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Really Rosie

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Music by Carole King
Lyrics by Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak's Really Rosie Starring the Nutshell KidsMaurice Sendak’s REALLY ROSIE Starring the Nutshell Kids

Really Rosie is a musical with a book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak and music by Carole King.

The musical is based on Sendak‘s books Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre, One was Johnny, Alligators All Around (which comprise The Nutshell Library (1962)), and The Sign on Rosie’s Door (1960).

Sendak based the story on a demonstrative little girl who used to sing and dance on the stoop of her building, whom he observed while he was a little boy growing up in Brooklyn.

The musical has become a mainstay of children’s theater groups. It follows a typical summer day in the life of the Nutshell Kids, a group of several neighborhood friends, including Pierre, Alligator, Johnny, and Chicken Soup from the Nutshell Library books, and Rosie and Kathy from The Sign on Rosie’ s Door.

Rosie, the self-proclaimed sassiest kid on her block of Brooklyn’s Avenue P, entertains everyone by directing and starring in an Oscar-winning movie based on the exciting, dramatic, funny (and slightly exaggerated) story of her life.

Directed and choreographed by Patricia Birch with designs by Sendak, which opened on October 14, 1980, at the Westside Theatre, where it ran for 274 performances


September 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm Leave a comment


Really Rosie

Maurice Sendak’s Really Rosie Starring the Nutshell Kids

There was once a boy named Pierre
Who only would say, I don’t care!
Read his story,
my friend,
for you’ll find
At the end that
a suitable Moral
lies there

[Chapter I]

One day his mother
said, When Pierre
climbed out of bed

-Good morning,
darling boy,
you are my only joy

Pierre said

I don’t care!

-What would you like to eat?

-I don’t care!
-Some lovely cream of wheat?

-I don’t care!
-Don’t sit backwards
in your chair

-I don’t care!
-Or pour syrup
on your hair
-I don’t care!
-You are acting like a clown
-I don’t care!
-And we have
to go to town
-I don’t care!
-Don’t you want
to come, my dear?
-I don’t care!
-Would you
rather stay
right here?
-I don’t care!
So his mother left him there

[Chapter II]

His father said-
Get off your head
Or I will march
you up to bed!
Pierre said
I don’t care!
-I would think that you
could see
-I don’t care!
-Your head
is where your
feet should be!
-I don’t care!
-If you
keep standing
upside down
-I don’t care!
-We’ll never
get to town
-I don’t care!
-If only
you would say,
I care
-I don’t care!
-I’d let you fold
the folding chair
-I don’t care!
-So his parents
left him there
They didn’t
take him anywhere

[Chapter III]

Now as
the night
began to fall
A hungry lion
paid a call
He looked Pierre
right in the eye
And asked him
if he’d like to die
Pierre said-I don’t care!
-I can eat you,
don’t you see?
-I don’t care!
-And you
will be
inside of me
-I don’t care!
-Then you will never
have to bother
-I don’t care!
-With a mother
and a father
-I don’t care!
-Is that all you
have to say?
-I don’t care!
-Then I’ll eat you,
if I may
-I don’t care!
So the lion ate Pierre

[Chapter IV]

Arriving home at
six o’clock
His parents had
a dreadful shock!
They found
the lion sick
in bed and cried
-Pierre is surely dead!
They pulled the
lion by the hair
They hit him with
the folding chair
His mother asked
-Where is Pierre?
The lion answered
-I don’t care!
His father said
-Pierre’s in there!

[Chapter V]

They rushed
the lion into town
The doctor
shook him upside,
and down
And when the lion
gave a roar
Pierre fell out
upon the floor
He rubbed his eyes
and scratched his head
And laughed
he wasn’t dead
His mother cried
and held him tight
His father asked
-Are you alright?
Pierre said-I am feeling fine
Please take me home,
it’s half past nine

The lion said
-If you would care
To climb on me,
I’ll take you there
Then everyone looked at Pierre
Who shouted
-Yes, indeed, I care!
The lion
took them
home to rest
And stayed on as
a weekend guest
The moral of Pierre is: CARE!

September 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

Chicken Soup with Rice

Really Rosie

Maurice Sendak’s Really Rosie Starring the Nutshell Kids

In January it’s so nice
While slipping on the sliding ice
To sip hot chicken soup with rice
Sipping once, sipping twice
Sipping chicken soup with rice

In February it will be
My snowman’s anniversary
With cake for him and soup for me!
Happy once, happy twice
Happy chicken soup with rice

In March the wind blows down the door
And spills my soup upon the floor
It laps it up and roars for more
Blowing once, blowing twice
Blowing chicken soup with rice

In April I will go away
To far off Spain or old Bombay
And dream about hot soup all day
Oh, my, oh, once, oh, my, oh, twice
Oh, my, oh, chicken soup with rice

In May I truly think it best
To be a robin lightly dressed
Concocting soup inside my nest
Mix it once, mix it twice
Mix that chicken soup with rice

In June I saw a charming group
Of roses all begin to droop
I pepped them up with chicken soup!
Sprinkle once, sprinkle twice
Sprinkle chicken soup with rice

In July I’ll take a peep
Into the cool and fishy deep
Where chicken soup is selling cheap
Selling once, selling twice
Selling chicken soup with rice

In August it will be so hot
I will become a cooking pot
Cooking soup of course-why not?
Cooking once, cooking twice
Cooking chicken soup with rice

In September, for a while
I will ride a crocodile
Down the chicken soup-y Nile
Paddle once, paddle twice
Paddle chicken soup with rice

In October I’ll be host
To witches, goblins and a ghost
I’ll serve them chicken soup on toast
Whoopy once, whoopy twice
Whoopy chicken soup with rice

In November’s gusty gale I will flop my flippy tail
And spout hot soup-I’ll be a whale!
Spouting once, spouting twice
Spouting chicken soup with rice

In December I will be
A baubled, bangled Christmas tree
With soup bowls draped all over me
Merry once, merry twice
Merry chicken soup with rice

I told you once, I told you twice
All seasons of the year are nice
For eating chicken soup with rice

September 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

Alligators all around

Really Rosie

Maurice Sendak’s Really Rosie Starring the Nutshell Kids

A – alligators all around
B – bursting balloons
C – catching colds
D – doing dishes
E – entertaining elephants
F – forever fooling
G – getting giggles
H – having headaches
I – imitating Indians
J – juggling jellybeans
K – keeping kangaroos
L – looking like lions
M – making macaroni
N – never napping
O – ordering oatmeal
P – pushing people
Q – quite quarrelsome
R – riding reindeer
S – shockingly spoiled
T – throwing tantrums
U – usually upside down
V – very vain
W – wearing wigs
X – x-ing x’s
Y – yackety-yacking
Z – zippity zound
A – alligators ALL around!

August 31, 2010 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

One was Johnny

Really Rosie

Maurice Sendak’s Really Rosie Starring the Nutshell Kids

1 was Johnny who lived by himself
2 was a rat who jumped on his shelf
3 was a cat who chased the rat
4 was a dog who came in and sat
5 was a turtle who bit the dog’s tail
6 was a monkey who brought in the mail
7 a blackbird pecked poor Johnny’s nose
8 was a tiger out selling old clothes
9 was a robber who took an old shoe
10 was a puzzle–what should Johnny do

He stood on a chair and said,
“Here’s what I’ll do-
I’ll start to count backwards
And when I am through-
If this house isn’t empty
I’ll eat all of you!!!!”

9 was the robber who left looking pale
8 was the tiger who chased him to jail
7 was the blackbird flew off to Havana
6 was the monkey who stole the banana
5 was the turtle who crawled off to bed
4 was the dog who slid home on a sled
3 was the cat who pounced on the rat
2 was the rat who left with the cat
1 was Johnny who lived by himself
And liked it like that!

A counting book by Maurice Sendak

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August 31, 2010 at 2:15 pm 1 comment