Wiley and the Hairy Man - MUSICAL
Published by Dramatic Publishing
Large Mixed Cast
The story centers around a fatherless young boy, his conjure-woman mother, his faithful dog and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley's days and dreams
An expandable chorus of Swamp Creatures creates various locations in sound and movement as Wiley sets forth alone to face his fears and to conquer his own lack of self-confidence
The magic here is not fairy dust - it's soil, the magic of survival, the magic of the earth and mud of the swamp
The addition of music and song deepens the characters, intensifies the excitement and creates the mysterious magic of the swamp with a distinctly bluegrass sound
Louisville jazz legend Harry Pickens' music and lyrics combine with acclaimed playwright Suzan Zeder's lyrics and storytelling in a seamless blend
Mammy reveals how she learned the arts of conjuring from her own Mammy in a music hall number, "Conjure Woman"
Wiley and Dog practice chasing the Hairy Man in "Slobber Dog"
And Wiley reveals his deepest fears in the poignant ballad "Bigger Than Me" as the hairy man stalks him in counterpoint with the chorus in "Gonna Get Wiley"
Wiley's battle seems all but lost until he finds a courage born of desperation in the show-stopping, swamp-rap "Bring it ON!"
Runs about 60 minutes - Area staging
M3,F1 + 4 Either + Chorus 4 - 12
NOTE: Score and an Accompaniment CD are available to Rent
THIS IS THE MUSICAL VERSION - for the PLAY VERSION