Double Trouble - A Musical Tour de Farce
Double Trouble - A Musical Tour de Farce

Book, Music & Lyrics by Bob Walton and Jim Walton

Double Trouble A Musical Tour de Farce

Jimmy and Bobby Martin have the opportunity of a life time – writing a song for a major motion picture – except they have only a few hours to do it. From the creators of the hysterical revue MID-LIFE! THE CRISIS MUSICAL, DOUBLE TROUBLE (A MUSICAL TOUR DE FARCE) is a spoof of 1940’s Hollywood in which 2 performers play 10 different larger than life characters. Written and originally performed by Bob and Jim Walton, this tale of singing, dancing and song-writing brothers, is sure to get you laughing and your toes tapping.

Show Synopsis

JIMMY AND BOBBY MARTIN: Two singing, dancing, song-writing brothers from New York, are flown to Hollywood to write a hit song for MMG Studios upcoming movie, BROADWAY MELODY. It seems odd that they are the first ones to arrive at the studio, but Jimmy reminds Bobby that “everybody we need is right here in this room,” as they sing JUST THE TWO OF US.

Before he can begin writing, Bobby has a compulsive need to brush his teeth and disappears into the bathroom. “Four out of five dentists recommend brushing your teeth before you write a lyric.” MERWIN M. GARNER, [Bobby] the tyrannical namesake of MMG Studios, bursts into the room and informs Jimmy that if they don't write that hit song in three days, they're fired. Knowing that this opportunity is a big one, they don't want to let anything distract them. Since girls are the only thing they seem to fight over, the brothers make a pact: “No girls until we finish the song.” They shake on it.

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Musical Synopsis

Act One
1 Overture Chorus: Pre-recorded
2 Just The Two Of Us Jimmy & Bobby
3 Jimmy Riff’s A Song #1 Jimmy & Bobby
4 First Class Love Bobby & Jimmy
5 Jimmy Riffs A Song #2 Jimmy
6 You Can Do Anything Rebecca & Bobby
7 Bobby Writes “Let’s Take It Slow” Bobby
8 Swifty’s Song Swifty
9 Harlem Nights Millie & Jimmy
10 You Can Do Anything Reprise Rebecca & Jimmy
11 Jimmy Writes “Inspiration” Jimmy
12 Jimmy And Bobby Write “Gotcha” Jimmy & Bobby
13 Better Off Without You Bobby & Jimmy
Act Two
14 Cold Sesame Noodles Millie & Swifty
15 Let's Take It Slow Bobby & Preston Creest
16 A Very Good First Impression - Part 1 Seymour
17 A Very Good First Impression - Part 2 Seymour & Swifty
18 Gotcha! Seymour, Rebecca, Ensemble V/O
19 Just The Two Of Us (Reprise) Bobby & Jimmy
20 Back To Old Broadway Jimmy & Bobby

From the Authors

Some explanation is needed about reading DOUBLE TROUBLE. Even though it is a two-character show, it is deceptively complicated. We always said the sound department is the third character in the show, because they are very, very busy back there! You will see in the script that one character will be talking on stage and then, for example, goes into the bathroom. Once the actor is in there, a recorded voiceover continues the scene with the other actor who remains on stage. Meanwhile, the other actor is running around behind the set, changing clothes and preparing to enter as a different character. Carrying on a scene with a recording takes a lot of rehearsal and precision to make it seem real.

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Double Trouble Audio

Audio clips of the authors’ live performance of DOUBLE TROUBLE.

Just the Two of Us
First Class Love
You Can Do Anything
Swifty's Song
You Can Do Anything (reprise)
Cold Sesame Noodles
A Very Good First Impression
Gotcha!
Back to Old Broadway

Set Requirements

ONE MODULAR SET: A rehearsal studio with an upright piano (functional, if needed), a recording booth with sound proof window, a desk with phone and intercom, a water cooler, a chaise lounge and various Hollywood knickknacks on a shelf. Upstage by the door we see a frosted sliding glass window that shows part of the hallway. On one side of the set is a door leading to a bathroom, and on the other side, a closet.

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Cast Requirements

Double Trouble is performed by two men, each playing one half of a singing, dancing and songwriting team as well as multiple other characters.

PRINCIPALS

Bobby Martin
Jimmy Martin

Bobby’s Characters:

  • Merwin M. Garner – the boss of MMG Studios
  • Millie Ferber – Mr. Garner's secretary
  • Seymour Beckley – an intern
  • Rebecca Lefleurdelemaganis – the beautiful redhead movie star

Jimmy’s Characters:

  • Jenna Jumper – host of Jenna Jumper's Cavalcade of Stars
  • Preston Creest – a famous director-choreographer
  • Bix Minky – the audio engineer
  • Swifty Morris – a slick, Hollywood agent
  • Rebecca Lefleurdelemaganis – the beautiful redhead movie star

Rental Materials

REHEARSAL SET

5 LIBRETTO BOOKS

5 PIANO-VOCAL BOOKS

1 LOGO CD

10 BOOKS (1 or 2 PLAYERS*)

*Both performers in DOUBLE TROUBLE play the piano on stage in addition to one piano player in the pit. This is not essential – a fake piano may be used on stage (angled away from the audience) and a second piano player may be added to the pit.

Orchestra

  • Keyboard I - Piano/Conductor
  • Keyboard II
  • Drums/Percussion
  • Trumpet
  • Reeds - Tenor Sax/Clarinet/Flute

Additional books:

  • Trombone
  • Upright Bass (free up left hand of Keyboard II)

The show can be done with Piano/Bass/Drums or with Solo Piano.