re: mostly female cast shows

Fredisetgo
Swing
joined:5/18/06
mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/26/06 at 07:25pm
I was just curious about this because next year my school really only has a couple good guys for male parts:: what are some good shows that have mostly a female cast?
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bwaylvsong
Broadway Legend
joined:7/28/05
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/26/06 at 07:44pm
Play: Enchanted April

Musical: Wonderful Town
Oklahoma
Fiddler
boy_blake
Stand-by
joined:4/10/06
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/26/06 at 08:22pm
If you don't want to use guys at all you could think about Nunsense. It's hysterical! And a musical, if you didn't know that already.
soapguy17
Broadway Legend
joined:9/25/05
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/26/06 at 08:40pm
Sweet Charity.
Fiddler On The Roof.
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Over_the_Moon
Broadway Legend
joined:2/22/05
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/26/06 at 10:55pm
In the way of plays, you could do Greeks... most have a large chorus that can be all female, and there usually aren't that many males.

(See Seven Against Thebes by Sophocles)
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Magical_Ms._Mistoffeles_72
Broadway Legend
joined:4/12/04
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/27/06 at 03:40am
Chicago

Little Women
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i love idina
Stand-by
joined:4/13/06
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/27/06 at 07:33am
bwaylvsong - Oklahoma is definitely not right for this description. Two of the most important characters in the show, Curly and Will Parker are men and those roles require strong male performers. In addition you have Judd who has a solo and need to be well played also. Mr. Carnes (Ado Annies paw) sings "The Farmer and the Cowman" and thise role also requires a male who can sing well and be comedic and a few of scenes. I agree that most of the ensemble and other parts could be played by women,but i think that Oklahoma works much better with a even amount of women and men. Just my opinion though.
i love idina
Stand-by
joined:4/13/06
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/27/06 at 07:36am
And then to answer your question, Bye Bye Birdie is a great show for a cast of mostly women. Bye Bye Birdie is filled with solos and meaty bit parts for those who don't get Kim or Rose. And in order for the show to be a sucess you really only need two leading men. Albert requires a real triple threat. Conrad needs to be someone who can move really well and who also has the look think going on.
bwaylvsong
Broadway Legend
joined:7/28/05
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/27/06 at 08:53am
i love idina-Well, she said that they had a couple of good guys, so I stretched that to three (Curly, Judd, Will). Carnes did not sing "farmer and the Cowman" in the recent revival, Aunt Eller did. Although Oklahoma! may "work better" with an ensemble of equal proportions, it can be done justice with an ensemble of mostly women.
Jon
Broadway Legend
joined:2/20/04
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/27/06 at 12:36pm
Fiddler? are you kidding? There are TEN principal roles for men - plus chorus. You absolutely cannot do the show with less than 15 men. You really only need a total of ten women (assuming that Fruma Sarah and Grandma Tzeitel double as chorus).

MEN:
Tevye
Motel
Perchick
Fyedka
Lazar Wolf
Morcha
Avram
Mendel
Rabbi
Constable
The Fiddler
Plus many other small roles (Reb Nachum the Beggar, The Priest, Yussell the hatmaker, Sasha, the bagel man, Russian soldiers, etc.)

WOMEN:
Golde
Yente
Five Daughters
Grandma Teitel
Fruma Sarah
Various villagers (Shandel, Rifka, Mirele, etc.)

Updated On: 6/27/06 at 12:36 PM
Masayous
Swing
joined:6/27/06
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/27/06 at 02:06pm
Annie.
MarkRascati
Broadway Star
joined:5/24/06
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/27/06 at 02:21pm
My teacher was telling me about a musical with all girls that they did a little while back...I think the title had something to do with quilts
Soozie
Stand-by
joined:7/26/05
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/27/06 at 04:11pm
The above poster is thinking of Quilters which is all women.
Another all women show would be A My Name is Alice.

However, you said you have a couple of guys. Some shows that can be done with just a few guys are:
Tintypes
Pippin (The Leading Player can be female)
Chicago
Cabaret
Footloose
Nine (but need one excellent male)
Cinderella
Little Me (but need an excellent male)
Bye Bye Birdie
Leader of the Pack
jaesdare
Broadway Star
joined:9/29/05
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/28/06 at 12:22am
quilters
masks
the crucible
we did a female odd couple last year
MarkRascati
Broadway Star
joined:5/24/06
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/28/06 at 06:57pm
Ahhh, thanks soozie
ShiningStar
Understudy
joined:10/20/05
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/28/06 at 10:55pm
Ruthless is a great show!
MyNameInLights
Broadway Legend
joined:8/20/03
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/29/06 at 04:44am
Did no one say Gypsy? Seriously?!
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dancnqn5
Stand-by
joined:7/12/05
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/30/06 at 05:43pm
Pippin with a female leading player is interesting. Even more so when it's done with 3 females harmonizing a la The Supremes like my school did a couple years ago.
nztheatreluva
Broadway Star
joined:11/11/04
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 6/30/06 at 06:11pm
Possibly Fame? You really only need a couple of really good guy singers, the rest can be mostly actors/dancers.
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Soozie
Stand-by
joined:7/26/05
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 7/1/06 at 01:48pm
Actually, my daughter played The Leading Player in Pippin. I really do not think the sex of the actor matters for that role. It is a triple threat sort of role that can be done by a girl or a guy and is sort of a "narrator" type of character. In her production, I recall just four boys....Pippin, King Charlemagne, Lewis, and Theo.
dramatothemax
Broadway Legend
joined:1/3/04
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 7/1/06 at 03:38pm
The Caucasian Chalk Circle is pretty female heavy...it's very Brecht style...but a lot of people don't like that.
xbRadxx
Stand-by
joined:6/26/06
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 7/1/06 at 06:53pm
La Cage ...
Ohh Whoops...

The Woman in White..?
Little Women
JemimaPearl
Understudy
joined:5/12/05
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 7/1/06 at 09:42pm
Believe it or not, Thoroughly Modern Millie works. My High school pulled off an award winning production with only 4 guys.
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dramatothemax
Broadway Legend
joined:1/3/04
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 7/2/06 at 01:05am
Once again, that whole thing where Andrew Lloyd Webber tries to write a musical...should probably be something he never tries again. Besides, even if someone decided they wanted to do it. I'm sure MTI is too embarassed to release the rights to it.

Imagine if they released Le Stat. AHHHHHH. Kill me.
actress_06
Featured Actor
joined:12/7/04
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 7/2/06 at 12:26pm
For All female cast try Quilters'. It's got real range to it. It has the audience roling in the aisles laughing and then crying like babies. The music is wonderful too.
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Jon
Broadway Legend
joined:2/20/04
re: mostly female cast shows
Posted: 7/5/06 at 07:40pm
Quilters warning:

If you want to do the show CORRECTLY, you need to start SEVERAL MONTHS IN ADVANCE having the various quilts made. There are fifteen small (around 3' x4') quilt "blocks", and the gigantic Legacy Quilt (which should be at least 12'x12'). You CANNOT just find existing quilts and use them.

We've done the show at our theatre twice over the past 20 years. We had a local quilting club create the quilts We paid for materials and let them keep the small quilts after the show was done. We sold raffle tickets for The Legacy Quilt during the run of the show and made over $2000.

ALSO - the music for the show is written for a country band. You definitely need a guitar and fiddle at the very least. Two of each would be preferable This music WILL NOT work on a piano.

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