TOMORROW'S FLIGHT

A musical comedy

LIBRETTO

Words and music by Phil Shaw



Contact:

Phil Shaw: phil@philshaw.com





Copyright © 2008, 2010, 2014 by Phil Shaw - All Rights Reserved



TOMORROW'S FLIGHT

1. OVERTURE

SCENE 1. GATE THIRTY THREE

2. Dialogue - "Tomorrow's flight to Boston"

LOUDSPEAKER VOICE

Attention, attention. Tomorrow's flight to Boston will depart at GATE THIRTY THREE. I repeat. Tomorrow's flight to Boston will depart at GATE THIRTY THREE. That's right here. Tomorrow's flight to Boston.

(JAKE and LINDA enter.)

LINDA

Finally we're here.

JAKE

Thank you for giving me a ride, LINDA, even though my flight doesn't leave for hours.

LINDA

Now JAKE, don't exaggerate. You're the one that's leaving, but I'm the one that worries.


3. Song - At least we're not late


LINDA

At least we're not late At least we didn't have to rush and run to make the gate At least we left in time to get here easily and nice At least we didn't have to roll the dice At least we're not late

JAKE

Not late? Not late? We're so early, the pilot's still in bed We're so early, the plane is back at Boeing being built We're so early, Orville Wright and Wilber haven't even left the ground We're so early, no one knows the world is round.

LINDA and JAKE alternating

You're an early bird that's always looking for the worm You're a tardy bird who should be treated strict and firm You're a morning person, up at dawn and down by nine You're a nighthawk, rising when the moon begins to shine You're a tidy sweeper with a place for this and that You're a cluttered mess, whereever something falls is where it's at. You're a penny pincher, counting each and every single cent You're a plastic spender wondering where the money went


4. Song - Somehow we made it together


LINDA and JAKE together

How did we ever? Get along at all?

JAKE

We were an odd pair.

LINDA

But we were a pair.

LINDA and JAKE

A pair.

LINDA

Somehow we made it together

JAKE

Somehow we two were a pair

LINDA

Somehow we kept holding hands kept holding hands.

JAKE and LINDA

Kept holding hands

JAKE

Somehow we just stayed together

LINDA

Somehow we learned how to share

JAKE

Somehow we kept making plans kept making plans

JAKE and LINDA

I guess that must mean we care, must mean we care.


5. Dialogue - "Now you have a new job in Boston"

LINDA

Now you have a new job in Boston, a great new job.

JAKE

A really good job.

LINDA

A job that you've wanted for years.

JAKE

A job that is only in Boston.

LINDA

And me, me with my family back here.

JAKE

Your sister.

LINDA

My brothers.

JAKE

All of your family.

LINDA

I just couldn't leave them.

JAKE

You could still phone.

LINDA

Without them I wouldn't be me.

LINDA

Now it's time to part.

JAKE

Now it's time to part.

LINDA and JAKE

Now it's time to part.


6. Song - I already cried


(Verse 1)

LINDA

The things that last forever somehow always end Things that happen never somehow someday do. Things that are for always, always fade along the way. Don't count on steady things beyond today.

(Chorus 1)

The sun will shine tomorrow. A chance of morning rain. I'm holding firm, I will abide. Don't worry, I already cried.

JAKE

Verse 2

Things we take for granted somehow disappear Things we count on someday somehow can't be found. Things we thought would be there we can't see there any way. Don't count on steady things beyond today.

(Chorus 2)

The dawn will break at sunrise, A chance of storm by noon. I'm standing tall, it's all in stride. Don't worry, I already cried.

LINDA and JAKE

(Tag)

I know the score, when worlds collide. Don't worry, I already cried.


7. Song - Have you got everything?


LINDA

But that's enough of yesterday. Let's get tomorrow under way. Are you ready? Are you set? Are you good to go?

(Verse)

Have you got everything? Have you checked off a list? Have you thought about all that you'll need? Anything you might have missed?

(Verse)

Have you got everything? Do you know where you'll stay? There'll be so many hazards to heed. Too much to do in a day.

(Chorus)

It snows all year in Boston Or so I've heard them say You fingers will be frostin' You'll need to get a sleigh.

JAKE

(Verse)

Have I covered it all every three thousand miles check the oil and the shocks and the tires and mark every time in your files. Have I covered it all When the laptop goes dead Take it back to the shop for repair They'll give you a loaner instead.

(Chorus)

It snows all year in Boston so slick you slip and slide. A place I can get lost in, with no one at my side.

(Tag)

LINDA

Have you got everything?

JAKE

Have I covered it all?

LINDA

Yes, you've got everything...

JAKE

Got everything...

LINDA

Got everything... but me.


8. Dialogue - "You knew that if"

LINDA

You knew that if I gave you a ride I'd want to get here early. If you really wanted a just-in-time ride you could have called FRED. He's almost next door to you, right down the block. By the way, why didn't you call FRED?

JAKE

He's been with some girl, I saw them last night. CASSIE's her name.

LINDA

CASSIE? I don't know any CASSIE.

JAKE

Cassie's from out of town. Some place called 'Benton'.

LINDA

'Benton'? Where's 'Benton'?

JAKE

I don't know. I never heard of 'Benton'. I have no idea where 'Benton' is. I would have asked her, but they were in a hurry and had to rush off.

LINDA

(Straightening JAKE's collar again.) So, FRED's got a girlfriend. I'm glad. It's time he met a girl and settled down.

Anyway, I was glad you called and I'm always happy to drive you to the airport. Besides, it gives us one more chance to say goodbye.


9. Song - One more chance to say goodbye


One more chance to say goodbye.
One more time for asking why.
One more time to wonder
is this just a blunder.
One more chance to say goodbye.

All our days are memories
All our days are in your eyes.
All our days we never
thought would ever end with
One more chance to say goodbye.

All the many might-have-beens
that make us wonder 'if'.
If this if that if which if what
if then if....
thanks a lot.

All the tiny doubts and second
thoughts we fret about.
Should I have this should I have that
should I have...
idle chat.

One last chance to say goodbye.
One last time to say you're mine.
One more time to say so much
with just a glance and
One last chance to say goodbye.


10. Dialogue - "Tomorrow's flight to Boston, previously..."

LOUDSPEAKER VOICE

Attention! Attention! Tomorrow's flight to Boston was previously scheduled to depart here at GATE THIRTY THREE. That has changed. It will now depart over at GATE SIXTY TWO.

JAKE

What did he say, LINDA?

LINDA

Over there at GATE SIXTY TWO, I think, not here.

LOUDSPEAKER VOICE

That's right. Over at GATE SIXTY TWO. You better get going.

JAKE

Let's go, LINDA!

LINDA

Let's go, JAKE!


SCENE 2. GATE SIXTY TWO

(JAKE and LINDA exit right.)

(The departure gate sign changes from "GATE 33" to "GATE 62".)

LOUDSPEAKER VOICE

Attention! Attention! Tomorrow's flight to Boston was previously scheduled to depart back at GATE THIRTY THREE. That has changed. It will now depart right here at GATE SIXTY TWO.

(FRED and CASSIE enter left.)

CASSIE

Here we are, FRED, GATE SIXTY TWO.

FRED

Lucky we didn't go over to GATE THIRTY THREE, CASSIE.

CASSIE

Thank you for giving me a ride, FRED, even though my flight doesn't leave for hours.

FRED

Now, CASSIE, don't exaggerate.


11. Song - At least we're not late (reprise)


FRED

At least we're not late At least we didn't have to rush and run to make the gate At least we left in time to get here easily and nice At least we didn't have to roll the dice At least we're not late

CASSIE

Not late? Not late? We're so early... We're so early, the pilot's still in school We're so early, the wings are being bolted to the plane. We're so early, Wilbur Wright and Orville are still making bikes at home. We're so early, maps all say the world is flat.


12. Dialogue - "When are you going to settle down..."

CASSIE

Well, FRED, we're early, so let's talk about your problem. Your problem. When are you going to settle down, settle down and get yourself a wife, some kids, family life.

FRED

CASSIE, I'm out of step with the times, out of step with the times. Women nowadays are modern. Fast and focussed, full of fire.

CASSIE

Fast and focussed? Sounds like me!

FRED

And what about you? When are you going to hook up?

CASSIE

I'm out of step with the times, FRED, out of step with the times. Guys today are old fashioned. Lazy and content.

FRED

Lazy and content? Sounds like me!

CASSIE

Out of step with the times. Out of step.


13. Song - Life's a parade


CASSIE (Vocalizing a drum cadence.)

Intro

Beep dee bee deep dee bee deep Out of step! Beep dee bee deep dee bee deep Out of step! Beep dee bee deep dee bee dee bee deep deep Beep dee bee dee bee deep deep

(Verse 1)

Life's a parade and a drum Keep with the beat or get out of the street. Find your own way you're a bum. Life's a parade and a drum

(Verse 2)

Life's a parade and a drum Keep it in time or go ring your own chime. Set your own course you're a scum Life's a parade and a drum

(Chorus)

Oklahoma isn't on the ocean Kansas doesn't have a kangaroo No one pays attention to our wishes Texas doesn't have a purple shoe Alabama's not in Arizona Georgia doesn't have the River Nile. You and I are getting no attention. Mississippi don't know how to smile.

(Extra chorus)

Alabama hasn't got a subway South Dakota isn't up for sale What we want is never what we're getting Idaho competes but can't prevail Kansas hasn't got the Eiffel Tower Georgia doesn't have Niagra Falls Where we aimed is never where we're hitting Utah doesn't get to base on balls

(Verse 3)

Life's a parade and a drum Click with the tick or go flick your own bic Take your own track and you're dumb Life's a parade and a drum.


14. Dialogue - "Jake, Linda, what are you doing here?"

(JAKE and LINDA arrive)

CASSIE

FRED! Those folks coming down the hall! Isn't that JAKE? The guy you introduced me...

FRED

That's right, CASSIE! It's JAKE! And LINDA! JAKE? LINDA? What are you doing here?

JAKE

FRED? CASSIE! What are you doing here?

FRED

CASSIE, she's on the Boston flight.

JAKE

Boston? CASSIE? Why is CASSIE going to Boston?

CASSIE

Boston, JAKE, I live there. Boston.

JAKE

Boston, CASSIE? I thought you were from 'Benton'? Fred said you were from 'Benton'.

LINDA

Benton?

JAKE

(Looks at FRED quizzically) Benton?

FRED

Not Benton, Bean Town! Not Benton! Beantown! That's what locals call Boston. Beantown is Boston.

LINDA

FRED, if Cassie lives in Boston, how did you two...hook up?

FRED

Hook up, Linda? Hook up?

LINDA

Get together, FRED. I didn't know you had a girlfriend. A long-distance girlfriend.

FRED

Girlfriend? Girlfriend? Girlfriend! Girlfriend! Cassie not my girlfriend.

CASSIE

That would be unethical.

FRED

Improper.

CASSIE

And unwise.

FRED

That would breech the doctor-patient relationship.

(To Cassie) Remember?

CASSIE

Playing doctor.

FRED

In my basement!

CASSIE

That little room in back.

FRED

My parents.

CASSIE

They were out shopping.

FRED

That's what we thought.

CASSIE

We thought that they were out shopping.

FRED

And so,

CASSIE

you show me yours,

FRED

and I'll show you mine.

CASSIE and FRED

You show me yours and I'll show you mine.

CASSIE

You first.

FRED

No, you.

CASSIE

Let's turn our backs and strip all the way.

FRED

Then turn around again.

CASSIE

I barely got a look.

FRED

Just a peek.

CASSIE

When your mother walked in.

FRED

My mother walked in. I thought she'd scream and yell.

CASSIE

I wish she had.

FRED

Instead she laughed.

CASSIE

And laughed and laughed.

CASSIE and FRED

and laughed and laughed, Ha Ha Ha. Ha Ha Ha. Ha Ha Ha. Ha Ha Ha.

CASSIE

Yesterday I met your mother for lunch. She got this silly grin and I knew what she was thinking.

FRED

(To JAKE and LINDA) Cassie's not my girlfriend.

CASSIE

FRED was never my boy friend.

CASSIE and FRED

She's/He's my cousin.

LINDA and JAKE

Your cousin? Your cousin?

CASSIE and FRED

My cousin.


15. Song - She's my cousin

FRED

So romance with CASSIE's strictly off the table.

CASSIE

And a rendezvous with FRED is out of bounds.

CASSIE and FRED

Still...

FRED

(Verse)

I will admit at times I have been tempted to do her like a drake would do a duck. I'd be howling I'd be growling I'd be prowling I'd be fouling. But there's rules I simply dare not ever buck She's my cousin so we're never gonna fu*****

CASSIE

(Verse)

In Arkansas the story would be different. We'd go behind the barn or in his truck. We'd be squealing we'd be feeling we'd be peeling we'd be reeling. But we know that we are just plain out of luck He's my cousin so we're never gonna fu*****

(Chorus)

FRED

Daydreams are even off limits

CASSIE

They'd show in the wrong sort of smile

FRED

But friendship is fine,

CASSIE

and family is fun

CASSIE and FRED

and there's friendship and family constraints. So for friendship and family, we have no complaints No friendship or family complaints.

FRED

Still, sometimes I can't help but thinking...

CASSIE

Sometimes I wonder perhaps...

CASSIE and FRED

NO... We dare not break the rules or even bend 'em. The folks would wag their fingers and they'd cluck. They'd be screaming they'd be steaming they'd be dreaming they'd be creaming. So with all the social limits we are stuck We're just cousins and we're never going to cousins and we're never going to cousins and we're never going to fu*****


16. Song - Play Ball


(Intro)

FRED

LINDA, Jake didn't tell me his new job's in Boston.

LINDA

FRED, he didn't decide which job to take until a week ago.

JAKE

CASSIE is it OK with you if I move to Boston?

CASSIE

JAKE as long as you're for the Red Sox!

(Verse 1)

JAKE

The Red Sox. CASSIE do you figure Boston's got a chance to win it?

CASSIE

JAKE, they do unless Carlucci has a slump.

JAKE

I'm worried they might trade away McDougal.

CASSIE

They need to sack Canoga, he's a chump.

LINDA

FRED, what's your opinion?

FRED

LINDA, I don't have much to say when talking baseball.

LINDA

FRED, I'm pretty sure a 'homer' counts a lot.

FRED

But what Canoga hit in sixty-seven?

LINDA

Is information I was never taught.

(Chorus)

CASSIE

Play ball. Batter up.

JAKE

Double and deep.

CASSIE

Heads up, look alive

JAKE

Winning's not cheap.

CASSIE and JAKE

Play ball. Batter up. Play ball. Batter up.

(Verse 2)

CASSIE

JAKE, do you remember when Castille was playing center?

JAKE

CASSIE, he'd scramble, dive, and catch whatever came.

CASSIE

His last year up he hit three twenty seven.

JAKE

You always knew he came to play the game.

LINDA

FRED, I like to go to games in sunny weather.

FRED

As long as I can sit up in the shade.

FRED

LINDA, the game is fun to watch for half an hour.

LINDA

But then my int'rest always starts to fade.

(Chorus)

FRED

Play ball. Batter up.

LINDA

Single to right.

FRED

On base, heading home.

LINDA

See you tonight.

LINDA and FRED

Play ball. Batter up. Play ball. Batter up.

(Verse 3)

CASSIE

JAKE, a bunch of us are getting season tickets. You int'rested? There's always room for more?

JAKE

CASSIE, I'd like to get the night games, that's for certain. It's good to be with folks that know the score.

LINDA

FRED, maybe not baseball, but this year the Philharmonic's playing Hayden.

FRED

I've only heard them once, The Rite of Spring

LINDA

The season tickets make it quite a bargain.

FRED

That sounds like fun, I'd like to 'take a swing'.

(Chorus)

JAKE

Play ball. Batter up.

CASSIE

Runner on third.

FRED

Stay cool, saddle up.

LINDA

Do what you do.

ENSEMBLE

Play ball. Batter up. Play ball. Batter up.


17. Song - Are you seeing anyone?


(Verse 1)

CASSIE

Jake, are you seeing anyone? Someone special?

JAKE

Are you socially engaged? Are you free?

CASSIE

Are you looking? Seeking?

JAKE

Open to some new thing

CASSIE and JAKE

Game to see what might be in the cards?

(Verse 2)

LINDA

FRED, have you thought of having kids, start a family?

FRED

LINDA, Is that something in your plan? On your mind?

LINDA

Are you looking? Seeking?

FRED

Open to some new thing.

CASSIE and LINDA

Game to see what might be in the cards?

(Chorus)

CASSIE and LINDA

Starting out we don't know where we'll end.

JAKE and FRED

Jumping off we don't know where we'll land.

CASSIE

Everything on everything depends.

JAKE

Nothing ends up like we thought we planned.

CASSIE

We planned...

CASSIE and JAKE

Our mightly castle built upon the sand.

(Tag)

CASSIE and LINDA

Are you seeing anyone? Someone special?

JAKE and FRED

Are you socially engaged? Are you free?

CASSIE and LINDA

Are you looking? Seeking?

JAKE and FRED

Open to some new thing?

ENSEMBLE

Game to see what might be in the cards? Game to see what might be in the cards?

LOUDSPEAKER VOICE

Tomorrow's flight to Boston at GATE SIXTY TWO is ready to board. Ready to board.


18. Song - Tomorrow's Flight


(Chorus)

Boarding now, tomorrow's flight. Take a trip, the future's bright. Take off here and end up there. Climb upon the airy stair. Reach up high and reach the height. Boarding now, tomorrow's flight.

(Verses)

CASSIE

(To FRED) FRED it's time for me to board. Time to say good-bye. It's time to get my ticket out. Time to learn to fly.

FRED

(To CASSIE) CASSIE your visit was a gas. So stop in any time. We'll chit and chat and do the town and ring the midnight chime

LINDA

(To JAKE) JAKE we've said our sad farewells. We've bid our fond adieu. I'll write, you phone, you're not alone. My thoughts will be with you.

JAKE

(To LINDA) LINDA remember days gone by. The things we've said and done. Remember smiles and laughing days. Remember all the fun.

(Chorus)

(As above.)

JAKE

(To CASSIE) CASSIE we know the bird in hand, the bird already won. But now it's time for something new, more fire, more fuel, more fun.

CASSIE

(To JAKE) JAKE we need a greater goal, a prize to track and trail. A quest to draw us ever on, like Ahab and his whale.

FRED

(To LINDA) LINDA at times the bird in hand. is better than the bush. We find our fortunes near us when We poke we prod we push.

LINDA

(To FRED) FRED the rainbow points out there. A quest that calls the bold. But look, right here, right now, so near,

LINDA and FRED

the glint, the gleam, the gold.

(Chorus)

(As above.)

19. Exit Music