By Jeeves
By Jeeves
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber | Book and Lyrics by Alan Ayckbourn | Based on the "Jeeves" stories by P.G. Wodehouse
From the classic P.G. Wodehouse stories of the amiably dense Bertie Wooster and his estimable manservant Jeeves, two of the theater's most celebrated talents have fashioned a jolly chamber musical chock full of hilarity and invention. Bertie is looking forward to enlivening a charity benefit at a church hall when his beloved banjo mysteriously goes missing. Assisted by the unflappable Jeeves, Bertie instead entertains the audience with an improvised account of how he and two chums - with, as one song puts it, 'a collective I.Q. of around 42' - all got their names and identities confused in the course of one riotously raucous weekend. This tale of escalating chaos and labyrinthine high jinx unfolds to the accompaniment of one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most vivacious and sprightly scores. BY JEEVES cleverly intertwines the twin English passions for amateur theatrics and bumbling silliness, taking us back to a time when flirty girls pursued men, not careers, and where good breeding took precedence over brainpower.
Description Tags: Musical Comedy.
Cast Size: No ChorusMedium (5-21). Vocal Demands: Easy. Dance Requirements: Some Dancing Required. Good For: Elementary SchoolHigh SchoolCollege/UniversityAmateur/CommunityProfessional Theatre.
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In 2001, BY JEEVES opened on Broadway after a successful UK run. The show was Andrew Lloyd Webber's second musical version of the comic "Jeeves"" stories of P. G. Wodehouse. "
In 1939 renowned British playwright Alan Ayckbourn was born. He wrote book and lyrics for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical BY JEEVES.
In 2001, Andrew Lloyd Webber's comic musical BY JEEVES closed on Broadway.

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"A cheerfully convuluted tale of mistaken identity, romance thwarted and the triumph of true love. Once the giggles start, they rarely subside!" — Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press
"Nicely done Jeeves! ...Andrew Lloyd Webber's music brightly suits Alan Ayckbourn's neatly turned lyrics. Cozy in style, fizzy in spirits, it makes for a night of jolly good fun!" — Michael Sommers, The Star-Ledger, January 01, 2001
"Nicely done Jeeves! ...Andrew Lloyd Webber's music brightly suits Alan Ayckbourn's neatly turned lyrics. Cozy in style, fizzy in spirits, it makes for a night of jolly good fun!" — Michael Sommers, The Star-Ledger

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BY JEEVES is a totally rewritten version of a 1975 production. The show opened in Scarborough, England, in 1996, transferring to the Duke of Yorks Theatre and the Lyric Theatre in London. The North American premier of BY JEEVES was at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, in December 1996. A revised Goodspeed production played on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre in 2001. The Broadway production was also filmed for video release.

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  • BY JEEVES - Libretto 10-Pack
    • 10 – Libretto
  • BY JEEVES - Orchestra Package (6 Books/6 Players)
    • 1 – Woodwinds (Flute, Alto Sax, Clarinet)
    • 1 – Synthesizer
    • 1 – Guitar (Acoustic)
    • 1 – Bass (Acoustic)
    • 1 – Drums (Trap Set)
    • 1 – Piano-Conductor
  • BY JEEVES - Perusal Package (2 Books)
    • 1 – Libretto
    • 1 – Piano-Conductor
  • BY JEEVES - Rehearsal Set (24 Books)
    • 12 – Libretto
    • 1 – Logo CD
    • 12 – Piano-Conductor
    • Digital Logo


  • BY JEEVES - Per-Production Pack
    • 1 – Libretto
    • 1 – Piano-Conductor

Cast Requirements for By Jeeves

3 Women
7 Men

1 Woman
2 Men

Bertram Wooster
Honoria Glossop
Gussie Fink-Nottle
Harold 'Stinker' Pinker
Stiffy Byng
Bingo Little
Sir Watkyn Bassett
Madeline Bassett
Cyrus Budge III (Junior)
Other Personages (3)

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BY JEEVES takes place on the stage of a church hall, later improvised to represent a London flat and the country house and grounds of Totleigh Towers.

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