Cast size: Medium, 11 plus Music by Nick Taylor Lyrics by Nick Taylor and Alex Learmont Book by Nick & Birthe Taylor

Rock Musical | medium 11 plus

  • About the Show

    Originally performed under the title CHRISTIAN!, the rock musical BIG BASS DRUM opened to full houses and critical acclaim in Durban in December 1979, subsequently playing two months at His Majesty's Theatre in Johannesburg and later again revived (with a revised book and score) for a further Durban season. The show has since been seen widely throughout South Africa and has been produced as far afield as Germany.

    "The music is unfailingly pleasant, often touching and frequently rousing .. the musical .. does indeed work quite astoundingly well" - "The Star"

    "The European Premiere was a smashing success. ..The Forum was packed .. There were several encores at the end." - "Wetzlar Neue Zeitung"

    Synopsis

    The citizens of Destruction lie, cheat, thrive on human weakness and are experts on corruption. For them the only truth is the word of the evil Lord Appolyon. Defying the mockery of the citizens, Evangelist and his Holy Glory Band try to spread the Word with music and song.

    After the citizens leave, Christian remains behind to find out more about the Celestial City and receives a book from Evangelist. He decides to leave Destruction to join the Holy Glory Band. Christiana, Christian's wife, does not leave with him, but when her friends refuse to help her to hide from Appolyon's guards, she decides to follow Christian.

    In Vanity Fair, Christian leads the song and dance. A drunk wench throws herself on Christian. He grabs her glass to prevent it breaking, but is accused of stealing it and is dragged away to be locked up in the dungeon.

    As Christian is sentenced to life imprisonment, the court erupts in raucous cheering, dance and song. In the turmoil Evangelist helps Christian to escape. En route he meets his wife and Evangelist tells them to go on alone, because the Book will guide them and with faith they will find "Home".

    They encounter Appolyon and a fierce fight breaks out between him and Christian. As he is about to kill Appolyon with his own sword, he relents: "Destroy evil and it will rise again, for evil has only the place on earth that we give it by denying our own".

    Musical Numbers

    ACT I Overture
    Sun's Coming Up/what A Day For Saving Sinners
    Mad Inhabitants
    Van Van Evangelist
    Appolyon
    Bethlehem - Gospel Version
    What A Day For Saving Sinners (Reprise)
    Go Christian Go
    Show Me Peace
    Who Knows
    Song Of The Night (Part One)
    We Know You (Song Of The Night Part Two)
    Follow The Man
    Alone
    Vanity Fair
    Follow The Man (Reprise)
    Bethlehem
    Vanity Fair (Reprise)
    Images Of Pain
    ACT II Entract
    Baby I'm The Best
    To Life
    Warm Days Of Home
    Children Of Morning
    Who Knows (Reprise)
    Moment Of Sunlight
    Appolyon (Reprise)
    Show Me Peace (Reprise)
    Follow The Man (Reprise)
    Finale Medley

    Casting Information

    Rock Musical
    3 Scene Changes - 2 hours
    CAST: 11m, 4f (expandable)
    LEADS:
    Christian
    Evangelist
    Appolyin
    Christiana
    CITIZENS OF DESTRUCTION:
    Hypocricy
    Pliability
    Liberality
    Bronwyn
    Guard One
    Guard Two
    Dancing Girls One
    Dancing Girl Two
    Miss Worldlywise
    HOLY GLORY BAND
    Leader
    Joker
    Girl
    One or more members
    NIGHT SCENE
    Night
    Chroal
    Medieval Choir
    Dawn
    3 Groups
    VANIT FAIR (can be doubled by Citizens of Destruction)
    Master of the Fair
    A Buxom Wench
    Guard One
    Guard Two
    Four Inhabitants
    JURY (Same as above)
    Blindman & Jury Members
    Dancing Girls
    Court Orderly
    One or More Spectators
    FIGHT SCENE (Same as above)
    Line of Guards

    Rehearsal Set:

    30 Libretti
    2 Vocal Scores Act I
    2 Vocal Scores Act II

    Orchestration:

    1 KEYBOARD II
    1 HORN IN F
    1 TRUMPET
    1 TROMBONE
    1 DRUM KIT
    1 GUITAR
    1 BASS

    Resourses:

    Video Licence

Partners & Associates

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