Great Expectations — A New Musical

Great Expectations — A New Musical

Book, Music and Lyrics by Neil K. Newell & C. Michael Perry

(For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres)

On a wet and dreary day in 1858, Charles Dickens finds shelter from a storm in the home of one Phillip Pirrip. Intrigued by the unusual artifacts that decorate his home he entreats Phillip to tell him the story behind them. The 65 year-old Phillip begins telling the story of his childhood, when he was known as Pip, in what is soon to become Dickens’ newest novel, “GREAT EXPECTATIONS.” Considered one of Dickens’ finest works, “GREAT EXPECTATIONS” is the coming of age story of the orphan Pip who falls in love with the unreachable Estella. In order to win her he desires to raise himself from a blacksmith’s apprentice to a gentleman. When the means to do so miraculously appear, he travels to London, with expectations to become a gentleman. In spite of his new-found wealth and position Estella remains unreachable. When Pip learns that his mysterious benefactor is none other than a common criminal, whom he had aided when he was a child, he realizes that he can no longer accept his support. This signals the end of his financial expectations and a final realization that Estella will forever remain unreachable. Years later, Pip and Estella meet once again. The years of hard experience have softened Estella and brought her to the realization that Pip is her first and only love. The unique construction of the script allows for a fluid staging with Dickens and Phillip wandering through the story — experiencing and living it. The haunting and unforgettable musical score adds rich texture to this classic story of love and loss.


  • 9M 4W 3B 1G + chorus
  • Unit Setting with 9 locations
  • Period Costumes.
  • ORDER #3004

Available for ALL producing groups. This is a PREMIERE play available for Immediate Production.

(Leicester Bay Theatricals is acting as AGENT for this musical. It is not considered a PUBLISHED musical, but one that is “in-process”.)



  • #1 — Prelude & Will I Forget You?                Orchestra & Mr. & Mrs. Pirrup
  • #2 — I Want You Home  (Pip weeps at the grave of his parents)                  Young Pip
  • #3 — I’d Be Happy Then                    Young Pip & Joe Gargery
  • #4 — You Must Break His Heart                 Miss Havisham & Young Pip
  • #5 — Just A Boy!                        Young Estella
  • #6 — I’ll Find A Way                     Young Pip
  • #7 — Trio                        Miss Havisham, Young Pip, Young Estella
  • #8 — Great Expectations (Pip has just been contacted by Jaggers about his fortune — the dream begins) Jaggers, Pip, Joe Gargery and Townesfolke
  • #9 — It’s London Town                    Phillip, Estella & Londoners
  • #10 — A Serious Look                    Herbert & Phillip
  • #11 — Women!                        Drummle, Phillip, Herbert and the Finches
  • #12 — Can You Imagine?/Great Expectations (Reprise)     Jaggers, Joe & Phillip
  • #13 — I’m Your Da!                    Magwitch
  • #13a — Act One Playout
  • #14 — So Cold                        Miss Havisham
  • #15 — Will I Forget You?                     Phillip & Estella
  • #16 — Fire The Canon!                    Wemmick & Phillip
  • #17 — Twenty Years Ago                    Wemmick
  • #18 — Twenty Years Ago (Reprise)                 Magwitch
  • #19 — Escape!
  • #20 — Will I Forget You?  (reprise)           Mr. & Mrs. Pirrup, Young Pip and Young Estella and Phillip and Estella
  • #21 — Curtain Call                    Company
  • #22 — Exit Music

SONG SAMPLES (Author Demos — listen here for the lyrics and melody)[the sample orchestrations are below]


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  • Script in PDF format — Order #3004a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • Vocal Book in PDF format — Order #3004b : $15.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • Piano-Vocal Score in PDF format — Order #3004c : $30.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3004d : Royalty terms quoted on application
  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3004e : Royalty terms quoted on application
  • Orchestrations in PDF format — Order #3004h : $300.00 (Parts include: Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Bb Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion (Tympani, Tubular Bells, Xylophone, Glockenspiel), Drum Set (snare, bass, Hi Hat, Ride, 2 Crash, splash, cowbell, 2 woodblocks, gong), 2Violin, Viola, Cello, Acoustic Bass)
  • Some of the orchestrations are demoed below: (listen here for the orchestration, where the melody is played by a synthetic voice.)
  • Professional Royalty quoted on application.


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  • Reading done at the SCERA Showhouse in 1992


The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:

Great Expectations
A Musical
(based on the Dickens novel)

Book, Music and Lyrics by
Neil K. Newell
C. Michael Perry

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play. (In a press release all type, will of course, be the same size.)


Great Expectations is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT,”

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