Wanna Play?!

by  Bryan Young, Jeff Rizzo, Barry Dennen, Linda Bergman

Musical Revue / Cabaret, Comedy  /  12m or f

Finalist! Alpha Award for Excellence in Children's Television
"A spectacular smash. I only wish that half the New York musicals I have seen in recent years were a fraction as tuneful." - Kansas City Star
Superlative entertainment about the pains, pleasures and insanities of early adolescence.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    12m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Alpha Award nomination
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Superlative entertainment about the pains, pleasures and insanities of early adolescence. There's "Tug of War," a heartbreaker in which a child sings of how his divorcing parents are deciding who will take the TV, the liquor or the furniture, but asks in his plaintive chorus, Who's gonna take me? ; there's "It Isn't Fair," in which three girls, jealous of one another's varied talents, vent their hostilities only to learn that each has her own strong points; "Sisters." a sibling rivalry song, and others which explode with vitality in a brilliant musical revue for teens.

When it opened in Kansas City, it garnered staggering response and critical acclaim.

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Accolades

  • Finalist! Alpha Award for excellence in Children's Television

Reviews

"A spectacular smash. I only wish that half the New York musicals I have seen in recent years were a fraction as tuneful." - Kansas City Star

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting:

    WANNA PLAY?! can have a simple set or an eleborate set. There have been productions with a clever board game look.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

Casting

12m or f
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Cast Attributes

  • Features Children
  • Features Teens

Casting Notes

All roles for performers aged 10-15

Flexible cast size

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

1 Piano/Conductor score
15 Vocal Chorus Books

Percussion
Trombone
Flute I/II (2 books)
Piano/celeste
Clarinet

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Authors

Bryan Young

Bryan Young

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo is the composer of WANNA PLAY?!. He is notably a conductor, music director, pianist, orchestrator, and arranger. He was the conductor of the national tour of 42nd STREET revival in from 2002 - 2004 and in 2007 he also toured China with the show. He was the conductor and partial orchestrator of Madison Squar ...

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Barry Dennen

Barry Dennen

Linda Bergman

Linda Bergman, a screenwriter by trade, has been paid to write over twenty-four films and produced five of them. She’s best known for her expertise in writing family drama and strong women’s stories. i.e. ” The Jessica Savitch Story” (Lifetime); “The Pearl Buck Story (ABC); “The Barbara Mandrell Story” (CBS). “Matters ...

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Wanna Play?! was originally produced by PICA, Inc. and Richard Horner Associates, LTD. in Kansas City, Missouri in April of 1984.

Later filmed and broadcast by KCPT, PBS Kansas City and Denver CBS station. The KCPT broadcast was nominated for an Alpha Award ("to promote excellence in television programming for American children") in 1985. 

 

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