Pages Navigation Menu

Theatrical Publisher and Theatrical Rights Licensing of Plays and Musicals for and about Latter-day Saints

Take The Mountain Down — A Prodigal Musical

TakeTheMountainDownARTBook, Music and Lyrics by Marvin Payne & Steven Kapp Perry

(For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups, High School, and Youth Groups)

A finger pickin’ parable of the Prodigal Son!

“Mountain” is the musical telling of the parable of the prodigal son through the bluegrass music style. What happens when a wayward young woman needs to hear the sweet story of the Prodigal Son, and the only folks who love her enough to tell it are the players in a bluegrass band she once deserted? On an autumn afternoon in Appalachia, the Potluck Social String Band takes a break from their concert in the park and weaves the timeless tale of redemption and forgiveness around their former bandmate with the strings of guitars, banjos, fiddles, bass, and mandolin. However, the story can be told by actors with a separate band, or actors who can play instruments, or a groups of actors and a guy with a guitar. Anything is possible in this flexible musical that will Take The Mountain Down and, at the same time, bring the house down!

A perfect show for any group that want’s a rip-roaring, yet thoughtful time in the theatre!


  • 3M 2W
  • About 90 minutes
  • ORDER # 3055

Available for production by ALL producing groups.


  • The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the first half of the script for this musical: TakeMDownPERUSAL
  • Demo CD — Order #3055f : $14.99 (This includes Media Mail postage to you)


  • #1 “The Lost Is Found”    Company
  • #2 “A Certain Man”    Storyteller
  • #3 “Publicans and Sinners Gather ‘Round”    Storyteller & Company
  • #4 “Better Days”    Hiram & Martin
  • #5 “From the Top of Clay’s Prospect”     Joshua & Drusilla
  • #6 “What Will You Give Me?”    Martin
  • #7 “Better Days” Reprise    Martin
  • #8 “What You Need To Succeed”    Charlotte
  • #9 “Bring My Faith Back From the Dead”    Drusilla
  • #10 “Nothin’ I Can’t Do”    Martin
  • #11 “Empty Bottles”    Charlotte
  • #12 “Nothin’ / Bottles” Reprise    Martin
  • #13 “Just Enough Power To Pray”    Drusilla
  • #14 “There Arose a Mighty Famine”    Company
  • #15 “Down In the Dumpster Blues”    Martin
  • #16 “Take the Mountain Down”    Joshua & Martin
  • #17 “A Shirt, a Shave, and Brand-new Shoes”    Joshua & Company
  • #18 “All That I Have Is Yours”    Joshua
  • #19 “The Lost Is Found” Reprise    Hiram & Company
  • #20 “A Certain Man” Reprise    Storyteller
  • #21 “The Lost Is Found” Reprise 2    Company

SONG SAMPLES (from the Original Cast Album)


ZTPerformanceLicenceApp2016 (in PDF format) to download our Performance License Application. No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.

  • Script in PDF format  — Order #3055a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • Vocal Book in PDF format  — Order #3055b : $15.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • Piano-Vocal Score not available.
  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3055d : for the only performance or the first performance in a series of related performances. (QUOTED ONLY UPON APPLICATION)
  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3055e : for the only performance or the first performance in a series of related performances. (QUOTED ONLY UPON APPLICATION)
  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
  • Orchestrations not available. The band/instrumentalists will use the lead sheets (Vocal Book)
  • Performance Tracks — Order #3055j: $100.00 flat fee

Contact us for a quote, or to place an order – or even if you have a question  —


NOTE ON SHEET MUSIC OF INDIVIDUAL SONGS: If you are looking for sheet music for a particular song from the show, we can make that available to you for a small fee. We have had a lot of demand for this and, while we love to make the big bucks, we would prefer to just meet you needs and get you the song you want at a more nominal price, which in the end is better for you and easier for us. 


The CD of the ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM is also available: $10.99 (CLICK HERE)

PLUS — as an added bonus the DVD of the Original Production as aired on PBS is available for $13.99: (CLICK HERE)



  • BYU Education Week



From the catalog of