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Dave Reiser

DAVE REISER  

Nationality:    USA
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Since 1970 David Reiser has written music and lyrics for over 50 musicals - no small feat when one considers that during most of those years he taught choral music and served as music department chair of a large Chicago suburban high school. Over half of his musicals have been published (Samuel French, Pioneer Drama, Baker's Plays and Drama Source) and are in continuous production throughout the United States and Canada-occasionally in Europe, Japan and Australia-and all but a few of the unpublished musicals have had at least one production. Some of his more significant productions include Molineaux, at Theatre Row Theatre and Old Goat Song at the Jose Quintero Theatre, both of New York City; Ben at the National Theatre in Washington, DC; Mrs. Scrooge at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago; and two London productions: Ballets Russes at the Rosemary Branch Theatre and Old Goat Song at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre."

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        Aladdin And the Magic Lamp         Alas! Alack! Zorro's Back!         All About Love         And on the Sixth Day         Ballet Russes         Ben         Betsy         Christmas Santa Almost Missed, The         Coping         Creepy Creeps Of Pilgrim Road, The         Dr Jekyll Please Don't Hyde!         Fairy Tales on Trial         Frederick Two         Frog Prince, The         Hold High the Torch         Hope For the Best         Hurricane Smith, The Musical         I Want My Mummy!         Ichabod         Ichabod Crane And the Headless Horseman         In the Soup         It's Not the End Of the World, Is It?         Jekyll Hydes Again         Journey To the Imagination         Legend Of Pocahontas, The         Love With A Twist         Molineaux         Mother Goose Is Missing!         Mrs Scrooge         My Husband the Wife         Norah's Ark         Not the Count Of Monte Cristo?!         Old Goat Song         Once Upon A Christmas         Operetta!         Peter Pan In Trouble         Picture Of Dorian Gray, The         Pinchpenny Phantom Of the Opera, The         Real Story Of Little Red Riding Hood, The         Real Story Of the Three Little Pigs, The         Road To Good Health, The         Robin Hood         Saloonkeeper's Daughter         Second Oldest Profession, The         Slow Down, Sweet Chariot         Tree, The         Undone Divas         What A Spot!         Who Will Save the World?         Woman Overboard         Zingo!



Aladdin And the Magic Lamp

Synopsis:
A musical retelling of the classic "Rags to Riches" tale of a poor tailor's son who discovers a magic lamp containing a Genie who grants him three wishes that will change his life forever.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Donald Leonard

1st Produced:
-    1996

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Children's Musical Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Alas! Alack! Zorro's Back!

Synopsis:
Never fear! Henry's here! Henry's impersonates his hero, Zorro, and defends the oppressed in this comic musical. Buck Badum owns everything in Old New Mexico--from Hotel Cucaracha to the bank to Sheriff Toady. (His badge is crooked and so is he!) With the help of Conchita, his diabolical accomplice, Buck deceives the townsfolk. That is, until Henry and his Aunt Victoria arrive. they hold the deed to the Tottering Mine Shaft to present to Alice Sweepup, a slave at the hotel. Buck persuades Conchita to pretend to be Alice. But when a fiesta is given, Conchita decides to double-cross Buck. This is the time for Zorro to rescue Alice! Before the fiesta ends, Zorro (uh, Henry) has saved the town. To cap his triumph, love has blossomed between he and Alice.

Notes:
Book by Tim Kelly; Music And lyrics by David Reiser

1st Produced:
-    1995

Company:
-

1st Published:
Pioneer Drama Service,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
75 minutes Musical

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  6            Other:  optional chorus

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All About Love

Synopsis:
All About Love explores the many different facets of love, such as the first meeting, the first kiss, the first argument, disappointment, marriage, tough love, unconventional love and loss of love. It is written for a cast of three men and three women with piano accompaniment. It requires no sets or costumes and only minimal props; it takes about 90 minutes to perform.

Notes:
Book, Music And Lyrics by David Reiser

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Genre:
musical revue Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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And on the Sixth Day

Synopsis:
This musicalization of the Bible from creation to the nativity is a reverent, a light hearted romp. Satan employs increasingly ludicrous efforts to upset God's plan for mankind-- only to find he's making people turn to God even more fervently. the verbal battles between God and Satan are theologically sound and hilarious. Here are Adam and Eve, Abraham, Samson and Delilah, David and Bathsheba, Noah and many more in an inspirational and entertaining show that is suitable for year round productions and ideal at Christmas. Musical numbers include Satan urging the lions to devour Daniel and a quartet in barbershop harmony during Samson's shearing.

Notes:
Book, Music And Lyrics by Jack Sharkey And Dave Reiser

1st Produced:
-    1982

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1984   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical Drama Musical

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  or more

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Ballet Russes

Synopsis:
combines classical dance with music and Drama to tell the story of the legendary Russian ballet company during the years prior to World War I, of the tumultuous love affair between impresario, Diaghilev and the famous male dancer, Nijinsky-and Nijinsky's ultimate betrayal. Also included in the cast are prima ballerinas Karsavina and Tchessinska, composer Stravinski and choreographer Folkine

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Bernard Myers

1st Produced:

Company:
A Stage Kindly

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Ben

Synopsis:
A musical celebration of the life of Benjamin Franklin, from his well-known entry into Philadelphia through his final years.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Bernard Myers

1st Produced:
National Theatre, Washington DC    1989

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Betsy

Synopsis:
A musical about Betsy Ross and how she came to sew America's first flag.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Jack Sharkey

1st Produced:
-    1975

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Christmas Santa Almost Missed, The

Synopsis:
A month before Christmas, Santa falls off a ladder and breaks his leg. The doctor orders him to stay off it until it heals and he must wear a cast and use crutches. Now unable to get in and out of his sleigh, go up and down chimneys to deliver toys for Christmas, Santa needs a helper. None of his friends (Easter Bunny, Cinderella, Snow White, etc.) are able or willing to help him. His head elf sends out a bulletin on the airwaves, which brings in a number of candidates. But Santa selects an orphan who never experienced a real Christmas, and, therefore, doesn't believe in Santa. (Santa feels he can help the orphan as much as the orphan can help him.) He/she agrees to help Santa, however, and during the Christmas Eve ride is so impressed he/she comes to believe in Christmas and Santa. Santa and Mrs. Claus are also impressed, and they adopt him/her. (The orphan can be played by a boy or girl.)

Notes:
music and lyrics by David Reiser, book by Judy Wolfman

1st Produced:
-    -

Company:
-

1st Published:
drama source   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Coping

Synopsis:
How do you cope with a nuclear power plant in your neighborhood? With your daughter bringing home swains whose purple hair doesn't quite hide their earrings? With fickle lovers-- your husband's Other Woman-- sojourns in the hospital-- early retirement-- a fiance whose hobby is stealing cars-- in fact, with just about any problem one has to face? This hilariously informative and Machiavellianly educational shows that absolutely nothing that occurs in life cannot be summarily and rather delightfully dealt with. Only three players, minimal props, and no set at all, and guaranteed to keep audiences howling with glee from opening curtain to riotous finale.

Notes:
Book, Music And Lyrics by Jack Sharkey And Dave Reiser

1st Produced:
-    1987

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
theatre Musical revue Musical

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  pianist

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Creepy Creeps Of Pilgrim Road, The

Synopsis:
Here's the comical toe-tapper that your audiences have been waiting for! the doors are wide open at the Creeps' zany abode, so come right in and get a load of this monstrously fun musical! the Creeps, a charming though unusual family, live in a dilapidated mansion in Edible Falls. Heading the home is Sinbad and his captivating spouse, Tarantula. We also meet up with their teenage niece, Sally, gorgeous maid Lullaby Jones and a butler who just happens to resemble a billy goat. Unfortunately, Flora Limetree, a local society dragon, loathes the Creeps. Each year she enters Pilgrim Road in the All-American Street Contest. But every year the street loses, due, in her opinion, to the appearance of the Creeps' house. Evily scheming with her nephew, Bubba, Flora re-draws the town limits, and the Creeps find themselves outsiders. To complicate matters, Prince Un Ravel arrives from Egypt as a guest in the Creeps' household, and "M.D." (short for Mysterious Dude) falls in love with Sinbad's grandmother, who just happens to be raising crocodiles in the dungeon! Throw in your basic pirates and vultures, add a talking clock and a lively, ghostly portrait and top it off with an ancient telephone operator who lives in the walls. Spice it all up with a number of show-stopping tunes, and you have the recipe for the blockbuster of the year. Eventually, the Creeps are back where they belong, and thanks to them, Pilgrim Road wins the contest. You'll have to see it to believe it! Wonderful small roles. Easy to rehearse. No production problems. A non-stop, all-in-fun laugh-a-thon! With this family entertainment, your cast and audience will never forget the side-splitting tunes of "Hickory, Dickory, Dock," "It's Nice to Have a Man Around the Dungeon" and many more original delights! When the Creeps come to your town, you and your audience are ready for fun!

Notes:
Book by Tim Kelly; Music And lyrics by David Reiser

1st Produced:
-    1992

Company:
-

1st Published:
Pioneer Drama Service,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
90 minutes Musical

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  16            Other:  plus 3 roles that can be either, optional chorus, extras

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Dr Jekyll Please Don't Hyde!

Synopsis:
Here's a hilarious one act musical farce that spoofs Robert Louis Stevenson's classic! Dr. Henry Jekyll, a well-bred English doctor, probes the diabolic side of human nature and turns himself into the villainous Mr. Hyde. . . the terror of London! the setting is Jekyll's laboratory, which doubles nicely for Hyde's apartment. Jekyll has forced his attorney to make out a new will naming Hyde as his sole heir. Trouble escalates as we meet wacky characters: Lady Bugg and her icky daughter Alice; Mrs. Gush, whose little boy swallowed some coins and there's been no change; and Mildred Kidneystone, who mistakes a hat rack for the doctor. Eventually, Jekyll must pay for his dangerous experiment. A zany taste of tunes add to the spirited dialogue: "An Extraordinary Scene," "What A Fortunate Girl Am I!" and the show-stopping "Don't Let Him Get Away!"

Notes:
Book by Tim Kelly; Music And lyrics by David Reiser

1st Produced:
-    1995

Company:
-

1st Published:
Pioneer Drama Service, 1996   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
45 minutes Musical

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  9            Other:  optional chorus

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Fairy Tales on Trial

Synopsis:
A young girl is read a bedtime story by her father. She then dreams that three fairy tale characters are hauled into court - the wolf for blowing the pigs' houses down, the troll for trying to prevent the Billy Goats Gruff from crossing his bridge, and Goldilocks for trespassing in the three bears' house.

Notes:
Music and Lyrics by David Reiser, Book by Judy Wolfman

1st Produced:
-    -

Company:
-

1st Published:
Drama Source,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Frederick Two

Synopsis:
A musical based upon FredErick II, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire in the 1200s and his dealings with the various popes who are in power during his reign.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And John Chodes

1st Produced:
unproduced    1994

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Frog Prince, The

Synopsis:
Adapted from the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, the FROG PRINCE combines song, dance and comedy with the story of a young prince who has been turned into a frog by an evil witch. Add to the cast of characters a young princess whom no one can understand because she, too, lives under a witch's spell, three singing frogs, a pet snake who has a taste for frogs, a solemn king and a silly court jester. Songs range from the haunting ballad, "How I Became A Frog," to the rousing finale, "Happy Ending." With a basic set and colorful costumes, the FROG PRINCE is enjoyable for everyone.

Notes:
Based Upon A Tale by the Brothers Grimm; Book Adapted by Donald J. Leonard, Jr.; Music And lyrics by David Reiser

1st Produced:
-    1988

Company:
-

1st Published:
Pioneer Drama Service,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Children's Musical About 50 minutes Musical

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  Flexible cast of 9

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Hold High the Torch

Synopsis:
the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic games are revisited in this hilarious musical.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Jack Sharkey

1st Produced:
unproduced    1984

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Hope For the Best

Synopsis:
"Haute Couturiere" Hope Chapman and her pessimistic assistant. Deslie, are about to file bankruptcy for their business when a great opportunity comes by. Can they turn a millionaire's daughter from ugly duckling to swan in three days, to attract the attention of rich Gregory Tarlton? But daughter Angela, is a real project-- almost irretrievably unattractive, totally wrapped up in her hobby, fish survival, and madly in love with the family butler. then Gregory mistakes Hope for Angela and, Hope not realizing who he is, they fall madly in love with one another. But Gregory and Angela are set for a mutually unwanted marriage-- and everybody else is equally unhappy. Complications mount until finally true love unites the proper parties-- at least they hope it's proper-- because everybody may be related to everybody else! Some twenty hilarious and/or romantic musical numbers add to your audience's enjoyment.

Notes:
Book, Music And Lyrics by Jack Sharkey And Dave Reiser

1st Produced:
-    1976

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical Farce Comedy Musical

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Hurricane Smith, The Musical

Synopsis:
Hurricane Smith fears nothing-neither the blood-thirsty Cobra People nor the headhunters lurking in jungle shrubbery. Naturally, Linda Zest, photo-journalist, and Bill and Hildegarde, Hurricane's young admirers, are along for the romp. Even Java-Java, Hurricane's gorilla nanny, gets a song in this show ("What a Monkey!"). One simple set makes this play easy to produce. This is a hilarious and tuneful spoof that not only keeps your cast and audience delighted but also guarantees brisk ticket sales. the thrilling score piles up one blockbuster hit after another-"I've Made Up My Mind," "I Like Your Style," "Pot Luck." When Hurricane sings "I Hear Jungle Drums," you'll want to pack your quinine tablets and head for the Amazon Jungle singing all the way-"Hooray for Hurricane!"

Notes:
Book by Tim Kelly; Music And lyrics by David Reiser

1st Produced:
-    1987

Company:
-

1st Published:
Pioneer Drama Service,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
120 min Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Flexible cast of 27 (roughly 12M, 15F), plus optional extras/chorus (doubling possible)

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I Want My Mummy!

Synopsis:
You're going to love this riotous, lighthearted musical! Baroness Frankenstein has opened her castle to monsters of the world who are having difficulty fitting in with society. Her guests include the Mummy, a Phantom Bride, the mad Igor, a MedUSA (complete with snakes in her hair), Vampira, a descendant of Dr. Jekyll's and the Invisible Man. the kind baroness rents the castle from Mrs. Hoople, who sends monthly checks to pay for the staff she imagines is working there. So what do these zany creatures do when Mrs. Hoople arrives rather unexpectedly to inspect the premises? Well, pose as the servants, of course! Poor Mrs. Hoople is shocked to discover a mummy for her butler and Igor for her gardener. What's worse, the cleaning woman is a vampire and there's a monster stretched out on the dining room table! the play's climax has a werewolf battling the Invisible Man in full view of the audience! the score is just as wacky as the plot, with such tunes as "Castle Frankenstein," "It's a Madhouse" and "Werewolf." If you're looking for a musical creature feature, then come to this hilarious horror house!

Notes:
Book by Tim Kelly; Music And lyrics by David Reiser

1st Produced:
-    1995

Company:
-

1st Published:
Pioneer Drama Service,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
60 min Musical

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  7            Other:  optional chorus and extras

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Ichabod

Synopsis:
A musical version of the well-known story by Washington Irving

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Jack Sharkey

1st Produced:
unproduced    1977

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Ichabod Crane And the Headless Horseman

Synopsis:
Tarrytown is a very merry town, sings the cast in this musical's opening number, but adds, "it can be a scary town". Ichabod Crane, the village's new schoolmaster, quickly becomes acquainted with both, but ultimately finds it more scary than merry. See how Washington Irving's memorable characters come to life in this charming musical adaptation. Flexible cast of adults, teenagers and children.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Donald Leonard

1st Produced:
-    1990

Company:
-

1st Published:
Drama Source,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Children's Musical Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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In the Soup

Synopsis:
In this musical version of the French folktale, Stone Soup, itinerant musicians have been traveling through a land ravaged by a drought. Unable to find work the musicians are forced to sell their instruments to buy food and must make the musical sounds with their voices. they come to a village and ask for food but the citizens are unwilling to share what little they have. Undaunted, the musicians start boiling water in which they drop a stone, telling the curious villagers they are making stone soup. the villagers begin to contribute various foods until there is a large pot of delicious soup which all enjoy at an impromptu feast. In a classic case of can't see the forest for the trees, the musicians are made aware that their voices, which they've been using to make instrument sounds are lovely, and are encouraged to enter an area music contest at which they could win enough money to get back on their feet financially.

Notes:
Music And Lyrics by Dave Reiser; Book by Judy Wolfman

1st Produced:
-    2003

Company:
-

1st Published:
Drama Source,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Children's Musical Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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It's Not the End Of the World, Is It?

Synopsis:
A musical comedy about a family and some of their neighbors who go to the safety a backyard atomic bomb shelter when an erroneous alarm is issued. An electrical pole falls on the entrance which not only traps them but cuts off all communication, so the shelter inhabitants assume that the attack actually took place.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Jack Sharkey

1st Produced:
unproduced    1983

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Jekyll Hydes Again

Synopsis:
This is the tale of Junior Jekyll, fresh out of medical school, who arrives to clear up his late father's estate and rediscovers Formula Number One, the dangerous potion that turned Dad into Mr. Hyde. Junior is soon ears deep in a mess-- wanted by the police, plunged into poverty, in love with the lab assistant and-- worst of all-- engaged to marry Grumby's rotund daughter Gretchen. As Hyde he encounters a saloon singer who knows the secret of Jekyll's Formula Number Two. By show's end Formula Number Three is unearthed and all ends happily for everybody except nasty old Grumby. This show is ebullient; the dialogue is priceless and the songs range from frightening to charming to hilarious.

Notes:
Book, Music And Lyrics by Jack Sharkey And Dave Reiser

1st Produced:
-    1984

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY,    -

Music:
-

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Musical comedy Musical

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Journey To the Imagination

Synopsis:
A delightfully whimsical revue that teaches young children about the power of imagination. It is designed for a traveling theatre group and can be presented in a classroom within the average elementary school period. Most suitable for pre-school through third grade.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Donald Leonard

1st Produced:
-    1994

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

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-

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Children's Musical Musical

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Legend Of Pocahontas, The

Synopsis:
A musical stage adaptation of the book POCAHONTAS INDIAN PRINCESS by Katherine E. Wilkie. It chronicles the life and times of the famous young woman who was willing to give up everything for true love.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Donald Leonard

1st Produced:
-    1996

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

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-

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Love With A Twist

Synopsis:
Short stories by O. Henry have never been so charmingly and hilariously staged. the Gift of the Magi, the Last Leaf, the Love Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein and the Marry Month of May are interlinked into a series of overlapping tales. Each is introduced with a mini overture of seasonal music. the finale, with all characters filling you in on what happened to them after their tales ended, is worth the price of admission. the characters are unforgettable, the dialogue is sparkling with wit, and the songs are sensational.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Jack Sharkey

1st Produced:
-    1986

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY,    -

Music:
-

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Musical

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Molineaux

Synopsis:
a musical based upon the true story of a former American slave, Tom Molineaux, who battled his way to London in the early 1800s to challenge the world boxing champion, Thomas Cribb. Cribb, however, wants to retire and refuses to fight. Undaunted, Molineaux defeats all the contenders to the crown (while having a secret love affair with Cribb's mistress) and becomes one of the most popular sports figures in London. Boxing fans, however, don't want a foreigner (and especially a black man) to be their new champion and persuade Cribb to come out of retirement and defeat the young upstart. In what was hailed as "the battle of the century", Molineaux actually beats Cribb but loses the match because of cheating on the part of Cribb's manager and the timekeeper. Denied the championship, Molineaux falls into alcoholism and dies in Ireland.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And John Chodes

1st Produced:
Theatre Row Theatre, New York City    1995

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-

1st Published:
-   -

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-

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Musical

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Male:  5            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Mother Goose Is Missing!

Synopsis:
Here's a new musical twist on Old Mother Goose. Nursery Rhyme characters-including Tom, the Piper's son, the Farmer's Wife and the Knave of Hearts-are upset at the way Mother Goose has depicted them in her rhymes, so they kidnap her and try to force her to write new ones which will show them in a better light. But fear not, Jack and Jill come to the rescue. Flexible cast of adults, teenagers and children.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Donald Leonard

1st Produced:
-    1994

Company:
-

1st Published:
Drama Source,    -

Music:
-

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Children's Musical Musical.

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Mrs Scrooge

Synopsis:
Mrs. Scrooge is a charming musical adaptation of the Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" but since the genders are reversed, most of the major and minor leads are for females. there are also many supporting roles/chorus parts for children, teens and adults. Get in the Christmas Spirit! MRS. SCROOGE--A new musical based on Charles Dickens' classic, "A Christmas Carol" but with a twist: the genders are reversed. It can be produced with a cast as small as 15 or as large as 50, with leads and minor leads for children, teens and adults--plus many small roles for chorus members. All of the major leads--and many of the minor leads--are female, making it an excellent vehicle for male-short community and school theatre. While this version reverses the genders of the main characters, this doesn't change the title lead's stinginess or displeasure for the Yuletide season. This new musical bends tradition to offer family audiences a female Ebenezer and a female Bob Cratchit. Penny- pinching tycoon Eliza Tupper, a widow whose sour disposition has earned her the nickname "Mrs. Scrooge", learns charity and gratitude not just from the spirited visits by four ghosts but also from Mary Jane, her newly arrived orphan niece, and her kindly housekeeper, Francine, the female equivalent of "Bob Cratchit." Aunt Eliza decides that an orphanage would make the best home for Mary Jane. Fortunately for MJ, Francine persuades the old grouch to let her niece stay with her for the holidays. After Aunt Eliza has a quartet of ghostly visitors, her outlook changes. the character of "Tiny Tim" is replaced by Francine's husband who was injured in a factory accident. there's also a hilariously forced romance between Francine's eldest daughter, Patricia, and a redcap who befriends her family. Warmly familiar, Reiser's songs fit the story like tinsel on the holiday tree. Packed with humor and compassion, this show is truly in the "spirit" of the season.

Notes:
Music And Lyrics by Dave Reiser; Book by Donald J. Leonard, Jr

1st Produced:
-    1997

Company:
-

1st Published:
Drama Source,    -

Music:
-

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Musical

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My Husband the Wife

Synopsis:
When a staid attorney falls in love with a wacky younger man, little does she realize that this could lead to something drastic marriage. He promises connubial equality, but what does equality mean? He goes from med student to house husband to his own career while she puts in 16 hour days at the office. they may be equal, but who has time to notice? Eventually, she thinks his late nights involve another woman and she starts singing a different tune.

Notes:
Book by Ira Rubin And Brady Rubin. Music And Lyrics by Jack Sharkey And Dave Reiser

1st Produced:
-    1982

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical comedy Musical

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Norah's Ark

Synopsis:
This environmental-awareness children's musical is set in the future where we find the Earth has become so over-polluted that most of the world's animals are in serious danger of extinction. Despite the taunting and teasing of her peers, a very determined young girl named Norah get her friends to help her save the animals. With the help of one a friend's father who's a scientist, Norah and her pals build a rocket ship to take two of each of the endangered animals to the safety of a newly-discovered planet which is much like Earth except that it's uninhabited. their plans are nearly thwarted by two unscrupulous characters--a greedy land developer and an animal hunter. Flexible cast of adults, teenagers and children.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Donald Leonard

1st Produced:
-    1993

Company:
-

1st Published:
Drama Source,    -

Music:
-

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Children's Musical Youth Audience

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Not the Count Of Monte Cristo?!

Synopsis:
Three ragtag actors trying to stage a musical version of the Count of Monte Cristo despite limited sets, funds and costumes provide music hall tomfoolery at its best. "Crammed with ridiculous dialogue, absurd situations and a virtual midway of musical styles. . .. the audience booed, hissed and applauded happily.'-- Calgary Herald, Canada. "the silliness is endearing. . .. Corny antics and slapstick characterizations . . . in a non stop comic romp which is at times hystErically funny. . .. No opportunity for humor has been overlooked. . .. You're in for a night peppered with spontaneous applause and raucous laughter."-- Calgary Sunday Sun.

Notes:
Book, Music And Lyrics by Jack Sharkey And Dave Reiser

1st Produced:
-    1977

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY,    -

Music:
-

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Musical

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Old Goat Song

Synopsis:
Bill Fast, a 71-year-old widower, becomes friends with Cara, a 17-year-old waitress who reminds him of his late wife when she was that age. Bill's sister Cora, who lives with him, is jealous of the attention he pays to the young girl and fears that Cara will wheedle her way into her brother's will. Angry over the expensive gifts Bill has lavished on the girl, Cora accuses Bill of falling in love with her and storms off. Alone, Bill sings, "I'm not in love with her - am I?" Throughout the musical Bill is visited by the memory of his late wife, Danielle, both as a young girl (portrayed by the same actress who plays Cara,) and as an older woman.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Jules Tasca

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Company:
A Stage Kindly

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Musical

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Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Once Upon A Christmas

Synopsis:
A charming musical version of the well-known holiday story by Valentine Davies, "Miracle on 32nd Street".

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Donald Leonard

1st Produced:
-    1994

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Musical

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Operetta!

Synopsis:
This tuneful show is part nostalgic tribute, and part hilarious send up, of that quaint musical form of yesteryear, the operetta. Every convention of the genre is used, just slightly askew. We heartily recommend this show to all those who love operettas and to all those who hate them.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Jack Sharkey

1st Produced:
-    1978

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY,    -

Music:
-

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Musical

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Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  chorus

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Peter Pan In Trouble

Synopsis:
When Captain Hook discovers a way to make Peter lose his ability to fly, the Lost Boys travel to London to enlist the aid of Wendy, unaware that 50 years have gone by since they last saw her-because time stands still in Never-Never Land. But they are successful in bringing back Wendy's granddaughter, Margaret, who saves the day.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Donald Leonard

1st Produced:
-    1992

Company:
-

1st Published:
Drama Source, 2007   -

Music:
-

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Children's Musical Musical

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Picture Of Dorian Gray, The

Synopsis:
the author of Look Back in Anger, Inadmissible Evidence and the Entertainer has created a brilliant Dramatization of this classic about a man who retains his youth while the decay of advancing years and moral corruption appears on a portrait painted by one of his lovers. "Osborne has done much more than a scissors and paste job on Wilde's famous story. He has . . . created a sense of evil through implication." Guardian. "John Osborne . . . has found in Oscar Wilde's macabre morality a velveted barouche for his own favorite themes [and he] conveys the fabulous story['s] . . . fascination." Daily Telegraph.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Jack Sharkey

1st Produced:
-    1980

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  4            Other:  extras

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Pinchpenny Phantom Of the Opera, The

Synopsis:
Gaston, proprietor and star tenor of a tacky opera house, can only afford a chorus of two (Pristine and Bubby) and one guest soprano per opera. the guest sopranos keep succumbing to ghastly fates such as strangulation, electrocution, enraged bulls, banana peelings underfoot, poison fleas, falling chandeliers and hypothermia. Why? Because unscrupulous Airwick (Phantom of the Opera) wants Pristine to star-- and at the rate he bumps off her rivals, she'll soon be the only soprano in grand opera! This hilarious melange of crazed desire, gruesome death and bone headed ambition-- done with only four players on a single set -- is a romp for audiences and players alike.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Jack Sharkey

1st Produced:
-    1988

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical Mystery Musical

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Real Story Of Little Red Riding Hood, The

Synopsis:
Everyone has listened to the immortal yarn of Little Red Riding Hood and a hungry wolf. But it's rare we get a chance to get the infamous Wolf's point of view of this popular story. In this hilarious musical, however, our compassionate and sympathetic beast is understandably upset. He has been maligned for generations because of the well-known children's parable. Determined to defend his own good intentions, he reveals Red Riding Hood's real nature. . . rarely shown to the outside world. With an abundance of toe-tapping tunes, this side-splitting cuddly tale will show that there are two sides to every story.

Notes:
Book by Judy Wolfman, Music And lyrics by David Reiser

1st Produced:
-    1998

Company:
-

1st Published:
Pioneer Drama Service,    -

Music:
-

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Children's Musical about 1 hour Musical

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Flexible cast of 10

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Real Story Of the Three Little Pigs, The

Synopsis:
This wacky musical takes a second look at the classic children's tale. Mama Pig makes a deal with the Wolf--a kindly vegetarian--to get her lazy sons out of the house. the sons antics (reminiscent of the Three Stooges) contrast with the Wolf's sensibilities and Mama's good intentions. the Wolf's plan works but, in the process, he accidentally wrecks the first two pigs' homes. He is jailed for destruction of private property and attempted pigicide, thus giving him the bad reputation which persists to this day.

Notes:
Music And Lyrics by Dave Reiser, Book by Judy Wolfman

1st Produced:
-    2000

Company:
-

1st Published:
Drama Source,    -

Music:
-

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Children's Musical Musical

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Road To Good Health, The

Synopsis:
A musical parody of the "Wizard of Oz" that teaches children about proper nutrition and the basic food groups. It is designed for a traveling theatre group and can be presented in a classroom within the average elementary school period. Most suitable for pre-school through fourth grade.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Donald Leonard

1st Produced:
-    1994

Company:
-

1st Published:
Drama Source, 2011   -

Music:
-

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Children's Musical Musical

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Robin Hood

Synopsis:
the adventures of Robin Hood and his merry men (and merry maids) are illuminated by a musical score

Notes:
written by David Reiser, Marc Stegen And Jeff Incavo

1st Produced:
-    1971

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Musical

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Saloonkeeper's Daughter

Synopsis:
Your delighted audience will have ample opportunity to cheer, hiss and boo-- all to musical cues-- in this romp through meloDrama land with include Mannly Rasch (villain), Red White (the saloonkeeper), Lily (his daughter), Parson Kindly and his daughter Charity, saloon girls Cinnamon, Sally and Molly, prospector Grimes, Seedy Shlepper (Manly's stooge) and, of course, hero Rusty Witts (stalwart, but stupid). the insane plot, 19 delightful musical numbers, asides to the audience and the hilarious comeuppance of the villain make this show a classic.

Notes:
Book, Music And Lyrics by Jack Sharkey And Dave Resier

1st Produced:
-    -

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 1982   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical meloDrama Musical

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Male:  6            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Second Oldest Profession, The

Synopsis:
the Second-Oldest Profession chronicles one day in a large Midwestern high school that is experiencing a severe enrollment decline. the non-tenured teachers have already been notified that their contracts will not be renewed for next fall but the school is still overstaffed, so some of the younger tenured teachers will also have to go. At the end of the school day letters will be distributed to the staff informing them of which positions will be eliminated. the action takes place in the faculty lounge where teachers express their worries and frustrations but-despite the fact that some of them will lose their jobs-they also show their lighter sides.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And David Alex

1st Produced:
Tesseract Theatre Company    2010

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Slow Down, Sweet Chariot

Synopsis:
When Kitty Shannon dies, she refuses to accompany her guardian angel to heaven when she learns daughter Joan's fiance Norman Gorman is a scheming swindler in love with another woman. Songs range from the wildly funny one wherein Kitty and Joan lament they can't stand half of the invited wedding guests to a lilting romantic number wherein Joan and the man she should be marrying pretend they really don't love one another to a poignant one when Kitty finally must bid goodbye to her daughter. Audience laugh through their tears during this heart warming show with a lively and lovely score, startling special effects and zany plot.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Jack Sharkey

1st Produced:
-    1979

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 1982   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical Comedy Musical

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Tree, The

Synopsis:
This ten-minute musical packs a lot in its few pages. Mona, a farmer's wife, complains that she has little money to run the household because of Ben, her over-generous husband. then a stranger comes to Ben in a dream and tells him where he might find a great treasure. After finding the treasure Ben changes from benevolent to greedy and the wife wishes he would return to the husband she once knew and loved.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Tamara Kist

1st Produced:
-    2003

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Ten Min Musical

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Undone Divas

Synopsis:
UNDONE DIVAS, a one-woman musical show written for Las Vegas opera soprano/comedienne Madelene Cabelle. It is a satire on opera sopranos and all they must endure for the sake of their art. Some of the operas parodied are Carmen, Madame Butterfly and Solome

Notes:
Playwright collaborators: Madelene Capella; Donald J. Leonard, Jr.; David Harris

1st Produced:
-    -

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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What A Spot!

Synopsis:
Take Robinson Crusoe, his friend Friday, an amorous gorilla named Lolita, and two lovely kootch dancers named Ginny and Denise who pretend to be shipwrecked society ladies. Join the castaways on "Stupid Island." Good, clean fun with a double dose of zaniness and mixups and wild special effects. Topnotch music and lyrics. All accompaniment provided entirely by piano and one economical, simple set. Excellent for dinner theatres-- community and school groups too.

Notes:
Book, Music And lyrics by Jack Sharkey And Dave Reiser

1st Produced:
-    1975

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 1976   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Dinner theatre play with music Musical

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  1 alt

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Who Will Save the World?

Synopsis:
An environmental awareness musical that teaches children about modern problems such as the ozone layer, industrial pollution and endangered species. It is designed for a traveling theatre group and can be presented in a classroom within the average elementary school period. Most suitable for grades four through six.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Donald Leonard

1st Produced:
-    1995

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Children's Musical Musical

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Woman Overboard

Synopsis:
Contented housewife Peggy Tremayne, taking a Caribbean cruise under the name of her swinging sister in law, begins to live up to her alias's reputation. She nearly wrecks her happy marriage as she tries to promote a romance between her niece and a stuffy archaeologist. A guaranteed fun evening for audience and cast with its hilarious mixture of music and madcap machinations and romantic complications.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Jack Sharkey

1st Produced:
-    1975

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1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 1982   -

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Genre:
Musical comedy Musical

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  chorus

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Zingo!

Synopsis:
Take two rival soda companies, Zingo and Whang, add Zingo's top secret flavor formula, Culture K, stir in the unscrupulously villainous head of the Whang corporation, sprinkle Zingo's headquarters with countless spies working for Whang, blend with an early morning pajama party and a police raid, and heat all these ingredients until the explode in a climactic and catastrophic beauty pageant in Atlantic City, and top with a federal investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics, and what have you got? Only the craziest, funniest, fastest-moving musical farce offered in years and, three seconds before the final curtain, a visual gag that will leave your audience shrieking with laughter.

Notes:
written by David Reiser And Jack Sharkey

1st Produced:
-    1985

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1st Published:
Bakers Plays, Boston, MA,    -

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Musical

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