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From penniless bootblack to budding Wall Street entrepreneur, SHINE! follows the tale of Ragged Dick, Horatio Alger's first best-selling hero. Dick's adventures bring him face to face with scheming ex-convicts, vicious comic villains, kind benefactors, and a world of colorful street characters in this charming rags-to-riches romp for the whole family.

SHINE! is published and licensed by Samuel French, Inc. 13 m., 6 f, various sets. The score is creatively orchestrated for two pianos, violin, cello and shared percussion. Click here for the Piano/Vocal Perusal Score or Conductor Perusal Score and listen to the Orchestrations.

Book by Richard Seff

Music by Roger Anderson

Lyrics by Lee Goldsmith

Arrangements | Orchestrations by Greg Anthony

The award-winning New York City premiere production of SHINE! was part of the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival, presented in association with Other Side Productions, Peter Mercurio, Artistic Director at Theater at St. Clement's. Directed by Directed by Peter Flynn, Choreography by Devanand Janki, Music direction by Annbritt duChateau, Orchestrations by Greg Anthony, Set and Costume designs by Michael Bottari and Ron Case, Lighting by Jeff Croiter, Press by KPM Associates. The cast featured Andy Mientus, Michael Halling, Meggie Cansler, William Ryall, Jimmy Ray Bennett, Stanton Nash, Philip Chaffin, Tyler Merna, Dan Lawler, Katherine McGrath, Joy Hermalyn, Evan Jay Newman, Melissa Rain Anderson, Cheo Bourne, Rachel Coloff, Todd Horman, Jason Mills, Robert Mintz and Jessica Vosk. For more information about the production visit Other Side Productions.

Horatio Alger, Jr. was in born in 1832 and became one of most popular and socially influential American authors of the 19th century. He wrote over 100 rags to respectability novels. In Alger's world, everyone, no matter how poor or powerless, could succeed through hard work, honesty, perseverance and a bit of luck. Ragged Dick, or Street Life in New York with the Bootblacks was his first bestseller.
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