MainStreet Award

Directors' Choice Award Winner

| script | breakdown | synopsis |

Josephine Tonight

A musical based upon the early life of Josephine Baker

Book & Lyrics by Sherman Yellen music by Wally Harper

Musical Selections

click on a title from list below to play


Selections from the score may be listened to while opening the various other components in pdf.


Download or open The Full Script in Adobe Reader.


If you are interested in this work and would like to talk with the creators, please email your request to info@mainstreetmusicals.orgPlease include: Name of Show, Your Name, Name of Your Company or School Thank you.


JOSEPHINE TONIGHT! A new musical about the early life of Josephine Baker as told by Carrie, her earthy laundress mother.  It follows Josephine from the harsh poverty of the Jim Crow South to the Black Vaudeville circuit where she joins the company of Big Bertha Smith, goes on to Broadway during the Harlem Renaissance, concluding with Baker’s triumph in Paris at the age of twenty.   The relationship between Josephine, Carrie, and Bertha, her mentor (a dual role) shapes this musical, as Josephine grows as a woman and finds her place and purpose in the world.  There is a cast of ten.


To save the script to your computer click with the right mouse button. A small menu should appear select "save target as" or "save to your computer," or "save link as." The exact text may vary depending on your browser.

get adobe reader

To open The Score or the Script you will need Adobe Reader. Click if you need to install or update Adobe Reader.