The Meaning of Life and Other Vanities

by  Paul McCusker, Tim Albritton

Musical Revue / Cabaret, Drama  /  4m, 4f

A Broadway-style musical revue for a mixed cast of almost any size that intertwines music and sketches to examine the futility of life without God. Based on the Book of Ecclesiastes, it presents a variety of contemporary people and situations as they look for the meaning of life in unsuccessful ways.

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The Meaning of Life and Other Vanities

by  Paul McCusker Tim Albritton

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Faith-based
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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A Broadway-style musical revue for a mixed cast of almost any size (minimum of eight: 4m and 4f) that intertwines music and sketches to examine the futility of life without God. Based on the Book of Ecclesiastes, it presents a variety of contemporary people and situations as they look for the meaning of life through the pursuit of fun, power, wealth, religion, and the many values we think will bring satisfaction and don't. It's satirical yet sensitive to the inner needs we all have and the ultimate need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Situations include: Radio station FUN-104; Pepskin the world's first combination soft drink, mouthwash and acne medicine; a mock-opera about middle class living, and much more. Vocal score published in text.

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Performing Groups

  • Church / Religious Groups

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Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

4m, 4f
DINO
JOHN
DAUGHTER
MOTHER
SON
FATHER
ANNOUNCER
VICTOR
FIRST MAN
SECOND MAN
FIRST WOMAN
SECOND WOMAN
PREACHER
PROFESSOR
REV'REND
REFLEX
FEMALE CALLER
SECOND FEMALE CALLER
BOY
GIRL
MALE CALLER

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Minimum of eight: 4m and 4f.

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Full Package

9 Piano/Conductor Scores

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Authors

Paul McCusker

Paul McCusker

Tim Albritton

Tim Albritton

The Meaning of Life and Other Vanities premiered in September, 1985 as part of the Annual Arts Festival at Grace Baptist Church in Bowie, Maryland.

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