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Song-and-Dance Kids: The Musical Story of The Seven Little Foys

SongandDanceKids LOGO1by Chip Deffaa

Principal Roles include: 6M 6W 2Teenboys 1 Teengirl 3Boys 1Girl + Supporting roles for 8 men 11 Women totaling 38 speaking parts (doubling possible) Additional Chorus also possible or the supporting roles can be the chorus. Several simple settings.
If you’re looking for a big, exuberant, full-length musical comedy with roles for lots of actors, look no further! The warm, witty, and nostalgic “SONG-AND-DANCE KIDS: The Story of the Seven Little Foys” includes such colorful, historical characters as Harry Houdini, Marie Dressler, Irving Berlin, President Woodrow Wilson, and Mae West. The real stars of this musical, though, are seven rambunctious “song-and-dance kids” of the Eddie Foy Family.
This is the story of a real-life master song-and-dance man who wound up leading the most successful family act in vaudeville by taking his seven irrepressible children out with him “on the road” after their mother died. Defying the odds, Eddie Foy and the Seven Little Foys became an American institution. He’d never really thought he was cut out to be a father. His kids had certainly never thought they were cut out to be entertainers. But in the tough times, touring together, the kids–and their father–came to fully understand the importance of family. With lots of heart and plenty of humor, its vaudeville era setting does not isolate it as it certainly speaks to us today. For it’s the story of a single parent–a widower–trying to hold his family together, teaching his kids the only trade he knows. His trade just happens to be singing-and-dancing. The kids, at first, don’t want to go along with him. But the father knows it’s the only way to keep the family together. As the family troupes across America–entertaining folks from Waterbury, Connecticut to LaVergne, Tennessee, to Los Angeles, California–they’re also learning what’s really important in life.
Their story inspired a hit motion picture (starring Bob Hope), as well as a later TV special (starring Eddie Foy Jr. and the Osmonds).

ASCAP Award-winning writer Chip Deffaa created the first stage musical about the family, the small cast “The Seven Little Foys.” (Also available from Leicester Bay Theatricals) That show and its cast album received rave reviews. That show was written for 10 actors–and for many theaters, that’s an excellent cast size.

But some theaters and schools want shows with bigger casts. When some community theaters told Deffaa they liked the story about a family of performers, but would prefer a show that more actors could participate in, Deffaa wrote “Song-and-Dance Kids.” It can be performed by anywhere from 20 players (with some “doubling” of roles”) to 40 or more players.
This valentine to vaudeville provides a look into a fabulous era of entertainment. The score of this musical includes such enduringly popular songs as “In the Good Old Summertime,” “Play a Simple Melody,” “So Long, Mary,” “All By Myself,” “Aba Daba Honeymoon,” “Under the Bamboo Tree,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” and “Till We Meet Again”–plus some originals by Deffaa, and some very rare Foy-family special material found nowhere else. (“Stories Adam told to Eve”)


  • 6M 6W 2Teenboys 1 Teengirl 3Boys 1Girl + Supporting roles for 8 men 11 Women totaling 38 speaking parts (doubling possible) Additional Chorus
  • Several simple settings
  • Piano Accompaniment only  OR Performance Track CD
  • About 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Order # 3080

Available for all production groups NOW!



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  • Script in PDF format  — Order #3080a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • Vocal Book in PDF format  — Order #3080bb : $15.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • Piano-Vocal Score Order #3080c : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3080d : Royalty terms quoted on application.
  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3080e : Royalty terms quoted on application.
  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application.
  • LBTlicenseapp to download a PDF version of the Performance License Application. (There is also a copy of the application in the Catalog.) (We are working on an ONLINE PDF filler form)
  • PerformanceTraks on CD — Order #3080j : $100.00 for the performance run (includes Priority Mail charges. This is rented material and must be returned. No distribution of the tracks is allowed and all copies for cast and others must be collected and destroyed.)

  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.


  • In-the-Hills-Drama Club, Thomaston (CT) Opera House
  • Roy Arias Studio Theater, NYC




The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:

The Story of the Seven Little Foys
A New Musical

Chip Deffaa

With songs from the era of Eddie Foy & family,
plus a few originals by Chip Deffaa
Music arranged by Chip Deffaa

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play. (In a press release all type, will of course, be the same size.)


Song-and-Dance Kids is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT,”

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