DESTRY RIDES AGAIN is based on the novel by Max Brand and the 1939 western movie starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart. Tom Destry is hired as the deputy sheriff of Bottleneck in order to rid the town of Kent and his gang. Frenchy, a saloon girl who is initially one of Kent’s followers, saves Destry’s life, and then becomes romantically involved with him.
Hollywood’s classic western was filmed three times before the decision was made to turn the durable sagebrush saga into a Broadway musical. A whoopin’, shootin’, hollerin’ firecracker of a show, the action centers around a violence-hating sheriff, Thomas Jefferson Destry, Jr. and a peppery saloon entertainer known as Frenchy. Contrary to the movie industry’s moral code that never permitted a happy ending for a woman of easy virtue, Frenchy is not killed protecting Destry but ends up in his arms. The show’s choreographic highlight is the crackling, whip-cracking dance performed by the outlaws.
DESTRY RIDES AGAIN
Music and Lyrics by Harold Rome
Book by Leonard Gershe
Based on the Story by Max Brand
Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Michael Kidd
Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick
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The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:
DESTRY RIDES AGAIN
is presented by arrangement with
MusicScope & Stage Musicals Ltd. of New York
2 Violin A
1 Violin B
1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed III: Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed IV: Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed V: Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone
1 Trumpet I & II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
Timpani (2 drums)
Piano-Celeste (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.)
Rose Lovejoy Girls, Frenchy’s Girls, Cowboys and Townspeople
DESTRY RIDES AGAIN played for 472 performances on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre starring Dolores Gray and Andy Griffith.
The Tony Award for Choreography.