Scream Queens - The Musical

by  Scott Martin

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  6f

"A sassy musical revue; an affectionate funny tribute... with something for everyone." — Los Angeles Times
"Campy and full of shtick, affection and great fun!" — The Hollywood Reporter
A hotel ballroom, 1998, and six voluptuous B-movie "Scream Queens" revive their fading acting careers by presenting a musical revue for their fans at a science fiction and horror film convention. "They sing - they dance - they die!"

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Scream Queens - The Musical

by  Scott Martin

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Science Fiction, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

"They sing - they dance - they die!" A hotel ballroom, 1998, and six voluptuous B-movie "Scream Queens" revive their fading acting careers by presenting a musical revue for their fans at a science fiction and horror film convention. From young newbie to seasoned grand dame, the Queens strut their stuff in song and dance to prove "I Got All of the Talent I Need." For 90 minutes of hilarious musical mayhem, they take the audience into the world of no-budget movies with awful scripts, fake monsters and gooey "Special FX." They even involve the audience in a screaming contest and zombie talent search. As each Queen reveals her personal story, we share their hopes and dreams, from Tonya's love of her idol "Fay Wray" to Alexis' advice that "Everybody Starts at the Bottom" to DeeDee's secrets of Scream Queen longevity: "Don't Open That Door." British screen veteran Nadine savors her joy of being "Still In Demand" while Bianca celebrates the lifetime achievements of "Roger Corman" and Richelle laments her own elusive "Happy Endings." They also screen original clips from their direct-to-video "scary movie" spoofs such as "Revenge of the Psycho Bimbos" and "Malibu Vampire Vixens," all hoping to attract the attention of a popular young horror film director lurking in the audience.
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Reviews

"Scream Queens is musical entertainment, and the distressed gals sing beautifully and keep you entertained. They sometimes involve the audience, inviting some on stage to audition as screamers. The cast sings, clowns around and gives insight into their lives, particularly the hard times a curvaceous victim can sink to when the years start to take their toll. 'This little lady's stock has fallen so low, even her stalker has lost interest,' one says." – Dalt Wonk, Gambit New Orleans

"Like small productions similar to Nunsense, this show has all the markings of a musical that will continue to be mounted through the coming years, although it is clearly demanding of good actresses with very good vocal skills. Among the more memorable songs are a tribute to 'Fay Wray', an admonishment that 'Everybody Starts at the Bottom', a tribute to 'Special FX' and an homage to horror film king 'Roger Corman.' " – New Orleans Examiner

"A sassy musical revue; an affectionate funny tribute... with something for everyone." — Los Angeles Times

"Campy and full of shtick, affection and great fun!" — The Hollywood Reporter

"It's a riot!" — Los Angeles Jewish Times

"Scream Queens may leave you cheering. An infectiously high-spirited homage." — Los Angeles Daily News

"With an almost Rocky Horror Show-like presentation, complete with out-of-this world musical numbers and crazy costumes, Scream Queens keeps the audience laughing... cheering and clapping." — UCLA Daily Bruin

"Up until the early 20th century the term 'burlesque' did not denote displays of female skin but rather irreverent or raucous entertainment, with nonstop gags, not confined by stultifying good taste. Chuck your snobby aesthetics at the door and wallow in the laughter." — Syracuse New Times

"Scream Queens is a funny, affectionate, tuneful trip down mammary lane." —Tony Timpone, Fangoria magazine

"A slick, polished romp into the world of B-movies. Bring a Kleenex or two with you because you're bound to laugh yourself to tears." — The Chronicle, Dunnville, Ontario

"They nailed it! It was as if someone had sat beside us at the conventions and absorbed everything. I thought the lyrics were clever and brilliant. It was really funny!" —Brinke Stevens, actual Scream Queen

"Wonderful! Just loved it! Had the best time. They showed the sad side of the business as well as the happy side." —Linnea Quigley, actual Scream Queen

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SCREAM QUEENS, THE MUSICAL: They Scream, They Dance, They Die!
by Scott Martin
March 25, 2015

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Evening; Winter, 1998; The Ballroom of the Holiday Place Hotel and Convention Center; Parma, Ohio.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Scream Queens
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I Got All Of The Talent I Need
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Fay Wray
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Gotcha Cornered
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Still in Demand
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Everybody Starts At The Bottom
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I'm Alright, Momma
0:00
South Of The Border
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Happy Endings
0:00
Don't Open That Door
0:00
Roger Corman
0:00
Special FX
0:00
Remember The Name
0:00

Casting

6f
RICHELLE - The cute one; mid-30s; alto; perky, a girl-next-door smile with a girl-on-the-corner body. She was the most popular “Scream Queen” of the late 20th century and is very anxious to revive her career. She has appeared at many dozens of these conventions and originated the idea for tonight’s show.
NADINE - The British one; mid-50s; alto; sensual yet aloof. She’s the senior “Scream Queen” who has seen and done it all, having played everything from a corpse to a vampire princess to a prehistoric tribal maiden to a Playboy centerfold – almost. She’s a semi-recovered alcoholic and sneaks a quick drink from a small flask whenever she thinks no one is looking.
BIANCA - The loveable one; late 30s; mezzo; very buxom, good-natured with practical mid-western earthiness. She’s happily married with children but never lets the spotlight intrude on her private life. Her occasional clumsiness is due to the size of her breasts and her refusal to wear her eyeglasses in public.
TONYA - The sincere one; late 20s; mezzo; sweet, charismatic, still somewhat naïve. A former Tri-State cheerleading champion, she is the most serious actress of the group and really believes that her B-movie career will lay a foundation for respectable stardom.
DEE DEE - The trashy one; mid-30s; mezzo; intense, edgy, tough on the outside but lonely and desperate within. She wears extreme make-up, hair and clothes to hide her natural beauty, and will do anything to, for and with anybody (including a popular "video series") to get ahead and be noticed like her idol Traci Lords.
ALEXIS -- The smart one; early 40s; alto; compassionate, sisterly, levelheaded. She has a college degree, invests carefully and acts as the politician, often refereeing amongst the other Queens. She also has the good business sense to produce her own videos.
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Casting Notes

Casting ages range from 28 to 50+

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

Conductor's score
Piano/Vocal score
6 Vocal Chorus Books
Piano
Digital Keyboard
Drums
Bass
Pre-recorded musical accompaniment CD is available as a part of the rental package, please inquire for details.

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Authors

Scott Martin

Scott Martin has been a Los Angeles-based playwright, composer, actor, director and ASCAP member for over 30 years. In addition to his musicals published by Samuel French ("Scream Queens - The Musical" and "Little Green Men") he has written the book, music and lyrics for "Children of the Night" (2010 L.A. Ovation Awar ...

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Scream Queens - The Musical was first produced by Jayne Hamil at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, CA, in October, 1998. It was directed by the author.

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