Return to the Forbidden Planet

by  Bob Carlton

Full Length Musical  /  7m, 4f

Shakespeare's forgotten rock and roll masterpiece!

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Return to the Forbidden Planet

by  Bob Carlton

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adventure, Science Fiction
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Olivier, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Inspired by Shakepeare's The Tempest, this jukebox musical is packed with rock 'n' roll classics such as Heard it Through the Grapevine, Young Girl, Good Vibrations, and Gloria.

Blast off on a routine flight and crash into the planet D'Illyria where a sci fi version of The Tempest set to rock and roll golden oldies unfolds with glee. The planet is inhabited by a sinister scientist, Dr. Prospero; his delightful daughter Miranda; Ariel, a faithful robot on roller skates; and an uncontrollable monster, the product of Prospero's Id, whose tentacles penetrate the space craft.
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Accolades

  • Winner! Olivier Award for Best Musical

Reviews

REVIEWS

"A MASTERPIECE.... Take one plot (Shakespeare's The Tempest), one B movie (Forbidden Planet) and for added flavor plunder the entire Shakespearean cannon for dialogue (the more pungent the plagiarism, the more piquant the final effect).... YOUR FAVORITE BLASTS FROM THE PAST... ring out of the story with such unadulterated audacity that the cue lines themselves beg for mercy." - What's On

"The BEST ROCK AND ROLL SHOW in town.... You just have to laugh at the death defying puns ... and the way the songs are worked into the plot with perfect logic." - Daily Express

"Prepare to dance in the aisles." - Time Out

"Tacky, camp, irreverent and-- frankly enjoyable..... A cult hit." - Daily Mail

"An outbreak of fun and joy.... It is irresistible." - Jewish Chronicle

Videos

  • Return to the Forbidden Planet Trailer
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Scientific Survey Flight 9
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

Song Samples

Wipe Out
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It's a Man's World
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Great Balls of Fire
0:00
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
0:00
Good Vibrations
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I'm Gonna Change the World
0:00
Teenager in Love
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Young Girl
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She's Not There
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All Shook Up
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Gloria
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Who's Sorry Now
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Tell Her
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Shake, Rattle, and Roll
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Go Now
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Only the Lonely
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We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place
0:00
Hey Mr. Spaceman
0:00
Monster Mash
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Great Balls of Fire [Reprise]
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Casting

7m, 4f

DOCTOR PROSPERO - A mad scientist marooned for 15 years of the planet D'Illyria
ARIEL - Prospero's robot
MIRANDA - Prospero's daughter.Hopeless romantic who falls for Captain Tempest.
CAPTAIN TEMPEST - A Starship Captain. Super hero type, square-jawed.
SCIENCE OFFICER - A woman with a mysterious past: She's GLORIA-Prospero's wife
NEWSCASTER - Narrator 
NAVIGATIONAL OFFICER - Prone to panic during inter-galatoc emergencies. 
COOKIE - The ship's cook. Hopeless romantic and falls for Miranda.
OMNES - Spaceship Crew Member
BOSUN - Spaceship Crew Member

Plus Chorus


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Full Package

12 Piano/Conductor Scores
Guitar
Electric Bass
Drum Kit
Trumpet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Trombone

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Authors

Bob Carlton

Bob Carlton

Return to the Forbidden Planet started life with the Bubble Theatre Company as an open-air performance in a tent. A revised in-door production appeared at The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and the Tricycle Theatre in London. Return to the Forbidden Planet in its final version opened at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End on September 11, 1989. It won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical for both 1989 and 1990. 

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