run. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart worked together for twenty-five years, during which time they wrote the songs for 26 Broadway musicals, 3 London musicals, and 9 films. They also collaborated on one night club revue and one non-musical play. Mr. Hart died in 1943 at the age of 48. Mr. Rodgers then entered another extraordinary partnership with a man he had known from their Columbia University days – Oscar Hammerstein 2nd, with whom he worked exclusively until Mr. Hammerstein’s death in 1960. Mr. Rodgers continued to entertain Broadway and television audiences with his music until his death in 1979.
Excerpted from "Buried Treasure," as featured in Happy Talk, Volume 9, Issue 3 - Summer 2002:
"Rodgers & Hart’s final Broadway musical comedy was also one of their biggest hits, and their longest running show: BY JUPITER (1942) introduced Nobody’s Heart, Ev’rything I’ve Got and Wait Till You See Her. As musical theatre scholar Laurence Maslon remarked to R&H President Ted Chapin, after attending a performance at the York Theatre in early April, Imagine a time when a musical comedy lyric could be filled with classic literary allusions of the ancient world ‘ and the audience got it!
Today’s audiences get BY JUPITER, too, judging by the two concert presentations given this spring on opposite coasts. The topsy-turvy tale, based on THE WARRIOR’S HUSBAND, is set in an ancient land (told of in Homer’s ODYSSEY), where women do the hunting and men do the housework. The classic-retro tone, witty score and great character parts make for a crowd-pleaser among both cast and spectators. The brassy Amazon queen Hippolyta (played at the York by Klea Blackhurst as a combination of Catherine the Great and Ethel the Merman), and the youthful Sapiens who captures her heart (played originally by Ray Bolger, and at the York by Kevin Cahoon), are just two of the choice roles.
Following the York’s early April stagings of BY JUPITER, the widely heralded 42nd Street Moon of San Francisco presented it over a series of weekends from April 17 through May 12, with Lesley Hamilton (as Hippolyta) and Bill Fahrner (as Sapiens) heading the cast. The show is a joy, cheered the San Francisco Chronicle. Every song is a reminder of Rodgers’ incomparable skill and Hart’s seemingly inexhaustible wit, and the book is an irreverently frivolous delight."
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Written By: Fred Ebb
I have an 18 year old nephew. I am willing to concede that he's my problem, not yours, but he provokes this discussion. The other day in one of his rare attacks of curiosity about my well-being, he asked me what I had been doing lately. I replied that I was working on some book revisions for an off Broadway revival of the musical BY JUPITER. 'What's that?' he asked. I finally worked up the calm to say that was a musical comedy. A famous musical comedy. I remembered the score vividly, Larry Hart's phenomenally well-considered rhymes, the Richard Rodgers of another time writing melodies that are destined to live forever. BY JUPITER had been an adaptation of a play THE WARRIOR'S HUSBAND (which gave Katharine Hepburn her start, in case you're 18, too) about the 'war' between Amazon ladies and Greeks. I informed my nephew that I was appalled by his ignorance, but then a terrible thought passed my mind. BY JUPITER opened in New York in 1942. Of course he might never have heard of it. I apologized. He forgave me on the ground that when he first mentioned the Beach Boys to me I thought they were a basketball team.
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- BY JUPITER - Orchestration (10 Books/10 Players)
- 1 – Piano-Conductor
- 1 – Reed I (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet)
- 1 – Reed II (Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet)
- 1 – Trumpet I-II
- 1 – Trombone
- 2 – Percussion (see "Materials Notes", under "Production Information")
- 1 – Bass
- 1 – Harp
- 1 – Piano-Celesta (Piano-Conductor)
- BY JUPITER - Perusal Package (2 Books)
- 1 – Libretto
- 1 – Vocal
- BY JUPITER - Rehearsal Set (42 Books)
- 20 – Libretto
- 1 – Logo CD
- 20 – Vocal
- 2 – Piano-Conductor
- Digital Logo
- BY JUPITER - Pre-Production Pack (2 Books)
- 1 – Libretto
- 1 – Piano-Conductor
Large singing-dancing ensemble with numerous small roles
Amazon and Greek Women
Greek Warriors and Amazon Men
BY JUPITER takes place in the land of the Amazons in ancient times.
The Greek Camp
The Amazon Palace
Inside Theseus' Tent
ORCHESTRATION NOTE: Orchestration from the 1967 Production of BY JUPITER.
Trap Set, Timpani, Bells, Wood Block, Triangle, Hand Cymbals, Finger Cymbals