From The Andrew Sisters to hip-hop! From World War I to Afghanistan. The Pin-Up Girls sing a cavalcade of hits inspired by letters home from our troops overseas! While singing at their local VFW hall, Leanne and her friends stumble upon a huge stash of letters that go back a hundred years. Inspired by what they find— funny, romantic, heartbreaking and… sexy— the ladies put on a show that celebrates the guys and gals who fight to defend our country.
A local VFW Hall – present day. Our four performers, Leanne, Dana, Megan, and Joel, enter (swing version of “Wait A Minute, Mr. Postman”) and introduce themselves as The Pin-Up Girls! They explain that their fourth Pin-Up, Sharon, is unavailable tonight because she’s about to have her baby any minute now! But Joel, Leanne’s younger brother, has agreed to step in. Leanne explains how upset they are because the VFW Hall is closing. After finding a room filled with letters to and from soldiers that go back to World War I, they decide to put on a show to celebrate these letters and the folks who fought!
Leanne begins with a handful of letters from her grandfather who used to run this hall (Motown rendition of “You Made Me Love You”). Dana holds up a Star Wars lunchbox where she keeps the letters from her sister, Karyn, who recently married another soldier. They are now enjoying their six-month honeymoon in picturesque…Iraq (“Abba Dabba Honeymoon”)! Joel steps up with a letter intended to be read by Sharon (Rapping Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning). Megan comes forward with a letter her great-grandmother sent her enlisted boyfriend telling him exactly how she feels (Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”). After a tribute to the guys who had no one at home writing them (Tropical Version: “Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter”), the group receives a text from Sharon’s mom— Sharon’s contractions are two minutes apart! They joke around and send Sharon a short video (“Push It!”)!
Joel performs the first of a three-part series (“Sincerely Wilbur, Part 1!”). This Western-style song is inspired by letters from a soldier who “embellishes” his involvement during World War I. After reading some short, funny letters, they read a letter from someone in tonight’s audience. Leanne sings a heartfelt dedication to her Uncle Frank in Kuwait (“Letters from War”). Next up, our four performers become Rita Hayworth, Ann Margaret, Marilyn Monroe, and Joel gets to play…Carmen Miranda (“Ain’t She Sweet” and “Oh, You Beautiful Doll”)! Joel reads a letter, complete with photos, in which a soldier describes what he wants to do with his wife when he gets home (“Craft Song”). Dana tells us about a barbershop quartet where all four men were shipped off together (“Coney Island Baby”). One by one, the voices fade away until… only one soldier makes it home. This sets up Joel’s emotional rendition of “P.S. I Love You.” It is now time to check back in with our embellishing soldier from World War I (Sincerely Wilbur, Part 2!). We wrap up the first act with a short BINGO game where we test the audience’s knowledge about war. Winner gets a free give-away! Perhaps a Pin-Up Girls mug!
A salute to America (“You’re a Grand Old Flag”)! Complete with kazoos, pom-poms, and a slide whistle. To find out how much the audience knows about America, Dana holds up cue cards while the others get the audience to join in a sing along (“Turkey in the Straw–State Song”)! Megan sings (“Someone to Watch Over Me”) as the others act out short scenes of soldiers falling in love while in Europe.
USO Section: Leanne steps forward as Bob Hope, complete with captain’s hat and golf club. This section celebrates every war Bob Hope hosted the USO shows. World War II: “Bob Hope” introduces “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” then his friend in the ruby slippers (“Judy, Judy, Judy”). Korean War: Megan plays Dean Martin (“Dino, Baby”). Vietnam: Bob Hope introduces Frankie’s little girl! Joel puts on a blonde wig and performs “These Boots Are Made for Walking.” The section wraps up with a soft shoe (“Thanks for the Memories”).
The music segues quickly (“Sincerely Wilbur, Part 3!”). Wilbur made it to war— and even received a medal! Dana steps forward with the lunch box that holds her sister’s letters. She sings a song to honor her sister’s best friend who died during the war (“On a Bus to St. Cloud”). Leanne comes forward with a shoebox full of letters. It was when this shoebox came home that Leanne’s grandmother found out her son had died. She reads a letter from her grandmother to her deceased son. As the group comforts Leanne, she receives a text saying that Sharon had a baby girl! Joel reads a letter written by Sharon’s husband, currently serving in Afghanistan, to their unborn child. Using Leanne’s phone, they video the reading and send it to Sharon. We come to the end of the show. Our four singers mourn the fact that all these letters will now be thrown out… until Dana comes up with a wonderful solution! The group gathers to sing the final song (“Alive”). They hold up letters and read off names of other soldiers. For the curtain call, the cast sings a reprise (“Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman”).
A big red-lipstick kiss to our overseas veterans, then and now!
Leanne – Ringleader of the group. Wears her heart on her sleeve. Her grandfather ran this VFW hall for 26 years. Leanne manages her family’s printing company, American Graphics, and is very good at using her passion and enthusiasm to persuade others.
Megan – Party Girl. A bit of a flirt. Ex-prom queen who is always looking for a good time. Very outgoing. Graduated from beauty school and is now a “beauty consultant.”
Dana – Teaches music at a catholic middle school. Reserved with a childlike innocence. Extremely excited to be performing for a room full of people who are over twelve years old! She arranges all the music. Plays ukulele if possible.
Joel – Brother to Leanne. Hipster with a smart-alecky attitude and a great sense of humor. Likes being the center of attention. After Sharon’s water breaks, Joel is thrust into the show with only one day of rehearsal! ‘What could possibly go wrong?!’
Sharon is referred to throughout the show. She was scheduled to perform tonight but is, instead, at the local hospital having a baby. Her husband, Andrew, is a soldier in Afghanistan.
Setting: The Pin-Up Girls takes place in present time at a local VFW Hall that is about to be closed.
“From Gershwin to Beyonce! A musical love letter full of nostalgia and pride!”
“A lively script! Engaging piano arrangements! Evocative song list!” –North Texas Performing Arts News
The Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package for The Pin Up Girls! includes:
Stage Manager’s Script – Printed on standard 8.5” x 11” 3-hole-punched paper, with the same page numbers and text as the Production Scripts, but with more space on the page for notes and cues.