The Middle of Nowhere
The Middle of Nowhere
Songs by Randy Newman | Book by Tracy Friedman
The songs of Randy Newman are deftly woven into a contemporary 'minstrel' show with the sociological punch that has made Newman America's foremost musical satirist. Set in 1969, five disparate characters find themselves stranded at a bus depot in a back-water Louisiana town. As the rain pours down, their personas pour forth. There's the station's janitor, the jingoistic salesman and his hitchhiking pick-up, the redneck with a guitar case full of beer, and the Black GI returning from Vietnam. In a succession of stylized vaudevillian set pieces, this show-within-a-show becomes a bittersweet allegory of American pluralism.
Description Tags: Specific Minority CastingMusical ComedyMusical DramaRevueSocial ThemesAmericanaSomething DifferentContemporary.
Cast Size: No ChorusSmall (1-10). Vocal Demands: EasyModerate. Dance Requirements: Minimal. Good For: College/UniversityAmateur/CommunityProfessional Theatre.
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"It's magic!...amazing theatrical finesse...inventive and highly entertaining...a bounty of music and drama." — Chicago Tribune
"One of the few shows to give coherent dramatic shape to material not written specifically for the theater... The product of 20 years of songwriting, Mr. Newman's American portrait gallery blends the sweet lilt of New Orleans rock-and-roll with the ferocious observation of political cartoons." — Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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  • THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE - Orchestration Package (5 Books/5 Players)
    • 1 – PIANO CONDUCTOR SCORE
    • 1 – REED (Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
    • 1 – DRUMS (Trap Set, Wind Chimes, Tambourines, Triangle)
    • 1 – ELECTRIC GUITAR
    • 1 – BASS
  • Rehearsal Set (22 Books)
    • 20 – Libretto-Vocal Books
    • 1 – Logo CD
    • 2 – PIANO CONDUCTOR SCORE
    • Digital Logo

ADDITIONAL

  • Libretto/Vocal Books 10 pack
    • 10 – Libretto-Vocal Books
  • THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE - PRE-PRODUCTION PACKAGE
    • 1 – Libretto-Vocal Books
    • 1 – PIANO CONDUCTOR SCORE

Cast Requirements for The Middle of Nowhere

PRINCIPALS
1 Woman
4 Men

CHARACTERS
Joe - an old black man. He seems to be the janitor of the depot.
The GI - a handsome black soldier, very intelligent but with a chip on his shoulder.
The Salesman - a middle-aged, Jewish travelling salesman with a robust personality.
The Girl - a young, white, urban, hitchhiker who's good at taking care of herself.
The Redneck - a big, brawny, loud but likeable kind of a guy.

Set Requirements for The Middle of Nowhere

THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE takes place in a bus depot somewhere on the back roads of Louisiana 1969.

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PIANO-CONDUCTOR/KEYBOARD NOTE: In the original production the Conductor/Musical Director played the Keyboards and conducted.

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