TANGLED WEBBS

An original early 1960's daytime soap opera musical spoof

Book and lyrics by

Gary Brumburgh

Music by

Ron Creager

TANGLED WEBBS is a zany, light-hearted musical spoof of TV’s daytime soap operas back in their heyday of the early 1960s.  Major subplots include everything from acute marriage problems, mistaken identities, near-death operations, substance abuse and long-term amnesia to a murder whodunnit!  Pushed to their irreverent limits, everything but the kitchen sink is thrown in.

 

As the opening company song (“Oh! the Tangled Webs We Weave”) summarizes:

 

OH! THE TANGLED WEBS WE WEAVE

 WHEN FIRST WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE;

 THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE ON THE LOOSE!

 A TOUCH OF GREED, A PINCH OF ENVY

 SPARKS OUR FRAUGHT-FILLED TALE OF FRENZY;

 TROUBLE LIES AHEAD BEFORE THE TRUCE!

 

 TANGLED WEBBS is a period piece set in the innocent 'Camelot' summer year of 1963.  The place is a conservative, fictional town called Willowcrest, located in Anywhere, USA.  The ever-entwining saga centers around the upstanding, much-admired Webb family … their friends, their foes, their fate.  All the subplots are “untangled” by the end, but is it happily EVER after or happily NEVER after?

 

The bold and beautiful (and not-so-bold and beautiful) residents of Willowcrest are loosely based on many of the popular characters we loved to love and hate on such vintage 50’s, 60’s and 70’s series as Love of Life, The Secret Storm, Search for Tomorrow, As the World Turns, The Edge of Night, The Doctors, The Guiding Light, Days of Our Lives, Another World, General Hospital and All My Children. 

*Cast of Characters* (Cast OF 17)

 

REV. JIM WEBB, M.D., D.A. - late 40's, Willowcrest's most upstanding citizen 

MARGARET PRUITT WEBB, late 40's - his perfectly charming wife

SPARROW ROBIN WEBB, 24 - their pert, sunny, but disease-prone daughter

 

* * *

 

(LADY) CREMEHILDE VON PELT, 50's - Willowcrest's society monster

 

VERNON VON PELT, M.D., 50's - her erudite, hen-pecked husband

 

JOEY VON PELT, 25 - their handsome son

* * *

SATYRICA CUTTING, 25, Willowcrest's ruthless troublemaker

 

DR. STEVE BERNS, 25 - Willowcrest's branded hero but loser in life

 

BILLIE DARVON, 28 - Willowcrest's alcoholic lounge singer

* * *

**BLAZE DeMARCO - Willowcrest's resident drugged-out drummer

 

**PETER TURNIPSEED, Willowcrest's deadly Southern surprise

            ** The characters of BLAZE DeMARCO and PETER TURNIPSEED are both portrayed by

                the same actor playing JOEY VON PELT.  

 

-and-

An ENSEMBLE OF EIGHT (at least, of various ages) to play secondary roles (listed below) in addition to chorus singing/dancing roles and various filler townspeople. 

 

Secondary characters are:

 

NURSE CLAIRE CONNOR, head nurse at Willowcrest General

FRAU HELGA LUDWIG, Teutonic Von Pelt housekeeper

MADAME CLARITA, a gypsy fortune teller

JUDGE STRICKLAND, stern Judge of the Superior Court

OFFICERS SEARS and ROEBUCK, Willowcrest policemen 

BAILIFF, of Willowcrest Superior Court 

 

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