GRUMPY OLD MEN – The Musical
Book by: Dan Remmes
Music by: Neil Berg
Lyrics by: Nick Meglin
M 5 / F 4 / Ensemble: M 5 / K 3
Orchestration: Keyboard 1 & 2, Reed 1, Reed 2, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Guitar, Bass, Drums
The musical Grumpy Old Men, based on the 1993 film which starred Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret, is the story of two aging men, Max and John, neighbors, who have been feuding for most of their lives. They are re-united in friendship through the love and compassion of their new neighbor across the street, the beautiful, eccentric, and charming Ariel.
The musical has a well written funny script, laced with comic one liners from Max and Johns daily assaulting repertoire: “Good morning, dickhead,” prompting the quick response, “Hello, moron.” “You have a face that makes onions cry,” or “The lifeguard was off duty when you jumped into the gene pool”, and “you have visited Viagra Falls” etc.
The music is light swing to pop range, and the songs generally have a comic or reflective theme.