The Me Nobody Knows

The Me Nobody Knows

by  Gary William Friedman, Herb Schapiro, Bob Livingston, Will Holt

Full Length Musical  /  6m, 6f

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Within the envelope of a single day, the show poetically examines the aspirations and fears of a multi-racial cast of young people

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 6f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • Accolades


    Tony, Obie, From Broadway, From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The Me Nobody Knows is a Tony-nominated and OBIE Award-winning, ground-breaking musical which has been inspiring and touching audiences throughout the world for generations. Within the envelope of a single day, the show poetically examines the aspirations and fears of a multi-racial cast of young people. Inspired by actual writings of students in the New York City Public Schools, the stories are universal, and can be shared by and with all races. The powerful and contemporary score carries and propels each individuals journey. Based on the published writings of NYC public school children, THE ME depicts the raw and candid experience of a demographic that has not otherwise found a voice in musical theater. Those voices are brought to life through beautiful music, inspired poetry and affecting dance. The spirit and themes of THE ME, despite having been written nearly 50 years ago, feel completely relevant through today's lens.

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"One of the best musicals on Broadway and unequivocally the most moving, the most poignant." - The New York Times

"An unforgettable joy." - The New York Post

"The Me Nobody Knows is one of the best musicals on Broadway and unequivocally the most moving, the most poignant. I loved its understanding and compassion, and I felt its pain and yet also its unsentimental determination for hope." - The New York Times

"We have the best rock score in years in the one provided by Gary William Friedman for The Me Nobody Knows, a musical about ghetto children that is so good that if every legislator and slum landlord were to see it - and since it should be seen by everybody, that includes those unsavory professions - it might put an end to ghettos." - New York Magazine

"The Me Nobody Knows is beautiful…lyricist Will Holt, composer Gary William Friedman and director Robert H. Livingston have fashioned a show remarkable for its intelligence, insight and emotional force." - Newsweek

"Rejoice…Gary William Friedman…and everyone else connected with The Me Nobody Knows have made an exhilarating, moving and funny new musical." - The New Yorker


  • How I feel
  • This World
  • The Tree
  • Flying Milk and Runaway Plates
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Performing Groups

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


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License details

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  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The play takes place during the course of one day.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Contemporary Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Dream Babies
Light Sings
This World
How I Feel
The White Horse
If I Had A Million Dollars
The Tree
Something Beautiful
Sounds (Reprise)
War Babies
Let Me Come In


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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

Age 12 to 25 with an expandable cast size 


Rehearsal Resources

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15 Libretti




Gary William Friedman

Gary is the composer of the TONY nominated, OBIE Award winning musical The Me Nobody Knows. Other theater credits include Taking My Turn, (Outer Critic's Circle Award), which was presented on PBS Television's Great Performance Series, and Treasure Island, ( "Best Musical", premiere production at Theatr ...

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Herb Schapiro

Herb Schapiro

Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston

Will Holt

Will Holt (April 30, 1929 – May 31, 2015) was an American singer, songwriter, librettist and lyricist. He was known first and primarily as a folk performer during the 1950s, when he made early and influential recordings of such songs as "Sinner Man" and "Lemon Tree", for which he wrote the English lyrics. He later beca ...

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THE ME NOBODY KNOWS originally opened off-Broadway in 1970 and received the Obie and Drama Desk Awards for best New Musical. It then transferred to Broadway, garnering 5 TONY Award nominations.

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