The Lieutenant (musical)

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The Lieutenant
Music Gene Curty
Nitra Scharfman
Chuck Strand
Lyrics Gene Curty
Nitra Scharfman
Chuck Strand
Book Gene Curty
Nitra Scharfman
Chuck Strand
Productions 1975 Broadway

The Lieutenant is a musical with book, music and lyrics by Gene Curty, Nitra Scharfman and Chuck Strand.

Directed by William Martin and choreographed by Dennis Dennehy, it opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre on March 9, 1975 and closed on March 16, 1975 after 9 performances and 7 previews.

The musical was described by Clive Barnes in his New York Times review (March 10, 1975) as a "rock opera", entirely operatic with no linking dialogue. It concerns the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War.

Songs[edit]

  • The Indictment – Lieutenant and Judge
  • Join the Army – Lieutenant, Recruiting Sergeant and Recruits
  • Look for the Men With Potential – Generals
  • Kill – OCS Sergeant
  • I Don't Want to Go Over to Vietnam – Lieutenant and "C" Company
  • Eulogy – Chaplain
  • At 0700 Tomorrow – Captain and "C" Company
  • Massacre – Captain, Lieutenant, "C" Company and Vietnamese
  • Something's Gone Wrong – Captain and Lieutenant
  • Twenty-Eight – Generals, Captain and Lieutenant
  • Let's Believe in the Captain – Generals
  • Final Report – First General
  • I Will Make Things Happen – G.I.
  • He Wants to Put the Army in Jail – Senator, 1st & 2nd Congressmen and Clergyman
  • There's No Other Solution – Generals
  • I'm Going Home – Lieutenant and "C" Company
  • We've Chosen You, Lieutenant – Generals
  • The Star of This War – Reporters and Lieutenant
  • On Trial for My Life – Lieutenant
  • The Conscience of a Nation – Prosecutor
  • Damned No Matter How He Turned – Defense Attorney
  • On Trial for My Life (Reprise) – Lieutenant
  • The Verdict – Judge and Jurors
  • Finale – New Recruit, Recruiting Sergeant and Company

Awards and nominations[edit]

Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1975 Tony Award Best Musical Nominated
Best Book of a Musical Gene Curty, Nitra Scharfman and Chuck Strand Nominated
Best Original Score Nominated
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Eddie Mekka Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical Nominated
Outstanding Music and Lyrics Gene Curty, Nitra Scharfman and Chuck Strand Nominated
Outstanding Actor in a Musical Eddie Mekka Nominated
Outstanding Director of a Musical William Martin Nominated
Outstanding Choreography Dennis Dennehy Nominated

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