Saturday Night At Grossinger’s • The Borscht Belt Musical

A Musical Celebrating the Catskill’s Brightest Star!

Book and Lyrics by Stephen Cole

Music by Claibe Richardson

Additional Lyrics by Ronny Graham

(based on an original idea by Rita Lakin and Doris Silverton) 

The early 1960’s. Saturday Night. The Catskills. It’s a snowy winter Saturday night and the stars who are booked — Judy Garland, Alan King and the Nicholas Brothers — are stuck in a snowdrift. When the stars do not show up to entertain the packed house at the brand new nightclub at the greatest hotel in the Jewish Alps, the owner and founder, Jennie Grossinger enlists her family to tell the story of how it all happened. A hilarious, tuneful and ultimately moving 6 character musical about the rise of the Borscht Belt and the hotel that came to symbolize it all: Grossinger’s! And on the personal side, author Stephen Cole said, “Jennie decides to put on a show about how she made Grossinger’s the great resort it was. As the improvised musical progresses, Jennie learns some hard truths about herself.”


REVIEWS:

A joyful evening of entertainment, with a borscht aroma and schmaltz flavor and multiple opportunities for performers to shine.  Brian Vinero. 

“Will win you over with its enthusiasm, razz-ma-tazz and.. marinated-in-kosher-pickle comedy”Sun Sentinel

“A Rollicking Borchst Belt schtick fest.”Sun Sentinel


PLAY DETAILS:

  • Two Versions available: The Original and the Family version.
  • Order #3034.1 (Original) or 3034.2 (Family)
  • Genre: biography, comedy, musical, period
  • Subject Matter Keywords: Musical comedy, Jewish, Catskills, intimate
  • Length: 90-100 mins.
  • Cast Size: 6
  • Roles by Gender: 4 men, 2 women
  • Roles by Race: 6 White
  • Age Level: all ages

PERUSAL

LIST OF SONGS: 

SONG LIST FOR SATURDAY NIGHT AT GROSSINGER’S (DEMOED SONGS IN  BOLD)

Act One

  1. GROSSINGER’S – Sheldon & Company
  2. ME – Jennie & Company
  3. NOTHING TO BE SCARED – Papa, Elaine & Jennie
  4. BY THE COUNTRY – Jennie, Papa & Company
  5. A MONTH OF SUNDAYS – Harry & Jennie
  6. GROW BOARDERS – Jennie 
  7. ROCKING ON THE PORCH / YOU’RE MY FAMILY – Jennie & Company
  8. TUMMLER SONG – Sheldon
  9. THE NEW RESTRICTED TWO-STEP – Band Singer (Paul)
  10.  GROSSINGER’S (REPRISE) Sheldon & Jennie
  11. MOVE – Sheldon, Jennie & Company
  12. FINALE ACT I – Sheldon & Company

INTERMISSION

Act Two

  1. SIMON SAYS – Sheldon
  2. GROW GROSSINGER’S (reprise) – Elaine, Paul, Jennie, Sheldon, Papa
  3. NO TIMEPaul & Elaine
  4. THE SAGA OF SADIE GREEN (DEAD ON HER FEET) – Sheldon & All
  5. MARRIED TO THE STORE – Harry 
  6. BEFORE THE BEGINNING – Jennie
  7. GRAND FINALE- Company

Selected, author-vocal demos available below (recorded at a first read-through of the premiere production)


PRODUCTION/REHEARSAL MATERIALS:

(Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account?), email us. CDs will be mailed to a snail mail address. Do not purchase rehearsal materials or pay for royalties until you have performance clearance.)

The prices of Royalties and Rehearsal Materials on this page are firm for amateur theatres with under 300 seats. For theatres with over 300 seats, please fill out the Licensing Application form.

  • Original Script in PDF format  — Order #3034.1a : $45.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



  • Family Script in PDF format  — Order #3034.2a : $45.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



  • Original Vocal Book in PDF Format — Order #3034.1b : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



  • Family Vocal Book in PDF Format — Order #3034.2b : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



  • Original Piano-Vocal Score in PDF Format — Order #3034.1c : $45.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



  • Family Piano-Vocal Score in PDF Format — Order #3034.2c : $45.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3034d : $120




     

  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3034e : $100




  • BAND CHARTS in PDF Format — Order #3034h : $90.00 (includes a Piano-Conductor score,  Woodwind[Clarinet, Sax, Flute], Trumpet, Drum Set, Acoustic Bass, from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.




PRODUCTIONS:

  • Sonoma Arts, Sonoma, Ca — 2022
  • Theatre West, LA, CA — 4 month run — 2005
  • Broadhollow Theatre, Rockville Center, NY — July 2003
  • Los Angeles Jewish Symphony Orchestra — Concert Version — 2000
  • Premiere: Casa Manana Musicals, Fort Worth, TX — 1997

BILLING CREDITS

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

Saturday Night At Grossinger’s
A Musical Celebrating the Catskill’s Brightest Star!

Book and Lyrics by
Stephen Cole

Music by

Claibe Richardson

Additional Lyrics by

Ronny Graham

(based on an original idea by Rita Lakin and Doris Silverton)

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.)

ALSO:

THIS NOTICE MUST APPEAR IN ALL PROGRAMS, ON ALL POSTERS AND PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND INTERNET ADVERTISING/WEBPAGES FOR THE PLAY:
Saturday Night at Grossinger’s is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT, www.leicesterbaytheatricals.com”

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