Musicals with Book, Music, and Lyrics by Stephen Murray
There’s something strange going on at Sondheim High School. New transfer student, Norma LaBelle, is having trouble getting accustomed to the school’s unusual traditions. At any given moment, students and teachers burst into song for no apparent reason. Each time they sing, it sounds almost like a famous Broadway musical. The math teacher sings a lesson on the Pythagorean theorem. The history teacher delivers a rap-filled class on Alexander Graham Bell. Mrs. Lovett, the Lunch Lady, delivers a menu filled with Broadway-themed meals. The students sing a celebration of Mondays and even the ‘bad’ kids perform the “Detention Tango.” Principal Lloyd Webber is hiding a secret and enforces strict rules to keep the truth hidden from the students. This show is full of fun surprises and is a delight for fans of Broadway musicals as well as for those new to the genre.
This is the most popular of the Murray Musicals. A spoof of the 1960's beach party movies and B-monster movies combined. Lots of great parodies of 1960's hits. Zombies, beatniks, jocks, nerds, and a crazy pirate woman. Lots of fun.
The stage at Hilltop High has gone unused for 20 years. Suddenly the principal decides that music teacher Peggy Donahue will direct a new musical version of Romeo and Juliet. Enter the jealous understudy, the mother of all stage mothers, a stage crew obsessed with duct tape, and other madness.
2000 1st Place Winner - Jackie White Memorial Playwriting Competition
This is a musical for young audiences that can be cast with as few as 4 actors. It is loosely based on the famous story, Stone Soup. Winter brings gloom and despair to a village until a mysterious stranger arrives to build a snowman in the center of town.
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The first Murray Musical. Based on the fable by Aesop. The Hare is the leader of a gang called the "Hare's Angels". The Tortoise gets health and nutrition advice from an odd cast of animal characters.
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1993-1994 Winner - Anna Zornio Memorial Playwriting Award
This show is subtitled, Brief and Inaccurate History of Everything. The show opens with a collage of creation myths from all over the world then bursts into The Big Bang. Topics then travel from the solar system to dinosaurs to primitive humans and beyond.
HEY, TEACHERS! This show is a terrific way to incorporate Science and Social Studies into your Music and Drama programs. True Murray-heads will recognize this show as the final resting place of 2 songs from the early Murray Musical, The Legend of Columbus.
Honorable Mention: Jackie White Memorial Playwriting Competition
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