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Under Her Hat! (1134F)

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Please note:  The songs in both vocal/score and audio forms do not perfectly correspond with the lyrics as written in the script.  The revised script changes have influenced song changes, as has rehearsal and recording time with our musical director who often acts as an arranger once he has actors to work with.  We’re catching up.

The Halloween Parade is undergoing revision.  Projections will be eliminated as the lyrics expand.

Also, numbers 11a (Intro to 37th Street) and 11 are actually one song, which is how the audio is sung, but the scores were written separately.

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  • TITLE OF WORK: UNDER HER HAT!
  • SELECT ONE: Original
  • MUSICAL STYLE: Eclectic
  • NATURE: Romantic comedy
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE: Adult
  • STRUCTURE: Some spoken dialogue: Mostly sung
  • APPROXIMATE DURATION (Hrs/Min): 2 hours
  • DESIRED INSTRUMENTATION: Single piano. Add bass and drums if feasible.
  • BRIEFLY STATE THE THEME or MESSAGE: How lovers can be torn apart by life obstacles: family ethnic bigotry and the jeopardy of roller-coaster business partnership.
  • NUMBER OF SETS: 3

Cast Description

Vocal Ranges, Chorus Requirements, 9 Actors with doubling/trippling

CHERYL, 20's, Jewish-American, Millinery Design  major, artistic, exuberant, self-confident, knows where she wants to go on in life. 
Pop-belt

JUSTIN, 20's, Chinese-American, Accessories Merchandising major, Millinery minor, quick, minor, responsible, composed, aware of what he wants out of life. 
Bari-tenor

MRS. FRAN RUTH ROTH,CHERYL'S mother, fifties, assertive New York businesswoman, slightly deaf, sharp, brash, comedic.
Soprano-Belt

MRS. CHEN MEICHANG, JUSTIN'S mother, 50's,Hong Kong proprietor, global clientele, soignee, sophisticated, comedic.
Mezzo-Belt

ESTEBAN, Fran's boyfriend, 50's, Mexican, warm, competent. Baritone

HOWIE, Mei’s boyfriend, 50's,American,practical, a hunk. Baritone

BUHBEE, Cheryl's grandma, 7O's, alert, Mah Jongg player. Mezzo

GUNG GUNG, Justin's grandpa,70’s,savvy,Mah Jongg player. Baritone

INTERNS (CHORUS): twenty-something FST seniors, smart, hip, dance trained.

WILLIE, Carribean, flamboyant, leader. Bari-Tenor
MELANIE, Mid-Eastern (head  scarf suggested),well-organized. Mezzo-Belt
TORRANCE, Vietnamese/Thai, Korean, Philippino /or other Asian­ American, wheelchair-bound, graphic designer, Baritone
JAMIE, Caucasian, nurturing. Soprano-Belt

DEAN CLAGGIT, FST Dean, 40's,a bad egg. Baritone

JUSTIN'S FRIENDS

MAH-JONGG PLAYERS: older adults GUNG GUNG, BUHBEE, YUSSIE, LILY
RABBI, MINISTER, MODERATOR, POLICEMAN #1, POLICEMAN #2

 

Synopsis

Man-shy FST Millinery Design Major Cheryl Roth’s passion for hats links right into her passion for ‘hat-maniac’ Justin Chen when they meet in the Central Park skating rink locker room.  The cross-ethnic couple defy family bigotry, marry, and found successful high-end Sashay Hats, Inc., employing Fashion School of Technology Interns.  Five years later, Sashay and the marriage are slammed by design theft, economic downturn, and globalization.  The couple’s attraction holds:  they wind up in bed together, with hopes for saving their company by winning a t.v. fashion runway contest for the ‘Best Millinery Designer of the Year’.  But before the contest, Sashay hats flop at their fall trade show:   Cheryl’s and Justin’s attempt to exhibit love by imitating each other’s design concepts is completely misconstrued and both flare into a determination to compete mano a mano in the televised event.  Justin wins and leaves for Hong Kong in sync with a promise to his businessman/T’ai Master grandfather, apparently abandoning secretly pregnant Cheryl.  Families, friends, and Interns kick in to save the pair’s marriage and Sashay, bringing relationship surprises and internet skills of their own.  Justin returns in police custody for fighting with the FST Intern Supervisor, the exposed design thief who’s been selling Sashay originals to copyists and street vendors.  Released, Justin  ‘blows the lid’ off his trip: his grandfather’s Chinese contacts can save Sashay.  But Cheryl’s inner journey has given her a firm grip on her priorities.  She demands to know:  what’s most important to Justin, their love or business?   Put to the test, Justin proves to Cheryl that nothing in his life compares to being together.   The couple dances to the Interns’ Caribbean paean to family, and canny, resilient Cheryl retrieves both her love and her hat company. 

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