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Smile (Ashman) - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Smile (Ashman)

Howard Ashman, Marvin Hamlisch

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

6m, 10f, 2boy(s)

ISBN: 9780573681745

"A swift paced and thoroughly professional entertainment." - Time

This touching and satiric musical by the creators of Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line and They're Playing Our Song.

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Full Length Musical


Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - Santa Rose California's Young American Miss State Pageant


Unit Set/Multiple Settings


Appropriate for all audiences


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre


From Broadway

This touching and satiric musical by the creators of Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line and They're Playing Our Song, follows the intrigue and exploits onstage and behind-the-scenes as Santa Rosa, California plays host to the Young American Miss Pageant.


"A swift paced and thoroughly professional entertainment." - Time

"Wonderful Marvin Hamlisch melodies. Smart, clever move the story lyrics from Howard Ashman... This is the best Broadway score in years... Smile? I did. Your will." - ABC

"This good looking show has a lot to like... Sit back and enjoy the pageant." - Women's Wear Daily

"Impressively crafted lyrics." - The New York Times

Smile opened on Broadway at the Luft-Fontane Theatre in November 1986. 



6m, 10f, 2boy(s)


Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)


Plus an Ensemble

The Grownups

BRENDA FREELANDER - A third runner up in the nationals, eighteen years ago, now she runs her local pageant. A study in surface perfection and just-below-the-surface neurosis, Brenda is an ex-prom queen who lost a contest once and will never stop trying to make up for it. Underneath her smiling and poised fluff, Brenda is made of steel. 
BIG BOB FREELANDER - Her husband and head judge of the pageant. The town's favorite son, he owns a local RV dealership and his every free moment is devoted to some form of community service. He's the Henry Fonda type: brave, clean, reverent and means it. A sincere and unashamed flag-waver whose flag is this pageant. 
DALE WILSON-SHEARS - National Chairman of the Young American Miss Foundation. A large, impressive, self-satisfied corporate leader with the suspicious charm of a television evangelist. He's in the charity business, but he's in the business, make no mistake. 
TED FARLEY - The pageant emcee. He ought to do game shows, or run for president. A big old silly, but a professional. 
TOMMMY FRENCH - The choreographer. He's a professional, but he's cynical, tough minded, and practical. 
CAROL - Doubles as MOTHER in Prologue 
WOMAN #1 - Robin's Mother, Louise, Woman Judge
TONY - Doubles as a parent in Prologue and a Judge
MAN #1 - Photographer, Ed, Daddy, Musical Director, Janitor, Judge

The Girls

ROBIN - Dark, sensitive, smart. She is attractive without trying to be, honest, down-to-earth, and questioning by nature. She senses that she doesn't quite belong here. 
DORIA - Blonde, Southern, and obsessed. She needs badly to win something...anything. Perhaps to make up for the things that are missing in her real life: friends, self-respect, family. 
SANDRA-KAY - Redhead. Pretty but not too pretty, smart but not too smart, talented but not too talented. The type that usually wins. 
MARIA - Mexican-American. She tries harder. She has to. 
SHAWN - A bit of a Valley Girl. Spoiled, gorgeous, competitive, and prejudiced. 
VALERIE - Shawn's confidant 
KATE - Doubles in Act II as JOANIE MARSHALL, last year's winner 

And nine other girls in the pageant of varying shapes and sizes

The Kids

LITTLE BOB - Son of Big Bob, 11 years old. He has all of his dad's charm and none of his integrity. 
FREDDY - Little Bob's nerdy sidekick. 

Rental Materials




Classic Broadway



1 Piano/Conductors Score
28 Vocal Chorus Books

Reed I (Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone)
Reed II (Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet)
Reed III (Oboe, Tenor Saxophone, English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute)
Reed IV (Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Bb Clarinet)
Reed V (Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet)
Trumpet I
Trumpet II
Horn I
Horn II
Horn III
Trombone I
Trombone II
Trombone III
Keyboard I
Keyboard II
Cello I
Celli II & III
Song Samples

Typical High School Senior

The Very Best Week Of Our Lives



Dear Mom / Bob's Song

Bob's Song (reprise)


Young And American

Until Tomorrow Night

Act Two Opening

Act Two Opening (Robin)


In Our Hands

There Goes The Girl



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Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch

As composer, Hamlisch won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards. For Broadway he wrote the music for his groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, which received the Pulitzer Prize as well as They’re Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl and Sweet Smell of Success. (He also wrote the musical scores for: Jean Seberg (1983 ... view full profile

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Alexandra Ley 5/5/2013 9:59 PM
This 1988 musical is highly underrated and underperformed. This show is undoubtedly dated (a single song references Gerry Ferraro, President Reagan, and Gorbachov) but captures an authentic youthful energy that still exists in today’s teenagers. The musical could come down hard on the typical lesson of how to “be yourself” and disregard glitz and glamour. Instead, the girl-next-door protagonist experiences the very relatable process of growing up by simply realizing that she does not want to be a Young American Miss, but having tried for it, looks forward to figuring out what she will be. The interactions between the teenage contestants – bonding, jealousy, gossip, consoling – are all presented realistically and comically. In fact, the secondary storylines of the adult and kid characters start detracting from the strong focus on the conflicts in a teenage pageant, instead of productively adding to the chaos. The score is exceptionally entertaining and has an abundance of clever lyrics – particular favorites are “Disneyland” and “Until Tomorrow Night.”

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