Sometimes a Rainbow


Cordy Shelburne re-discovers the joy of living from a wise bag lady who enriches her life. Great tunes, a wonderful story, and an uplifting message!

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  • Story, lyrics, and music by Tom Northam, ASCAP
    Music arranged and orchestrated by Dale E. Wise, MME
    90 minute musical comedy
    3 men, 5 women, 1 either (with the flexibility to add more roles as needed)

    What is it about? This totally delightful show centers on Cordy Shelburne, an older woman who discovers the meaning of life and the joys of living while surviving on the streets of Washington, DC. There, she meets a crusty bag lady, Duchess, who enriches her life and others who she meets along the way.

    What do I need to know? 

    • Four major female and one major male roles
    • Two minor female and two minor male roles
    • A mixed dancing and singing ensemble of tourists, customers and street people
    • Ten scenes, eleven songs
    • One set for the whole show

    What they say about Sometimes a Rainbow:

    • It’s the best character I’ve ever played!
    • It’s delightful and the best show I’ve seen in many years!
    • The musical score is awesome. It had me laughing one minute and crying the next.
    • I will never look at homeless people the same way again. The story has great impact!
    • The music and lyrics have so much meaning.

    Get the entire script and all the music for a two-month loan for $5 as a Perusal!

    Duchess, everything is an adventure… you’ve given me a new life… a whole new world!

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    Click here to listen to “You Gotta See D.C.”

    Click here to listen to “Sometimes a Rainbow”

    Click here to listen to “Street People”

    There are people, regardless of their station in life, who can somehow find love, happiness, and peace of mind. There is… Sometimes a Rainbow.


    See Tom Northam’s other hit musical, A Bag Full of Miracles

    Read Tom Northam’s inspiration for and how he created Sometimes A Rainbow

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    Tom Northam


    Comedy, Musical





    run time

    Longer Play



    Cast Size

    9, Flexible Cast Size


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