Girlfriend

Girlfriend

by  Matthew Sweet, Todd Almond

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m

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"Girlfriend allows us to richly inhabit the perilous journey Mike and Will are undertaking [...] those who can enter the rhythm of the musical may find themselves returning to some epic emotions from their youth." - Los Angeles Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Set in Nebraska in the ’90s, Will, a bit of a social outcast, and Mike, the popular football player, figure out that there is more to life than what high school has taught them. Days after graduation they explore their relationship and begin to ask themselves where their lives begin. Based on the album by Matthew Sweet, Girlfriend is a pop/rock musical for everyone who’s lived in a small town and feels for their first love.
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Reviews

All you need to know about the intensity of teenage crushes is captured...in Girlfriend, the tenderly truehearted rock musical that seems primed for cult-hit status. - The Washington Post
Girlfriend allows us to richly inhabit the perilous journey Mike and Will are undertaking [...] those who can enter the rhythm of the musical may find themselves returning to some epic emotions from their youth." - Los Angeles Times Read More 

"It is, in every regard, a musical play about the wonder and the insecurity of adolescent love [...]Girlfriend is touching and uplifting." -Cincinnati.com, Read More 

"The songwriter and book writer demonstrate both an ear for the rousing energy of circa-1990 pop music, and a sensitivity about the manner in which a pair of young men might find their way to each other in an unwelcoming environment." - The Washington Post, Read More


Videos

  • Introducing Girlfriend at Berkeley Rep
  • Girlfriend at the Know Theatre
  • Quotes about Girlfriend at Berkeley Rep
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Alliance, Nebraska. The summer after high school graduation, 1993. 

Music

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

Casting

2m
MIKE
WILL
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male

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Authors

Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet

Todd Almond

Todd Almond is a composer, lyricist, and playwright. For The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park, he wrote the music and lyrics for the Public Works production of The Tempest at the Delacorte Theater (a production in which he also starred as Ariel). His musicals include Girlfriend (Berkeley Rep., and Actors Theatre ...

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Girlfriend premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre Berkeley, CA in April 2010 under the direction of Les Waters.

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