Music by Jeffrey Lunden | Book and Lyrics by Arthur Perlman | From the play WINGS by Arthur Kopit
In her adventurous youth, Emily was an aviatrix who fearlessly walked on the wings of the family biplane. Just as she once plummeted dizzyingly through space, she is now falling through inner space as the result of a stroke. This extraordinary musical takes us inside Emily's mind as this gallant woman gropes her way toward the cave of memory, away from the scrambled words and short-circuited thoughts that hold her captive. With breathtaking simplicity, WINGS charts Emily's hesitant recovery as she begins regaining the vocabulary to accompany her reawakened emotions. But a relapse hurls her back into the void, this time to face death. In this musical's exultant view, however, Emily has merely taken flight once again, the curiosity and bravery that prompted her girlish exploits having seized her anew.
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The birthday of Jeffrey Lunden, composer of the musical WINGS, ANOTHER MIDSUMMER NIGHT, and THE DEVIL IN THE FLESH.
The birthday of Arthur Kopit; award-winning Broadway writer whose play WINGS was adapted into a musical version by the same name.

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"WINGS is all that good theatre should be...A transcendent musical-theatre piece where language, music and emotion meet to create some exquisite, newly imagined form of communication... Soaring, lyrical, poetic, a meditation on life, death, memory and expression that, quite simply, takes your breath away." — Chicago Sun Times
"A moving, pristine chamber musical... extremely powerful. In 1978, it felt like something of an honor to see a show like WINGS. That feeling remains unchanged." — Variety, January 01, 1993

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Awards for Wings

Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago)

3 Awards including Best New Work

Obie Awards

2 Awards

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  • WINGS - Orchestra Package (4 Books/5 Players)
    • 1 – KEYBOARD II (Synthesizer)
    • 1 – REED (Flute, Clarinet)
    • 1 – CELLO
    • 1 – PERCUSSION (see "Materials Notes", under "Production Information")
  • Perusal Package (1Lib., 1 KB1)
    • 1 – Libretto
  • Rehearsal Set (18 Books)
    • 10 – Libretto


    • 1 – Libretto

Cast Requirements for Wings

4 Women
3 Men
(May be cast with 3 Women and 2 Men, with doubling)

Emily Stilson
Mr. Brambilla
Mrs. Timmins
NOTE: In the original production actors doubled in the roles of Doctor/Mr. Brambilla and Nurse/Mrs. Timmins.

Set Requirements for Wings

WINGS requires a unit set representing various places in Emily's home, a Hospital, a Rehabilitation Center and Emily's mind. The action of the play takes place over a period of two years, and is performed in one act without an intermission.

Materials Notes

Sound effects and the pre-recorded song "The Daredevils of the Air" used in the original production for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago are available from Mr. Richard Woodbury: E-mail: [email protected]; Phone: 847-641-1287

Since the conductor also plays Keyboard I and 8 copies of the KEYBOARD I /CONDUCTOR SCORES are included with the Standard Package materials, no KEYBOARD I /CONDUCTOR SCORES are included with the orchestration. The option to rent individual orchestra books only is not available for this show.
Wind Chimes, Vibraphone, Suspended Cymbal, Triangle, Orchestra Bells (Glock), Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Tri-Toms (different pitches), Timpani.

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Casting is complete for The Theatre Guild's new stage production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's only musical written originally for the big screen: STATE FAIR...

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