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Funny Business - The Musical - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Funny Business - The Musical

Daniel Abrahmson, Daniel Falk, Rachel Brittain

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573696138

Book by Rachel Brittain and Daniel Falk
Music and Lyrics by Daniel Abrahamson
"Fresh, tuneful, and full of talent... a guaranteed good time!" - Toronto Star
"Brilliant musical comedy!" - NOW Magazine
When low morale threatens the Toronto branch of Chime Communications Canada, five ordinary office workers must mount a team-building talent show to save their jobs. This fast-paced, comedic romp through office culture features a catchy, original pop-musical score, and five unforgettable characters that you're bound to recognize from around the water cooler.
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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play -

The play takes place in a theatre where the characters will be performing in a "Team building talent show." Any set should reflect the reality that it was built and designed by white collar office people. The original simple set was a banner with the corporate logo and three cubicle walls. The house was also dressd with banners of mangled motivational business cliches on the walls. There also needs to be a screen for a projector.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Audience Participation/Interactive

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TAGS

Business, Love

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

When low morale threatens the Toronto branch of Chime Communications Canada, five ordinary office workers must mount a team-building talent show to save their jobs. Meet Stuart, the lovable yet inappropriate office manager, Marcus, the smooth talking sales rep, Diane, the tough as nails marketing manager, Brie, the perky and scheming receptionist, and Jack, the awkward guitar-playing intern. Together, they must use their hidden talents to sing, dance and manipulate their way through the talent show, which ultimately degenerates into a every-man-for-themselves battle of office skills, where only one will walk away without a pink slip. Featuring a sales versus marketing salsa, a fowl-mouthed printer puppet, and more office backstabbing than HR can handle, the team must learn to keep it together without tearing each other apart.

This fast-paced, comedic romp through office culture features a catchy, original pop-musical score, and five unforgettable characters that you're bound to recognize from around the water cooler. An exciting and fun new musical, Funny Business is the perfect production for cubicle dwellers and blue collars alike.

"A Runaway hit – Classical 96FM, Toronto

"Fresh, tuneful, and full of talent... a guaranteed good time!"" - Toronto Star

"Brilliant musical comedy!" - NOW Magazine

"Four stars! A breakout success!" - EYE Weekly

Funny Business - The Musical was first produced at the Diesel Playhouse in Toronto, Canada, in 2007. It was directed by Marc Richard
Characters

CASTING

3m, 2f

CASTING NOTES

In the original production Brie was played by a Filipino actress - and thus there are a handful of lines that reflect that. These lines can be altered or removed to accommodate actresses of other ethnicities.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

STUART - 40s-50s, bumbling, interfering manager; often says hurtful things, but always has the best intentions; genuinely loves his employees and believes the best in them
JACK - 20s, socially awkward temp; typically more comfortable working with spreadsheets than with people; is in love with Brie, but is too shy to do anything about it
BRIE - 20s, meddling, fun-loving receptionist; a perennial member of the social committee; deeply involved in the love lives of her co-workers and always trying to set them up in relationships - even though she's been unable to set one up for herself
MARCUS - mid-to-late 30s, lady's man and superstar salesman; ability to close the deal(both with clients and with women) has been flagging as he's feeling insecure about aging
DIANE - mid-to-late 30s, no nonsense marketing junior executive; wears the latest women's business fashions and a massive chip on her shoulder
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Pop/Rock

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

6 Piano Conductor Scores
Videos
  • Funny Business

Author(s)
Daniel Falk

Daniel Falk

Daniel Falk is an actor and writer based in Toronto, Ontario. He has performed in plays and films in Toronto, across Canada, France, and China. Following the smash run at the Toronto Fringe Festival, his co-written musical Funny Business was remounted for a five months in Toronto's Diesel Playhouse and is published by Samuel French. Mr. Falk has written a number of other short plays, sketch comedy ... view full profile

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