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Starmites Pro - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Starmites Pro

Barry Keating, Stuart Ross

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

5m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573698774


"First there was Star Trek. Then there was Star Wars. Now...there is Starmites, which is certainly the mite-iest of the three intergalactic epics, a vest-pocket musical nebulae of cheerful nuttiness." - The New York Times

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Full Length Musical


Fantasy, Adventure, Science Fiction, Parody / Spoof

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, The Future

Settings Of Play - EARTH: Teen-age girl's bedroom; INNERSPACE: A Sci-Fi Fantasy World, can be elaborate, wildly fanciful, imaginative, eclectic, or very simple unit set with loads of imaginative funky special effects, or elaborate with dazzling high-tech fun.


Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy, Puppetry, Stage Combat, Special Effects

Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)


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


Tony, From Broadway

REVISED 2010 VERSION - For inquiries about the original Broadway version, please call 866-598-8449 to speak with your Theatrical Specialist.

Starmites Pro is a crowd-pleasing family musical that can be produced with a cast of 11, and a musical ensemble of 5. It is a Sci-fi Fantasy show with a big heart and big laughs. It is designed to be performed with imagination and wit—rather than with huge sets and special effects. Starmites has been recently been carefully and lovingly "upgraded" by authors Barry Keating and Stuart Ross (Forever Plaid).

The Story: Shy teenager Eleanor has built a fantasy world around the sci-fi comic books she collects. To the distress of her mother, she has learned to avoid the pains of growing up by escaping into fantasy, imagining herself to be an unrecognized superhero. When she is mysteriously thrust into the Website World of her favorite comic book, Eleanor is drawn into the conflict between Shak Graa, Arch-Creep of Chaos, and the Starmites, guardian angels of Innerspace. She turns out to be the legendary Milady, teen superhero who must lead the Mites on their Quest to save the Galaxy. Standing in her way are a colorful assortment of Bowie-esque villains including the delightfully flamboyant Diva, Queen of Innerspace and her Banshee warriors - Destiny's Childish sirens with a ravenous hunger for Boy Bands. With the help of hip-hop heartthrob Space Punk, Eleanor learns to own up to the inner power she has always denied, defeating her foes and conquering the evil force of the "Cruelty."

"Starmites is an utterly charming musical...You do not need to be a science fiction buff to enjoy Starmites. The only prerequisite is that you be, or once were, young...Starmites is about how people discover self-confidence and build self-esteem. It is also about individuals discovering the center of their beings so they can grasp what is important and what is superficial. In short, Starmites is a living cartoon about growing up that should appeal to children of all ages." - The New York Sunday Times

"First there was Star Trek. Then there was Star Wars. Now...there is Starmites, which is certainly the mite-iest of the three intergalactic epics, a vest-pocket musical nebulae of cheerful nuttiness." - The New York Times

“Need an escape? Try Starmites...No two ways about it, Starmites is out of this world. The heroine Eleanor is a modern-day Dorothy who dreams of being a super-hero and wakes up to find herself not over the rainbow but up above the stars in a phantasmagorical galaxy." - The Boston Globe

"Starmites is a galactic good time!...[It] has a sassy personality all its own – in Barry Keating’s rackety rock score: in Keating and Stuart Ross’s goonily graphic book." - The Boston Herald

“ZIP! ZAP! ZALOOM! BIFF! AARGH! Move over Tinker Bell, Alice, Dorothy, and Annie— Eleanor, the Superhero Girl, has arrived." - What’s Up Magazine: On The Boards

“...an unassuming futuristic rock musical, with sweet lessons about the awkwardness of growing up...It contains enough spoofs of the sci-fi genre to keep adults amused, and enough high-spirited music and action for all...The production...brims with charm and wit..." - New York Newsday

6 Tony Nominations Including Best Musical.


5m, 6f


Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


5m, 6f with doubling - ensemble, chorus, extras work very well.


No Chorus

ELEANOR FAIRCHILD — A teen-age girl who eventually becomes MILADY - Superhero of Innerspace.
ELEANOR'S MOTHER — An unassuming woman who loves her daughter and anxiously awaits the day when she will grow out of her comic book craze.
SPACEPUNK — The hero, captain of the Starmites, and heart throb of the Universe.

THE STARMITES — A teen-aged band of Space youths dedicated to fighting the deadly forces of the Universe. They include:
HERBIE HARRISON — The organized and methodical member of the group - he plays by the rules.
DAZZLE RAZZLEDORF — The bumbling show-off of the group. Openly expresses his feelings.
ACK ACK ACKERMAN — The group's tough guy. He is second in command.

SHAK GRAA — High Priest of Chaos, determined to destroy both Earth and Innerspace.
TRINKULUS — A reptilian minstrel, once slave to Shak Graa now serving as a guide to the Starmites. (Doubles as SHAK GRAA.)
DIVA — Imposing and powerful Queen of Innerspace. (Doubles as MOTHER.)
BIZARBARA — Awkward and shy daughter of Diva, possessed with a heart of gold and a yearning to be "normal and average." (Doubles as ELEANOR.)

THE BANSHEES — Amazonian bombshells, and henchwomen to Diva. They include:
SHOTZI – Diva's airhead sergeant at arms.
BALBRAKA — who delights in dominating the STARMITES.
CANIBELLE — who delights in devouring the STARMITES.
HOLLABACK — who delights in teasing the STARMITES.
Rental Materials




Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock



1 Piano/Conductor Score
11 Vocal Chorus Books


Sound Effects CD
Instrumental/Accompaniment CD (Please be advised that the performance tracks differ slightly from the scores in some instances)
Song Samples

Superhero Girl


Afraid of the Dark

Little Hero

Attack of the Banshees

Diva (It's Hard to be a Diva)

By Your Side (Love Duet)

Bizarbara's Wedding


Beauty Within

The Cruelty Stomp

Reach Right Down


It Wasn't a Dream (Finale)

Barry Keating

Barry Keating

Barry Keating wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book for the Broadway musical Starmites. The show was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and is published in several versions by Samuel French. His gospel/rap/rock Jungle Book (written with David Schechter) opened to unanimous raves at The New Victory Theatre on the New 42nd Street and toured the country for several ... view full profile

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Sonya Baehr 7/9/2014 12:31 PM
When we requested this license we thought we were getting the original show that debuted Off-Broadway in 1987. It was a great show the, and that's the show we hoped to do. We were dismayed to get stuck instead with "Starmites Pro." What happened? Didn't the authors trust their own material? The changes that have been made to this show are negative. In their desire to somehow make the show "current" the authors have destroyed the good show they first created. We resent the fact that this was not the show we expected, and that it now seems impossible to ever license the original "Starmites" again.

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