WORK BY

JEFFREY SCHARF

SYNOPSIS

Adapted from Charles Dickens’ favorite and most autobiographical novel, “David Copperfield, The New Musical” follows David's life. As a child, David endures the sadism of his stepfather Murdstone, the depredations of the villainous schoolmaster Creakle, and the mind-numbing routine of the London sweatshop to which he is consigned after the death of his mother. As an adult, he is visited by happiness and success, tragedy and loss. Along the way, he meets some of Dickens’ most memorable characters: his formidable Aunt Betsey, the seafaring Peggotty family, the monosyllabic coachman Barkis, the grandiloquent Mr. Micawber and the contemptible Uriah Heep.

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Portions of “David Copperfield, the Musical” were workshopped at the Academy for New Musical Theater and had a staged reading at the Elite Theatre.  Excerpts were featured as part of Musical Cafe's Spring 2016 showcase in Oakland, CA. The entire show had three sold out stage reading performances at Mountain Community Theater's New Works Night in August 2017.

A full production of "David Copperfield, The New Musical" took place December 13-23, 2018 at the Colligan Theater in Santa Cruz, California to sold out performances every night. CLICK HERE for more info on this production.

SELECTED MUSIC

Darling Boy -
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Under My Wing -
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Do-o-o-ra -
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I am Home -
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House of Daniel Peggotty -
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Mr. Creakle is a Tartar -
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If Only You Knew My Heart -
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Humble Is, Humble Was -
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Something Will Turn Up -
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Mr. Murdstone is the Master Now -
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It's Time for You to Earn a Living -
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I am a Rover -
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Always the Pleasure Was Mine -
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If Only You Knew My Heart - reprise -
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Portrait of the author - Charles Dickens

David visits the Peggottys in Yarmouth.

David in the Murdstone and Grinby sweatshop.

David meets Mr. Micawber.

Arriving in Dover.

© 2019 by SHERRIL & JEFFREY SCHARF