A Wonderful Life
A Wonderful Life
Book and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick | Music by Joe Raposo | Adapted from the Frank Capra film
Frank Capra's film classic has been brought to vibrant theatrical life through the remarkable collaboration of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Sheldon Harnick and Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Joe Raposo. The story of George Bailey and his wonderful life in Bedford Falls remains a timeless fable of dreams, disillusionment and the power of love. An uplifting chronicle of the extraordinary lives of ordinary folk, A WONDERFUL LIFE exhilarates the mind and heart as it celebrates the innate goodness in us all.
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The birthday of Joe Raposo, co-creator and first musical director of the television show "Sesame Street."" Raposo composed the music for the stage adaptation of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE."
In 2005, the stage musical A WONDERFUL LIFE opened on Broadway for a single performance benefiting the Actor's Fund of America. Actors included Brian Stokes Mitchell as George Bailey and David Hyde Pierce as Clarence.

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"This looks like an all-American winner, one that should prove to be a staple of the American theatre for a long time to come." — Washington Review
"It strikes the same chord of essential humanity that has made the film an American classic." — Chicago Tribune
"Warm and wholesome entertainment for family audiences."

— TalkinBroadway.com

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  • A WONDERFUL LIFE - Orchestra Package (15 Bks & Prog. Disks/13 Players)
    • 1 – Full Score Act I
    • 1 – Full Score Act II
    • 1 – KEYBOARD 1 (Synthesizer and Optional Piano)
    • 1 – KEYBOARD 2 (Synthesizer)
    • 1 – REED 1 (Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax)
    • 1 – REED 2 (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
    • 1 – REED 3 (Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Sax)
    • 1 – HORN
    • 1 – TRUMPET 1 (Doubles Flugelhorn)
    • 1 – TRUMPET 2 (Doubles Flugelhorn)
    • 1 – TROMBONE
    • 1 – PERCUSSION (see "Materials Notes", under "Production Information")
    • 1 – CELLO
    • 1 – Programming Disks
    • 1 – VIOLA
  • Perusal Package
    • 1 – Libretto
    • 1 – Piano Vocal Scores
  • Rehearsal Set (22 Books, Prod. Notes)
    • 20 – Libretto-Vocal Book
    • 2 – Piano Conductor Score


    • 1 – Piano Vocal Scores
    • 1 – Libretto-Vocal Book

Cast Requirements for A Wonderful Life

3 Women
5 Men

3 Women
6 Men
2 Girls
1 Boy

Singing-dancing ensemble of Townspeople, High-School Students, Charleston Dancers, etc. with numerous small roles and much doubling possible.

Matthew - an executive angel
Clarence - George Bailey's guardian angel
George Bailey
Tom Bailey - George's father
Milly Bailey - George's mother
Uncle Billy - Tom's brother
Harry Bailey - George's younger brother
Ruth Reynolds - Harry's wife
Mary Hatch - George's sweetheart, later his wife
Mrs. Hatch - Mary's mother
Beth Bailey - age 10
Tommy Bailey - age 9
Zuzu Bailey - age 7
Henry Potter - Bedford Falls' wealthiest (and nastiest) citizen
Harriet - Potter's assistant
Accountant - Potter's accountant
Bert - a policeman
Ernie - a cab driver
Mr. Martini - owner of Martini's Restaurant
Mrs. Martini - Mr. Martini's wife
Violet Bick - Mary Hatch's closest friend
Sam Wainwright - George's friend and rival
Karen Zimmer - the M.C. at Harry's graduation dance
Mr. Carter - the bank examiner
Bob Hepner - owner of a luggage shop
Bank Teller
Townspeople, High-School Students, Charleston Dancers, etc.

Set Requirements for A Wonderful Life

A WONDERFUL LIFE takes place in and around Bedford Falls, New York, from 1928 to 1945.

A Secluded Spot Near Henry Potter's Home
Hepner's Luggage Shop
Main Street
The Bailey Home: Dining Room
The Parlor
Bedford Falls High School
A Street near The Granville House
The Bailey Building and Loan Association
A Street Near Mary Hatch's Home
Mary Hatch's Home: The Parlor
A Church
The Granville House: The Parlor
George & Mary's Bedroom
Zuzu's Bedroom
Bailey Park: The Martini's New House
Henry Potter's Office
Streets of Bedford Falls
Henry Potter's Bank
Henry Potter's Parlor
A Railroad Crossing
Martini's Restaurant

Materials Notes

(May be played by one player): Trap Set (Bass Drum, Snare Drum, High Hat, Toms); Ride, Large and Small Crash and Finger Cymbals; 2 Timpani, Chimes, Bells, Wind Chimes, Mark and Bell Tree, Triangle, Wood Block, Cowbell, Tambourine, Gong, Police Whistle, [Sticks, Mallets and Brushes]

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