- from "Say What You Want to Say,"
The forces of Good (33, Bread, Susie Moon, Mother Earth, and the Shubert Angels) and Evil (Zero, Nero, Esso, Extra, and Sissy) try to gain control of Dude's soul. The theme of DUDE has been listed as:
"DUDE: faith and a return to the fundamental way of life with emphasis on simplicity in living as opposed to the complicated materialistic society of today" (Source unknown.)
A description of the set:"The Broadway Theatre has been converted into a theatre in the round, the seats sloping down from the mezzanine level (the tree tops and trees) to a matted round playing area (the Earth) which is flanked by other seats (the foothills and valleys) and beyond which still more seats (the mountains ans mountain tops) rise on the former stage. The band is spread out, brass and woodwinds on two levels at one side wall in a box seat area and strings (the Hillybilly Band) far across against the other wall. #33 enters and departs from high up in the theatre ceiling (Heaven). A racetrack encircles the Earth and rises halfway up to another track (the deep blue highway in the sky.)" (Source unknown.)
Opened: October 9, 1972.
Closed: October 21, 1972.
That's 16 previews and 16 performances.
Book and Lyrics: Gerome Ragni
Music: Galt MacDermot
Musical Arrangements and Orchestration: Horace Ott
Producers: Adela and Peter Holzer
Director: Tom O'Horgan
Musical Director: Thomas Pierson
Designers: Eugene and Franne Lee
Costumes: Randy Barcelo
Production Assistant: Margaret E. Kennedy
Press Representative: Michael Alpert
Photographers: Dagmar and Cosmos
Assistant to Tom O'Horgan: Mark Cohen
The Theatre Stars: #33 (God)...Allan Nicholls Rags (the 1000 year old man)...Michael Dunn Dude (Billy Hill, child)...Ralph Carter Mother Earth (Nature)...Salome Bey Bread...Delores Hall The Shubert Angels: Karen-Maria Faatz, Katie Fields, Helen Jennings, David Kruger, Cary Mark, Mark Perman, Aida Random, Lynn Reynolds The Theatre Wings: Hero...Alan Braunstein Halo...Sandra Loys Toder Echo...Dawn Johnson Solo...Michael Jason Reba (Dude's Mom)...Rae Allen Harold (Dude's Dad)...William Redfield Susie Moon...Nell Carter Zero (the Devil)...James Patrick Farrell III Nero...Leata Galloway Sissy...David Lasley Electric Bill...Jim Turner Shadow...Dales Soules Shade...Barbara Monte-Britton Esso...Bobby Alessi Extra...Billy Alessi Meadow...Michael Meadows World War Won...Juan Antonio World War Too...Georgianna Holmes Noname...Carol Estey Texico...Dennis Simpson Dude (Billy Hill, adult)...Nat Morris Eieio-#12...Robin McNamara
Listing from: Theatre Week, Playbill, and John Michael Cox, Jr.
(Some songs are missing, some titles have been altered. Links are to the corresponding .wav file, if available. Songs marked with a "*" were dropped before the show's opening.)OVERTURE (Going/33's Race) * Brooks Atkison/New York Lies...Rags and The Shubert Angels Theatre/Theatre... #33, The Theatre Wings and The Shubert Angels A-Stage...#33 The Mountains/I Know Your Name...Mother Earth and The Theatre Wings Pears & Peaches...Mother Earth and The Shubert Angels Eat It...The Pioneers Wah Wah Wah...Suzie Moon Suzie Moon...Suzie Moon * You Should Be...#33 Y.O.U...DUDE (child) Hum Drum Life...The Theatre Wings * If It Doesn't Belong To You...#33 Who's It...Reba, Harold, Hero, Halo, The Theatre Wings and the Shubert Angels All The World...Reba and Harold * The Lone Ranger...#33 and Zero Jazz Bridge/Talk To Me About Love...DUDE (child) and Zero Goodbyes...Reba I'm Small...Hero You Can't Do Nothing About it...Nero The Handsomest Man...Sissy Electric Prophet...Electric Bill No One...Mother Earth Who Will Be the Children The Days of This Life...DUDE (adult, Esso & Extra Jesus Hi...The Shubert Angels Peace/Peace...The Shubert Angels and The Theatre Wings * Heaven's Angels...The Theatre Wings * Boo On You...The Shubert Angels My Darling I Love You March...The Shubert Angels and The Theatre Wings Dude All Dude...The Shubert Angels and The Theatre Wings * Eieio-Eieio...Eieio-#12 A Dawn...Hero, Halo & The Theatre Wings Air Male,...DUDE (adult) I Never Knew...Mother Earth Only A Few More Years...Mother Earth andThe Shubert Angels * Sad...Zero Weeping...Zero * Children/Children...Rags & The Shubert Angels * Birds of The Air...Rags and The Shubert Angels A Thousand Repetitions...Reba and Harold I Don't Care/Say What You Want to Say Go Holy Ghost..Harold, Reba & The Shubert Angels Boo Boo...Mother Earth, #33 and The Shubert Angels So Long Dude...Suzie Moon Bread A Musical Version of World War Too/Undo...Bread Baby Breath Song to Sing Dude Sweet DreamsNotes from John Michael Cox, Jr:"Some songs are missing, some titles have been altered & songs shifted around. Because the play was in such a state of constant change the Stage Manager couldn't keep up with the changes. Gerry said that the only accurate script was the one John Michael Cox, Jr. had commited to paper from memory the night DUDE closed. That was lost in a fire in 1986. If any of the cast read this & can remember or have scripts with notes please contact John Cox."
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