The Me Nobody Knows

by  Gary William Friedman, Herb Schapiro, Bob Livingston

Full Length Musical  /  6m, 6f

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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

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Accolades

    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. The size of the cast may vary according to the needs of each production.
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Reviews

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Drugs Drugs

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Song Samples

Introduction
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Dream Babies
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Light Sings
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This World
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How I Feel
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The White Horse
0:00
If I Had A Million Dollars
0:00
Sounds
0:00
The Tree
0:00
Something Beautiful
0:00
Sounds (reprise)
0:00
Black
0:00
War Babies
0:00
Let Me Come In
0:00

Casting

6m, 6f
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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

Age 12 to 25

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

15 Piano Conductor Scores
15 Libretti

Flute
Trumpet
Trombone
Drums
Guitar
Cello
Bass

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Authors

Gary William  Friedman

Gary William Friedman

Herb Schapiro

Herb Schapiro

Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston

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