More Than You Deserve is a musical written by Jim Steinman and Michael Weller, produced by Joseph Papp and directed by Kim Friedman. After a workshop production lasting two weekends in April 1973 at the Other Stage (now known as the LuEsther Hall) of The Public Theater,[1] it opened at the Newman Theater (also within The Public Theater) on November 21, 1973, ran for 63 performances and closed on January 13, 1974.[2] Weller's original title for the play was Souvenirs, which referred to the severed ears of killed Viet Cong forces which the soldiers collected and wore as keepsakes on strings around their necks.

More Than You Deserve
MusicJim Steinman
LyricsJim Steinman
BookMichael Weller
Productions1973 The Public Theater

Original cast


Plot synopsis


The story is set in a United States Army base in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Major Michael Dillon (Gwynne), who is impotent, falls in love with a reporter sent to cover the camp, who turns out to be a nymphomaniac when she is gang-raped by the other soldiers in the camp. However, she realizes at the end that she will be even happier giving up her newfound lust for sex to settle down with the impotent commander.


"More Than You Deserve"
Song by Meat Loaf
from the album Dead Ringer
GenreSoft rock
Songwriter(s)Jim Steinman

The song that gives the musical its title was planned as a single in 1973, but ultimately cancelled. Only promotional copies exist. Years later Meat Loaf recorded the song again for his 1981 album Dead Ringer.

Other songs

  1. Overture
  2. Give Me the Simple Life
  3. Could She Be the One
  4. Where Did It Go?
  5. Come With Me (We Know Love)
  6. Mama, You'd Better Watch Out for Your Daughters
  7. More Than You Deserve
  8. O, What a War
  9. Song of the City of Hope
  10. To Feel So Needed
  11. Mama, You'd Better Watch Out for Your Daughters (reprise)
  12. Go, Go, Go, Guerrillas
  13. What Became of the People We Were
  14. If Only
  15. Midnight Lullabye
  16. Song of the Golden Egg
  17. What Became of the People We Were (reprise)



Steinman and Meat Loaf first met during the production and would go on to make the multi-platinum album Bat Out of Hell. The title track from the show was recorded by Meat Loaf for the album Dead Ringer. He also performed the song on his show VH1 Storytellers.

Paul Shaffer served as musical director for the show.


  1. ^ Funke, Lewis (1973-04-22). "News of the Rialto". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  2. ^ Calta, Louis (1974-01-12). "Gloom Prevails Off Broadway". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-19.