The Life and Love of Joe Coogan

Opera in one act, adapted from the Dick Van Dyke Show TV episode “The Life and Love of Joe Coogan,” by Carl Reiner

Paul Salerni

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Performing Ensemble: Opera without Chorus
Text: Adapted from the Dick Van Dyke Show TV episode “The Life and Love of Joe Coogan,” by Carl Reiner. Libretto by Kate Light and Carl Reiner.
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
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Quick Overview

"The Life and Love of Joe Coogan," an adaptation of the Dick Van Dyke Show episode of the same name, tells the story of television writer Rob Petrie and his wife Laura, in a moment of comic insecurity in their usually happy marriage.

Rob meets a tall, good-looking man named Joe Coogan on a public golf course. When he learns by chance that Joe was once in love with Laura, courting her by writing her love sonnets, he becomes uncharacteristically jealous and insecure. When Laura invites Joe to dinner, Rob counters by inviting his co-writer Sally to flirt with Joe. Unbeknownst to Rob, Joe is now a priest! The mix-up leads to a zany dinner party and a surprise ending.

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Additional Information

Cast Voices 2 Soprano, 1 Mezzo-soprano, 1 Tenor, 2 Baritone, 1 Bass-baritone, 1 Speaking role
Composition Date 2010
Duration 1:04:00
Orchestration A.Sax. Tpt. Tbn. 1Perc.(incl. trap set) Pno. 2Vln. Vla. Vcl. Cb.
Premiere September 25, 2010Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PennsylvaniaThe Monacacy Chamber Orchestra

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