Pop Star

by  Peter Morris, Ben Morss

Short Musical, Comedy  /  5m, 16f

Westfield High School is the next stop for Pop Star, a nationally televised talent search that will make some lucky high school student the next American Idol. When the show's sleazy host and his put-upon assistant roll in with the cameras, the strain of competition pits friend against fri…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 16f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Westfield High School is the next stop for Pop Star, a nationally televised talent search that will make some lucky high school student the next American Idol. When the show's sleazy host and his put-upon assistant roll in with the cameras, the strain of competition pits friend against friend. Who will be chosen: Densie, the spoiled rich girl? Jessica, the Jewish rapper who is ashamed of her heritage? Chanel, an African-American whose white boyfriend is afraid to let people know they are in love? Before petty jealousies and racial tensions tear the school apart, the students realize that sticking together is more important than winning. Fast-paced and fun. Pop Star is propelled by an infectious pop rock score that includes 11 original songs.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Kiss Me Like Crazy
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The Greatest Thing
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Stick Together
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Only in Fairy Tales
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That's Chanukah
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Never Gonna Cry
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Diva
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Girl in the Mirror
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Pressure's On
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Casting

5m, 16f
BRYAN RICHARDS – The host of Pop Star, late 20s-early 30s
STEVEN GLICKMAN – The smartest kid in school
TONY BENOTTI – The school’s leading jock
CHRIS MALLOY – Tony’s friend and the school bully
JORDAN BORDONI – The latest op Star
BARB MCDOUGALL – Bryan’s put-upon production assistant, early 20s
JESSICA BERK – An all-American girl
DENISE ANDERSON – Rich and stuck-up
PENNY LOWDERMILK – Denise’s sidekick
STEPHIE DELLWOOD – Denise’s other sidekick
CHANEL CONNORS – A spunky, no-nonsense African American girl
KRISTAL JOHNSTON – Chanel’s friend
LINDA PALLADINO – Pretty and popular
NIKKI LABRUSCIANO – A high spirited, go-getter with big-ideas
ANN MARIE GUADELLI – Linda & Nikki’s friend
BONNIE ORENSTEIN – A Jewish rapper
JUDY PRINGLE – A dorky girl in glasses
MELISSA HEINRITZ – A punk rocker with purple hair and Goth-style make-up
MARLENE SIGORSKI – A slacker
TIA HERNANDEX – A rabid Jordan Bordoni fan
PEPPER ORTIZ – Tia’s friend, also mad about Jordan
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Casting Notes

The role of Jordan Bordoni can be played by the same actor playing Tony or Chris

Resources

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Full Package

Piano/Vocal Score
21 Vocal Chorus Books

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Authors

Peter Morris

Peter Morris

Ben Morss

Ben Morss earned his doctorate in composition at the University of California at Davis.  He has played piano and arranged for platinum-selling bands such as Cake and Wheatus. His playing was used in the films Sidewalks of New York and L.I.E.  His band, Onward Chariots, ...

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Pop Star was originally produced by the Teen Theatre of the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League in April 2003 and was directed by Sasha Nanus.

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