Cast size: Large, 20 plus
Music by NED PAUL GINSBURG Lyrics by MICHAEL COLBY Book by COLBY and GINSBURG Originally commissioned and produced by TADA! In New York City. Executive & Artistic Director: Janine Nina Trevens

Ned Paul Ginsburg | Broadway musical | large 20 plus

  • About the Show

    (70 minutes; 1 act)

    THEY CHOSE ME! is a musical spotlighting the subject of adoption, as seen through the eyes of kids—ages 7 to 18. In the course of the show, a group of adopted youngsters assemble to tell their stories—funny and poignant—to Sarah Cook, herself an adoptee. The show encompasses a variety of issues typically experienced by adopted children. Among them: foster homes, parental loss, gay adoption, and multi-cultural families.

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    Musical Numbers

    Have Our Say
    Nothing Seems To Match
    Foster Care Square Dance
    A Home
    Carl's Song
    Not The Right Thing To Say
    Family I've Got
    What's A Parent?
    Mei-Ling
    I Yi Yi Yi
    Descended From
    How Can I Know?
    They Chose Me
    To Belong

    Casting Information

    SARAH COOK: the host at a gathering of adopted kids. Slightly older than the others, she is warm, wise, and curious. A group leader whose painful past compels her to speak to other adoptees and lend a sympathetic ear.

    AMY JASPER: brassy, energetic girl. Very pretty, without being aware of it. She was adopted overseas. Should have strong voice.

    BRETT WALKER: a really nice boy. May have long, curly or frizzy hair. Can, if necessary, also be played by a girl.

    CARL O'REILLY GROSSBAUM: very funny, lovable punster (it's almost like he can't stop himself). Comic relief throughout the show. Sometimes he goes too far making jokes, but contrite and apologetic. Should have excellent voice, preferably tenor or high baritone.

    DEBRA MARTINO: a somewhat awkward and plain-looking girl with admirable values. Went through many foster homes. Though reserved at first, she takes center-stage; when people listen to her. Must be able to sing patter and articulate clearly.

    EVE EDEN: a personable and upbeat African-American girl. First person to volunteer. Comes from a multiracial home.

    IVAN ZALE: a non-conformist who's matter-of-fact about his adoption. Originally from Romania, he imitates Dracula, dresses any way he likes, and cheers people up. Should be able to lead a big number.

    JAMAL DuPRÉ: very unhappy with his adoptive family. Irritable and rebellious. Athletic, good dancer. The kid most likely to complain about being adopted.

    JANE SMYTHE: among the youngest kids. Theatrical, amusing child who dreams of becoming a star. Good dancer, elastic, may possibly touch her nose with her foot. Should have sweet side as well.

    JIMMY MAGEE: a contemporary version of one of the "Our Gang" street kids; scrappy yet vulnerable. Someone who spent a long time in one foster home, yearning for a family. He should have an angelic singing voice (ideally one that hasn't yet changed).

    LAURA JAMISON: all-American girl (possibly an ash blonde), self-conscious about her Latino origins. Resentful of birth-parents for deserting her as a baby. Snooty at times. Comic physicality and ability to go from gangly to assured, dancing Latin music.

    MANUELA RODRIGUEZ: the opposite of Laura: proudly Hispanic and confident. Full of personality, stylishly dressed, and a terrific dancer.

    MEI-LING MOSKOWITZ: a lovely Asian girl, adopted into a Jewish family. Proud of both heritages. Must be good singer, preferably soprano.

    NANCY TATUM: shy, insecure child afraid of abandonment. She blames herself because her parents fight. Must be good actress and singer, capable of shifting emotions within a song.

    SHARLA FRANCO: a girl with a range of moods; from sunny to gloomy. Quirky and imaginative. A born storyteller.

    Optional Characters (Dividing some Principal Roles)

    GAIL RYAN: originally from Columbia. Outspoken, funny girl.

    MARCUS LOPEZ: popular boy, great disco dancer.

    PATTY LEWIS: sweet, somewhat introverted girl.

    KAY PRAGER: cute girl; a good dancer-singer.

    SAMMY STONE: expressive, funny boy. Can be played by a girl, if necessary.

    SUE BARTON: a good friend to others. Comedic with lyrics.

    LILY KENT: tall, sensitive girl.

    PENNY ABERNATHY: girl with little to say, but outstanding dancer.

    Rehearsal Set

    Director's Script
    Cast Scripts
    Vocal Books
    Piano-Vocal Score

    Orchestration

    (3 musicians)
    Piano/Vocal
    Guitar
    Percussion

    Resources

    Perusal Pack
    Video Licence available

Partners & Associates

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