Pipe Dream

Rodgers & HammersteinPipe Dream

Pipe Dream

Music by Richard Rodgers | Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II | Based on the novels Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck

From the pages of Steinbeck, the drifters and dropouts along Cannery Row spring to life in this uncommon story of love and hope. When Suzy, a homeless girl, is picked up for stealing food, she’s taken in by Fauna, the bighearted Madam of the Bear Flag Café (which is no café at all). Here she meets Doc, a carefree marine biologist, and soon romance is in the air. Rodgers & Hammerstein struck a new tone with Pipe Dream: intimate, warm and highly personal. The show illuminates their benevolence for those searching outcasts who, although seamy and degraded, are infinitely capable of every emotion and longing felt by the more fortunate members of society. As sung by Doc, the show’s message is simple: “It takes all kinds of people to make up a world.”


1955 Original Broadway Production