Tenderloin (musical)

Tenderloin (musical)

Infobox Musical
name= Tenderloin

caption= Original Cast Recording
music= Jerry Bock
lyrics= Sheldon Harnick
book= George Abbott and Jerome Weidman
basis= 1959 novel by
Samuel Hopkins Adams, "Tenderloin"
productions= 1960 Broadway
2000 Broadway concert

"Tenderloin" is a musical with a book by George Abbott and Jerome Weidman, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock, their follow-up to the highly successful Pulitzer Prize-winning "Fiorello!" a year earlier. The musical is based on a 1959 novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams. Set in the Tenderloin, a red-light district in 1890s Manhattan, the show's story focuses on Reverend Brock, a character loosely based on American clergyman and social reformer Charles Henry Parkhurst.

After six previews, the Broadway production, directed by Abbott and choreographed by Joe Layton, opened on October 17 1960 at the 46th Street Theatre, where it ran for 216 performances. The cast included Maurice Evans (better known as a Shakespearean actor than a musical performer) as Reverend Brock and Ron Husmann as Tommy.

Tony Award nominations went to Evans for Best Actor in a Musical, Husmann for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, and Cecil Beaton for his costume design, and Husmann won the Theatre World Award for his performance.

An original cast recording was released by Angel Records, and Bobby Darin's recording of "Artificial Flowers" reached #20 on the Billboard charts [http://www.bobbydarin.net/billboardhits.html] .

In March 2000, the show was directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Rob Ashford as part of New York City Center's "Encores!" series [http://theater2.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?html_title=&tols_title=TENDERLOIN%20(PLAY)&pdate=20000325&byline=By%20BRUCE%20WEBER&id=1077011431682] . The cast included David Ogden Stiers as Brock and Patrick Wilson as Tommy. A concert cast recording was released by DRG Records.

APPLAUSE! Musicals Society is presenting a concert production April 23-26 2008 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, B.C.


Reverend Brock, a single-minded 1890s social reformer works to sanitize the Tenderloin, a red-light neighborhood in western Manhattan. He is foiled by everyone associated with the district, including the corrupt politicians and police who are taking their cut from the earnings of the prostitutes who work the streets there. Tommy Howatt, a writer for the local scandal sheet "Tatler", infiltrates the minister's church and proceeds to play one side against the other, eventually framing Brock by revealing to the authorities his plan to raid the brothels, but ultimately saving him by siding with him at his trial. As a result, the Tenderloin is shut down and Brock, asked to resign from his church, heads for Detroit with the hope of succeeding there as well.


;Act I
* Bless This Land - Chorus
* Little Old New York - Nita, Gertie, Girls, All
* Dr. Brock - Brock
* Artificial Flowers - Tommy, Jessica, All
* What's in it for You? - Tommy, Brock
* Reform - Girls
* Tommy, Tommy - Laura
* The Picture of Happiness - Tommy, Margie, Chorus
* My Miss Mary - Company
* Dear Friend - Brock, Group
* The Army of The Just - Martin, Tommy, Brock, Men
* How the Money Changes Hands - Company ;Act II
* Good Clean Fun - Brock, Chorus
* My Miss Mary
* My Gentle Young Johnny - Nita
* The Trial -Company
* The Tenderloin Celebration
* Reform (Reprise)
* Tommy, Tommy (Reprise)
* Little Old New York (Reprise) -Company


*Reverend Brock - an idealistic old preacher
*Tommy Howatt - An ambitious young reporter
*Laura Crosbie - a society girl who falls for Tommy
*Ellington Dupont Smythe II - Laura’s elegant young suitor
*Purdy - Laura’s wealthy uncle
*Bridget - Purdy’s maid
*Frye - a detective
*Gertie - a vivacious young prostitute
*Joe Kovack - a farmer who discovered coal on his land
*Nita - escapes prostitution when she falls in love with Joe
*Margie - One of the girls Tommy shares an act with
*Jessica Havemeyer - clerk at the church Parish House
*Martin - a prudish church choirmaster
*Mrs. Barker -a church lady and friend of Rev. Brock
*Chairman - officiates over the trial of the Tenderloin
*Deacon - an old man who Tommy hires to take pictures
*Rooney - a police officer
*Sergeant - collects the money all the derelicts give the police
*Schmidt - a corrupt police lieutenant
*Derelicts; Prostitutes at Clark’s tavern (Pearl, Maggie, Nellie, Liz)


* [http://www.mtishows.com/show_home.asp?ID=000187 Information about the show from the MTI site]

External links

* [http://www.applausemusicals.com APPLAUSE! Musicals in Concert]
* [http://theater2.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?html_title=&tols_title=TENDERLOIN%20(PLAY)&pdate=20000325&byline=By%20BRUCE%20WEBER&id=1077011431682 NY Times review]

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