Prom Queens Unchained

by  Stephen Witkin, Keith Herrmann, Larry Goodsight

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  13m, 10f

"Nonstop silliness...The show grows steadily loopier until it becomes permanently and deliriously unhinged."- The New York Times

"Genuinely hilarious... A sure fire crowd pleaser." - New York Post

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    13m, 10f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway, Tony-nominated composer
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Actors and audience interact in a 1950's high school. The lunatic plot, reminiscent of a bad drive in movie, involves competition for prom queen, an alien invader, a science student who turns his right arm into a hamburger, murders and other mayhem, all at an accelerating pace that overtakes all with hilarity.

PROM QUEENS UNCHAINED originated at the historic Village Gate Theatre in New York City in 1991. Produced by GH Inc.. it has enjoyed numerous productions around the country and abroad. 

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Nonstop silliness...The show grows steadily loopier until it becomes permanently and deliriously unhinged." - The New York Times

"Genuinely hilarious... A sure fire crowd pleaser." - New York Post

"Explodes on and off the stage with raucous cheerfulness." - United Press International

"A zany, exuberant, take no prisoners assault on the 1950s in general and high school in particular that makes Grease and Bye Bye Birdieseem rather pale." - Chicago Tribune

"Has more subplots per square minute than any other show and each of them is a frolic... A hilarious spoof." - Back Stage

Keywords

Adolescence, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Youth/Camp Programs
  • Tours
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s, 1980s, 1970s, 1960s
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting:

    The show takes place in the high school cafeteria, classrooms and student homes, which makes it so produceable for any theatre group.

  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Small

Song Samples

Down the Hall
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That Special Night
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Dustbane
0:00
Most Likely
0:00
Seeing Red
0:00
That Special Night (Reprise)
0:00
Perfect Family
0:00
Corsage
0:00
Squeeze Me in the Rain
0:00
Goin' All the Way
0:00
Alaska
0:00
Give Your Love
0:00

Casting

13m, 10f
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Multicultural casting
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

1 - Piano/Conductor score
24 - Vocal Chorus Books

1 - Flute/Tenor
1 - Guitar
1 - Drums
1 - Bass

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Authors

Stephen Witkin

Stephen Witkin

Keith Herrmann

Keith Herrmann received a Tony nomination (Best Musical score) for the Broadway show, ROMANCE ROMANCE, (which received a total of 5 nominations, including Best Show. Other nominees that year included Andrew Lloyd Webber's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and Stephen Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS.) In addition, he created the score ...

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Larry Goodsight

Larry Goodsight

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