Musical Revue / Cabaret
Time Period - Present Day
Settings Of Play -
WANNA PLAY?! can have a simple set or an eleborate set. There have been productions with a clever board game look.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences
Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Shoestring Budget, Youth/Camp Programs
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Alpha Award nomination
Finalist! Alpha Award for excellence in Children's Television
Superlative entertainment about the pains, pleasures and insanities of early adolescence. There's "Tug of War," a heartbreaker in which a child sings of how his divorcing parents are deciding who will take the TV, the liquor or the furniture, but asks in his plaintive chorus, Who's gonna take me? ; there's "It Isn't Fair," in which three girls, jealous of one another's varied talents, vent their hostilities only to learn that each has her own strong points; "Sisters." a sibling rivalry song, and others which explode with vitality in a brilliant musical revue for teens.
When it opened in Kansas City, it garnered staggering response and critical acclaim.
"A spectacular smash. I only wish that half the New York musicals I have seen in recent years were a fraction as tuneful." - Kansas City Star
WANNA PLAY?! was originally produced by PICA, Inc. and Richard Horner Associates, LTD. in Kansas City, Missouri in April of 1984.
Later filmed and broadcast by KCPT, PBS Kansas City and Denver CBS station. The KCPT broadcast was nominated for an Alpha Award ("to promote excellence in television programming for American children") in 1985.