Charlotte Sweet

Musical

Writers: Gerald J. Markoe Michael Colby

Overview

Show Information

Lyrics
Libretto
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
1982
Genres
Satire, Comedy
Settings
Unit/Single Set, Period
Time & Place
End of the Victorian era, England
Cast Size
medium
Ideal for
Community Theatre, College/University, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast
Casting Notes

Includes adult, late teen, young adult, mature adult characters

Synopsis

This all-sung, all-rhymed musical was championed by such notables as Al Hirschfeld, Harold Prince, and Leonard Cohen. It is uniquely educational in demonstrating ALL vocal types—as embodied by its “Circus of Voices.”

Set in Victorian England, CHARLOTTE SWEET spotlights Charlotte, a girl with one of the highest & most beautiful soprano voices in the world. Because of her father's debts, she is forced to leave Ludlow Ladd (her Liverpool sweetheart) and join Barnaby Bugaboo's Circus of Voices: a troupe of freak voices including low-voiced Katinka Bugaboo, fast-voiced Harry Host, bubble-voiced Cecily Macintosh, and Skitzy Scofield (with dual personalities & voices).

Becoming the troupe's biggest sensation, Charlotte is mercilessly exploited by Barnaby until she has a vocal breakdown. Thereupon, Barnaby & his wife Katinka addict Charlotte to helium balloons in order to maintain her high notes. Only when Ludlow Ladd arrives in disguise, is Charlotte able to rescue herself—in a scene full of surprises.

Lead Characters


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