I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road

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I'm Getting My Act Together
and Taking It on the Road
Music Nancy Ford
Lyrics Gretchen Cryer
Book Gretchen Cryer
Productions New York
1978 Off-Broadway
1981 West End

Chicago
1979 Travelite Theatre
1980 Drury Lane Theater
1982 World Playhouse

Los Angeles
1982 Aquarius Theater
1983 Earl Carrol Theater

I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road is an Off Broadway musical, with music by Nancy Ford and book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer. It was produced by Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival at The Public Theater, opening on June 14, 1978 and running for 1165 performances. The lead, played by Cryer, is a 39-year-old divorceé attempting a comeback as a pop star. Generally considered a feminist vehicle, the plot centers around her displaying new material for her manager without relying on showbiz clichés. The show also enjoyed a 1981 West End production.

Synopsis[edit]

Manager Joe Epstein returns from a trip and finds his star Heather Jones on stage at a nightclub, singing her own songs about the emancipation of women, together with the two singers Alice and Cheryl and the band. She told Joe Epstein that this would be her new show. Joe, who had been Heather's friend for a long time, reacted angrily to Heather's change, but he was not able to persuade Heather to go back to her usual role. Almost 40 years old, she feels that the time has come for a change. The songs she is singing now are touching Joe in an unpleasant way, because they remind him of the way he treats his own wife. Heather is determined to support women's liberation; she splits up with her manager and goes on to perform her own show.

Cast[edit]

New York production[edit]

  • Heather Jones - Gretchen Cryer
  • Joe Epstein, Manager - George C. Hosmer
  • Alice - Margot Rose
  • Cheryl - Betty Aberlin
  • Jake - Don Scardino, (created by Kevin Weyl who took the role through previews)
    • The Band
  • Piano - Scott Berry
  • Guitar - Lee Grayson
  • Drums - Bob George
  • Bass/Flute - Dean Swenson

London production[edit]

    • The Band
  • Musical Director - Stuart Pedlar
  • Guitar - John Murphy
  • Drums - Tony Layzell
  • Bass - Bernard Shaw[1]

Songs[edit]

  • Natural High
  • Smile
  • Miss America
  • Strong Woman Number
  • Dear Tom
  • Old Friend
  • In a Simple Way I Love You
  • Put in a Package and Sold
  • Feel the Love
  • Lonely Lady
  • Happy Birthday

Additional song, London production[edit]

  • If Only Things Was Different

References[edit]

  1. ^ original London cast album, That's Entertainment Records TER 1006 (1981) (distributed by Varèse Sarabande)

External links[edit]