WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF
was an off-Broadway success in 1966/67, then played London's West End in 1968/69. For nearly forty years it has been staged in
various theatres, indeed has been done around the globe, mostly in English-speaking countries. It has been revived three times in New York, most recently in a 'concert production' at the
York Theatre, in the fall of 2012. It has proven to have a timeless charm and continuing relevance, a loyal
following too large to be merely a 'cult' following.
The 1966 Original Cast recording, now nearly impossible to find even in rare record shops, excluded much of the show's music, due to the space limitations of vinyl
A NEW CD, released in
July of 2004, includes much more material than the Original Cast Album (over a full hour of music).
This site offers
information for those already familiar with this very special
musical, as well as an introduction to several generations of
Studio Cast Recording
Original Cast Records
Release date: July, 2004
PERFORMANCE RIGHTS INFORMATION
contact the "Mischief" page at
Score and Complete Script!
The complete piano-vocal score had
not been available for purchase until its recent publication (2011). This score is the
complete musical, containing every song, every note found in the piano
conductor score used in public performances. It includes the Overture,
all the songs, scene changes, and miscellaneous cues.
The Script contains all
the song lyrics and notes by the authors.
"LIVELY AND LILTING!"
-- NY Post
"SPRIGHTLY AND INGRATIATING"
--NY Daily News
"A magical musical
produced off-Broadway in the late 1960's. It was a sensation in its
"The show is placed in the same
historical period as Pride and Prejudice, and the romance
contained therein is pure magic. The story all takes place at a
Roadside Inn somewhere off the beaten path between Brighton and London.
The characters are: the Innkeeper and his Wife, a Lady and her Maid, and
a Lord and his Man. The Lady is running from her no-longer-bearable
tawdry existence as the Regent's mistress, her Maid is bemoaning her own
loss of living 'the high life', the Lord is trying to figure if he can
use this chance encounter with the Lady to curry any favor with the
Regent, and the Man has a secret past. All is not as it seems. There are
romantic entanglements made and broken. And... True. Love. Triumphs.
"It's a wonderfully
heartwarming show. Fairly easy to stage. With a musical score (sold
separately) that is "to die for." It's a magical musical miracle that I
heartily recommend to all. (Wouldn't it be nice if we could persuade
someone to film a version for BBC or PBS? Then we could buy the DVD!)"
- Review on
in staged concert presentations
October 1 and 2, 2012
a huge success!
Audiences raved. This was a great event.
Producers are being contacted. New York
theatrical VIPs were invited to see this Special Performance of the
show, which featured some major Broadway names in the cast and the
Now, the follow-ups ensue!
Producers, both those who attended and those who could not, are being
CONTRIBUTIONS to this effort are welcome!
See our REVIVAL PAGE
MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF
is a tale of romance and intrigue set in a country inn in the
England of the early nineteenth century. A sudden accident to a coach and
a gallant rescue brings to this inn four adventurous people—a lovely Lady,
her Maid, Louise, a dashing Lord, and his Man, Charles. The Lady is the
Prince's mistress, all too anxious to run away and leave behind the kind
of life the Lord represents. The Innkeeper and his Wife, eager to
have these guests stay longer, hope that a love affair will