Polyester: The Musical

by  Phil Olson, Wayland Pickard

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  3m, 2f

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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Parody / Spoof, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

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.”

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Reviews

"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

Videos

  • Polyester the Musical
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: 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.
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Together as Friends
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A Howard Johnson's in Green Bay
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I Want You, But I Hurt You
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I Watch You 'Cause I Love You
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No More Men
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My Little Man Child
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The Funk Train
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Remember the Good Times We Had
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Synchronistic Dancin'
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Bump Your Booty Rump
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Tough Love
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You Yank My Chain
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The War on Love
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Run Groundhog Run
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Mindy's Song
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Better Together
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Medley
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Casting

3m, 2f
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
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

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, basketb ...

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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 Awar ...

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

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