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Jukebox Musical Highlights for Your Spring Musical Planning

By On The Stage
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Spring is right around the corner, and that means the Spring musical season is right around the corner. Planning is so much easier with School Musical Packs from Stage Rights. And even if filling your pit orchestra has been a challenge in the past, Stage Rights has you covered. All musicals listed are part of the Educational School Bundle, which includes Backing Show Tracks and a flat rate for up to six performances. 

This collection has just what you’re looking for, whether you’re focused on run time or cast size, and we’ve highlighted three jukebox musicals that your students will love to perform.  

 

I'm Just Wild About Harry 

Playwrights: Gary Lamb & William A. Reilly (Adaptation)

Run Time: 2 hr 5 min

Cast Size: 4F, 5M

Themes: Mistaken Identity, Romance, Deception, Cross-Dressing, Classic Adaptation

Synopsis: An exciting musical romp based on Charley's Aunt, featuring nostalgic favorites such as “Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two),” “Aba Daba Honeymoon,” “You Made Me Love You,” and, of course, the title tune, “I'm Just Wild About Harry.” In turn-of-the-century Milwaukee, Jack and Harry need a chaperone so they can entertain their sweethearts. Enter their friend Benjamin to impersonate Harry's Aunt, a rich widow from Brazil. Hilarity ensues when Harry's Aunt actually arrives on the scene, and this musical farce of mistaken identity climaxes in a delightfully happy conclusion.

Press: "CRITICS PICK, 5 OUT OF 5 STARS. . . Fun, fun, fun!!!!" –Broadwayworld.com

"This is an EXCELLENT PRODUCTION. Slapstick insanity with the innocence of young love." –The Tolucan Times 

 

The Marvelous Wonderettes (Glee Club Edition) 

Playwright: Roger Bean

Run Time: 1 hr 30 min

Cast Size: 4F, Ensemble (Flexible)

Themes: Friendship, Fun, Nostalgia, High School, Jealousy, Growing Up, Graduation, Girl Power

Synopsis: This all-new version of the show combines the first act of The Marvelous Wonderettes with the first act of the sequel Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns, adding additional characters from the Springfield High Chipmunk Glee Club (any number of boys or girls you need) to create a truly flexible large-cast version of this perennial favorite.

We begin at the 1958 Springfield High School Senior Prom, where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives, loves, and friendships, the girls serenade us with classic ’50s hits as they compete for prom queen. Act II zooms ahead to graduation day for the Class of 1958, and the Wonderettes celebrate with their fellow classmates and teachers as they prepare for their next step toward a bright future.

Press: “One irresistible musical! An utter charm bomb!” –The New York Times

“An expertly wrought showcase of ‘50s and ‘60s pop music— it’s tremendously fun.” –Variety

 

Yankee Doodle Dandy! 

Book by David Armstrong

Music & Lyrics by George M. Cohan

New Material by Albert Evans

Run Time: 2 hr 10 min

Cast Size: 5F, 8M 1G, Ensemble

Themes: Family, Patriotism, Show business, Immigrants, Showmanship, America, Song and Dance

Synopsis: The exhilarating story of the rough-and-tumble kid who took Broadway by storm! The life and times of legendary showman George M. Cohan is the showbiz saga of the brash, colorful, cocky, charismatic, and uncompromising character who almost single-handedly invented the Broadway musical. Set against the colorful backdrop of Old Broadway, this large-cast show is filled to the brim with production numbers, tap dancing galore, and Cohan's glorious music, including “Over There,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” Yankee Doodle Dandy! presents a fresh, contemporary view of a celebrated musical theater icon, and audiences will cheer at this unabashedly patriotic celebration of Broadway!

Press: “A panorama of musical comedy images unfurls like a ‘Grand Old Flag’... it is clear that the visual language of American musical theatre is as powerful as its sounds and stories.” –The New York Times

“Propelled by the kind of vintage hoofing that built Broadway. The songs are show stoppers!” –Variety

 

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