Dani Girl

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 2f

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Dani Girl
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adventure, Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play, National Alliance of Musical Theatre-Festival Musicals
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

When Dani, a precocious nine year old, loses her hair to leukemia, she embarks on a magical journey to get it back. Simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking, Dani Girl is a tale of life in the face of death, hope in the face of despair, and the indomitable power of the human imagination.
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Reviews

REVIEWS:

"Dani Girl is easily the best play I've seen all year." - BroadwayWorld Washington, Read More

"You will likely be hard-pressed to find a show that is more original, smart, charming, and creative." – BroadwayWorld Connecticut, Read More

"Yes, it’s every bit as heart-wrenching and weighty as it sounds. Oh, and it’s a musical and it also happens to be outrageously funny." - The Philippine Star, Read More

"I have not seen anything so creatively imaginative, powerful, and moving for a long time." - AussieTheatre.com, Read More

"If you have a heart in your chest and a brain in your head, you owe it to yourself to see this play, and to see it with someone you love." - Philippine Daily Inquirer, Read More

"Dani Girl is good for the soul." - TheaterJones.com, Read More

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by Courtney Kochuba with Ashley Byrne
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DANI GIRL: The Beauty of Bad Ideas
by MIchael Kooman and Christopher Dimond
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Videos

  • Kooman & Dimond on Dani Girl
  • The Creation of Reaction of Dani Girl
  • Producing Dani Girl
  • The Audience Reaction of Dani Girl
  • Kooman & Dimond on Telling a Story
  • "My Hair"
  • Dani Girl
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1990s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. But mostly Dani's imagination. Fall of 1990 through Spring of 1991.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Song Samples

Invocation
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The Game of Life
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My Hair
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Arthroscopic Anterior Post Partum Biopsy
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Why I Love the Movies
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No Big Deal
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Requiem for a Bear
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Going to Heaven
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God is Dead
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Side by Suicide
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The Sun Still Rose
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Comaland
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Finale
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Casting

2m, 2f

DANI - 9; Lively and precocious, but slightly dark. Extremely imaginative. May be played by an adult actress.
RAPH* - Ageless; Dani's imaginary friend and guardian angel. Sarcastic but caring. Playful on cue. Appears as many other characters.
MARTY - 10; Odd and intelligent, bordering on dorky. Obsessed with movies. May be played by an adult actor.
MOTHER - Late 30's; Dani's mother. Stern. Hard. Does what she believes is right to save her daughter and makes no apologies for it.
CANCER* - Timeless; A chronic and terminal disease. Revels in being sinister and malicious. Appears in several forms.
GOD* - Eternal; Supreme being and allpowerful creator of the universe. Simple, straightforward, and comforting.
FATHER* - 35; Dani's father. Appears only in dream sequences.

* denotes doubling

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

Two lead characters may be played by adults or children. Starred characters are doubled.

Resources

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Authors

Michael Kooman

Composer Michael Kooman is best known for his work with Christopher Dimond, with whom he received the 2013 Fred Ebb Award and a 2010 Jonathan Larson Grant. The duo were also the first recipients of the Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and the Samuel French Next Step Award. Additionally, Michael has won the Burton Lane A ...

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Christopher Dimond

Playwright and lyricist Christopher Dimond is best known for his work with composer Michael Kooman, with whom he received the 2013 Fred Ebb Award and a 2010 Jonathan Larson Grant. The duo were also the first recipients of the Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and the Samuel French Next Step Award. Additionally, Chris has ...

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Dani Girl has been developed at American Conservatory Theater, the Kennedy Center, the Festival of New American Musicals, and the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop.

Selected productions include Exit, Pursued by a Bear; The Sandbox Collective (Philippines); 11th Hour Theatre Company; Unexpected Stage Company; Talk is Free Theatre (Canada); Harvest Rain Theatre (Australia); The Spirit of Broadway Theatre; Greyman Theatre; Penn State University; Emerson University; and Carnegie Mellon University.

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