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American Beauty

American Beauty

Music and lyrics by Michael Rice. Book by Jack Heifner, Romulus Linney, Kent R Brown, Hank Bates, Mary Rohde Scudday, and Cliff Fannin Baker.

Product Code: A77000

  • Musical
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 7w. (expandable to 20+w.) and 1 m. offstage voice.

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout the World.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$8.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $80/perf

In stock

Synopsis

This wonderfully entertaining musical dramatizes the hopes of seven women as they pursue their dreams of winning the Miss Delta Queen Beauty Pageant. The first act focuses on key events leading up to the last night of competition, while the second act sweeps us from the contestants' opening parade to the final moment of coronation. The talent competition featuring a montage of country, pop and operatic singers, a marimba player, a tap dancer, a twirler and an ill-performed dramatic monologue, is hilarious. Through a medley of serious and satiric monologues and scenes, American Beauty also introduces us to an array of secondary characters including backstage mothers, pageant judges, commercial sponsors, and flamboyant choreographers. In a satisfying plot twist at the end of the show, the audience discovers that each of the contestants was crowned "Miss Delta Queen" in competitions ranging from the present to the past. Songs include: "I'm in a Pageant!," "Pageant Mothers and Daughters," "Something's Gonna Happen" and "Fireflies and Shooting Stars." American Beauty captures all the anxiety, the fear and the elation involved in competition, while underscoring each contestant's courage and determination.

Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Musical
  • Product Code A77000
  • Cast Size 8
  • Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
  • Cost $8.95
  • Approx. Run Time 120 min

Categories

  • Target Audience High School | College and Adult
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9780871299291
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Media Reviews

"American Beauty spoofs beauty contests … but, first and last, it values the human beings who participate in them. The effect is lump-in-the-throat stunning. This show is a delight." -Richmond News Leader

"American Beauty has a big heart." -Richmond Times