Full score: The Yellow Tie
- MAVIS (alto):
- MARTIN's wife
- MARTIN (baritone):
- MAVIS's husband
- MARTIN's yellow tie, wide and garish.
MAVIS and MARTIN (now married) are preparing to go to a party. MAVIS lacks complete enthusiasm for MARTIN's new tie. Complications ensue.
MAVIS and MARTIN sing of the pleasures of parties and of the opportunity for dressing up that they provide ["2. PARTY NIGHTS"].
MAVIS and MARTIN then separately prepare for their evening out ["3. WHICH TIE?"]. MAVIS asks MARTIN what he plans to wear, specifically what tie he plans to wear. MARTIN, with his back to the audience, says that he plans to wear the usual, with his brand new yellow tie, which he turns to show the audience.
MAVIS puts forward several reasons why MARTIN might not want to wear his new yellow tie, each of which MARTIN counters, assuring MAVIS that his new yellow tie will be appreciated by everyone.
MAVIS gives in and gives her blessing to MARTIN's new yellow tie, and then changes the subject to what they will do when they get back home after the party ["4. TONIGHT"].
Then although MAVIS had described all sorts of lustful prospects for their return from the party, she now says that she'll probably be too tired ["5. I'LL BE SOOO TIRED"]. But, as she describes how tired she'll be she repeatedly mentions how (yawn) attractive MARTIN's new yellow tie is.
MARTIN now recognizes the connection between MAVIS's expected fatigue and his yellow tie, so he decides that the yellow tie doesn't suit him after all, and doesn't fit his style. He therefore resolves to change to a regimental stripe tie.
MAVIS says "No, no, no, no, no, the yellow tie is wonderful! I want to be seen with the man in the yellow tie".
MAVIS and MARTiN then sing of love and yellow ties ["6. LOVE IS A YELLOW TIE"].
- The running time is 25 minutes, plus pauses between numbers.
- MAVIS and MARTIN wear dressy clothes, for a dressy night out. Perhaps a cocktail dress for MAVIS and a suit or sport coat for MARTIN.
- "2. PARTY NIGHTS" introduces the theme of dressing up to go to a party. It is addressed to the audience.
- "3. WHICH TIE", "4. TONIGHT", and "5. SO TIRED" take place in MAVIS and MARTIN's bedroom as they prepare to go out to the party.
- "6. LOVE IS A YELLOW TIE" is addressed mainly too the audience, but MAVIS and MARTIN can can address some sections to each other.
- No furnishings are required except perhaps a pair of mirrors for MAVIS and MARTIN to check themselves in from time to time.
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- 1. Prelude
- 2. Party Nights
- 3. Dialogue - 'Which tie'
- 4. Tonight
- 5. Dialogue - 'So tired'
- 6. Love is a Yellow Tie
- 7.Exit Music