But Never Jam Today

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But Never Jam Today
MusicBert Keyes and Bob Larimer
LyricsBob Larimer
BookVinnette Carroll & Bob Larimer
BasisWorks of Lewis Carroll
Productions1979 Broadway

But Never Jam Today was a 1979 musical with music by Bert Keyes and Bob Larimer, lyrics by Larimer, and a book by both Larimer and Vinnette Carroll.[1] The musical is based on the works of Lewis Carroll.


A musical by Micki Grant entitled Alice was the previous musical work of Alice's adventures, which premiered on May 31, 1978 in Philadelphia in a pre-Broadway tryout.[2]


It opened on July 31, 1979, at the Longacre Theatre, produced by Arch Nadler, Anita MacShane, and The Urban Arts Theatre at the Longacre Theatre.[3] The show closed on August 5m 1979, after only 8 performances.

The show was directed and devised by Vinnette Carroll, choreography by Talley Beatty, musical direction and incidental music by Donald O. Johnston, set and costume design by William Schroder, lighting design by Ken Billington, choral arrangement and vocal preparation by Cleavant Derricks, sound design by T. Richard Fitzgerald, orchestrations by Bert Keyes, special orchestration by H. B. Barnum and Larry Black, dance music by Barnum, production manager Robert L. Borod, stage manager Robert Charles, and press by Alpert/Levine and Mark Goldstaub.

The show starred Marilynn Winbush (Alice), Cleavant Derricks, (Caterpillar, Cook, Tweedledee, Seven of Spades), Lynne Thigpen (Persona Non Grata), Lynne Clifton-Allen (Black Queen), Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter (White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle), Reginald VelJohnson (Duchess, Humpty-Dumpty, King of Hearts), Jai Oscar St. John (Mad Hatter, Tweedledum, Two of Spades), Sheila Ellis (March Hare, Five of Spades, Cook), Celestine DeSaussure (Dormouse, Cook), and Charlene Harris (White Queen, Queen of Hearts). The Mushrooms were Brenda Braxton, Clayton Strange, Sharon K. Brooks, Garry Q. Lewis, Celestine DeSaussure, and Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter. The Guards were Clayton Strange and Garry Q. Lewis.

Scene Breakdown[edit]

Act I, Scene 1 - Down the rabbit hole
  • Scene 2 - Interview with a Caterpillar (square 1)
  • Scene 3 - The Black Queen (Square 2)
  • Scene 4 - The Kitchen of the Duchess (Square 3)
  • Scene 5 - The Cheshire Cat
  • Scene 6 - A Mad Party (Square 4)
  • Scene 7 - The White Queen (Square 5)
  • Scene 8 - Humpty Dumpty
  • Scene 9 - Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Square 6)
Act II, Scene 1 - The Queen of Hearts's croquet ground
  • Scene 2 - The Queen's Dungeon
  • Scene 3 - The Mock Turtle (Square 7)
  • Scene 4 - The Queen's dungeon
  • Scene 5 - An examination (Square 8)
  • Scene 6 - Alice's Reward
  • Scene 7 - The daydream ends

Musical numbers[edit]

  • "The Best Plays of 1979-1980". Dodd, Mead & Company, 1980, pp. 357–359. ISBN 0-396-07907-5.


  1. ^ Gussow, Mel (August 1, 1979). "Stage: 'Never Jam Today' By Vinnette Carroll". The New York Times. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Dietz, Dan (2012). Off Broadway Musicals, 1910–2007: Casts, Credits, Songs, Critical Reception and Performance Data of More Than 1,800 Shows p.12. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-5731-1.
  3. ^ Peterson, Bernard L. (1993). A Century of Musicals in Black and White: An Encyclopedia of Musical Stage Works By, About, Or Involving African Americans p. 64. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-3132-6657-7.

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