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Female Heavy Musical Suggestions?

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Hey there everybody. I'm currently assistant directing a show with a community theatre, and that's going fine. Thing is next summer the first summer show will be 1776, but they'd like to have a second summer show that could rehearse at the same time.

Since 1776 is so guy heavy, they'd like a girl heavy musical to counter it.

Little Women could be a possibility, except that the apprentice company just did it recently.

Another thought is Annie.

Do you guys have any other suggestions that wouldn't be too hard for a community theater to pull off? It can be a large show, our performance space is an amphitheater. The mains have to be women though, and it would be best if it was kid-friendly too.

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"Bye Bye Birdie." Lots of female fans of Conrad Birdie in this musical. You can also update it & have everyone wear his/her own clothes to cut down on costs.

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Oh I forgot about Birdie, which is sad since my sister was the lead her senior year.

Thanks, that could be a good one. I don't think poodleskirts would be too hard to come up with.

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I don't have any suggestions I'm afraid, but just wanted to say that I nearly fell off my chair when I read the the title of the thread. My eyes/brain switched the words around so I read "heavy female musical suggestions".... I had visions of some kind of musical version of Secret Society!! Which is a movie with some female sumo wrestlers.... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0217788/usercomments

Good luck with the show(s)! It sounds fun.

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Lol, thanks though Jennie.

Posted on: 22 Jun 2010 18:27
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I don't have any suggestions I'm afraid, but just wanted to say that I nearly fell off my chair when I read the the title of the thread. My eyes/brain switched the words around so I read "heavy female musical suggestions"....


Me too! I thought, "How about Weight Watchers, the Musical?"

One of the big ballads begins,




"TEENNNNNNN LONG YEARS,

Living without REAL chocolate cake.

Eating that Weight Watchers phony crap.

TENNNNN LONG YEARS, wasting my time with carrots and celery,

In my mind, I see visions, buttery and sugary,

But I can't give in without breaking my vow...

My Whipped Cream!

Lost and gone, lost and gone....."



(Good luck finding a show !)


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I had a very similar thought process - at first I guessed it was about which musicals have more well-built characters in them! Maybe a hyphen between "female" and "heavy" would help?

I'm afraid I can shed no light... but good luck with it!

P.S. Great spoof lyrics, Bric...

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Durnesque wrote:
Hey there everybody. I'm currently assistant directing a show with a community theatre, and that's going fine. Thing is next summer the first summer show will be 1776, but they'd like to have a second summer show that could rehearse at the same time.

Since 1776 is so guy heavy, they'd like a girl heavy musical to counter it.

Little Women could be a possibility, except that the apprentice company just did it recently.

Another thought is Annie.

Do you guys have any other suggestions that wouldn't be too hard for a community theater to pull off? It can be a large show, our performance space is an amphitheater. The mains have to be women though, and it would be best if it was kid-friendly too.



Legally Blonde, I know, is thoroughly female. Phantom is, but we all know how that would be...

http://www.guidetomusicaltheatre.com/showtypes/female_casts.htm

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Fiddler on the Roof has one male as the main, but plenty of lovely girl parts for the daughters and the wife.

The Sound of Music is kid-friendly, think of all the nuns.

Cats, maybe?

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Fiddler and Sound of Music would also need a lot of men to counter all the girls.

Things with musicals like Legally Blonde and Cats is this is community theater, not professional. I don't know if rights are even out for LB, and I know we don't have enough people strong in both music and dance for Cats.

I'm pretty certain Phantom would be near impossible in our venue... and talent pool with all the guys being used in 1776.

I appreciate the suggestions though... and the spoof lyrics. :)

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Don't know if anyone has suggested this, and not sure if it's been set to music or not but Steel Magnolias? Chicago? Gypsy?

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Both the apprentice company and the adult company have done Steel Mags in the past 2-3 years, and it's not a musical.

I know Chicago would be too risque, but I don't know much about Gypsy. What's it about?

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What about "Mamma Mia!"?

Durnesque~ "Gypsy" is about a stage mother, Rose, who always wants her daughters Lousie and June to be in show business. June eventually gets the headline of being a huge singer/dancer. Later on, Louise goes on to be this famous burlesque stripper, Gypsy Rose Lee (hence the famous song, "Let Me Entertain You").

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Oh, thank you for the rundown on Gypsy...that actually sounds really interesting. I'll have to go look up some more info!

Mama Mia could be ok... not sure how well it would work venue wise.

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Just thought of 9-5 though not sure if it's available for use yet.

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Oh, thank you for the rundown on Gypsy...that actually sounds really interesting. I'll have to go look up some more info!

Mama Mia could be ok... not sure how well it would work venue wise.


You're welcome! If you want to get a visual reference of "Gypsy", I'd suggest renting either "Gyspy" with Rosalind Russell or "Gypsy" with Bette Midler. Both of them are good, and they give an idea of what the show's like. But if you want my opinion? Rosalind Russell's.

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