Gorilla Man

by  Kyle Jarrow

Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 2f, 2m or f

"[Gorilla Man] is big, bloody, ridiculous theatricality... There's a unity of vision and insanity that's exciting." - The New York Sun
"Kyle Jarrow's philosophical fable has an antic charm!" - Variety

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Gorilla Man

by  Kyle Jarrow

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f, 2m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Fables/Folktales, Parody / Spoof
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Puberty is hard enough without the insatiable thirst for blood! Waking one morning to find thick fur growing on the backs of his hands, young Billy discovers the awful truth his mother has been hiding from him for fourteen years: he's destined to grow up into a murderous monster. Cast from his home, he sets out on a journey to find his father, the legendary Gorilla Man. Combining a variety of influences including horror films, picaresque tales, and glam rock, Gorilla Man is a strikingly original new musical. It's a pulse-pounding mix of comedy, concert, and carnival that explores philosophical issues of identity, ethics, and free will. It's a darkly comic coming-of-age tale filled with bombastic pop songs and peopled with lonely freaks by Obie Award winning playwright/composer Kyle Jarrow.

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Reviews

"[Gorilla Man] is big, bloody, ridiculous theatricality... There's a unity of vision and insanity that's exciting." - The New York Sun

"Kyle Jarrow's philosophical fable has an antic charm!" - Variety

"This is a rock musical, and, dare I say it, a great one at that!" - Curtain Up

"Kyle Jarrow is New York's hipster playwright." - The New York Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The stage should suggest a carnival sideshow - the more colorful and ramshackle the better. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

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

Song Samples

"Gorilla Man"
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"I Never Thought"
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"The Fabulous Entourage - Lying Song"
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Casting

3m, 2f, 2m or f
BILLY (14 years old)
MOTHER/BACKUP SINGER
FORTUNE TELLER/ALICE/BACKUP SINGER
TRUCK DRIVER/POLITICIAN/PRISON GUARD
THE GORILLA MAN
PIANO PLAYER (a Narrator)
DRUMMER (another Narrator)
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Gorilla Man is typically performed with one live pianist and one live drummer, who also serve as narrators. 

Resources

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Full Package

8 Piano/Vocal Scores

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Authors

Kyle Jarrow

Kyle Jarrow is a writer and musician based in Brooklyn. He writes for the stage as well as film and television and he plays in the rock band Sky-Pony. He won an OBIE Award at age 24 for his Off-Broadway hit play A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, which has subsequently been produced all over the ...

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Gorilla Man received its premiere production at Performance Space 122 in New York City on March 10, 2005 under the direction of Habib Azar. 

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