THE YELLOW TIE

A musical comedy

LIBRETTO

Words and music by Phil Shaw



Contact:

Phil Shaw: phil@philshaw.com





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



THE YELLOW TIE

1. Prelude

(MAVIS and MARTIN enter)

2. Song - PARTY NIGHTS - MAVIS and MARTIN


(Intro)

MAVIS

Party!

MARTIN

Party night!

MAVIS and MARTIN

Party tonight!

MAVIS

A chance to dress up in our newest and best.

MARTIN

A chance to look swell, be the zest of the fest.

MAVIS

A chance to go with elegance and style.

MARTIN

A chance to crank eleven on the dial.

MAVIS

A chance to take a pose and wink and smile.

MAVIS

Party!

MARTIN

Party night!

MAVIS and MARTIN

Party tonight!

(Verse 1)

MAVIS

I buy my daily dresses down at Walmart I never try them on, they're off the rack But party nights, I wear Chanel or maybe Halston When I walk in the door you're gonna know who I am.

(Verse 2)

MARTIN

My daily wear is chinos and a blazer Day by day the same, the same old thing But party nights, I'm strictly custom tailored. When I walk in the door you're gonna know who I am

(Bridge)

MAVIS

Roses bloom and blossom, blazing brightly in the sun

MARTIN

Peacocks pride and prance and preen and plume just for the fun

MAVIS

Ornaments are more than just

MARTIN

adornments or amusements they are

MAVIS and MARTIN

costumes in the masquerade the circus---carnival!

(Verse 3)

MAVIS and MARTIN

We're ordinary people, ordinarily Simple folks. Pretentious? Not a bit. But party nights, we like to gleam and glitter. When we walk in the door you're gonna know who we are

(MAVIS and MARTIN go to opposite sides of the stage, MAVIS facing offstage to the side, MARTIN facing upstage, looking into 'mirrors' as they get dressed for the party. MARTIN puts on a tie.)


3. Dialogue - "Which Tie" - MAVIS and MARTIN

('The Yellow Tie')

MAVIS

MARTIN, MARTIN darling?

MARTIN

MAVIS, my dear?

MAVIS

What were you planning to wear this evening?

MARTIN

Planning to wear? The usual.

MAVIS

With a tie?

MARTIN

A tie? Yes, of course. A tie.

MAVIS

And which...which...?

MARTIN

Which tie?

MAVIS

Which tie?

MARTIN

Which tie? The bold, the brash. The brave, the brazen. My brand-new yellow tie.

(MARTIN turns downstage to reveal his yellow tie.)

The brand-new yellow tie.

('Not Your Style')

MAVIS

MARTIN, my sweet. (Turning toward MARVIN.)

MARTIN

MAVIS, my angel?

MAVIS

I'm not completely certain... not entirely sure the yellow tie quite suits you.

MARTIN

Suits me? Suits me? The yellow tie suits me quite well. It suits me very nicely indeed. It expresses my style.

MAVIS

Expresses your style? Bozo the clown!

MARTIN

Bozo the Clown? Wait 'til you see the smiles of approbation.

('People will laugh')

MAVIS

Wait 'til you hear the cruel and bitter laughter.

MARTIN

Joyful laughter greeting a fashion triumph.

MAVIS

A fashion disaster. The laughter will be behind your back.

MARTIN

My contribution to the evening's merriment.

MAVIS

More than the evening. People will tell the story all week. They'll call their friends to let them know.

MARTIN

And my reputation will spread. A man who sets his own style, I march to a different drummer.

MAVIS

Different drummer? Bozo Clown playing the drums?

MARTIN

Bozo again? That might be just a wee bit harsh. Besides, Bozo shouldn't be mocked or sneered at.

('Will it be safe?')

MAVIS

My apologies to Bozo. Besides, I can see that you value the yellow tie very much.

MARTIN

It's a treasure indeed.

MAVIS

I may not, for the moment at least, fully appreciate the yellow tie. Nonetheless I understand your affection for it, and I wouldn't want you to be disappointed.

MARTIN

Disappointed?

MAVIS

If anything should happen to it.

MARTIN

Happen to it?

MAVIS

A gravy spill. A splash of Bloody Mary. Accidents happen! You never can tell!

MARTIN

You're right! You're perfectly right. I thank you for the warning. I'll take special care.

MAVIS

Might it not be more prudent to save the Yellow Tie? Keep it for some special occasion? Some safer time?

MARTIN

MAVIS, my sweetest. Your solicitude truly warms my heart. But today is now. Events have their time. This is the moment for the yellow tie. Tonight is its day in the sun.

MAVIS

(Pauses)I'm convinced. Tonight will be the grand debut of the yellow tie its moment up there on the stage to glitter, gleam, and glow. And then, when the party is over.

MARTIN

Over.

MAVIS

And we're here alone.

MARTIN

Alone.

MAVIS and MARTIN

Alone Tonight.


4. Song - TONIGHT - MAVIS and MARTIN


MAVIS

Tonight, tonight when we have bid farewell To all our friends, and to the wishing well. Tonight, when we leave our shoes scattered in the living room. Tonight, tonight.

MARTIN

Tonight, tonight when we are home, again. Tonight when we've forgotten where we've been.

MAVIS

Tonight, when we trip and fall

MARTIN

lunge and leap and bash and brawl.

MAVIS

Tonight, tonight.

(Bridge)

MAVIS

Tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight

MARTIN

Tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight

(Verse 3)

MAVIS

Tonight, tonight when we have lit the fuse Tonight, when we have counted every bruise

MARTIN

Tonight, when we pull the zippers right down to our knees,

MAVIS

and do just what we please,

MARTIN

pull and punch and squeeze,

MAVIS

make the pillow sneeze,

MAVIS and MARTIN

Tonight, tonight, tonight.


5. Dialogue - "I'll be sooo tired" - MAVIS

MAVIS

Ah, yes. Tonight, when we get home. Unfortunately...

MARTIN

Unfortunately?

MAVIS

I'll be so tired, so tired. Here, let me straighten your...yellow tie. I'll be so tired, so tired. My, but that shirt does look good with your....yellow tie. So tired. So tired. I'll probably fall asleep right away, right away. People will certainly notice your...yellow tie


MARTIN

What is this horrible thing hanging here round my neck? A yellow tie! A yellow tie! I don't want a yellow tie! hanging 'round my neck! It doesn't suit me! It doesn't fit my style! I look like Bozo! Regimental Stripes! I'll get my old Regimental Stripe tie! With your concurrence of course!

MAVIS

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. no, no, no, no, no! No, no, no, no! The yellow tie is wonderful! It suits you. it announces your style. The yellow tie just the tie for you, and for me. I want to make my entrance, I want to be seen, with the man in a yellow tie.


6. Song - LOVE IS A YELLOW TIE - MAVIS and MARTIN


(Verse 1)

MAVIS

Love is someone you can teach and train

MARTIN

Love is someone who knows what is best

MAVIS

Love is someone you can polish and improve

MARTIN

Love is your very own pest

(Verse 2)

MARTIN

Love is knowing when to say OK

MAVIS

Love is when your work is done

MARTIN

Love is knowing when the prize is in your hand

MAVIS

Love is knowing when you've won

(Bridge)

MAVIS

Push and pull, heave and shove,

MARTIN

Bend and bow and give and take,

MAVIS

And it's all just a part of the game.

MARTIN

Poke and prod, dig and jab, Press and pull and jam and jog

MAVIS

And it's never exactly the same.

(Break)

MAVIS

Sometimes in the morning of a long forgotten day, the bluebird spreads her wings and waves the sun along its way.

MARTIN

Sometimes in the afternoon when clouds have filled the skies, the eagle takes to wing and sparks the lightning with his eyes.

(Verse 3)

MAVIS

Love is someone who can make you smile

MARTIN

Love will make your spirits fly

MAVIS

Love is someone who can tolerate the worst in you

MAVIS and MARTIN

Love is a yellow tie. They're gonna know who we are. They're gonna know who we are.


7. Exit Music