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Stop the World – I Want to Get Off is a musical with a book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.



Set against the backdrop of a circus, the show focuses on Littlechap, from the moment of his birth to his death. Each time something unsatisfactory happens, he calls out 'Stop the world!' and addresses the audience.



A Broadway revival directed by Mel Shapiro opened on 3 August 1978 at the New York State Theater in Lincoln Center, where it ran for 30 performances. The cast included Sammy Davis, Jr. and Marian Mercer.

Ambassador Theatre (Broadway)


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by Stephen Mosher - Sep 3, 2019
The popular duo KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar bring a new night of music and a new tribute to Broadway composers to The Laurie Beechman Theatre.
by Michael Major - Sep 24, 2021
Ahead of their upcoming musical episode, take a look back at the Simpsons' musical endeavors of the past. From The Music Man to the Lion King, check out a roundup of previous musical tributes on the show!
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 16, 2020
Tony Tanner, beloved US and UK actor, director, playwright and choreographer, died on September 8, 2020 at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 87.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2018
Acclaimed director Tony Tanner will world premiere Give Me the Sun, his riveting adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, at The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood on September 15, 2018.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2020
Today, we're rounding up 10 of our favorite Heathers parodies on YouTube. Check them all out!
by Julie Musbach - Oct 3, 2019
Tony Award winning actress and comedienne Anna Quayle has passed away at age 86.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 27, 2021
Celebrate the reopening of Broadway-without leaving your own backyard-with The Penguin Rep Theatre. The Penguin Rep Theatre has announced their Fall 2021 lineup of musical events, returning to the live stage at the Penguin Rep Theatre, 7 Crickettown Road, in Stony Point, New York.
by Gigi Gervais - Oct 24, 2021
The next Musical Theatre Melodies broadcast, hosted by Rob Morrison on 96.5 Inner FM on Tuesday, October 26 will pay tribute to the Academy, Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winning composer, lyricist, librettist and screenwriter, Leslie Bricusse (who passed away at his home in the South of France last week at the age of 90).
by Michael Major - Oct 22, 2021
Peter Scolari's Broadway credits included The Wizard in Wicked, Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray, Yogi in Bronx Bombers, and Michael Daly in Lucky Guy. He was also seen in Magic/Bird, Sly Fox, and Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 at Encores! City Center. He is also known for his Emmy winning performance in Girls,  Newhart, Bosom Buddies, and Fosse/Verdon.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 20, 2021
Today's top stories: Go inside the reopening nights for Ain't Too Proud and Freestyle Love Supreme!
by Michael Major - Oct 19, 2021
Bricusse wrote songs for the classic 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, including 'The Candyman' and 'Pure Imagination'. His other musical credits included Scrooge, Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle, Sherlock Holmes, Stop the World- I Want to Get Off, and Victor/Victoria.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 15, 2020
On Wednesday, October 21st at 1PM EST, Bridge To Broadway will return for a one-time live interview and interactive Q & A with Oscar, Tony, and Golden Globe winner Joel Grey, with a percentage of net proceeds benefitting St. Jude's Research Hospital.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 1, 2018
Fascinating Aida's Adele Anderson is confirmed to join Mark Williams, who plays Doctor Dolittle, in the UK & Ireland Tour of Doctor Dolittle. Adele will play Lady Bellowes/Poison Arrow at the first six venues of the tour - Bromley, Salford, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Newcastle and Hull. There will be a national press night on Thursday 17 January 2019 at the Oxford New Theatre.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 30, 2017
Music & Lyrics Limited, the producers behind the highly successful recent tours of The Addams Family, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, High Society and The King and I, in association with Churchill Theatre Bromley, will be producing a new UK & Ireland Tour of Doctor Dolittle, with book, music and lyrics by double Academy Award-winner Leslie Bricusse. Featuring stunning visual puppetry, this new production, with the book reworked by Leslie Bricusse, will be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the original film starring Rex Harrison and will feature the same songs, including the Academy Award-winning Talk To The Animals. Casting to be announced.
by Movies News Desk - Nov 29, 2017
Songwriter/Lyricist Leslie Bricusse (Stop the World - I Want to Get Off, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Victor/Victoria) made his first big splash in Hollywood with the 1967 Twentieth Century FOX production of Doctor Dolittle, a roadshow musical starring Rex Harrison as Hugh Lofting's English country doctor that could talk to the animals. A variety of activities and releases have been mounted to celebrate the 50th Anniversary.
by Bruce Glikas - Nov 24, 2021
Broadway legend Joel Grey was honored this week by The Brooklyn Diner with a re-naming of their famous Matzo Ball soup!
by Stephi Wild - May 4, 2022
Legendary Broadway performer and Tony, Academy, and Golden Globe Award winner Joel Grey (Cabaret, Wicked, Anything Goes) will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards.
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2018
DESPERATE MEASURES, a musical comedy gone wild with music by David Friedman (Listen To My Heart), book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina), and directed by Bill Castellino (Cagney, Marry Harry), will play New World Stages (340 West 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), it was announced today by producers Pat Flicker Addiss and Mary Cosette. Following critical and audience acclaim at The New York Musical Festival and The York Theater Company, performances for the open-ended engagement begin May 30th and opening night is set for June 13th.
by Aaron Kaburick - May 22, 2019
Here is a list of the best baritone audition songs: My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada, I Don't Remember You, Good Thing Going, Shall We Dance, When I First Saw You, Tonight at Eight and She Loves Me, I'll Be Here, Shine on Your Shoes, and more!
by Annette Stolt - May 22, 2018
During summer most theatres are closed in Sweden but instead the open air theatres opens. In Stockholm the communal theatre brings musicals, plays and music events to different stages around Stockholm as Parkteatern, and it is for free! It is very popular so be there on time in order to get a seat. People bring hampers or buy something to eat from the food truck while they wait for the show to start.
by Julie Musbach - May 14, 2018
Dennis Grimaldi will present Tony®Award-winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd) in two staged readings ofHarry Townsend's Last Stand, a new play by George Eastman.  Directed by two-time Emmy®Award-winner Peter Scolari (Wicked) and featuring Warren Bub ('Gotham'), the readings will be held on Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22 at 3pm at Nola Studios (250 West 54th Street - 10th Floor/Studio 1).
by Julie Musbach - Mar 6, 2018
Award-Winning Vocalist Stearns Matthews Continues #RESIDENCY at Laurie Beechman Theatre with ME & THE GERSHTWINS: The Songs of George & Ira Gershwin, Tuesday, March 13th at 7pm
by Alan Henry - Mar 30, 2018
DESPERATE MEASURES, a musical comedy gone wild with music by David Friedman (Listen To My Heart), book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina), and directed by Bill Castellino (Cagney, Marry Harry), will play New World Stages (340 West 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), it was announced today by producers Pat Flicker Addiss and Mary Cosette. Following critical and audience acclaim at The New York Musical Festival and The York Theater Company, performances for the open-ended engagement begin May 30th and opening night is set for June 13th.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 25, 2019
Acclaimed Broadway and North Shore performer, choreographer, and dancer Karen Marie Pisani returns to the Marblehead School of Ballet (MSB) this summer presenting the new Theater Arts Week series. Dancers, 12 to 17 years of age, are invited to enroll. The series runs August 5 through August 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the school, located at 115 Pleasant Street in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
by Student Blogger: Madison Moore - Mar 22, 2021
The criteria are that these shows have been nominated for Best Musical from the 3rd Tony Awards (the ceremony that started the Best Musical category) in 1949 to the nominations of what will now be the 74th Tony Awards in 2021. I will be determining their signs based upon their Broadway premiere date. With those rules in mind, here we go!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 16, 2022
The Marblehead School of Ballet celebrates the new spring season with two new workshops series presenting Theatre Arts and the Monthly Dance Adventure featuring specialty dances.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 8, 2018
Mark Williams, star of The Fast Show, Father Brown, 101 Dalmatians, The Borrowers, Shakespeare in Love and seven of the Harry Potterfilms, will star as Doctor Dolittle at the first ten venues of the new UK & Ireland Tour of Doctor Dolittle, with book, music and lyrics by double Academy Award-winner Leslie Bricusse. Featuring stunning visual puppetry, this new production, with the book reworked by Leslie Bricusse, will be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the original film starring Rex Harrison and will feature the same songs, including the Academy Award-winning Talk To The Animals.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 6, 2019
Concertworks today announced that two of Australia's most popular musical theatre performers, Anthony Warlow and Jemma Rix will star in the first Australian concert production of Jekyll & Hyde in Melbourne on Friday 25 October and in Sydney on Saturday 2 November 2019.
by Annette Stolt - Jun 30, 2018
One of the best Theater experience in Stockholm each summer is the Open Air Theaters. The coucil founded 'Stadsteatern' moves out to various parks as 'Parkteatern' during the summer months and have a variety of plays, music events, children plays and each one on musical. This year it is Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's 'Stop the World - I Want To Get Off'.
by Julie Musbach - Jun 25, 2018
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Kay Cole in Souvenir on August 8, 2018. Souvenir is a wonderfully entertaining journey through a life in show business, from childhood to now. Her career has spanned six decades and Souvenir features songs from the many shows she's done, including Bye Bye Birdie, The Music Man, Best Foot Forward, Stop the World - I Want to Get Off, The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd, Hair, and, of course, A Chorus Line, but also features songs about life and love along the way.  It's a show filled with her unique humor and warmth and positivity.
by Julie Musbach - Jun 22, 2018
Acclaimed North Shore performer, choreographer, and dancer Karen Pisani joins the Marblehead School of Ballet's (MSB) faculty this summer guest teaching a special Acting for Dancers master class.  Dancers are invited to attend this master class on July 16 and 17 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the school, located at 115 Pleasant Street in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 9, 2019
Broadway performer Karen Marie Pisani and Radio City Rockette Jessica Davison return to the Marblehead School of Ballet (MSB) to present two special master classes, Acting for Dancers and Jazz.  The public is invited to sign up for these master classes taught at the studio located at 115 Pleasant Street in Marblehead, Massachusetts, a historic, scenic coastal town on the North Shore region of Massachusetts in the United States.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 5, 2018
Performer Julie Pappas Smith returns as a guest faculty member to the Marblehead School of Ballet (MSB). The North Shore native will teach Floor Barre on Friday, July 27 from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Broadway Jazz from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the school, located at 115 Pleasant Street in picturesque Marblehead, Massachusetts. The master classes are open to the public.
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 30, 2019
Concertworks today announced that due to popular demand, a second Melbourne performance of the Australian concert production of Jekyll and Hyde will be performed on Saturday 26 October. Featuring two of Australia's most popular musical theatre performers, Anthony Warlow and Jemma Rix, the second concert will go on sale to the public Monday 5 August at 10:00am.
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 24, 2018
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Kay Cole in Souvenir on August 8, 2018. Souvenir is a wonderfully entertaining journey through a life in show business, from childhood to now.
by Tori Hartshorn - Jul 23, 2018
In a marathon screening of episodes from the original 'The Twilight Zone' at Comic-Con International, CBS All Access will introduce fans to the favorite classic episodes of Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg, executive producers of the highly anticipated new series coming exclusively to CBS All Access in 2019.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 19, 2018
Brian Capron, Vicky Entwistle, Mollie Melia-Redgrave and Patrick Sullivan are confirmed to join Mark Williams, who plays Doctor Dolittle, in the UK & Ireland Tour of Doctor Dolittle. Brian will play Albert Blossom/Straight Arrow, Vicky will play Polynesia, Mollie Emma Fairfax and Patrick Matthew Mugg. Mark Williams and Brian Capron will play the first ten venues on the tour - Bromley, Salford, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Hull, Aberdeen, Northampton, Nottingham and Sheffield. The others will play the entire tour. There will be a national press night on Thursday 17 January 2019 at the Oxford New Theatre.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 5, 2018
As previously announced, the critically acclaimed Beautiful Soup Theater Collective will present the world premiere production of Steven Carl McCasland's Memorare this winter. The new drama, featuring an all female ensemble, will bow at St. John's Lutheran Church on Christopher Street in January of 2018. Set to star in the production is Helen Hayes Award-winner Patti Mariano as Sister Mary Cecelia (Broadway: Original Cast of The Music Man, George M!, The Full Monty and more) and newcomer Ashleigh Awusie as Sister Mary Azu (Ain't Never Been Easy). Award-winning director Peter Darney (5 Guys Chillin') directs the limited engagement.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 5, 2018
As previously announced, the critically acclaimed Beautiful Soup Theater Collective will present the world premiere production of Steven Carl McCasland's Memorare this winter. The timely piece about a New York City convent will offer free tickets to all performances (at the box office only) to Sisters of any convent in the tri-state area.
by Julie Musbach - Jan 29, 2018
Celebrity Treasures ED ASNER and JULIE NEWMAR will take the stage together at The Road on Lankershim to read a new play entitled Onward, written by Christine Rosensteel, an Ojai playwright.
by Rona Kelly - Jan 25, 2019
With two months left, Musical Director Joel Fram speaks to us about developing the show with Elliott and Sondheim, how the show continues to change across the run, and working with the very special company of Company.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 2, 2018
MAC and Bistro Award-winning vocalist Stearns Matthews will perform four solo concerts at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Manhattan on January 4 at 7pm, February 17 at 2pm, March 13 at 7pm, and April 4 at 7pm. The series, named #RESIDENCY, will feature two different shows.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 10, 2018
As previously announced, the critically acclaimed Beautiful Soup Theater Collective will present the world premiere production of Steven Carl McCasland's Memorare this winter. The new drama, featuring an all female ensemble, will bow at St. John's Lutheran Church on Christopher Street in January of 2018. Set to star in the production is Helen Hayes Award-winner Patti Mariano as Sister Mary Cecelia (Broadway: Original Cast of The Music Man, George M!, The Full Monty and more) and newcomer Ashleigh Awusie as Sister Mary Azu (Ain't Never Been Easy). Award-winning director Peter Darney (5 Guys Chillin') directs the limited engagement.
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 9, 2018
Award-Winning Vocalist Stearns Matthews Continues #RESIDENCY At Laurie Beechman Theatre With GOLDEN TICKET: The Songs of Leslie Bricusse, Saturday, February 17 at 2pm
by Julie Musbach - Dec 21, 2017
As previously announced, the critically acclaimed Beautiful Soup Theater Collective will present the world premiere production of Steven Carl McCasland's Memorare this winter. The new drama, featuring an all female ensemble, will bow at St. John's Lutheran Church on Christopher Street in January of 2018. Set to star in the production is Helen Hayes Award-winner Patti Mariano as Sister Mary Cecelia (Broadway: Original Cast of The Music Man, George M!, The Full Monty and more) and newcomer Ashleigh Awusie as Sister Mary Azu (Ain't Never Been Easy). Award-winning director Peter Darney (5 Guys Chillin') directs the limited engagement.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 20, 2017
Legendary lyricist Don Black and award winning West End musical star Marti Webb will join some of the world's most celebrated West End and Broadway stars onboard the UK's first ever fully immersive musical theatre festival at sea.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 7, 2018
Acclaimed director Tony Tanner will world premiere Give Me the Sun, his riveting adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, at The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood on September 15, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2018
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Kay Cole in Souvenir on August 8, 2018. Souvenir is a wonderfully entertaining journey through a life in show business, from childhood to now.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 14, 2019
This Friday, TONY Award winner & TV Icon, Julie Newmar, is celebrating her 86th birthday - 
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 3, 2022
Some of Australia’s most-loved performers including Todd McKenney, Rhonda Burchmore, Rob Mills, and Asabi Goodman are joining Shane Jacobson, as Edna Turnblad, to star in the upcoming premiere of the Tony Award winning Broadway production of Hairspray, set to open at the Regent Theatre in August.

Stop the World - I Want to Get Off Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of Stop the World - I Want to Get Off have their been?
Stop the World - I Want to Get Off has had 6 productions including West End which opened in 1961, Broadway which opened in 1962, Broadway which opened in 1962, US Tour which opened in 1963, Broadway which opened in 1978 and Broadway which opened in 1978.

What Tony Awards has Stop the World - I Want to Get Off been nominated for?
Best Musical , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Leslie Bricusse and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Anthony Newley.

What productions of Stop the World - I Want to Get Off have their been?
Stop the World - I Want to Get Off has had 6 productions including West End which opened in 1961, Broadway which opened in 1962, Broadway which opened in 1962, US Tour which opened in 1963, Broadway which opened in 1978 and Broadway which opened in 1978.

What is the order of songs in Stop the World - I Want to Get Off and what's the order?
The A.B.C. Song
I Want to Be Rich
Typically English
A Special Announcement
Lumbered
Welcome to Sludgepool
Gonna Build a Mountain
Glorious Russian
Meilinki Meilchick
Family Fugue
Typische Deutsche
Nag! Nag! Nag!
All American
Once in a Lifetime
Mumbo Jumbo
Welcome to Sunvale
Someone Nice Like You
What Kind of Fool Am I
Typically Japanese
The New York Scene
I Believed It All
Life Is a Woman

What productions of Stop the World - I Want to Get Off have there been?
Stop the World - I Want to Get Off has had 6 productions including West End which opened in 1961, Broadway which opened in 1962, Broadway which opened in 1962, US Tour which opened in 1963, Broadway which opened in 1978 and Broadway which opened in 1978.