You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a musical comedy consisting of songs with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner. It was the first stage musical based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. The first stage performance of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown was in 1967, it was revived on Broadway in 1999. It was adapted for television in 1973 and 1985 and has been performed numerous times by amateur companies.

Performance history

Ten of Clark Gesner's songs for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown were originally featured on a concept album.

The first stage performance of the musical took place Off-Broadway on March 12, 1967. It ran for one thousand five hundred and ninety-seven performances. The book was credited to John Gordon, although Clark Gesner said that "John Gordon" was not a real person but was instead a collective pen-name that covered himself, the cast and the production staff, all of them having contributed to the script.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown was revived on Broadway on June 1 1971 at the John Golden Theater with an entirely new cast. However, it closed after only fifteen previews and thirty-two regular performances.

A second Broadway revival came in 1999. The character of Patty from the original 1967 performance was replaced by Sally Brown. New dialogue was added by Michael Mayer and additional songs and orchestration by Andrew Lippa. The 1999 Broadway revival was nominated for four Tony Awards, winning two.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown has been adapted for television twice, as a Hallmark Hall of Fame episode which first aired on NBC on February 3, 1973 and as an animated television special which was first shown on CBS on November 6, 1985. The character of Patty was replaced by Sally Brown in the 1985 animated cartoon, as in the later Broadway revival.

Songs (1967 original Off-Broadway)

Act I

Act II

Songs (1999 revival)

Act I

Act II

The song "Peanuts Potpourri", which was featured in Act II in the 1967 production, was dropped for the 1999 revival while "Queen Lucy" was moved to Act I.


Concept album

Original 1967 Off-Broadway production

1971 Broadway production

1999 Broadway revival

2016 Off-Broadway revival

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