Two by Two


Writers: Peter Stone Richard Rodgers Martin Charnin


Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
Based on the play The Flowering Peach by Clifford Odets.
Number of Acts
First Produced
Period, Spectacle, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
Biblical times, Noah's ark
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Musical Staging
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, High School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes

Includes adult, mature adult, elderly, young adult characters


Noah was writing the chapters of Genesis when suddenly God spoke to him: There will be a world-destroying flood, and Noah must build an ark to house two of every kind of animal. So begins the story of Two by Two, a retelling of the biblical story of the Great Flood. Naturally, Noah’s family is skeptical of this message; after all, Noah is over 600 years old and couldn’t possibly accomplish this task! His sons Shem and Ham, along with Shem’s wife Leah, argue that Noah should be put away in an asylum. But when God sends a gitka, an ancient species of rodent that sings, the family realizes that Noah is telling the truth. Yet there is still a holdout--Noah’s youngest and favorite son, Japheth, who can’t believe that God would actually destroy the world, and pleads with God to find something, somewhere that he likes. The family banters and battles over marriage, money, and whether or not the ark should have a rudder. Ultimately, God keeps His promises and floods the Earth--but in the end gives Noah a covenant in the form of a rainbow that He’ll never harm the world again.

A story of family and faith, the original Broadway production of Two by Two starred Danny Kaye as a witty and wisecracking Noah. In 2013, the York Theatre famously revived the musical starring Jason Alexander. Two by Two continues to be a popular community production, appealing to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Lead Characters

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