The Story
Betwixt!
Book, Music & Lyrics
IAN McFARLANE
Set in modern day New York, the central protagonist - a fantasy novelist named Bailey Howard - is suffering from writers block and unable to start work on his latest book. Things take an unexpected turn with the arrival of his new flatmate, Cooper Fitzgerald, a camp and flamboyant man who journeys with Bailey into a remarkable fantasy world where their arrival is heralded as the fulfilment of a great prophecy. There they must seek out a fading daytime TV star in order to save a pregnant princess from losing her throne. Sex-crazed nymphs, hunchbacks, cross-dressing mutes, dancing reporters and evil enchantresses stand in their path; as well as a disembodied head with a Bavarian accent. The surreal plot and original score verges between fantasy adventure and a witty adult comedy.

PHOTOS
2011 Original London Production
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THE STORY

ACT ONE

Bailey Howard sits alone in his apartment trying to finish his fantasy novel (THE MOMENT I?VE BEEN WAITING FOR) when the sudden arrival of flamboyant actor Cooper Fitzgerald (HOW DO YOU KNOW TILL YOU?VE TRIED ME? WHICH YOU HAVEN?T AND YOU SHOULD) propels them both into the strange and amazing world of the In-Between ? an amazing space which lies between the real world and the supernatural world. Margo the receptionist tells them that dark times have fallen upon the land of Taravatania (THE TARAVATANIANS PREDICAMENT) and the Taravatanians need Bailey and Cooper?s help in rescuing Prince Haydn, fianc?e of their crown Princess, Princess Ariella, who has been kidnapped by evil the enchantress Langwidere just days before the royal wedding, and switched over with his real world counterpart, Haydn Prince, star of daytime TV.

As Bailey and Cooper set off into the forest on their quest (EYES OF A CHILD), they meet Garbo, the loud and proud owner of a theatre troupe including Joan the Mute and Miranda, the singing disembodied head. (FABULOUS MAN) Despite Cooper?s protestations, Bailey decides to rescue Miranda and when Bailey reveals to Cooper in Langiwdere?s Truth Field that he would rather be with Miranda than Cooper, Cooper returns to the palace to give up on the quest and go home to the real world. Bailey wanders into the dangerous Eastern stretch of the forest where he set upon by the Nymph Queen who seduces him and takes him prisoner. (BUMP AND GRIND)


ACT TWO

Cooper furious with Bailey arrives back in the In-Between, where Margo warns him of the dangers of the Eastern stretch of the forest. Despite his better judgment, Cooper realizes he cares for Bailey and sets off to save his friend. Outside Haydn Princes Mansion in the real world, excitable newspaper reporter April McScoup is reporting on Haydn Prince?s disappearance. (THE PAPARAZZI RAG)

Cooper arrives in the Nymphs Grove (REPRISE: BUMP AND GRIND) and rescues Bailey, who, along with Haydn Prince, is released from the spell they have been under. Bailey and Miranda realize they are in love and when he kisses her she is restored to her human form. (I GOT NO BODY BUT YOU/ STRANGE SORT OF LOVE SONG) Joan arrives with news that Langwidere is hiding Prince Haydn in the real world inside Haydn Prince?s house surrounded by an army of reporters. Just as they are about to set off into the real world and end their drama, the Taravatanian government arrive and reveal to that when Langwidere is caught she will be forced to perform a spell to reverse time. Cooper realises that this will mean he never meets Bailey, and Miranda will be stuck in Garbo?s theatre troupe forever. Bailey and Cooper decide to try to stop Langwidere first. (REPRISE: EYES OF CHILD) Bailey thinks of a plan to distract the press outside Haydn Prince?s mansion. (REPRISE: FABULOUS PLAN)

Inside Haydn Prince?s House, Langwidere?s servant Marasmus arrives to give Prince Haydn the medicine that suppresses his memory. (PRINCE HAYDN?S VISION) Miranda and Cooper distract the press (LAMENT OF A NUMBER ONE FAN) so that Bailey can sneak into the house, where he battles with Langwidere defeating her and setting Prince Haydn free. (EVERY STORY NEEDS A VILLAIN) Six months later, Bailey is at his first book launch. He reads to his fans a passage from his new book ? a fantasy novel about a Prince and Princess, an evil enchantress and two friends who go on an incredible journey to save an enchanted kingdom. (REPRISE: EYES OF A CHILD)

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer CHRISTOPHER D. CLEGG
Direction IAN McFARLANE
Choreography GRACE HARRINGTON
Musical Director ROSS LEADBEATER
Production Manager JAMES NOWELL
Costume Supervisor DEBORAH CARTER
Lighting Design ROB CASEY
Stage Manager ELIZABETH PATRICK
Cast
Princess/Nymph Queen/Enchantress ELLEN GREENE
Prince Haydn/Haydn Prince/The Great Garbo PETER DUNCAN
Bailey BENEDICT SALTER
Cooper STEVEN WEBB
Miranda ASHLEIGH GRAY
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Opening
How Do You Know 'Til You Try Me (Which You Haven't and You Should?)
The Embassy's Predicament
Eyes of a Child
Fabulous Man
Just One Kiss


ACT TWO

Miranda's Aria
Strange Sort of Love Song
How Do You Know 'Til You Try Me (Which You Haven't and You Should? - Reprise)
Eyes of a Child (Reprise)
Fabulous Plan
Prince Haydn's Vision/Strange Sort of Love Song (Reprise)
Paparazzi Rag
Between
Finale

She Loves Me
Fosse
Viva Forever!
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

2011 Original London Production
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