The Magic Fishbone

Musical in Two ActsCover of The Magic Fishbone showing Alicia finding the bone

Music by Betty Roe

Book and Lyrics by Marian Lines based on a story by Charles Dickens.

The concept was devised and developed by Marian and Graham Lines and expands greatly on the original Dickens story.  Although based on a story for children, this is a full scale musical to be performed by a good operatic society or a talented youth group.

The earliest musical numbers for the work are dated August 1998 and the latest in 2004.  The work has a complete Book and Lyrics but a few minor musical numbers need to be completed.  The interim score is available from Robish Music for anyone considering a performance.

Six of the musical numbers were included in Volume 5 of Songs from the Betty Roe Shows (Thames Publishing).  Page numbers below refer to an interim edition of the work giving the full text and musical numbers where they exist.

A Demo recording is available and there was an excellent performance of many of the numbers from the show in Southampton in 2012, but the work is still to receive its staged première.

Musical Numbers

Act 1

Scene

Title

Page

1

It’s a Cook’s Life (Cook General)

7

 

Sunshiny Day (Alicia) Rise and Shine (Shopkeepers)

10

 

Watkinsonia Arise! (Soldier , Bugle Boy, Chorus)

18

 

Shake a Leg (Chancellor, Queen, Cook General, Soldier, Alicia)

25

 

I Wish (King)

32

 

You are going to be late (Chancellor, Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition)

37

2

Cook General’s Soliloquy (Cook General)

43

 

Alicia’s Prize Wish (Fairy Gandmarina)

54

 

I Loves Fish (Fishmonger’s Boy)

64

3

Calculating Fiend (Chancellor)

75

 

I Wish the was a Little Machine to do it (King)

81

4

Queen’s Fainting Song (Queen)

85

 

The Duchess Says (Alicia, Princes and Princesses)

93

 

My Certainpersonio (Alicia)

104

5

Have some Salmon for your Supper (Fishmonger, King)

113

 

And She’s Pretty (Chancellor)

127

6

Fishbone, Wishbone (All)

136

 Act 2

 Scene

 

Title

Page

1

Find the Fishbone (All)

145

 

Snoop Trio (Chancellor, Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition)

155

2

Ultimatum Time (Shopkeepers, Chancellor)

172

3

I’m Revolting (Cook General)

183

 

Dance of the Seventeen Cooks (Princes and Princesses)

188

4

What am I bid? (Fishmonger’s Boy)

195

 

Last Day in the Dear Old Palace (All)

204