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Dani Girl - Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

Dani Girl

Michael Kooman, Christopher Dimond

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Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573701450

Music by Michael Kooman
Book and Lyrics by Christopher Dimond
A tale of life in the face of death, hope in the face of despair, and the indomitable power of the human imagination.

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Full Length Musical

Dramatic Comedy

Adventure, Theatre for Young Audiences

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, 1990s

Settings Of Play - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. But mostly Dani's imagination. Fall of 1990 through Spring of 1991.


No intermission

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


No Special Cautions


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


Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play

When Dani, a precocious nine year old, loses her hair to leukemia, she embarks on a magical journey to get it back. Simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking, Dani Girl is a tale of life in the face of death, hope in the face of despair, and the indomitable power of the human imagination.


"Dani Girl is easily the best play I've seen all year." - BroadwayWorld Washington, Read More

"You will likely be hard-pressed to find a show that is more original, smart, charming, and creative." – BroadwayWorld Connecticut, Read More

"Yes, it’s every bit as heart-wrenching and weighty as it sounds. Oh, and it’s a musical and it also happens to be outrageously funny." - The Philippine Star, Read More

"I have not seen anything so creatively imaginative, powerful, and moving for a long time." - AussieTheatre.com, Read More

"If you have a heart in your chest and a brain in your head, you owe it to yourself to see this play, and to see it with someone you love." - Philippine Daily Inquirer, Read More

"Dani Girl is good for the soul." - TheaterJones.com, Read More


From Pittsburgh to Edinburgh: DANI GIRL's Journey to The Fring Festival
by Drew Praskovich
January 25, 2017

Staff Picks: DANI GIRL
by Courtney Kochuba with Ashley Byrne
November 25, 2014

DANI GIRL: The Beauty of Bad Ideas
by MIchael Kooman and Christopher Dimond
October 30, 2014

Dani Girl has been developed at American Conservatory Theater, the Kennedy Center, the Festival of New American Musicals, and the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop.

Selected productions include Exit, Pursued by a Bear; The Sandbox Collective (Philippines); 11th Hour Theatre Company; Unexpected Stage Company; Talk is Free Theatre (Canada); Harvest Rain Theatre (Australia); The Spirit of Broadway Theatre; Greyman Theatre; Penn State University; Emerson University; and Carnegie Mellon University.


2m, 2f


Non-Traditional casting, Roles for Children


Two lead characters may be played by adults or children. Starred characters are doubled.


No Chorus

DANI - 9; Lively and precocious, but slightly dark. Extremely imaginative. May be played by an adult actress.
RAPH* - Ageless; Dani's imaginary friend and guardian angel. Sarcastic but caring. Playful on cue. Appears as many other characters.
MARTY - 10; Odd and intelligent, bordering on dorky. Obsessed with movies. May be played by an adult actor.
MOTHER - Late 30's; Dani's mother. Stern. Hard. Does what she believes is right to save her daughter and makes no apologies for it.
CANCER* - Timeless; A chronic and terminal disease. Revels in being sinister and malicious. Appears in several forms.
GOD* - Eternal; Supreme being and allpowerful creator of the universe. Simple, straightforward, and comforting.
FATHER* - 35; Dani's father. Appears only in dream sequences.

* denotes doubling

Rental Materials




Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock



5 Piano/Conductor Scores

Drum Set
Song Samples

My Hair

Why I Love The Movies

Requiem For A Bear

Going To Heaven

Sun Still Rose

Side By Side

  • Kooman & Dimond on Dani Girl

  • The Creation of Reaction of Dani Girl

  • Producing Dani Girl

  • The Audience Reaction of Dani Girl

  • Kooman & Dimond on Telling a Story

  • "My Hair"

  • Dani Girl

Michael Kooman

Michael Kooman

Michael Kooman (music) and Christopher Dimond (book & lyrics) received the 2010 Jonathan Larson Grant and are the first recipients of the Lorenz Hart Award. Between them, they have received the Burton Lane Award, the Harold Adamson Award, the KC/ACTF Musical Theatre Award, an Anna Sosenko Grant, numerous ASCAP Plus awards, and have been three-time finalists for the Fred Ebb Award.Their musical ... view full profile

Other Michael Kooman titles:

Christopher Dimond

Christopher Dimond

Christopher Dimond is best known for his work with composer Michael Kooman, with whom he has won the Fred Ebb Award, a Jonathan Larson Grant, the Lorenz Hart Award, and the KC/ACTF Musical Theatre Award. Additionally, Mr. Dimond has been awarded the Harold Adamson Award, the Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting (2nd Place), a NYFA Fellowship, and a Sloan Screenwriting Fellowship. His plays and ... view full profile

Other Christopher Dimond titles:

Now Playing
Christopher de Venecia 8/7/2014 1:13 AM
We are The Sandbox Collective, Manila, Philippines' newest performing arts group, committed to the procurement and development of new, groundbreaking, and cutting-edge theatrical work (www.thesandboxcollective.com). Our maiden production, the critically acclaimed Dani Girl, was a smash success, which we dubbed from the onset as a musical good for the soul.

Rehearsing the piece and having immersed ourselves in the themes and subject matter that are bravely tackled in this wonderful production by Kooman and Dimond, we found that it really was what we claimed it to be - a musical good for the soul, and more. Our minds and hearts were opened to the subject of cancer, but more than that, to the subject of faith, hope, and possibility, not to mention friendship, family, and the many other salient themes that were beautiful weaved into to the show through a delicate mix of comedy and heartbreaking poignancy.

Our audiences left the theater crying or humming or both (Dani Girl has some of the most beautiful songs you'll ever hear in your lifetime) but more importantly, thinking and reflecting upon their own lives as well.

We set out to do a kind of theater that is a forum in which ideas are discussed as opposed to purely entertainment and escape, and with the overwhelming feedback and response we got from our audiences who are accustomed to the latter and yet wholeheartedly embraced the show, it was safe to say that the pulse of Philippine theater was shifting and that our audiences were willing (and able) to shift with it as well.

Dani Girl is theater for the brave by the brave, an amazing canvass in which any theater group can stretch themselves and their audiences to the limits of their imagination.

Also, there is such a thing as a good cry =)

For photos of our production, you can visit www.facebook.com/thesandboxcollective or follow us on Instagram @TheSandboxCo.
Arkady Spivak 5/21/2013 12:43 PM
One has to admire a show that takes complete and total risk to go into a very difficult, new territory. Bless Kooman and Dimond who, having serious issues on their mind, are a rare team to propel musical theater exponentially forward. Dani Girl is a beautiful and shattering work, and producers looking to impact this art form in a substantial manner need not be afraid.
Rob James 5/21/2013 10:35 AM
We are Stage 62, a small community theatre in South Western, PA, and we just closed our first Kooman & Dimond production: Dani Girl. The show was everything you want a theatre piece to be, tuneful, funny, touching, challenging and open to many creative interpretations. Our audiences were very moved by the story and the way it was told. What a very special production of a gem of a show.

You can check out production photos at www.Stage62.org.

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