The television classic THE COWBOY AND THE TIGER is now available for theater and school production. With a musical score by Hank Beebe and a book by Wallace Gray, this modern fable starred Jack Gilford, David Wayne, and Paul O'Keefe in its ABC-Television version produced by Sonny Fox and Maurice Levine. Now it can be mounted simply and effectively on your stage.
A small boy in Texas wants to be a cowboy, but everyone tells him he's too little to ride a horse. No one in Texas will sell him a horse, so in desperation he runs away to the place where he's heard you can buy anything, New York City. His search leads him to the Central Park Zoo, where he meets a self-admiring peacock and a buffoon of a bear.
A tiger, who has heard himself referred to as "ferocious" one too many times, breaks out of his cage in exasperation. He crosses paths with the young cowboy, who sees the tiger as a possible horse for him. The tiger's need to be appreciated for his gentler qualities dovetails with the cowboy's need for a horse, and the rest of the musical deals with the tiger's humorous and heart-warming efforts to become the young cowboy's horse, while trying to keep one step ahead of the keepers who are out looking for him.
Featuring a cast of five, this one-act forty-five-minute musical for the whole family can be produced with minimal scenery and musical accompaniment.