BOBBY CHILD – A New Yorker in love with musical theatre but is forced to work in a bank by his controlling mother. He has been (reluctantly) engaged to Irene Roth for 5 years, but falls instantly in love with Polly. Leading Man, baritone, age appropriate to Polly as a love interest, and “alike” enough to Bela Zangler for a “mistaken identity storyline. Involved in 12 songs (many solos) ‐ needs to be a strong singer, actor, dancer.

POLLY BAKER – Only SINGLE female in Deadrock where she is the postmistress and “all American girl”. The men adore her ‐ Lank Hawkins is always asking her to marry him but she has no interest ‐ then falls for Bobby disguised as Zangler. Leading Lady, mezzo, age appropriate to Bobby as a love interest and daughter to Everett. Involved in 9 musical numbers ‐ needs to be a good singer, actress, dancer (tap a bonus!)

BELA ZANGLER – Male supporting role, baritone, aged 35 – 65 but must be “alike” enough to Bobby Child for a “mistaken identity storyline. Usually played with a Hungarian accent. Zangler is an established New York musical producer and theatre owner / manager of the Zangler Follies. He follows Tess, his dance director, to Deadrock despite being already married. Zangler enjoys a very funny drunk scene and duet with Bobby so needs to be a good character actor.

IRENE ROTH – Supporting mezzo role, age appropriate to be Bobby’s fiance. Bobby’s domineering fiancée engaged to him for 5 years. Irene follows him to Deadrock and finally accepts the fact that Bobby won’t marry her because he loves Polly. Then Irene falls madly for Lank Hawkins whom she seduces with her only song “Naughty Baby.”

LANK HAWKINS – Supporting male role, aged 30 – 45, owner of the Deadrock Saloon. No solos but sings in many of the chorus numbers. Lusts after Polly ‐ wants to buy the Deadrock theatre from Polly’s father. Has some very funny lines of dialogue so must be strong character actor.

EVERETT BAKER – Male baritone, Polly’s father, age appropriate to be Pollys father. Everett is always reminiscing about how lovely Polly’s mother was when she performed in the Gaiety Theatre, Deadrock. Finally, he falls instantly in love with Lottie Child when she arrives in Deadrock.

LOTTIE CHILD – Non singing female role aged 45 – 60. Lottie is Bobby’s business orientated and controlling mother who gives him an allowance. She wants him to forego his ideas of being in musical theatre and make a career in the bank. She is a very bossy and overbearing woman.

THE ZANGLER FOLLIES: strong dancers-tap / singers ( all parts) – They are the house dancers for the Zangler Theater and collectively represent a dance “troupe” al la Busby Berekley days. While each has their own unique personality, the two featured Follies Girls are:

TESS – Female follies dance director ‐ pursued by Zangler even though he is married. Tess sings and dances with the other follies girls so must be a good tapper.

PATSY – Female follies girl ‐ “dumb” blonde role. Patsy has a (high pitched ?!) speaking role and sings and dances with the other follies girls.

THE DEADROCK COWBOYS:

MOOSE, MINGO, SAM – All aged 18 – 55, all have small dialogue and form the Cowboy Trio who have solo pieces and sing with the male chorus. Must be able to carry harmony. Ideally need to be dancer/tappers to partner with the follies girls.

HARRY, PETE, CUSTUS, JIMMY,BILLY, WYATT, JUNIOR—all aged 18 – 55. Harry is the bartender, Billy, Wyatt and Junior are the card players. All these men have lines of dialogue and dance as partners to the follies girls. All these men involved in staged gun fights for the tourists.

EUGENE FODOR – Male baritone, cameo role, aged 30 – 60, an English tourist who with his sister is writing a guide book to the American West.

PATRICIA FODOR – Eugene’s English sister, cameo role soprano, aged 30 – 60 and fellow tourist. ENSEMBLE – all ages 16+ ;crowds in NY, additional Deadrock residents / guests for the new theatre, roadies for the Follies when they travel to Deadrock (Costumers, Crew etc.....)