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re: Lesser known musicals

beav

joined:5/19/06
Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/24/06 at 07:37pm
what are some lesser known musicals that are fun to do in high school theater?

My drama teacher loves doing lesser known musicals.
Soozie
Stand-by
joined:7/26/05
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/24/06 at 09:50pm
How about:

Tintypes
Little Me
Leader of the Pack
How to Succeed at Business Without Really Trying
Once on This Island
The Boyfriend
Babes in Arms
Smile
Merrily We Roll Along (if a REALLY good theater dept.)
Side Show
Barnum
Starmites
Tommy
The Wiz

MarkRascati
Broadway Star
joined:5/24/06
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/25/06 at 07:25pm
The only one's i've heard out've those are "how to succeed at business", "babes in arms" "barnum" and "the wiz"


but I'll check out the other ones, thanks for replying
neddyfrank2
Broadway Legend
joined:12/23/05
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/25/06 at 08:25pm
YOURS, ANNE!!!

It is a goregous musical about the diary of Anne Frank.
TobiasFinch
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joined:11/14/05
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/25/06 at 09:25pm
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wackjack132
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joined:4/12/06
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/25/06 at 09:34pm
One that's not a musical persay, but its got songs scattered through it is "Spoon River Anthology"...It's like an older version of "Our Town". It's a bunch of monologues about characters, who are dead, and their lives they left behind. Its got some pretty good songs in it.
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jaesdare
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joined:9/29/05
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/25/06 at 10:10pm
something's afoot is really fun to do in highschools
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Fredisetgo
Swing
joined:5/18/06
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/26/06 at 01:00pm
City of Angels


its really hard though... not going to lie... but we did it and it was really good............you just have to have a good cast
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soapguy17
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joined:9/25/05
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/26/06 at 06:27pm
Spoon River Anthology? I loved that book!!! It's a musical!! OMG!!!! (I'm finished.)
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meggsison
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joined:7/4/05
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/26/06 at 07:00pm
Ohh I LOVE Once On This Island! It's really a fantabulous show! And The Wiz is cool too!
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kerblammo
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joined:1/25/04
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/27/06 at 02:37pm
Once On This Island is probably one of the most well-known and overdone musicals in high school theatre. This school year alone, 4 high schools have done ooti, including mine. Just throwing that out there.
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judy_in_disguise
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joined:5/31/04
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/27/06 at 03:14pm
Return to the Forbidden Planet.
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ashley0139
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joined:1/3/05
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/27/06 at 10:11pm
I'd love to see how a high school audience would respond to Sideshow.
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meggsison
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re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/27/06 at 11:36pm
My high school has never done OOTI. And neither have any near me. Maybe next year. Wow, I just jinxed us.
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ComaBaby01
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joined:5/4/06
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 5/28/06 at 12:30am
I've done Smile.

Don't do it. don't say i didn't warn you either...

I just got the OBCRs of Applause and The Fix and although i have never seen them i would suggest those to my theater director in a flash. look into those.
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minchkin#5
Swing
joined:5/18/05
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 6/5/06 at 04:10pm
how about elagies for angles, punks and raging queens? great music and not that well known : )
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deardarling
Understudy
joined:5/11/06
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 6/7/06 at 12:55pm
I agree with Ashley...I love Side Show. It's one of my favorite musicals...but I would like to see my peers reaction to it.

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Johnny Can't Decide
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joined:6/7/06
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 6/8/06 at 01:57am
"Tick, Tick, Boom" if you have a really small, REALLY talented theatre dpt. Heh. :)
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aejay074sho
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joined:6/4/06
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 6/8/06 at 04:43am
how about A Day in Hollywood/ The Night in the Ukraine
very vaudeville fun full of tap dancing and variety Marx brother is a big influence
30/90 Playout
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joined:10/7/05
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 6/9/06 at 04:22pm
We just did Working, fun show.
BroadwayDreamer145
Swing
joined:6/9/06
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 6/9/06 at 05:04pm
Oh god, NEVER do Applause. My school did it last year and it was AWFUL. It's become our joke... "Let's not make this another Applause"...and whenever something goes bad everyone says APPLAUSE APPLAUSE. The show is a joke
MarkRascati
Broadway Star
joined:5/24/06
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 6/10/06 at 01:37am
Working...there was a sitcom called Working a few years back...any relation?
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MamaCita06
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joined:12/12/05
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 6/10/06 at 02:49am
STARMITES! it was my first musical (i was in 7th grade) and it's perfect for highschoolers... LOTS of sufficient parts/solos! it's rock opera style... and the best part? the men are superheros... superheros = tights!!! mmmmmmm
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catstagestud
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joined:2/27/05
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 6/12/06 at 08:15pm
Please don't suggest Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens for your high school. The material is rather depressing and I wouldn't ever want to see that show done by high school students. I do think that the suggestion of Smile is a good one if you have a female-dominated program. I know that I went to a high school with more talented men than women so we did Joseph our senior year but you could look at something like 3hree. I'd stay away from Once on This Island and SideShow. But H2$ is a great show if you have a good dance program for your musicals...good luck.

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dancnqn5
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re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 6/14/06 at 08:29pm
H2$ and The Boyfriend are good for high schools. Also, besides OOTI being overdone, both it and The Wiz are written for ethnic casts. There's nothing saying they can't be cast color-blind, but it would look awful if the cast couldn't handle the material (speaking from someone who was in just about the whitest version of the Wiz ever!) On a more classical note, I had a really fun time when our school did Pirates of Penzance my freshman year of high school. It was different, yet really fun. A little more cultured than your typical high school musical.
SoulMadeOfSong
Swing
joined:5/21/06
re: Lesser known musicals
Posted: 6/18/06 at 10:48pm
The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

DONE.

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