Tennis Musical - Christopher Turner
Tennis Ball Wimbledon Lawn Tennis

“TIE BREAK”

Music, Lyrics & Book by CHRIS TURNER
Additional Lyrics by PETER ERVINE KRAUSE & ANTHONY BARLOW

© July 2009 DRAFTIntellectual Property Protected by Copyright
© Registered at “Stationers’ Hall Registry”
Registration Certificate No. B10/1534/40532

‘TIE BREAK’…
… A conventional book musical consisting book, music and lyrics;
Centred on the game of TENNIS;
Set in the late 1970s and into early1980s,
Employing a main cast of 8, Supporting Cast,
and 7 to 10 Piece Band,
Consisting Contemporary Popular Music & Song …

… Exploring ‘Class Distinction’ by exposing Human Nature
in terms of dilemmas such as
RICH verses POOR, and CHEATING verses HONESTY & FAIR PLAY
through
Life in general, and in a Competitive Sporting Environment!

SCENE BREAKDOWN & LYRICS


ACT 1

SCENE 1
GRAND SLAM FINALS DAY CENTRE COURT

Beginning at the end, the story opens with Nick and Ben preparing for their match-deciding tiebreaker in the final set of a Major Grand Slam final. (Or Davis cup?).
Nick & Ben warm up against the background of a recorded interview when we hear that the two men, now aged 18, have been playing each other almost all their lives. As the umpire spins a coin the action freezes as Danny enters!

DANNY’S SOLILOQUY - Followed by
BLACKOUT ON STAGE WHILE SCREEN DISPLAYS RELEVANT EVENTS & DATES IN REVERSE -FLASHING BACK 3 YEARS - AGE 15!


SCENE 2A
SCENE CHANGE – LOCAL TENNIS CLUB

Danny, the Coach, is conducting what appears, at first, to be a disorganized training session with a group of juniors and parents at the local tennis club.
However, the chaos develops into a disciplined and choreographed routine as their movements become the dance (almost a line dance); the sounds of the bouncing, hitting, skipping, etc. become the rhythm; and Danny’s keywords and instructions become the lyrics and melody to the opening production song…
`The Fundamental 5 Jive´

SONG 1
‘THE FUNDAMENTAL 5 JIVE’

(1)
DANNY
YOU’VE GOTTA FEEL THE RHYTHM, YOU’VE GOTTA LET IT FLOW
ALL
DO THE FUNDAMENTAL FIVE IF YOU WANNA STAY ALIVE
DANNY
GOTTA KEEP ON MOVING, THAT’S THE WAY TO GO
ALL
YOU’LL NEVER TAKE A DIVE WITH THE FUNKY FIVE JIVE
DANNY
TURN TO THE SIDE, LIGHT ON YOUR FEET
NOT TOO WIDE, NOW THAT’S REAL NEAT
ALL
IF YOU WANNA SURVIVE … DO THE FUNKY FIVE JIVE

(2)
DANNY
NOW WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL?
ALL
DO THE FUNDAMENTAL FIVE IF YOU WANNA STAY ALIVE
DANNY
THIS ONE’S EASY … YOU MUST WATCH THE BALL
ALL
YOU’LL NEVER TAKE A DIVE WITH THE FUNKY FIVE JIVE
DANNY
NEVER LOOK AWAY TO HIT IT SWEET AND CLEAN
YOU CAN LAST ALL DAY, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN
ALL
IF YOU WANNA SURVIVE DO THE FUNKY FIVE JIVE

(3)
DANNY
LIKE A PREYING CAT, YOU MUST PREPARE TO POUNCE
ALL
DO THE FUNDAMENTAL FIVE IF YOU WANNA STAY ALIVE
DANNY
USE YOUR BODY-WEIGHT, DON´T WASTE AN OUNCE
ALL
YOU’LL NEVER TAKE A DIVE WITH THE FUNKY FIVE JIVE
DANNY
BALANCED TO MOVE IN ANY DIRECTION
HELPS TO MAKE THE RIGHT CONNECTION
ALL
IF YOU WANNA SURVIVE DO THE FUNKY FIVE JIVE

(4)
DANNY
HELLO MY FRIEND, REMEMBER WHAT WE PLANNED
ALL
DO THE FUNDAMENTAL FIVE IF YOU WANNA STAY ALIVE
DANNY
NOW HOLD THE HANDLE LIKE YOU SHOOK MY HAND
ALL
YOU’LL NEVER TAKE A DIVE WITH THE FUNKY FIVE JIVE
DANNY
USE A CHOPPER GRIP FOR YOUR VOLLEY AND SERVE
NOW ADD SOME ZIP TO MAKE IT SWERVE
ALL
IF YOU WANNA SURVIVE DO THE FUNKY FIVE JIVE

(5)
DANNY
TAKE YOUR RACQUET BACK AND SWING RIGHT THROUGH THE BALL
ALL
DO THE FUNDAMENTAL FIVE IF YOU WANNA STAY ALIVE
DANNY
GOTTA THROW THAT SERVE, NOW YOU’RE STANDING TALL
ALL
YOU’LL NEVER TAKE A DIVE WITH THE FUNKY FIVE JIVE
DANNY
WHEN YOU MOVE TO THE NET AND IT COMES TO THE CRUNCH
YOU CAN PLAY YOUR VOLLEY WITH A SHORT SHARP PUNCH
ALL
IF YOU WANNA SURVIVE DO THE FUNKY FIVE JIVE (repeat last line x 2)


On the final beat of the routine, some of the dancers hit & serve soft sponge balls into the audience.


SCENE 2B
All leave except for Nick, Emma, Laura, Danny and Molly! Nick is about to meet Benjamin Potts, a renowned cheat and spoilt brat, in the semi-final of the prestigious County Junior Championships. The outcome of this tournament will be a deciding factor in the County’s Junior Tennis Scholarship Programme, of which both Nick and Ben are candidates. They discuss the impending match. Former lovers, Danny & Molly are bickering, as always! Molly has never forgiven Danny for deserting her!


SCENE 2C
Club members start to arrive wearing outrageously old fashioned tennis gear! Some stretch and warm up pretentiously, while others display their weird and wonderful unorthodox techniques! One smug, arrogant individual, Ben’s father, takes exception to Nick and Emma playing on seniors’ club night. Nick, pretending to be useless, asks Potts if he might give him some tips on how to improve his game! Nick then suggests that they play a friendly set. Inevitably, Nick humiliates the man in front of everyone.
(The on court tennis action is simulated & choreographed).
Emma commentates from the umpire’s chair as she sings the macabre & mocking song- `All Down the Line´
Nick punctuates the end of each verse with the word ‘NOT’ as he plays each winning shot. Potts watches helplessly as the imaginary ball flies past him each time.

SONG 2

‘ALL DOWN THE LINE’

THEY STUMBLE ON THE COURT, WITH NO CONTROL OR GRACE
FUNNY LITTLE MOVES, FUNNY LITTLE FACE
THEY’VE NO SENSE OF RHYTHM, THEY’RE ALL OUT OF TIME
SLIPPING AND SLIDING AND PLAYING IT ALL DOWN THE LINE (Nick shouts NOT)

NEVER RUNNING FAST, ALWAYS MOVING SLOW
LURKING TO DELIVER THAT NEVER-WINNING BLOW
GRIPPING THEIR RACQUETS LIKE BOTTLES OF WINE
SLINKING AND DINKING AND PLAYING IT ALL DOWN THE LINE …(NOT)

UNORTHODOX STYLES AND LUCKY NET CORDS
THEY CLAIM ‘IT’S MINE!’ WHEN THEY MISS ‘IT WAS YOURS!’
THEIR HITS OFF THE HANDLES CREATE AWKWARD ANGLES
THEY TRY TO CONVINCE ARE DELIBERATE
THEY DON’T KNOW THE REASON THEY COME HERE ALL SEASON
IN WINTER THEY ALL SEEM TO HIBERNATE

NEVER TELLING LIES, YET STRAYING FROM THE TRUTH
UNFAIRLY RULING A LINE-CALL DISPUTE
SEARCHING FOR VICTIMS COME RAIN OR COME SHINE
PUSHING AND SHOVING AND PLAYING IT ALL DOWN THE LINE …(NOT)

HURDY GURDY SOUNDING SOLO

THEY MAKE BELIEVE THEY’RE ON THE A.T.P.
THE ROAR OF THE CROWD IS IN SYMPATHY
THEIR CLOTHES ALL DESIGNER TO BE A HEADLINER
THEY DREAM ABOUT TURNING PROFESSIONAL
THEY WANT ON-COURT ENCOUNTERS WITH TV ANNOUNCERS
BAD LANGUAGE IS ALWAYS DISCRETIONAL

THEY TRY TO PUT YOU OFF, THEY LIKE TO PUT YOU DOWN
NEVER SHAKING HANDS, ALWAYS WEAR A FROWN
FROM THE RIDICULOUS TO THE SUBLIME
DUCKING AND DIVING AND PLAYING IT ALL DOWN THE LINE
BOBBING AND WEAVING AND PLAYING IT ALL DOWN THE LINE
CHIPPING AND CHARGING AND PLAYING IT ALL DOWN THE LINE …(NOT)

Potts exits deflated and humiliated to incidental music from “Dance of the Zombies”)

SCENE 3
At the County Junior Championships, Nick plays Ben in the semi–final, (a simulated & choreographed tennis match). Nick expects Ben’s underhandedness as usual. Ben has all the top designer racquets and equipment, whereas Nick uses his father’s old bat and is wearing old school kit. Nick is honest and fair, but Ben has to cheat to win, and takes advantage of the lack of linesman! (At this level of junior tennis, the players would trust each other to call their own lines). Unfortunately, neither Danny or Molly are able to attend the match, but Emma, his girlfriend, and Laura are there to support him as Emma has done since they were children. Ben’s father, Potts, provokes Nick, displaying his own bad sportsmanship, clapping double faults and applauding bad calls…
Ben cheats unbelievably. Emma watches helplessly as a shortsighted umpire, who happens to be a friend of Potts, makes the situation worse. Nick threatens Ben for his cheating and the two have a scuffle on court. Potts interferes. Nick loses heart and the match slips away. He refuses to shake Ben’s hand after the match and the two become archenemies from that moment.
The simulated match commences, dialogue/action/choreography interwoven with the song `Cheat to Win, Don’t Cheat to Win!´ sung by NICK & BEN, (interjections from EMMA, LAURA and BEN’S PARENTS.)

SONG 3
‘CHEAT TO WIN, DON’T CHEAT TO WIN’

NICK (smooth)
I REALLY WANT TO BEAT HIM, I KNOW I HAVE TO WIN
HIS FAMILY’S ALL WATCHING ME, BUT CHEERING FOR HIM
I HAVE NOBODY OUT THERE, MY CHANCE IS VERY SLIM
I’VE ALWAYS PLAYED SO FAIR AND SQUARE … I NEVER CHEAT TO WIN!

BEN frantic
I KNOW I CANNOT BEAT HIM, I CANNOT WIN
I NERVOUSLY WAIT FOR THE MATCH TO BEGIN
WE’VE NOTHING MUCH IN COMMON, WE’VE NOTHING AKIN
YES I KNOW WHAT I CAN DO, I’M GONNA CHEAT TO WIN!

NICK smooth
EVERY GOOD SHOT I PLAY, HE JUST CALLS IT OUT
I MUST KEEP MY SELF-CONTROL, I MUSTN’T SCREAM AND SHOUT
I’LL PLAY HIM AT HIS OWN GAME, THOUGH I KNOW IT’S A SIN
NO, I’D NEVER STOOP SO LOW … I WON’T CHEAT TO WIN

BEN smooth
I WATCHED HIM PLAY BEFOREHAND, IN HIS EARLY ROUND
WINNING SERVES AND PASSING SHOTS, AND VOLLEYS THAT ASTOUND
I’LL JUST KEEP RETRIEVING, HE’S BOUND TO SOON GIVE IN
IF ALL ELSE FAILS I’LL WIND HIM UP, I CAN ALWAYS CHEAT TO WIN!

EMMA frantic
YOU MUST NOT GIVE UP, NOW DON’T DESPAIR
THERE’S A BLIND MAN PERCHED IN THE UMPIRE’S CHAIR

LAURA furious
JUST LOOK AT HIM GLOAT WITH HIS STUPID GRIN
IF THERE’S ANOTHER BAD CALL, I’M GONNA PUNCH HIM ON HIS CHIN!

BEN’S PARENTS smug
OUR DEAR LITTLE BENJY, ISN’T HE SWEET
YOU CANNOT SEE CLEARLY, HE WOULD NEVER CHEAT
DID YOU HEAR THAT DARLING, WHAT SHE JUST SAID
IF SHE SAYS ANY MORE, AIM THE BALL AT HER HEAD!

BEN Winning smooth
NOW I HAVE MY MATCH POINT, NOW THAT I CAN CHOOSE
I’LL PLAY THIS ONE MORE FAIRLY, NOW I CANNOT LOSE
I’LL SHOW THE CROWD I’M HONEST, THAT I WAS FIRM BUT FAIR
THEY’LL BE CHEERING WHEN I LIFT THE TROPHY IN THE AIR

NICK Losing frantic
I’LL NEVER SHAKE HIS HAND AS WE LEAVE THE COURT
I HOPE THEY UNDERSTAND THAT HE’S THE ROTTEN SPORT
HE’S DEALING FROM THE BOTTOM OF A DODGY PACK
I SWEAR ONE DAY I’LL BE PAYING HIM BACK.

NICK smooth
AND WHEN I START REFLECTING, AND WHEN I COUNT THE COST
WHO’S THE ONE THAT REALLY WON, AND WHO’S THE ONE THAT LOST
WE ALL END UP RETURNING, TO WHERE WE FIRST BEGIN
THERE’S NOTHING GAINED IN THIS LIFE, IF YOU HAVE TO CHEAT TO WIN!!!

SCENE 4A
SCENE CHANGE – NICK’S HOUSE

Nick arrives home to find his mum and Danny talking over a cup of tea.
His pleasant surprise at seeing Danny turns to annoyance when he hears that their topic of conversation is about his future. He is obviously angry and upset after his experience of ‘unfair play’! Danny is not surprised to hear about Potts’s and Ben’s exploits. His life-long adversary, Danny knows Potts well: At school they were sporting rivals, and later, unknowns to Nick, both in competition for Molly. Potts has never forgiven Danny for being the victor in all of their competitions. He now relishes the fact that he is now his employer at the Tennis Club. They attempt to console Nick.
Danny & Molly reflect & remember their youth & tennis experiences in the duet ... `Golden Summer Days´


SONG 4
‘GOLDEN SUMMER DAYS’

THE AMBIANCE IS ALL AROUND
YOU CAN FEEL THE HEAT AS IT GENTLY DRIFTS ACROSS THE GROUND
THE SUMMER BREEZE IS FLOATING IN
AS WE LAY WAITING FOR THE MATCH TO BEGIN

DAYS OF INNOCENCE AND TRUTH
THE BIG OLD JUKEBOX PLAYED OUR GOLDEN SONGS OF YOUTH
MY FIRST KISS, MY FIRST SIP OF WINE
WE REMEMBER THAT PERFECT MOMENT IN TIME

ALL HUDDLED CLOSE TOGETHER IN, OUR FRIENDSHIP LINKS
EXCHANGING KNOWING GLANCES AND THEN SWAPPING DRINKS
WATCHING THE WARM-UPS THROUGH THE SUMMER HAZE
JUST TAKING IT EASY ALWAYS, ON THOSE BEAUTIFUL GOLD SUMMER DAYS

WE PLAYED UNTIL THE SUN WENT DOWN
THEN OFF TOGETHER TO OUR FAVOURITE PART OF TOWN
AN OLD-TIME BAR, GET THE LAST DRINK IN
TO RELIVE OUR FIRST BIG TOURNAMENT WIN

THEN SHARING ALL TOGETHER OUR LATE-NIGHT STORIES
SO MANY NEAR MISSES AND TOURNAMENT GLORIES
THE WIMBLEDON FINALS WITH THOSE ENDLESS REPLAYS
JUST TAKING IT EASY ALWAYS, ON THOSE BEAUTIFUL GOLD SUMMER DAYS

THE YEARS PASS BY, MANY SEASONS HAVE GONE
NOW THE BEST THING IN MY/YOUR LIFE IS MY/YOUR OWN SPECIAL SON
WHEN I LOOK AT YOU, AND YOU LOOK AT ME
WE REMEMBER THE WAY THAT IT USED TO BE

THE AMBIANCE IS ALL AROUND
YOU CAN FEEL THE HEAT AS IT GENTLY DRIFTS ACROSS THE GROUND
THE SUMMER BREEZE IS FLOATING IN
AS WE LAY WAITING FOR THE MATCH TO BEGIN
AND WE’LL LAY WAITING FOR YOUR MATCH TO BEGIN
SOON YOU’LL HAVE YOUR FIRST BIG TOURNAMENT WIN

SCENE 4B
In his capacity as an LTA County Senior Official, and also as Club Secretary, Potts calls Nick’s mother to discuss Nick’s tantrum and ‘disgraceful behaviour’ on court at the County Championships the other day! Potts is his usual nasty, pompous and arrogant self! He threatens to suspend Nick’s club membership and to have him banned from tournaments. This would, of course, have an adverse affect on Nick’s impending LTA Scholarship, as this year’s tournament results are an important deciding factor! Danny listens in on the conversation and becomes furious at Potts’s threats. He joins in, and the conversation now becomes three-way. Following a heated argument, Danny slams the phone down! Molly is upset and tries to defend Nick by explaining that he has been trying to balance his tennis and schoolwork, together with his relationship with Emma. She pleads with Potts and tells him that she and Nick desperately need the scholarship money. Following their conversation, she and Danny tell Nick that it is now time for him to consider his volatile attitude on court, and to weigh up his priorities towards his scholarship opportunity, which are tournament results this year, his behaviour on court and his academic achievements!
… He also has Emma to consider… Something or someone has to go …

SCENE 4C
NICK’S BEDROOM

Alone in his bedroom, Nick searches his heart, as he weighs up his priorities and decides which of the three he must neglect in the song… `Breaking all the Rules´

SONG 5
BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES

I PLAYED UPON A LIFESTYLE
MY STORY WILL BE HEARD
BY PEOPLE ALL AROUND ME
MY MISUSED SPOKEN WORD
TO BE THE PERFECT SCHOLAR
SO HARD TO COMPREHEND
A GLADIATOR CENTRE COURT
A LOVER OR A FRIEND

ENDLESS DREAMS APPROACHING
MY IMMORAL POINTS OF VIEW
BUT WHAT’S TO BE DECIDED
WHERE AM I GOING TO?

LIKE GIVING A PRISONER A CHANCE TO BE FREE
LIKE GIVING A BLIND MAN HIS LAST CHANCE TO SEE
MOULDED BY REJECTS SURROUNDED BY FOOLS
SHOULD I STILL DEPEND UPON BREAKING ALL THE RULES

SOMETIMES
SOMETIMES THINGS JUST FLIP RIGHT INSIDE OUT
YES THEY DO

AND THERE SHE STOOD…
HER LOVELINESS LIGHTING UP THE ROOM
AND SOON
SHE KNOWS, SHE KNOWS
SHE STALKS ON TO THE STAGE
IN HER BARELY-THERE CLOTHES
AND WHO KNOWS?
SHE KNOWS, SHE KNOWS

SOMETIMES
SOMETIMES THINGS JUST FLIP RIGHT INSIDE OUT
YES THEY DO

I THINK THAT I AM CHANGING
I HOPE IT’S FOR THE BEST
IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING
FLYING FROM THE NEST
I CANNOT BE THE TRAITOOR THE FOOL ON THE HILL
THE INFINATE CREATOR
WHO PEDDLES THE PILL

ENDLESS DREAMS APPROACHING THESE IMMORAL POINTS OF VIEW
AND AS I MAKE MY EXIT, MY NIGHTMARE STARTS ANEW

LIKE GIVING A PRISONER A CHANCE TO BE FREE
LIKE GIVING A BLIND MAN HIS LAST CHANCE TO SEE
MOULDED BY REJECTS SURROUNDED BY FOOLS
BUT I STILL DEPEND UPON BREAKING ALL THE RULES

SCENE 5
SCENE CHANGE
HIGH STREET SHOP

Emma and Laura discuss Emma’s and Nick’s ‘up and down’ relationship, and the fact that Nick recently told Emma that he wanted to have a break for a while, at least until after his exams! Emma is heartbroken at the prospect of losing Nick! They are in a boutique looking for a new sexy red dress for Emma to wear at the Tennis Club Dance on Saturday, in her attempt to win him back. Both sing … ‘Little Red Dress’

LITTLE RED DRESS.

LAURA
Come on now Emma, we’re in the main street,
Let’s find the right dress, to make Nick's heart beat
Just look in here now, there’s something unique
Which’ll get ‘em all looking, in the tennis set clique.

EMMA
Oh Laura I miss him, I just want him back,
Are you sure all I need’s the right dress off the rack?
It can't be that simple, he’s a boy after all
With so much more interest in chasing a ball.

L) Now Emma, stop doubting and listen to me
I have much more experience, you just wait and see
How about this one, to put him off his stroke
I know why you're grinning, but this isn't a joke.

E) Hey Laura, check these out, nice yellows and blues
Look, they've got my size in, but I'll need matching shoes
L) Emma get with it, he's not that kind of feller
Oh Jesus, you're crazy … (No one wears) YELLER?

(L) The colour’s the secret; we'll find the right shade
Don't think about green, that won't come to your aid
WHAT … indigo, orange and purple, I doubt,
We've done most of the rainbow, what have you left out?

(E) Well. this black one’s so formal, I can't see myself in it
(L) I'm right there with you, it’s no laugh a minute.
(E) How about this one, in virginal white?
(L) You’ve gotta be joking, that one looks SHITE!

(L) You're crazy, you bitch, are you winding me up?
This red dress is perfect for geeing him UP!
(E) Oh no, it's not me, I'm not fiery or hot
(L) We don't want what you are; we need what you are not!

(L) This red one’s so sexy, it's steamy and raucous
Now go try it on and stop being so cautious,
‘The lady in Scarlet’, the message is certain,
Nick's bound to see cherries, and bound to come flirtin’.

SCENE 6
SCENE CHANGE

Split Stage Right – Clubhouse Bar; Split Stage Left – Potts’s Office

Scene 6A
SPLIT STAGE RIGHT
CLUBHOUSE BAR - Club Dance
(Full cast on stage)

At The Club Dance, the open hostilities between Ben and Nick are still obvious. Following a small presentation of trophies, etc, Nick is informed that, because of his excellent exam results, together with his successful tournament year, he is now almost certain of scholarship success!
To Nick’s surprise, Ben announces that he, too, has been short listed in the run up to the Scholarship results!
Potts is in his office, (Stage left).
Mrs Potts is flirting with Danny (both tipsy!)
Danny has had a little too much to drink and attempts to make a speech.
After congratulating Nick, Danny reminisces and sings about his former glory days …
`The Next New Kid In Town´ …

SONG 7

‘NEXT NEW KID IN TOWN’

DANNY
WHEN I WAS A KID I USED TO GO DOWN TO THE COURTS EVERY SINGLE DAY
SPEND MY TIME HANGING AROUND WATCHING ALL MY LOCAL HEROES PLAY
THERE THEY’D STAND SO STRONG AND TALL
CONQUERED THE WORLD WITH A BAT AND BALL
THEN I’D COME BACK WHEN THEY’D ALL GONE AWAY
TRY TO COPY ALL THE MOVES THAT I HAD SEEN THAT DAY
I’D PLAY ALL NIGHT UNTIL THE SUN WENT DOWN
SWEARING ONE DAY I’D BE ……… THE NEXT NEW KID IN TOWN

I FOUND ME A COACH, I TOLD HIM MY HOPES, HE SAID ‘YOU’VE GOT THE SPIRIT SON
YOU DON’T SEEM LIKE THE OTHER DOPES, SO SURE I THINK I’LL TAKE YOU ON
YOU’VE GOTTA TRAIN EVERY SINGLE DAY
GO THROUGH THE PAIN I CAN SHOW YOU THE WAY
AND THEN WE’LL PLAN JUST WHAT TO PUT YOU THROUGH
TO SEE IF WE CAN MAKE A WINNING PLAYER OUT OF YOU’
SO WE PLAYED EACH NIGHT UNTIL THE SUN WENT DOWN
HE SAID ‘ ONE DAY YOU’RE GONNA BE ……… THE NEXT NEW KID IN TOWN’

NOW THE YEARS HAVE COME & THE YEARS HAVE GONE AS I LOOK BACK ON MY STORY.
MY DEFEATS AND WINS, MY INNOCENT SINS, THOSE SUMMER DAYS OF GLORY
NOW I’M BACK IN MY OLD HOME TOWN
I KEEP MY FEET RIGHT ON THE GROUND
I’M LOOKING AND I’M SEARCHING ALL AROUND
IT SEEMS AT LAST I THINK I MIGHT HAVE FINALLY FOUND
ONE WHO PLAYS UNTIL THE SUN GOES DOWN
NOW YOU’RE THE ONE WHO’LL BE ……… THE NEXT NEW KID IN TOWN

Scene 6B
POTTS’S OFFICE & CLUBHOUSE BAR

Potts notices his wife flirting with Danny and the fact that she is a bit tipsy. He grabs her by the arm and takes her into his office. They have a big row, and she threatens to tell everyone about his nasty schemes! She has the last say and goes back into the Bar and party to join the others and sings the song ‘Call me Any Time’

SONG 8
‘CALL ME ANY TIME’

A Raunchy Bluesy Song for MRS POTTS, portraying her DISLIKE and CONTEMPT for her husband, and her FLIRTATIOUS MANNER with other men, especially DANNY!
(Possibly in the style of ‘Big Spender’?)

SCENE 6C
SPLIT STAGE RIGHT – CLUBHOUSE BAR

Emma and Laura enter, Emma looking gorgeous in her new red dress! All head’s turn to Emma, who is coy and shy, but Laura is the one brazenly lapping up the attention! After some dialogue, the Cast freezes except for Emma, Molly, Laura & Mrs. Potts. Each girl/lady wears a colourful frock underneath their clothes! The frocks are shown only as each character rips off their top clothes, as they stand to sing their verse!

SONG 9

‘AFTER ALL THIS TIME’
(Emma, Molly, Laura & Mrs Potts)

EMMA
(To Nick - Softly)
I THINK THAT I LOVE HIM
ATER ALL THIS TIME
I THINK THAT I WANT HIM
AND THE FEELING’S FINE
I DON’T KNOW WHAT I CAN DO NOW TO MAKE HIM SEE
HE’S TRYING HARD NOT TO LOOK MY WAY
I’M KINDA HOPING THIS EVENING THAT HE WILL MAKE HIS PLAY
AFTER ALL THIS TIME

MOLLY
(To Danny - Slightly Stronger)
I THINK I FORGIVE HIM
AFTER ALL THIS TIME
BUT WILL HE STILL LOVE ME
‘CAUSE I WANT HIM TO BE MINE
I DON’T KNOW WHAT IN THE WORLD I SHOULD SAY TO HIM
HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY TO ME
I’M KINDA TIRED OF WONDERING IF WE WERE EVER MEANT TO BE
AFTER ALL THIS TIME

BRIDGE 1
(Strong/Loud)
(EMMA, MOLLY, MRS POTTS & LAURA Together in Counterpoint & Harmony)
(Together) AFTER ALL THIS TIME
(E) NOW THE FEELING’S FINE
(Mrs Potts & Laura) AFTER ALL THIS TIME
(M) WILL HE STILL BE MINE
(Mrs Potts & Laura) AFTER ALL THIS TIME …
(Together) AFTER ALL THIS TIME

MRS POTTS
(To Mr. Potts - Louder, Raunchier)
I THINK THAT I HATE HIM
AFTER ALL THIS TIME
(She looks longingly and points at Danny}
I’D MUCH RATHER DATE HIM
JUST TAKE A LOOK AT HIS BEHIND
(To Potts)
I’LL NEVER KNOW WHY ON EARTH THAT I MARRIED YOU
I’M SICK AND TIRED OF YOUR DIRTY DEEDS
SOMEONE BIGGER AND BETTER WOULD HELP FULFILL MY NEEDS
(To Danny, Longingly)
CALL ME ANY TIME

LAURA
(Louder, Raunchier, Comical)
I’M NOT REALLY FUSSY
AFTER ALL THIS TIME
I KNOW I’M A HUSSY
AND I CAN SHOW YOU A REAL GOOD TIME
I DON’T KNOW HOW TO SAY ‘NO’, ANY MAN WILL DO
I DON’T CARE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE MIGHT SAY
IT’S ONLY NATURAL, AND GREAT EXERCISE, AT THE END OF THE DAY
I’LL SHOW YOU A GOOD TIME

BRIDGE 2
(Strong/Loud)
(EMMA, MOLLY, MRS POTTS & LAURA Together in Counterpoint & Harmony)
(Together) AFTER ALL THIS TIME
(Mrs P) CALL ME ANY TIME
(Emma & Molly) AFTER ALL THIS TIME
(Laura) I’LL SHOW YOU A GOOD TIME
(Mrs Potts & Molly) AFTER ALL THIS TIME
(E) NOW THE FEELING’S FINE
(Mrs Potts & Laura) AFTER ALL THIS TIME
(M) WILL HE STILL BE MINE
(Mrs Potts & Laura) AFTER ALL THIS TIME …
(Together) AFTER ALL THIS TIME

SCENE 6D
SPLIT STAGE LEFT - PIPE’S OFFICE

Meanwhile, Potts is in his office talking on the telephone. His discussion is about his plans to scupper Nick’s Scholarship chances, and to sabotage Danny’s coaching position at the club by setting Danny up, and accuse him of stealing funds put aside for junior development! Danny, on his way outside for a breath of fresh air, overhears Potts’s conversation! Worst for drink he enters Potts’s office to challenge him! Potts denies everything! After some angry exchanges, Potts admits his plots and schemes to Danny, mockingly challenging Danny to prove them? They almost come to blows, but Danny realizes that he can’t prove any of Potts’s scheming!
A cliffhanger ending to Act One with the two of them singing a counterpoint duet…
Potts & Danny Sing `I’m Gonna Finish You´ …

Song 10
I'M GONNA FINISH YOU’ ‘

(Potts) THE CLUB, THE TIE, THE STIFF UPPER LIP
I'M THE CAPTAIN HERE, AND WILL DIRECT THIS SHIP
WITH MY SWEAT PRESSED WHITES AND MY BOOK OF RULES
I SHALL NOT COUNTENANCE (Tolerate) UPSTART FOOLS
YOU DO NOT FIT WITHIN MY SCHEMES
WITH YOUR MODERN METHODS AND YOUR FUTILE DREAMS
PROMOTING YOUTHFUL PARTICIPATION
IS A WASTE OF TIME AND CONCENTRATION
YOU'VE SERVED YOUR TIME, YOU'RE NEARLY THROUGH
I'M DAMNED WELL GOING TO FINISH YOU!

(Danny) I'VE SEEN YOUR TYPECAST, COME AND GO
BUT NEVER ALLOWED THEM TO STEAL MY SHOW
THERE ARE LINES THAT SHALL NOT BE TRANSGRESSED
FOR MY JUNIOR PLAYERS, WHO DESERVE THE BEST
YOU MAY WELL HAVE YOUR SHORT-LIVED DREAMS
BUT I SEE THROUGH YOUR SNIDELY SCHEMES
WITH YOUR BOOK OF RULES AND YOUR SWEAT PRESSED WHITES
YOU’RE A DINOSAUR, YOU’RE A PARASITE!
YOU'VE DONE YOUR WORST, AND NOW YOU’RE THROUGH
I'M DAMNED WELL GONNA FINISH YOU!

(Pipe) YOUR ATTITUDE LEAVES MUCH TO BE DESIRED
I'LL HAVE MY WAY AND SEE YOU FIRED
(Danny) THOSE MISGUIDED VIRTUES THAT YOU MENTION
JUST HELP TO EASE MY RACQUETS TENSION
(Pipe) ‘NEW KID IN TOWN?’ … DON’T MAKE ME LAUGH
THEY’LL NEVER SEEK NICK’S AUTOGRAPH
(Danny) COMPARED WITH BEN, YOU’RE JOB IS DONE
HE’S A CHEAT, A LIAR, HIS FATHER’S SON
(Danny) I’VE FOUND YOU OUT,
(Potts) I’LL SEE YOU THROUGH,
(Together) I'M DAMNED WELL GONNA FINISH YOU!

SCENE 6E
SPLIT STAGE LEFT – CLUBHOUSE BAR

Emma, Molly, etc reprise last chorus of … ‘After All This Time’´

END ACT I


ACT II

SCENE 1

SONG 11
“TIE-BREAKER”

ENSEMBLE – CHOREOGRAPHED ACTION

VOCAL GROUP 1
TIEBREAKER, TIEBREAKER, TOO CLOSE TO CALL
TIEBREAKER, TIEBREAKER, COUNT EVERY BALL
WHO DO YOU THINK WILL COME OUT ON TOP
WHICH PLAYER WILL WIN AND WHICH PLAYER WILL FLOP

SERVE UP A QUESTION, REPLY WITH AN ANSWER
NO ROOM FOR ERRORS, SO DON’T BE A CHANCER
THE RIVER OF FORTUNE WILL TAKE YOU SO FAR
GO GET SOME GLORY, SHINE LIKE A STAR

TIEBREAKER, TIEBREAKER, TOO CLOSE TO CALL
TIEBREAKER, TIEBREAKER, COUNT EVERY BALL
OPEN YOUR LUNGS, OPEN YOUR HEART
NO HESITATION, GET IN FROM THE START
VOCAL GROUP 2
YOU NEED THE PERFECT TOUCH, YOU NEED THE PERFECT TIME
YOU´VE GOTTA MOVE ACROSS THE COURT TO PLAY IT DOWN THE LINE
YOU NEED NERVES OF STEEL, YOU´VE GOTTA CLEAR YOUR MIND
ARE YOU THE LOSING TYPE, OR THE WINNING KIND

TIEBREAKER, TIEBREAKER, TOO CLOSE TO CALL
TIEBREAKER, TIEBREAKER, COUNT EVERY BALL
CLASH OF THE TITANS, THE BULLDOG BREED
WHO GETS A WILD CARD, WHO’S THE TOP SEED

IT’S ALL ABOUT RHYTHM, IT’S ALL ABOUT PACE
PRECISION AND TIMING, SO CUT TO THE CHASE
YOU´VE GOTTA RISE UP, WHENEVER YOU FALL
NO ROOM FOR QUITTERS, SO CHASE EVERY BALL

TIEBREAKER, TIEBREAKER, TOO CLOSE TO CALL
TIEBREAKER, TIEBREAKER, COUNT EVERY BALL
YOU’RE GONNA MOVE, SHAKE ‘TILL YOU DROP
WE’RE GONNA TAKE YOU TO THAT ROOM AT THE TOP

ALL
Staccato … Almost Whispered …
TIEBREAKER, TIEBREAKER, TOO CLOSE TO CALL
TIEBREAKER, TIEBREAKER, COUNT EVERY BALL
CLASH OF THE TITANS, THE BULLDOG BREED
WHO GETS A WILD CARD, WHO’S THE TOP SEED

Sung Normally…
IT’S ALL ABOUT RHYTHM, IT’S ALL ABOUT PACE
PRECISION AND TIMING, SO CUT TO THE CHASE
YOU´VE GOTTA RISE UP, WHENEVER YOU FALL
NO ROOM FOR QUITTERS, SO CHASE EVERY BALL

TIEBREAKER, TIEBREAKER, TOO CLOSE TO CALL
TIEBREAKER, TIEBREAKER, COUNT EVERY BALL

Flash Forward 3 years to start of Grand Slam Tournament – Age 18


SCENE 2
MAJOR GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT – PRACTICE COURTS

Moving the action forward three years, we join the 4 legends - McEnroe, Borg, Connors & Nastase on the practice courts at the start of a major Grand Slam Tournament. (?Wimbledon, US Open or Australian Open?)
(This scene provides an opportunity for a display of trick shots, etc!)
Nick has also been accepted into the tournament as a wild card. He looks on in awe as the four legends practice and demonstrate not only their shots and expertise, but also their own idiosyncrasies and catch phrases. These ‘catch-phrases’ evolve into a comedy song, (soft-shoe), as they attempt to convince each other that their methods and techniques are the best…`Performance Factor 4´
(NB: When tennis coaches reach the intermediate stage of their educational process, they may work with developing junior performance players. They concentrate more on the physical, mental, technical and tactical requirements of tennis. These are known as the ‘The 4 Performance Factors’!).

McENROE
You cannot be serious!… There was chalk dust!… The ball was in!
I don’t know, Jimmy, I can’t seem to get the hang of it today!
You cannot be serious!… There was chalk dust!… The ball was in!
The words just don’t seem to roll off my tongue like they used to!

CONNORS
AAAARGH!… I know what you mean John… AAAARGH!… I’m having the same
problem with my grunt… AAAARGH!… What do you think, Bjorn?

Borg doesn’t respond, but stops practicing his service action for a moment and looks at Connors, and then the audience, with his typical deadpan non-emotional expression.

CONNORS
What about you, Illie?

NASTASE
No,no,no… call me Mr Nastase!…no,no!

CONNORS
I’ve had enough of this. I’m gonna take five. Hey, John, remember that phrase Gonzalez used to use when he was coaching you? Something about the four factors?

McENROE
Oh, yeah, that’s right. Pancho and his four performance factors, eh! Physical, technical, tactical and mental. If you’d had that drummed into you as much as I did you wouldn’t ever forget it! How’s it go? Yeah.…Yhat’s it …


SONG NO 12

‘THE PERFORMANCE FACTOR 4’

McENROE
YOU NEED A …
PHYSICAL, PRACTICAL,
MENTALLY, TACTICAL,
BALANCED CO-ORDINATE CHAIN
A TECHNICALLY NATURAL,
PERFORMANCE 4 FACTUAL,
BIOMECHANICAL GAME
IF THERE WAS DOUBT … THEY’D CALL IT OUT
BUT I’D WANNA WIN … YELL ‘THE BALL WAS IN !’
AND I’D ALWAYS TRUST … ‘THERE WAS CHALK DUST’

ALL
DON’T GET DELIRIOUS!

MCENROE
YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!

NASTASE
Yeah, yeah, yeah… I mean no, no, no… Hey, Bjorn, mental ability… we both know what that’s all about don’t we, hey?
Borg has same reaction as earlier… deadpan, non-emotional expression.

NASTASE
Come on, Bjorn… remember Wimbledon ‘76? I hate to admit it, but that’s when you beat me……pure mental toughness. Bjorn, say something… anything… please.

BORG
YOU NEED A …
PHYSICAL, PRACTICAL,
MENTALLY, TACTICAL,
BALANCED CO-ORDINATE CHAIN
A TECHNICALLY NATURAL,
PERFORMANCE 4 FACTUAL,
BIOMECHANICAL GAME

IF THERE WAS DOUBT … I’D NEVER SHOUT
WHEN I CAME TO HARM … I’D REMAIN QUITE CALM
LOTS OF TOP-SPIN … AND A BRISTLY CHIN
WHEN I LOST MY SERVE … I QUIETLY FOUND MY NERVE

CONNORS
Okay, Okay mental toughness is important, I agree, but what about technical ability? That’s just as important! I mean, look at you, Illie… you’ve got one of the most natural techniques in the game!
McENROE
Perfect touch, all those trick shots…

CONNORS
It’s like you’re holding a wand in your hand, not a racket. Whereas me, on the other hand, I play the power game. You all know my motto…

McENROE & NASTASE TOGETHER
If there’s lines on the court,
Hit them!’

CONNORS
YOU NEED A …
PHYSICAL, PRACTICAL,
MENTALLY, TACTICAL,
BALANCED CO-ORDINATE CHAIN
A TECHNICALLY NATURAL,
PERFORMANCE 4 FACTUAL,
BIOMECHANICAL GAME

IF THERE WAS DOUBT … I’D TAKE ‘EM OUT
I NEVER MISSED … WITH MY DOUBLE FIST
I’D HIT THE LINE … ALMOST EVERY TIME
THEN I’D PULL A STUNT … AND LOUDLY GRUNT…AAAARGH

McENROE
All I can say is that I learn from the best. Mr Nastase over there has taught me everything I need to know about psyching out my opponent

CONNORS
That’s right! If all else fails, throw a tantrum and put them off!

NASTASE
Well, thank you both. But I’m not all bad. People like coming to watch me play… at least they’re entertained. I’m the biggest crowd puller in the game!

NASTASE
YOU NEED A …
PHYSICAL, PRACTICAL,
MENTALLY, TACTICAL,
BALANCED CO-ORDINATE CHAIN
A TECHNICALLY NATURAL,
PERFORMANCE 4 FACTUAL,
BIOMECHANICAL GAME

IF THERE WAS DOUBT … I’D LARK ABOUT
WITH LOTS OF CHARM … THERE’D BE NO ALARM
BUT WHEN IN DANGER … THEN I COULD CHANGE(ER)
THEY’D CALL ME NASTY…I’D SAY NO, NO, NO… CALL ME MR NASTY…NO, NO!’

ALL (REPEAT CHORUS)

SCENE 3 - SCENE CHANGE
SPLIT STAGE RIGHT – CHANGING ROOMS; SPLIT STAGE LEFT – POTTS’S OFFICE

SCENE 3A
SPLIT STAGE RIGHT - CHANGING ROOMS BEFORE MATCH

Nick has drawn one of the Fab 4, (probably McEnroe), in the first round of the tournament! In their Locker room, the 18 year old newcomer, and the vastly experienced veteran prepare themselves nervously. The battle about to take place is considered to be a David and Goliath clash. On the right is Nick, hungry and ambitious, confidant although he was a wild card entry. On the left is a tennis legend, apprehensive, nervous, and reflecting on his career. The two players are about to face each other on centre court! They express their inner feelings in the duet… `Showdown Time´.

SONG NO 13
‘SHOWDOWN TIME’

VERSE 1 - NICK
I SIT ALONE IN MY DRESSING ROOM
THE WELL-WISHERS HAVE ALL GONE
I’M WAITING FOR … A KNOCK ON THE DOOR
AND A VOICE TELLING ME THAT IT’S TIME TO GO ON
ALL ACROSS THE TOWN, ‘NEATH THE NEON LIGHTS
THE PICTURES AND POSTERS SHINE
TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT I’VE WAITED FOR
TONIGHT IT’S SHOWDOWN TIME

VERSE 2 - OPPONENT
HE’S YOUNG AND DUMB AND HE WILL SUCCUMB
TO MY TREACHEROUS OLD AGE
GONNA PLAY ABOVE THOSE SCENES OF LOVE
GONNA PLAY OUT ALL MY RAGE
OUTSIDE THE GATE, THEY SEAL MY FATE
THE FANS ALL STAND IN LINE
WAITING FOR ME TO PERFORM
WAITING FOR SHOWDOWN TIME

BRIDGE - TOGETHER
AND NOW THE TIME APPROACHES
NO LONGER IN SUSPENSE
LIGHTS, CAMERAS, ACTION
THE BATTLE WILL COMMENCE

VERSE 4 - NICK
I MUSTN’T LET HIM PSYCHE ME OUT
I’LL KEEP HIM ON THE MOVE
OPPONENT
I‘LL TRY TO MAKE HIM SCREAM AND SHOUT
THE CROWD WILL DISAPPROVE
NICK
MY TIME IS NEAR
OPPONENT
I SENSE HIS FEAR
TOGETHER
I GIVE THE VICTORY SIGN
I KNOW YOU’RE SOMEWHERE OUT THERE
ARE YOU READY FOR SHOWDOWN TIME?

SCENE 3B
SPLIT STAGE LEFT – EMMA’S BEDROOM

Emma and Laura are in Emma’s bedroom having a girly heart to heart chat! They discuss Emma’s and Nick’s on/off relationship for the past 3 years, and the fact that Emma still loves him and wants to get back together… for real this time! Emma feels guilty because she hasn’t gone to support Nick in the most important match of his life, because she is sulking with him! However, the radio is playing in the background and they are waiting to hear the result on the local news. Emma is pretending that she isn’t really interested, although secretly, she is of course! Suddenly, they overhear that Nick has beaten the Tennis Legend!
Emma & Laura sing … ‘Standing In The Wings’

SONG 14
‘STANDING IN THE WINGS’

EMMA
EVERY DAY…(echoed in harmony)…I STOOD BESIDE THAT PRACTICE COURT
WATCHING HIM PLAY……AND HELPING HIM AS HE WAS TAUGHT
HAPPY TO STAY……SHARING ALL THAT TRUE LOVE BRINGS
SO HOW COME TODAY…HE LEFT ME THERE JUST STANDING IN THE WINGS

LAURA
HUSH NOW BABY, DRY YOUR EYES…SOME BOYS JUST DON’T KNOW
WHAT THEY HAVE UNTIL IT FLIES AWAY FROM THEM, AND SO…
THEY’RE SHALLOW AND THEY’RE FICKLE, THEY’RE ALWAYS WONDERING
WHY NO ONE’S WAITING FOR THEM, STANDING IN THEIR WINGS

EMMA
I THOUGHT SOME DAY……WE’D SETTLE DOWN TO LIVE OUR LIFE
I HOPED THAT SOME WAY……WE’D BUILD OUR HOME, I’D BE HIS WIFE
BUT NOW HE SAYS……HE’S MOVING ON TO BETTER THINGS
THAT’S WHY TODAY… HE LEFT ME THERE JUST STANDING IN THE WINGS

LAURA
YOU SAID THAT HE WAS CHANGING…THAT LIFE WAS THERE TO LIVE
YOU SAID YOU WANTED EVERYTHING… MUCH MORE THAN HE COULD GIVE
HE WON’T PICK UP THE PHONE NOW…HOWEVER LONG IT RINGS
HOW CAN HE JUST LEAVE YOU HERE, STANDING IN THE WINGS

EMMA
I´LL TRY TO FORGET…… I’M SURE I’LL FIND SOMEBODY NEW
I FEEL SO UPSET……BUT LIFE GOES ON, I’ll SEE IT THROUGH
I HAVE NO REGRET……I´M MOVING ON TO BETTER THINGS
I´LL NEVER LET……HIM LEAVE ME HERE JUST STANDING IN THE WINGS
I’LL NEVER LET……HIM LEAVE ME HERE STILL STANDING IN THE…
(LAURA): STANDING IN THE…
(TOGETHER): STANDING IN THE WINGS

SCENE 3C
SPLIT STAGE RIGHT - CHANGING ROOMS AFTER MATCH

Tennis groupies, who have now become his fans, mob Nick in this his first taste of fame. Escaping back into the changing rooms, he comes face to face with the Legend he has just defeated. The atmosphere is eased by the arrival of Danny, who has come to congratulate his protégé. Sensing the awkwardness, he becomes nervous and makes an excuse to leave. He tries 3 different doors… all locked! He panics and thinks they’ve been locked in together, only to realize he was trying the locker doors. He then attempts to make an exit… but into the broom cupboard where he waits for 10 seconds, comes back out with a broom, sweeps up a little, muttering words to the effect … ``I have to do everything around here´´! The Legend finally comes round to congratulating Nick! Proud of his protégé, Danny becomes excited and talks about the fact that Nick is an instant star and the new ‘People’s Hero’! He, Nick and the Legend talk about the prospect of fame fortune & sponsorships, etc! The Legend warns Nick about ‘Hangers On’, etc, and unscrupulous SPORTS AGENTS! He tells them that he, in fact, has become a Sports Agent and sings -`Sign On The Dotted Line´

SONG NO 15
‘SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE…’

THE CITY SLICKER DEALS AND STEALS
IN ALL THAT’S BOUGHT AND SOLD
HE RUNS AROUND HIS BUSINESS WHEELS
HE WEARS HIS CHAINS OF GOLD
EVERYBODY HAS THEIR PRICE
THERE’S NOTHING HE CAN’T BUY
HE’LL GET YOU FAME AND FORTUNE
AND A PRIVATE PLANE TO FLY
AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO, MY FRIEND
TO MAKE YOUR LIFE DIVINE
IS LET HIM STEAL YOUR VERY SOUL
SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE

HE’LL PROSTITUTE YOUR TALENT, BUT…
YOU WON’T BE SELLING OUT
DO YOU WANT TO BE A MILLIONAIRE
OR JUST ANOTHER DOWN AND OUT
YOU KNOW THAT FAME IS FLEETING
AND YOU CAN’T FOREVER PLAY
WHEN YOU TAKE THAT FINAL BEATING
SOMEONE ELSE WILL RULE THE DAY
AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO MY FRIEND
TO MAKE YOUR LIFE DIVINE
IS PUT YOUR TRUST IN ME, GO ON
SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE

I’LL PUT YOUR NAME ON EVERYTHING
FROM TENNIS SHOES TO JEANS
YOU’LL BE THE FACE IN ALL THE WORLD
OF BIG-TIME MONEY DREAMS
THE IDOL OF THIS SPORTING LIFE
THE PEOPLE WILL ADORE
WITH INTERVIEWS ON TV SHOWS
THE CROWD CALLS OUT FOR MORE
AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO, MY FRIEND
TO MAKE YOUR LIFE DIVINE
IS EVERYTHING I TELL YOU TO
SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE

SCENE 4A
SCENE CHANGE - CLUBHOUSE

Scene portraying Emma and Nick getting back together again, and their new found maturity! Also portrays Ben’s improving attitude & character, and his growing rebellion towards his father and his father’s underhandedness, and establishes his new found friendship and admiration for Nick!
Ben and Laura get together! The four renewed friends sing … ‘Forgive and Forget’

SONG 16
‘FORGIVE AND FORGET’

NICK
IT’S NOT EASY TO PRESUME
WHILE PEACEFULLY IN ONE’S ROOM
THAT ACTS COMMITTED PAST AND PRESENT
WERE MEANT TO BE EVIL OR BASICALLY PLEASANT
WE MAKE MISTAKES ALONG THE WAY
NOT MEANT TO DISTURB ANOTHER’S DAY
AND THE ONLY WAY TO LET IT SET
IS TRULY TO FORGIVE AND FORGET

EMMA
FRIENDSHIPS FORGED ALONG THE YEARS
FREQUENTLY END IN TEARS
DESPITE THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SAID
ACTS PERPETRATED ARE NOW DEAD
BUT SOMETIMES WHEN THE SPIRITS CLASH
WE LOSE OUR KINDRED IN A FLASH
AND THE ONLY WAY TO LET IT SET
IS TRULY TO FORGIVE AND FORGET

TOGETHER
LOOKIN’ FORWARD TO THE FUTURE
WE’RE GONNA BE …FORGETTIN’ THE PAST

BEN
IT TAKES A KICK RIGHT IN THE TEETH
TO FIND OUT WHAT’S UNDERNEATH
THERE’S A LIGHT INSIDE US ALL THE TIME
LET’S OPEN UP AND LET IT SHINE
WE’RE TOO SOON OLD AND TOO LATE WISE
BUT FINALLY WE REALISE
THAT THE ONLY WAY TO LET IT SET
IS TRULY TO FORGIVE AND FORGET

TOGETHER
LOOKIN’ FORWARD TO THE FUTURE
WE’RE GONNA BE …FORGETTIN’ THE PAST

LAURA
THERE’S NO BETTER TIME TO CALL
FOR PEACE TO ONE AND ALL
THIS SIMPLE FACT JUST GOES TO PROVE
EVENTUALLY WE MUST REMOVE
THE BOUNDARIES OF OUR PREJUDICE
IF I’M ON THAT SIDE, YOU’RE ON THIS
AND THE ONLY WAY TO LET IT SET
IS TRULY TO FORGIVE AND FORGET

SCENE 4B
CLUBHOUSE

A romantic scene in which Danny tells Molly that he has always loved her. He wants to marry her and take care of her. He also wants to become Nick’s full time coach and manager and travel the international circuit with him. Molly reciprocates positively, and tells Danny that Nick is actually his son!
Danny and Molly sing the romantic duet… `I’ll Love you Once Again’

SONG 17
‘I’LL LOVE YOU ONCE AGAIN’

DANNY
REMEMBER HOW WE TALKED ABOUT THOSE SUMMER DAYS OF GOLD
WHEN WE WERE YOUNG WE FELL IN LOVE, TOGETHER WE’D GROW OLD
REMEMBER OUR FIRST MEETING, HOW IT ALL BEGAN
YOU WALKED ONTO THE DANCEFLOOR, SAW THE CHILD INSIDE THE MAN
TIMES MAY CHANGE BUT YOU AND I WILL ALWAYS BE THE SAME
AND I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED YOU, I’LL LOVE YOU ONCE AGAIN
I WILL LOVE YOU ONCE AGAIN
YES, I WILL LOVE YOU ONCE AGAIN

MOLLY
REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE ME LAUGH OVER NOTHING MUCH AT ALL
WHEN YOU REACHED OUT AND CAUGHT ME WHEN I WAS GOING TO FALL
I LOVED YOU WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG, WITH ME YOU WOULD UNFOLD
I WOULD HAVE LOVED YOU EVER MORE AS TOGETHER WE’D GROW OLD
PLEASE LIGHT THE LIGHT INSIDE ME, PLEASE TAKE AWAY MY PAIN
´CAUSE I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED YOU, AND LOVE YOU ONCE AGAIN
I WILL LOVE YOU ONCE AGAIN
YES, I WILL LOVE YOU ONCE AGAIN

TOGETHER
(M) THERE’S SOMEONE THAT REMINDS ME OF THE OUTLINE OF YOUR FACE
HE SHARES YOUR VERY HEART AND SOUL, YOUR BEAUTY AND YOUR GRACE
(D) NO MATTER WHAT THIS WORLD MAY BRING, KNOCKING AT MY DOOR
I KNOW YOU’LL BE BESIDE ME, TOGETHER EVERMORE
(M) IN HONOUR OF YOUR MEMORY, IN HONOUR OF YOUR NAME
I’LL TELL YOU OF MY SECRET, THAT YOU WERE BORN AGAIN
(BOTH) I WILL LOVE YOU ONCE AGAIN
YES, I WILL LOVE YOU ONCE AGAIN


SCENE 4C
CLUBHOUSE

Potts & Ben enter! …. Suitcases packed, Potts has to leave quickly – ‘bit of a problem with the police … nothing to worry about’! He has to lie low for a while because they want to question him about the club’s funds! He fears that his embezzlement is about to be discovered. …¨Don’t worry son – it’ll all get sorted! Now remember Ben, do whatever it takes … cheat them and beat them!” Ben sees his father for what he really is for the first time in his life! He stands up to him and challenges his father’s unscrupulousness!
Danny & Nick, Ben & Potts sing … `Into The Zone´

SONG 18
‘INTO THE ZONE’


DANNY
WHEN YOU MISS THAT SHOT, AND YOU CURSE THE AIR
THEN YOU HURL ABUSE, AT THE UMPIRE’S CHAIR
YOU CAN SEE THE CROWD, AND YOU CAN HEAR THEM GROAN
WHAT YA GONNA DO BOY, ‘BOUT GETTING INTO THE ZONE

NICK
I’VE GOTTA SEARCH MY SOUL, I’VE GOTTA FEEL THE PAIN
CONCENTRATE AND FOCUS, TO PLAY THE PERFECT GAME
I’M POETRY IN MOTION, I’M A KING ON A THRONE
WHAT´S THE BETTING, I’M JUST GETTING…INTO THE ZONE

POTTS
YOU’VE GOTTO TO CHEAT TO WIN, YOU’VE GOTTO FOOL THEM ALL
BEN
NO, NOW THOSE DAYS ARE GONE, NOW I AM STANDING TALL,
YOU NEVER GAVE A DAMN, YOU JUST MADE ME AFRAID
POTTS
WELL, YOU’LL GET NOTHING FOR NOTHING, ALWAYS A PRICE TO BE PAID

POTTS
JUST POP A COUPLE OF PILLS, IN YOUR OPPONENT’S DRINK
STEAL HIS FAVOURITE BAT, AND WEAKEN EVERY LINK
IT’S GOT NOTHIN’ TO DO, WITH HOW GOOD YOU CAN PLAY
IT’S ONLY WHO I CAN BUY, AND HOW MUCH I CAN PAY

BEN
I USED TO DOUBLE DEAL, AIN’T THAT A ROTTEN THING
MY TRUTH AND HONESTY, HAD SUCH A HOLLOW RING
THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE, NOW I AM ON MY OWN
IS HAVING SELF RESPECT, AND GETTING’ INTO THE ZONE

BEN
I’LL HOLD MY HEAD UP HIGH, LOOK, I’VE MADE YOUR FACE TURN RED
YOU SHOWED YOUR TRUE COLOURS, GOD, I WISH YOU WERE DEAD
AND WHEN WE’RE FAR APART, AND YOU’RE ALL ALONE
WHAT’S THE BETTIN’, I’LL BE GETTIN’…INTO THE ZONE

TOGETHER
AND WHEN WE’RE FAR APART, AND WE’RE ALL ALONE
THERE’S NO FORGETTIN’, WE MUST BE GETTIN’…INTO THE ZONE

SCENE 4D
CLUBHOUSE

Following the song there is a knock on the door: “There’s a policeman outside wants a word with you, Mr POTTS” … Potts exits nervously!
Danny is cleared of stealing money from the Club Funds! He is offered his old coaching job back at the Club! He accepts, but explains that Nick is his first priority, and he will be his full time coach, mentor, manager and father from now on. Ben shows signs of his new and improved good character by congratulating Danny.
Ben sings a short reprise of … `Breaking All The Rules´


BEN
SOMETIMES, SOMETIMES THINGS JUST FLIP RIGHT INSIDE OUT
SOMETIMES, YES THEY DO

I THINK THAT I AM CHANGING... I KNOW IT’S FOR THE BEST
IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING... FLYING FROM THE NEST
NO LONGER BE THE TRAITOR…OR THE FOOL ON THE HILL…
BUT THE INFINATE CREATOR…WHO PEDDLES THE PILL
ENDLESS DREAMS DEPARTING MY IMMORAL POINTS OF VIEW
AND AS I MAKE MY ENTRANCE, MY NIGHTMARE WILL BE THROUGH
LIKE GIVING A PRISONER A CHANCE TO BE FREE
LIKE GIVING A BLIND MAN HIS LAST CHANCE TO SEE
NOT MOULDED BY REJECTS, OR SURROUNDED BY FOOLS
NOR TO STILL DEPEND UPON BREAKING ALL THE RULES

SCENE 5A
At this stage during the tournament, the inevitable ‘Rain Stops Play’ scenario occurs!
A comic scene and song …

SONG 19
‘RAIN STOPS PLAY’

SCENE 5B
Reprise of the Production Song …
‘TIEBREAK’

SCENE 6A
SCENE CHANGE
CENTRE COURT FINALS DAY

THE FINALE opens at the start of the match-deciding tiebreak in the final set. The players on stage actually play a real tiebreak (average length about 10 min). The cast is prepared, rehearsed and ready for one of two possible endings …
Either Nick wins, or Ben wins! The point is, the audience is primed to expect one of two possible endings, and therefore, when discussing the musical with friends, it would be a case of…. “Who won when you went to see it?”

SCENE 6B
SONG 19
Whoever wins sings the penultimate song…
`Victory is Sweet´

SONG 20

‘VICTORY IS SWEET’

VICTORY IS SWEET, VICTORY IS FINE
I’M OVER THE MOON THAT THE VICTORY IS MINE
I HAD A LONG FIGHT, I WAS CHALLENGED ALL THE WAY
NOW I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER DAY

I FEEL BOLD, I FEEL STRONG
I NEED NOBODY TO HELP ME ALONG
I TOOK HIM ON AND I PUT HIM DOWN
NOW I’M GONNA WEAR THAT CHAMPION’S CROWN

TO THE STARS I CAN FLY SHINING PURE AND BRIGHT
GONNA SHOOT THROUGH THE SKY LIKE A METEOR
RIGHT NOW I FEEL
THAT WHAT I CAN DO
IS BEAT ANYBODY THAT THEY WANT ME TO (I’LL BREAK THEM IN TWO)
SO GIVE ME THE SIGN
I FEEL DIVINE
THE VICTORY IS MINE

VICTORY IS COOL, VICTORY IS NEAT
THE GOLDEN RULE IS TO BE GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT
I TOOK HIM OUT, I KNOCKED HIM DOWN
SO NOW I’M GONNA WEAR THAT CHAMPIONS CROWN

I WANNA SHOW I’M DEVOTIONAL TO SEE ALL OF THEM...
THEN I CAN SHOW I’M EMOTIONAL TOO…SO
SO REMEMBER MY FACE
REMEMBER MY NAME
’CAUSE I’M HEADING FOR FORTUNE AND I’M HEADING FOR FAME
GIVE ME THE SIGN
I FEEL DIVINE
THE VICTORY IS MINE

SCENE 6C

Each cast member, in their groups, take their curtain calls as they sing their own dedicated lines in the Final Production Song… `Play the Game´…
(Mrs Potts enters with a young handsome muscled Toy Boy on her arm!)
At the end of he last verse, the winner is presented with a large ornate TROPHY!

SONG 21
PLAY THE GAME

VERSE 1

CLUB PLAYERS 1
WE COULD HAVE PLAYED ACROSS THE COURT
WE COULD HAVE PLAYED ALL DOWN THE LINE
CLUB PLAYERS 2
AND WITH THE FUNDAMENTAL FIVE
WE´D LIKE TO GIVE THE VICTORY SIGN
OFFICIALS
WE SOMETIMES MAKE A ROTTEN CALL
IN THAT DECIDING FINAL SET
BALLBOYS
WE RUN ALL ARROUND THE COURT
TO FETCH THE BALLS THAT HIT THE NET
PRESS
WE REPORT ON ALL THE PLAYERS
WHAT´S THE LATEST HERO´S NAME?
ALL
BUT WE STILL HAVE A LOT TO LEARN
IF WE WANT TO PLAY THE GAME

VERSE 2

MR POTTS
WELL, I MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LIAR,
YES, I MIGHT HAVE BEEN A CHEAT
MRS POTTS
I SHOULD HAVE LEFT HIM YEARS BEFORE
THEN I COULD HAVE SOME NEW FRESH MEAT
MOLLY
THROUGHOUT THOSE GOLDEN SUMMER DAYS
WHEN HE WOULD PRACTICE ALL ALONE
DANNY
NOW WE CAN SIGN THE DOTTED LINE
BECAUSE WE STEPPED INTO THE ZONE
NOW THE NEXT NEW KID IN TOWN WILL FIND
HIS OWN FORTUNE AND FAME
ALL
BUT HE STILL HAS A LOT TO LEARN
IF HE WANTS TO PLAY THE GAME

CHORUS
ALL
PLAY THE GAME, PLAY THE GAME, EVERYBODY PLAY THE GAME
WASH AWAY THE TEARS AND SORROW, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU CAME
PLAY THE GAME, PLAY THE GAME, OR IT’S A CRYING SHAME
DON’T DELAY UNTIL TOMORROW, GET OUT AND PLAY THE GAME

VERSE 3

NASTASE
WE´VE BEEN WEIGHTED DOWN WITH SILVER
WE´VE BEEN DRESSED UP ALL IN GOLD
BORG
AND WE´VE WON ALL OF THE TROPHIES
WE COULD EVER WANT TO HOLD
MCENROE
IF WE SANK RIGHT TO THE BOTTOM
WE WOULD RISE BACK TO THE TOP
CONNORS
WE COULD CARRY ON FOREVER
WE MAY NEVER WANT TO STOP
ALL
AND WITH THE FOUR PERFORMANCE FACTORS
OBSTACLES WE OVERCAME
NOW WE´RE GETTING CLOSE TO KNOWING
HOW TO REALLY PLAY THE GAME

CHORUS
PLAY THE GAME, PLAY THE GAME, EVERYBODY PLAY THE GAME
WASH AWAY THE TEARS AND SORROW, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU CAME
PLAY THE GAME, PLAY THE GAME, OR IT’S A CRYING SHAME
DON’T DELAY UNTIL TOMORROW, GET OUT AND PLAY THE GAME

BRIDGE
DON’T BE A SLAVE TO YOUR EMOTIONS
NEVER GIVE UP AND DON’T DESPAIR
CLIMB HIGH MOUNTAINS, SWIM VAST OCEANS
COME ON IF YOU DARE

VERSE 4

LAURA
WE COULD BE STANDING IN THE WINGS
JUST FOR A NICKLE OR A DIME
BEN
I WOULDN´T REALLY CHEAT TO WIN
WHEN IT COMES TO SHOWDOWNTIME
EMMA
BUT FORGIVING AND FORGETTING´S
NOT THE HARDEST THING FOR FOOLS
NICK
ALTHOUGH THE VICTORY IS SWEET
I COULD HAVE BROKEN ALL THE RULES
DANNY & MOLLY
NOW WE’RE A MOTHER AND A FATHER
TO A FUTURE HOUSEHOLD NAME
ALL
BUT WE STILL HAVE A LOT TO LEARN
GET OUT AND PLAY THE GAME?

REPEAT CHORUS

END ACT II

General Synopsis