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Encyclopedia > You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
You're a Good Man,
Charlie Brown
Revival Logo
Music Clark Gesner
additional music by:
Andrew Lippa
Lyrics Clark Gesner
Book John Gordon
Based upon Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts
Productions 1967 Off-Broadway
1971 Broadway
1973 U.S. Television
1985 Animated TV Special
1999 Broadway revival

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner and a book by John Gordon, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts. Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown is one of many prime-time animated TV specials, based on characters from the Charles M. Schulz comic strip Peanuts. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Clark Gesner (born March 27, 1938, Augusta, ME) was an intensely private and often enigmatic composer, lyricist, and occasional performer. ... Andrew Lippa is an American composer, lyricist, book writer, performer, and producer, and the resident artist at the Ars Nova Theater in New York City. ... The Right Honourable John Gordon, Mr Justice Gordon (November 23, 1849 - September 26, 1922) was an Irish lawyer and politician, who served as Attorney-General for Ireland and a Judge of the High Court. ... Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was a 20th-century American cartoonist best known worldwide for his Peanuts comic strip. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... For other uses, see Peanut (disambiguation). ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... This article is about the year. ... Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown is one of many prime-time animated TV specials, based on characters from the Charles M. Schulz comic strip Peanuts. ... This article is about the year. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... A comedy is a dramatic performance of a light and amusing character, usually with a happy conclusion to its plot. ... Cartoonist Jack Elrod at work. ...

The musical premiered Off-Broadway on March 7 1967[1] starring Gary Burghoff as Charlie Brown and Bob Balaban as Linus. The show debuted on Broadway in 1971 and was a hit, running for 1,597 performances.[2] It was adapted for television in 1973,[3] and a prime-time animated TV special based on the musical, also called You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, was aired on the CBS network in 1985.[4] is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Gary Burghoff as Walter Radar OReilly. ... This article is about the character from Peanuts. ... Bob Balaban (born August 16, 1945) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and director, best known for his collaborations with Christopher Guest. ... Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin. ... Further information: Primetime (TV series) Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... A Television Special is a television program that is essentially a television movie or a short film usually intended to be broadcast sporadically, typically once a year at most. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ...

The musical was revived on Broadway in 1999.[5] It featured new dialogue by Michael Mayer and additional songs and orchestration written by Andrew Lippa. In this revival, the character of Patty (an early Peanuts character not to be confused with Peppermint Patty) was replaced with Sally Brown. The revival received four Tony Award nominations, winning two (Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress for Roger Bart as Snoopy and Kristin Chenoweth as Sally, respectively). Michael Mayer (b. ... Patty from a comic strip. ... This article is about the character from Peanuts. ... Sally Brown is the younger sister of Charlie Brown in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schulz. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical is awarded to the actor who is voted the best non-starring actor in a musical, whether a new production or a revival. ... The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical is awarded to the actress who is voted the best non-starring actress in a musical, whether a new production or a revival. ... Roger Bart is Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and SAG Award-winning television, stage and film actor and singer. ... Kristi Dawn Chenoweth (born July 24, 1968) is an American singer and Tony Award-winning American musical theatre, film, and television actress. ...


Plot (1999 version)

Act I

Charlie Brown stands alone as his friends give their various opinions of him, each overlapping the other. Today everyone is calling him a "good man". Charlie Brown is happy and hopeful as usual, but he nevertheless wonders if he really is what they say. He decides to find out how he can really become a good person ("Opening/You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown"). Lucy expresses her deep infatuation with Schroeder and asks him what he thinks of the idea of marriage. Schroeder is aware of her feelings, but remains aloof as he plays his piano. Lucy then exclaims: "My Aunt Marion was right. Never try to discuss marriage with a musician" ("Schroeder"). Book cover Lucy van Pelt is a character in the syndicated comic strip Peanuts, written and drawn by Charles Schulz. ... Schroeder is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz. ...

Snoopy is lying on top of his doghouse, relaxing vacantly and peacefully. He begins to daydream about being a wild jungle beast. In a few minutes, however, he is back to his peaceful state ("Snoopy"). Linus enters, holding his blanket and sucking his thumb. Lucy and Sally show up and mock him for this habit. Linus decides to abandon his blanket and move on, only to come running back to it in desperation. After the girls leave, Linus daydreams of a blanket fantasy where everyone can relax with their blankets ("My Blanket And Me"). Snoopy is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. ...

Charlie Brown appears, trying to get his unusually stubborn kite to soar in the air. Eventually, he succeeds in doing this, and he enjoys a few minutes of triumph before the notorious Kite-Eating Tree eats it up ("The Kite"). After this trauma, Charlie Brown goes to see Lucy, who is at her psychiatrist booth. He tells her all the things he thinks of himself. Lucy then clears it up by saying that Charlie Brown is unique the way he is, then asks for the five cent price ("The Doctor Is In"). Later, Charlie Brown sees a happy Schroeder spreading the word of Beethoven's birthday and pulling together a celebration. He and company join Schroeder in the song of jubilation ("Beethoven Day"). The song Beethoven Day is included in the musical comedy Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner and a book by John Gordon. ...

At noon, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and Charlie Brown are working on their Peter Rabbit book reports, each in his or her own way. Lucy is simply counting the number of words, Schroeder is doing a "comparison" between the book and Robin Hood, Linus is doing an overcomplicated psychological analysis, and Charlie Brown hasn't even started out of worry, while Sally and Snoopy chase rabbits ("The Book Report"). Peter Rabbit and wife being asked for cabbages by Benjamin and Flopsy Bunny in The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies Peter Rabbit is the main character in a series of childrens books by Beatrix Potter. ... For other uses, see Robin Hood (disambiguation). ...

Act II

Sally is clearly cross about a D her teacher gave her on her homework assignment. In response, she says, "Oh, yeah? That's what you think!" Schroeder hears and asks why Sally is telling him that. It quickly becomes Sally's new "philosophy", and she bursts into song about her philosophies. Schroeder, after failing to explain to her how philosophies work, leaves in bafflement while Sally contines ("My New Philosophy").

Charlie Brown returns, and, with his friends, plays the Little League Baseball Championship. After some mishaps, the team finally manages to make some progress. Charlie Brown steps up to the plate, and despite his valiant efforts, strikes out and loses the game. We learn that this was a flashback, and Charlie Brown expresses his deep sorrow to his pen pal ("T-E-A-M (The Baseball Game)"). Determined not to let that ruin everything, Charlie Brown decides to join Schroeder's Glee Club and cheer up by singing "Home on the Range" with his friends. Unfortunately, a fight ensues between Lucy and Linus over a pencil. The fight spreads, and Charlie Brown decides to leave with his angry friends, leaving Schroeder and Snoopy the only ones singing ("Glee Club Rehearsal"). Little League Baseball - Logo Little League pitcher in Winesburg, Ohio Little League, Wayne, Michigan Little League Baseball is the name of a non-profit organization in the United States which organizes particular local childrens leagues of baseball and softball throughout the USA and the rest of the world. ... The title Home on the Range may refer to Home on the Range -- a Disney animated film. ...

Later, Charlie Brown comes across Lucy teaching Linus about nature the way she views it with such as bugs making the grass grow or eating eagles for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Charlie Brown tries to correct her, but she retaliates with a false explanation, and Charlie Brown bangs his head against a tree in frustration ("Little Known Facts"). That evening, Snoopy complains that he hasn't been fed yet, and begins to overcomplicate and dramaticize the matter until Charlie Brown shows up with his dinner. Not even apologizing for ignoring him, Snoopy bursts into song about his craving for supper until his master firmly tells him to eat his meal ("Suppertime").

That night, Charlie Brown is sad that he still has not discovered what it means to be a "Good man". He proudly displays a pencil which had been dropped by the Little Red-Haired Girl (his perennial crush). As he examines it, he discovers that "there are teeth-marks all over it . . . she chews her pencil . . . she's HUMAN!" With that realization, he concludes that today hasn't been so bad, after all, and he's done a lot of things that make him happy. As Charlie Brown expresses what makes him happy, everyone, touched by his love of life, begin to express what makes them happy as well ("Happiness"). Right then, Charlie Brown realizes that being a "good man" means trying your best and making the most of the things you've been given in life. As his friends leave the stage, Lucy walks over and puts out her hand, making him shrink back. As he reaches out, she shakes his hand firmly, then tells him, "You're a good man, Charlie Brown." The Little Red-Haired Girl is an unseen character in the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, and is a symbol of unrequited love. ...


Songs created for the 1999 Broadway revival are denoted with revival.

Act I
  • Opening/You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown – Company
  • Schroeder (Peanuts) |Schroeder – Lucy (sung over Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata")
  • Snoopy – Snoopy
  • My Blanket and Me – Linus with Company (contains a portion of "Linus and Lucy," the theme song for the Peanuts series written by pianist Vince Guaraldi)
  • The Kite – Charlie Brown (optional company background)
  • The Doctor is In – Lucy and Charlie Brown
  • Beethoven Day – Schroeder with Company (revival)
  • The Book Report – Company (quintette)(contains musical references, including William Tell Overture and In the Hall of the Mountain King)
Act II
  • Red Baron – Snoopy (dialogue spoken over music; optional company background)
  • My New Philosophy – Sally and Schroeder (revival)
  • T-E-A-M (The Baseball Game) – Charlie Brown with Company
  • Glee Club Rehearsal – Company (sung over "Home on the Range")
  • Little Known Facts – Lucy with Linus and Charlie Brown
  • Suppertime – Snoopy
  • Happiness – Company
  • Bows – Company (includes a partial reprise of "Happiness," and "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown")

“Beethoven” redirects here. ... “Piano Sonata No. ... My blanket and Me is a song from Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner and a book by John Gordon. ... Vince Guaraldi (July 17, 1928 - February 6, 1976) was an American jazz musician and pianist best known for composing music for animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip. ... The overture to the opera William Tell, especially its high-energy finale, is a very familiar work composed by Gioacchino Rossini. ... In the Hall of the Mountain King (Norwegian: ) is a piece of orchestral music, Opus 23, composed by Edvard Grieg for Henrik Ibsens play Peer Gynt, which premiered in Oslo on February 24, 1876. ... Home on the Range is the state song of Kansas. ... Reprise is also the name of a record label, see Reprise Records In music a reprise is the repetition or return of the opening material later in a composition such as occurs in the recapitulation of sonata form, though it originally (18th century) was simply any repeated section, such as...


  • Charlie Brown — a baritone
  • Lucy van Pelt — an alto or mezzo-soprano
  • Schroeder — a tenor or high baritone
  • Linus van Pelt — a baritone
  • Sally Brown — a soprano (revised edition only, this character was originally Patty)
  • Snoopy — a tenor

The original Off-Broadway cast

  • Charlie Brown - Gary Burghoff
  • Lucy van Pelt - Reva Rose
  • Schroeder - Skip Hinnant
  • Linus van Pelt - Bob Balaban
  • Patty -Karen Johnson
  • Snoopy - Bill Hinnant

The 1999 Broadway revival cast

Articles about the revised musical while it was yet in previews noted that the one difference between the original production and its turn-of-the-millennium counterpart was that the latter reflected the increased ethnic diversity of casting over the decades that had passed, with Schroeder being played by an African-American actor (Mathis) and Linus by an Asian-American (Wong).[6][7][8] ű For other uses, see Baritone (disambiguation). ... This article is about the voice-type. ... A mezzo-soprano (meaning medium soprano in Italian) is a female singer with a range usually extending from the A below middle C to the F an eleventh above middle C. Mezzo-sopranos generally have a darker (or lower) vocal tone than sopranos, and their vocal range is between that... This article is about Tenor vocalists in music. ... This article is about the voice-type. ... Patty from a comic strip. ... Skip Hinnant (Born September 12, 1940, in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, USA) is an American actor. ... Anthony Dean Rapp (b. ... Kristi Dawn Chenoweth (born July 24, 1968) is an American singer and Tony Award-winning American musical theatre, film, and television actress. ... Ilana Levine (born December 5, 1963) is an American actress. ... B.D. Wong in L&O:SVU B.D. Wong (Chinese: 黃榮亮; Hanyu Pinyin: ; born October 24, 1962) is an openly gay American actor who has had roles in All American Girl, Oz, Jurassic Park and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. ... Stanley Wayne Mathis originated the role of Banzai in the Broadway production of The Lion King. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... An Asian American is generally defined as a person of Asian ancestry and American citizenship,[2][3][4] although may also be extended to include non-citizen resident Asians as well. ...


  1. ^ IMDB info on off-Broadway opening
  2. ^ IBDB listing for 1971 production
  3. ^ IMDB 1973 television production
  4. ^ IMDB 1985 animated adaptation
  5. ^ IBDB listing for 1999 production
  6. ^ Frank Rizzo. "'Rent' Original To Star In New 'Charlie Brown'" ("On Stage" column), The Hartford Courant, October 4, 1998, Arts section, page G4.
  7. ^ Alex Beam. "It's The Great White Way, Charlie Brown" ("TGIF" column), Boston Globe, October 9, 1998, Living section, page D1.
  8. ^ Chris Jones. "Good grief: For a way-Off Broadway preview, why not Skokie?" (Theater column), Chicago Tribune, November 22, 1998, Arts & Entertainment section, page 6.

External links

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