Long before Glee, there was Show Choir! – The Musical, a melodious mockumentary about America’s favorite teen pastime… with jazz hands! Follow the journey of high school drama teacher Jake Jonathan and choir director Monica Susans as they form a show choir that unexpectedly becomes a group of world-renowned pop superstars, the Symphonic Sensations. Will the choir buckle under the incredible pressures of modern celebrity or will they maintain perfect harmony? An international hit with audiences and critics alike, this hysterical and heartfelt original musical comedy is an effervescent, high-kicking delight!
The show is hip, modern (and) a completely entertaining experience!
* Note: Throughout the show, all characters age eight years. Ages shown are their ages when they first enter the story.
Jake Jonathan – (30s, male, tenor) Easily excitable show choir visionary. Jake starts off well-intentioned but as the story progresses he becomes more stubborn, self-involved, and intense.
Monica Susans – (30s, female, mezzo-soprano) Kind-hearted, wholly supportive co-director of choir. Monica is a very talented musician and composer. A natural mediator, who is not afraid to stand up for herself or others.
Rich Cantore – (60s, male, baritone) World-renowned music producer looking for the next “big thing.” Rich is a fast talker who is direct and charming. He is all business with his eyes on the prize.
Karen Noha – (17+, female, alto) Piano prodigy and leader of the Sensation’s band. Karen has a very dry sense of humor and is easily at home among adults and her peers. Role requires the ability to play piano.
Announcer – (Any age/gender, non-singing role) British television voiceover and narrator of “Beyond the Façade”. Also plays Hal Folkes, a popular talk show personality.
Character Actor – (Any age, male, tenor) Strong, versatile comedic actor to play the following:
- Slappy Phelps – Jazz legend and Jake’s mentor.
- Reggie – A gruff morning talk show co-host.
- Harry Woolworth – A no-nonsense elderly dance teacher.
- Adam Cohen – Amber’s father.
- Donny Schwartzenstein – …of the celebrity sibling duo Donny and Donna.
- Bryan Bayridge – Cheesy Hollywood interviewer on the Red Carpet.
- Bar Patron – In NYC dive bar.
Character Actress – (Any age, female, mezzo-soprano) Strong, versatile comedic actor to play the following:
- Edith Jonathan – Jake’s loving mother.
- Rosie Pertersworth – Stern head of Show Choir Nationals.
- Kit – A perky morning talk show co-host.
- Sarita Imani – Rajiv’s success-minded mom.
- Shari Shalomar – An eccentric voice teacher to the stars.
- Donna Schwartzenstein – …of the celebrity sibling duo Donny and Donna.
- Jane Streams – Elderly fashion critic, Red Carpet Special.
- Bar Patron – In NYC dive bar.
The Symphonic Sensations:
Janelle Solomon – (17+, female, big vocal range) Introverted costume designer for the choir who eventually becomes the lead singer. Lacks confidence but blossoms into a pop superstar throughout the show.
Austin Peterson – (17+, male, baritone) Football player who happens to be a fantastic dancer. Austin is the handsome face of the Sensations. He is uncomfortable with the spotlight, as he is hiding a secret.
Amber Cohen – (17+, female, alto/2nd soprano) Popular girl with a wild streak. Amber is the original lead singer of the Sensations. Hungry for the chance to reclaim the spotlight, she is easily manipulated.
Rajiv Imani – (16+, male, tenor, South Asian) Comic book aficionado who is pushed into showbiz by his stage mother. Rajiv is a humble heartthrob and a bit naïve.
Millie McNichols – (16+, female, 2nd soprano) Former soccer cheerleader turned show choir loyalist. Millie is warm, thoughtful, and honest. She is a natural leader, always looking out for the group.
Andrew “Dru” Peterson – (18+, male, strong bass/beat-boxer) Suburban tough guy with a talent for beat-boxing. Dru is fiercely loyal, extremely confident, and outspoken.
Tracey Thompson – (16+, female, strong coloratura) An outstanding soprano but perhaps not the best dancer of the group. Tracey is accident-prone but resilient. Role requires an excellent physical comedian.
Dave Stone – (17+, male, baritone) Easy-going stoner. Dave is just along for the ride and is having the time of his life. Role requires ability to play guitar.
Melissa Sparing – (15+, female, soprano) Hyper-intelligent overachiever with a goofy side. Melissa is the youngest of the group and works hard to earn her place. She is energetic, earnest, and endearing.
Sean Everett – (15+, male, strong tenor) A superstar in his own mind. Sean is cocky to the point of being a bit obnoxious. He is also gay, out, and proud.
Sabrina Turner – (16+, female, alto) Ruthless and attention hungry late addition to the Sensations. Sabrina is an excellent dancer who happens to be Rich’s stepdaughter. She is mysterious and manipulative.
Ensemble of 3+ – Versatile singer/actor/dancers/musicians to play the following:
- Amy, Danny & Rob – Karen’s Band. Ability to play is helpful but not necessary.
- The Fairfield Firecrackers – A rival show choir.
- Buffalo Bravado – A rival show choir.
- Commercial Actors – Diet Fizz.
- Celebrity Presenters – At the Grammys.
- Paparazzi/Reporters – Various times.
- Bar Patrons – New York dive bar.
- Nurse – At hospital.
- Additional voice-overs and characters
Time: 2004 -2012. As Show Choir! – The Musical is told through the framework of a television show documentary entitled “Beyond the Façade,” you will need the ability to move quickly from one location to another to create the appearance of a television show onstage. One unit set with multiple playing areas/levels and small, easily moveable set pieces works well. In addition, projections can be a very exciting way to help tell this story and fill the stage like a television screen.
Performance Royalties for AMATEUR and EDUCATIONAL Groups begin at $150/performance for theaters under 150 seats, and rise depending on ticket prices and theater particulars. Please fill out an application for your personalized quote.
Performance Royalties for PROFESSIONAL Theaters will be quoted as a box office percentage, with a minimum guarantee based on ticket prices and theater particulars. Please fill out an application for your personalized quote.
An Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package must be purchased from Stage Rights as a part of your licensing agreement (see Materials).
Billing responsibilities, pertinent copyright information, and playwrights' biographies are available in the show rider that comes with your license agreement.
"Up With People meets Spinal Tap! Campy fun." –Theater Scene
“Show Choir! is an absolutely hilarious parody of a musical, full of brilliant one-liners. It's Fame for this generation, taking what Glee has done and creating a musical with real talent and no auto-tuning." –BroadwayBaby.com
"You'll be humming the words to the title track long after you've left the theatre!" –Time Out New York
“A witty and tuneful score… a hugely enjoyable show." –What’s On Stage
“The singing is marvelous and the laughs come thick and fast." –HeraldScotland
“This production isn't so much high energy as nuclear Armageddon, a non-stop parade of character-based gags and numbers." –Scotsman.com
"Hold on to your stage fedoras and tap shoes, because you are in for a ride with this one!" –LOGO On-line
"Catchy songs with amusing lyrics… a high standard production." –BroadwayWorld.com
"Show Choir! is a fun and pizzaz-y musical." –Theatre Is Easy
"Glitzy, joyful song and dance… Infectiously perky." –ThreeWeeks
"An explosion of silver sequins and jazz hands, Show Choir! – The Musical is an effervescent, high-kicking delight." –Off-Off-Online.com
"Show Choir has the Glee affect!" –Musical Theatre Matters
"A wonderfully over the top, sparkling treat." –BroadwayWorld.com
"Cheekily cheesy… a real crowd-pleaser!" –Hi! Drama (Channel 56)
“McDaniels and Garverick have crafted a side-splitting, rocking musical that allows every showbiz nerd to feel they belong… Their clever mockumentary reveals a teen equivalent to Christopher Guest’s astonishing film Waiting for Guffman.” –A.C.T. San Francisco via Broadway World
Materials: Your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date and will include everything necessary for your production. They can be ordered in Printed or Digital format. Printed Materials are provided on unbound three-hole punched loose-leaf paper while Digital Materials are provided via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.
The Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package for Show Choir! – The Musical includes:
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