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GOOD COMPANIONS

Music by Andre Previn
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Libretto by Ronald Harwood
Adapted from J.B. Priestley’s novel

Administered for rental and amateur stage rights by Boosey & Hawkes in the UK.



Please follow this link to listen to extracts from a selection of songs from the musical.


Licensing performances

If you wish to apply to perform the musical, then please send an email to musicals@boosey.com stating the following information only:

1) Name of school/society

2) Where you are (city/town)

3) What you want to perform (Good Companions)

4) When you want to perform (if exact dates are not yet known, then please provide the month)

We will then send you an application form by email to complete, along with details of costs involved. Once the form is completed and returned by email, a licence will be emailed to you for signature. Once signed we will be able to send you the music at the date requested on your application form.

Details of hire requirements should be submitted on the application form. We can provide orchestral parts (details below), as well as piano vocal scores and libretti. 

Please note that you must use live musicians and the use of a backing track is strictly forbidden.


Information

INSTRUMENTATION
1 Conductor Score – annotated vocal score
1 Flute/Picc
1 Oboe
1 Clarinets I/II
1 Bassoon
1 Horns I/II
1 Trumpets I/II
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Percussion
1 Harp
1 Piano
2 Violins I
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Double Bass


THE STORY (the late 1920s)
It looks as if ‘The Dinky Doos’, a touring concert party, have given their last performance. They are stranded in Rawsley because their manager has absconded with both the takings and the lady pianist Mr Jess Oakroyd from Bruddersford endears himself with his snippets of homespun advice and is appointed odd-job man. However, Miss Elizabeth Trant, who wishes to escape from an uneventful rustic life in the Cotswolds, is the real salvation of the concert party. She has come into some money and solves the immediate difficulties of the troupe, now called ‘The Good Companions’. An ex-school master from East Anglia, Mr Inigo Jollifant, becomes the new pianist and songwriter. Other important members are Susie Dean, the comedienne and ‘baby’ of the show, Morton Mitcham, a hitherto itinerant banjo-player, Jerry Jerningham, Jimmy Nunn, Mr and Mrs Joe Brundit and Elsie Longstaff. On tour, ‘The Good Companions’ meet setbacks by the seaside. Inigo, who loves Susie, secretly goes to London where he signs a songwriting contract and persuades an impresario to see ‘The Good Companions’. Despite ‘toughs’ in the audience spoiling the end of the show, the impresario knows talent when he sees it and books Susie and Jerry for his new revue. The remaining ‘Good Companions’ secure Number One dates, Miss Trant marries her solicitor, Inigo goes on to make his fortune with music and Mr Jess Oakroyd sets off to visit his beloved daughter in Canada.


PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS
Jess Oakroyd
Morton Mitcham
Miss Trant
Jerry Jerningham
Inigo Jollifant
Susie Dean


PRINCIPAL MUSICAL NUMBERS
The Pleasure of Your Company (Mitcham, Inigo)
Stage Struck (Susie)
The Dance of Life (Miss Trant)
Good Companions (Inigo, Mitcham, Company)
Slippin’ Around The Corner (Jerry)
Darkest Before The Dawn (Miss Trant)
Ta, Luv (Jess)


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