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Polyester: The Musical - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Polyester: The Musical

Phil Olson, Wayland Pickard

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573698279

Book by Phil Olson
Music by Wyland Pickard
Lyrics by Phil Olson and Wyland Pickard
The story of The Synchronistics, an over-the-hill ABBA-wannabe group that reunites after twenty years to perform at a public-access TV telethon, put their differences aside, and try to save the station from going under.

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Full Length Musical


Parody / Spoof, Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - A simple black box. The set in a public access TV station. The costumes are disco era, ABBA type costumes. For ideas/photos go to www.PolyesterTheMusical.com.


Local Celebrity Cameo

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior


Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage

The year was 1979 and The Synchronistics were big. Big enough to be on Johnny Carson. Their hit single “Better Together” rose to number two on the Billboard charts. But something terrible happened that drove the group apart. And now, twenty years later, they’re back together in Maple Valley, their hometown, to perform at the 1999 WKLN public access TV telethon. Will they overcome their differences from twenty years ago, act professionally, and help save WKLN from going under? Probably not. But you never know what to expect when this dysfunctional group gets together…one last time. It’s Mamma Mia meets Spinal Tap! Featuring sixteen original songs, including “The Funk Train” and “Bump Your Booty Rump.”

"Be sure to check out this toe-tapping, hilarious journey back to your 'Dancing Queen' days! [...] This show will take you back to the '70s, and you'll hardly be able to control your urge to get up on stage and do 'The Funk Train'!" - Actors Entertainment

"Audience members laughed uncontrollably throughout! [...] Energetically entertaining! [...] A rollicking good time!" - The Tolucan Times

"I loved it!" - Fred Willard

"It's great fun!" - BroadwayWorld

"A fun and entertaining evening with the audience moving and grooving to the sounds of the '70s style original music and contagious dancing in their seats [...] You will have a ball! It's the perfect show to pick up your spirits!" - NoHoArtsDistrict.com

Polyester was first produced at Actors Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in November 2009. It was directed by Wayland Pickard and Doug Engalla.


3m, 2f


Ensemble cast


No Chorus

LANCE - hyper, overly enthusiastic fan of The Synchronistics and host of the WKLN TV telethon; the local weatherman
CARL - not the brightest bulb in the box; has had a little too much hippie lettuce in the past
PEGGY - wholesome, shy, just slightly smarter than Carl; performs in the shadow of Mindy
BARRY - Mindy’s ex-husband who cheated on her (which led to the group’s break-up); wrote most of their songs, including their most famous, “Better Together;” not very self-aware
MINDY - the Stevie Nicks figurehead of the group; scorned and bitter from Barry’s affair
Rental Materials


Piano Only





6 Vocal Scores

Performance Tracks CD

Please note: Performance Tracks are required for performance.  

Song Samples

Together as Friends

A Howard Johnson's in Green Bay

I Want You, But I Hurt You

I Watch You 'Cause I Love You

No More Men

My Little Man Child

The Funk Train

Remember the Good Times We Had

Synchronistic Dancin'

Bump Your Booty Rump

Tough Love

You Yank My Chain

The War on Love

Run Groundhog Run

Mindy's Song

Better Together


  • Polyester the Musical

Phil Olson

Phil Olson

Phil Olson grew up in Edina, Minnesota, home of the first indoor mall. His father’s grandparents came over from Norway and homesteaded a farm north of Fargo, North Dakota. His mother’s grandparents also came over from Norway and ended up in Virginia, Minnesota; the iron range. Mr. Olson played varsity football, basketball, and track at Edina East High School, winning the Minnesota State High ... view full profile

Wayland Pickard

Wayland Pickard (Composer) Wayland Pickard is an award-winning composer, actor, director, producer and headline entertainer. A national recording artist and 4 –time Grammy Award contender, Wayland is also a published playwright with Samuel French, a Television “Ace” Award Nominee for HBO, Cine Golden Eagle Award winner and a Billboard Song Finalist. Find out more by visiting www ... view full profile

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