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A bare stage, with a gallows set up. A hangman is waiting with a noose at the top. CHARLES GUITEAU enters and ascends toward the platform. As he climbs, he begins to sing.

GUITEAU:
I am going to the Lordy...
I am so glad.
I am going to the Lordy...
I am so glad.
I am going to the Lordy,
Glory hallelujah!
Glory hallelujah!
I am going to the Lordy.

The BALLADEER enters and begins to sing, accompanying himself on guitar.

BALLADEER:
Come all ye Christians and learn from a sinner,
Charlie Guiteau.
Bound and determined he'd wind up a winner,
Charlie had dreams that he wouldn't let go.
Said "Nothing to it,
I want it, I'll do it,
I'm Charles J. Guiteau."
Charlie Guiteau
Never said "never" or heard the word "no;"
When faced with disaster
His heart would beat faster,
His smile would just grow,
And he'd say...

GUITEAU suddenly bursts into song, cakewalking feverishly up and down the gallows steps.

GUITEAU:
Look on the bright side!
Look on the bright side!
Sit on the right side
Of the Lord!
This is the land of
Opportunity;
He is your lightning,
You His sword!
Wait 'till you see tomorrow!
Tomorrow you'll get your reward!
You could be sad, or you could be President!
Look on the bright side--

GUITEAU looks down and realizes he's ended up one step closer to the hangman. A pause.

I am going to the Lordy...

BALLADEER:
Charlie Guiteau drew a crowd to his trial,
Led them in prayer.
Said "I killed Garfield, I'll make no denial,
I was just acting for Someone Up There.
The Lord's my employer,
And now He's my lawyer,
So do what you dare."
Charlie said, "Hell,
If I am guilty, then God is as well."
But God was acquitted
And Charlie committed
Until he should hang.
Still he sang...

GUITEAU: (even more feverishly)
Look on the bright side!
Not on the black side!
Get off your backside,
Shine those shoes!
This is your golden
Opportunity!
You are the lightning,
And you're news!
Wait 'till you see tomorrow!
Tomorrow you won't be ignored!
You could be pardoned, you could be President!
Look on the bright side--

GUITEAU finishes one step closer than he started from. A pause.

I am going to the Lordy...

BALLADEER:
Charlie Guiteau drew a crowd to the scaffold...

GUITEAU:
I am so glad...

BALLADEER:
Filled up the square.
So many people that tickets were raffled;
Shine on his shoes, Charlie mounted the stair.
Said, "Never sorrow,
Just wait 'till tomorrow,
Today isn't fair.
Don't despair..."

GUITEAU: (at half tempo)
Look on the bright side,
Look on the bright side!
Sit on the right side...

GUITEAU appears to falter

Of...the...

GUITEAU slowly walks down the scaffold steps to the stage, then, with determination, walks all the way up while he sings.

I am going to the Lordy,
I am so glad!
I am going to the Lordy,
I am so glad!
I have unified my party!
I have saved my country!
I will be remembered!

I am going to the Lordy...

GUITEAU reaches the platform. The hangman fixes the noose around GUITEAU'S neck.

BALLADEER:
Look on the bright side,
Not on the bad side;
Inside the sad side,
Something's good.
This is your golden
Opportunity;
You've been a preacher...

GUITEAU:
Yes, I have.

BALLADEER:
You've been an author...

GUITEAU:
Yes, I have.

BALLADEER:
You've been a killer...

GUITEAU:
Yes, I have!

BALLADEER:
You could be an angel...

GUITEAU:
Yes, I could!

The hangman slips a hood over GUITEAU'S head.

BALLADEER:
Just wait until tomorrow,
Tomorrow they'll all climb aboard!
So what if you never got to be President?
Look on the bright side...

GUITEAU does a little dance

You'll be remembered...

GUITEAU does it again

Trust in tomorrow...

BALLADEER AND GUITEAU:
And the Lord!

GUITEAU is hanged.

--Stephen Sondheim
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