Back to the 80's

Back to the 80's
Join the class of 1985 as they experience the fun and heartbreak of growing up in a totally awesome decade.

From the era that brought the world the Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes the "totally awesome" musical Back to the 80's. In the style of movies such as Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Karate Kid, Back to the 80's is a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade.

Back to the 80's tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School, as remembered through the eyes of now thirty-something Corey Palmer. Seventeen-year-old Corey is madly in love with his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, one of the coolest girls in the school, but she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around. Michael and his friends are athletic and good looking — the kind of guys that Corey and his two best friends dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest guys in school, they are still one up on Feargal McFerrin, III, whose best friend is his computer and who believes the crazy notion that one day, CDs will replace cassette tapes.

Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80s party scene, copious amounts of blue eyeshadow, twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that will not only delight and amuse audiences of any age, but will also inspire any young cast. Back to the 80's is a high-energy musical with contemporary flair that will certainly fill the seats.

Concert Selections for Back to the 80's

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  • 12 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    Jerry Bock
    Lyrics by
    Sheldon Harnick
    Orchestrated by
    Don Walker
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Starting Key
    F
    Estimated duration
    3 min 38 sec
    Instrumentation

    20 Piano-Conductor Scores, 1 Accordion, 17 Violin, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1 Harp, 3 Horns, 1 Trumpet, 1 Trombone, 1 Reed I (Flute, Piccolo), 1 Reed II (Oboe), 1 Reed III (Clarinet, Optional Flute), 1 Reed IV (Clarinet, Optional Flute), 1 Reed V (Bassoon)

  • 9 TO 5
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
  • A MUSICAL
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    Wayne Kirkpatrick
    Karey Kirkpatrick
    Lyrics by
    Wayne Kirkpatrick
    Karey Kirkpatrick
    Arranged by
    Glen Kelly
    Orchestrated by
    Larry Hochman
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Instrumentation

    2 Keyboard 1/Conductor, 10 PV, 4 Reed(Clarinet, Piccolo, Flute, Alto Sax)Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar 1(Archtop), Guitar 2(Solid Body Electric), Keyboard 2 (synth.), Keyboard 3(synth.), 2 Percussion, Violin(6), Bass(3)

  • A PLACE CALLED HOME
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    ALAN MENKEN
    Lyrics by
    LYNN AHRENS
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Starting Key
    BFile:Flat.svg
    Estimated duration
    2 min 00 sec
    Instrumentation

    5 Bass, 6 Cello, 7 Viola, 17 Violin, 1 Drum, 1 Harp, 1 Horn, 1 Keyboard1,1 Keyboard2, 6 Piano Conductor Scores, 2 Percussion, 1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3,1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3

  • ABBONDANZA
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Arranged for
    3 Voices (Typically Male)
    Starting Key
    B
    Estimated duration
    4 min 45 sec
    Instrumentation

    1 Flute, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Oboe, 1 Bassoon, 2 Horn 1&2, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 2 Vocal Score, 3 Chorus books

  • ACID QUEEN
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
  • ACT 2 FINALE - PART 4 ("INTO THE WOODS")
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Lyrics by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Orchestrated by
    JONATHAN TUNICK
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    2 min 30 sec
    Instrumentation

    (1x) FULL SCORE; (2x) PIANO/VOCAL SCORE; (1x) FLUTE (+Piccolo); (1x) CLARINET; (1x) BASSOON; (2x) HORNS 1 & 2; (1x) TRUMPET IN C; (1x) ALT. TRUMPET IN Bb; (1x) PIANO; (1x) SYNTHESIZER; (5x) PERCUSSION: Trap Set, Triangle, Temple Block, Concert Bass Drum; (17x) VIOLINS; (7x) VIOLAS; (6x) CELLO; (5x) BASS

  • ADELAIDE'S LAMENT
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Lyrics by
    LOESSER, FRANK
    Orchestrated by
    GEORGE BASSMAN & TED ROYAL
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    G♭
    Estimated duration
    3 min 10 sec
    Instrumentation

    1 Flute, 1 English horn, 1 Clarinet in Bb, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Clarinet 3, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone, 9 Violin AC, 8 Violin BD, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 2 Percussion, 2 Piano Conductor

  • ADVENTURES OF A ZOO
    First Performance Fee:
    $300
    Each Additional Performance:
    $150
    Music by
    KLEINSINGER, GEORGE
    Lyrics by
    TRIPP, PAUL
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Symphonic Composition (with narration)
    Arranged for
    NARRATOR
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    14 min 00 sec
    Instrumentation

    1 Oboe 1, 1 Oboe 2, 1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Flute 3, 1 Clarinet 2(in B), 2 Bassoon 1&2, 1 Clarinet 1(in Bb), 1 Tuba, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Horn 1(in F), 1 Horn 2(in F), 1 Horn 3(in F), 1 Horn 4(in F), 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Narrator, 1 Fullscore

  • AGONY
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    Stephen Sondheim
    Lyrics by
    Stephen Sondheim
    Orchestrated by
    Jonathan Tunick
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Arranged for
    2 Voices (Typically Male)
    Starting Key
    E
    Estimated duration
    2 min 19 sec
    Instrumentation
    Part Name Doubling Quantity
    FULL SCORE   1
    PIANO/VOCAL SCORE   1
    FLUTE   1
    CLARINET Clarinet in A 1
    BASSOON   1
    HORNS 1 & 2   2
    TRUMPET IN C (Tacet) 1
    ALT. TRUMPET IN B♭ (Tacet) 1
    PIANO (Tacet) 1
    SYNTHESIZER   1
    PERCUSSION (Tacet) 1
    VIOLINS   17
    VIOLAS   7
    CELLO   6
    BASS   5

    Please Note: In some instances (i.e. Reeds, Percussion, etc.), additional copies of parts may be provided, in the event you wish to split out the doublings to multiple players.

  • AGONY (REPRISE)
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    Stephen Sondheim
    Lyrics by
    Stephen Sondheim
    Orchestrated by
    Jonathan Tunick
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
  • AH, MISS
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Lyrics by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    E♭
    Estimated duration
    2 min 00 sec
    Instrumentation

    (1x) Full Score; (2x) Piano/Conductor Score; (2x) Woodwind 1: Flute, Piccolo; (1x) Woodwind 2: Oboe; (1x) Woodwind 3: Clarinet; (2x) Woodwind 4: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet; (1x) Woodwind 5: Bassoon; (1x) Horn; (2x) Trumpets; (1x) Trombone 1; (1x) Trombone 2; (1x) Trombone 3; (3x) Percussion: Small Triangle, Bell Tree, Tambourine, Timpani, Gran Casa, Cymbal; (1x) Organ; (1x) Harp; (17x) Violins; (7x) Viola; (6x) Cello; (5x) Bass

  • AH, SWEET MYSTERY / FALLING IN LOVE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    TESORI, JEANINE
    Lyrics by
    SCANLAN, DICK
    Orchestrated by
    RALPH BURNS & DOUG BESTERMAN
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Starting Key
    B
    Estimated duration
    4 min 30 sec
    Instrumentation

    5 Bass, 6 Cello, 1 Drums, 1 Guitar, 1 Harp, 1 Horn, 2 Percussion, 1 Piano, 1 Reed 1 (Flute), 1 Reed 2 (Clarinet & Flute), 1 Reed 3 (Clarinet), 1 Reed 4 (Flute, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone), 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 17 Violin, 3 Piano Vocal, 1 Full Score

  • AIN'T IT GOOD
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    Stephen Schwartz
    Lyrics by
    Stephen Schwartz
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Starting Key
    Am
    Estimated duration
    4 min 13 sec
    Instrumentation

    1 Bass, 2 Guitars, 1 Drums, 2 Percussion, Keyboard 1, Keyboard 2, 1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 20 Piano-Conductor Score, 1 Full Score

  • ALDOLPHO
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    Lisa Lambert
    Greg Morrison
    Lyrics by
    Lisa Lambert
    Greg Morrison
    Orchestrated by
    Larry Blank
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Instrumentation

    Reed 1 (Clarinet, Alto Sax), Reed 2 (Clarinet, Alto Sax), Reed 3 (Piccolo, Clarinet, Tenor Sax), Reed 4 (Bass Clarinet, Baritone Sax), 3 Trumpets, 1 Trombone, Keyboard 1, Keyboard 2, Drums, Percussion, Bass. Your rental set will also include 3 Piano-Conductor Scores.

  • ALL THE WASTED TIME
    From
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    Jason Robert Brown
    Lyrics by
    Jason Robert Brown
    Orchestrated by
    Don Sebesky & Jason Robert Brown
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Arranged for
    2 Voices (Typically 1 Male, 1 Female)
    Starting Key
    BFile:Flat.svg
    Estimated duration
    4 min 41 sec
    Instrumentation

    (1x) FULL SCORE; (3x) PIANO/CONDUCTOR SCORE; (2x) REED 1: Clarinet, Piccolo; (2x) REED 2: Oboe, Clarinet; (1x) REED 3: Clarinet; (3x) REED 4: Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone; (1x) HORN 1; (1x) HORN 2; (1x) TRUMPET 1; (1x) TRUMPET 2; (1x) TROMBONE; (1x) TUBA; (1x) PERCUSSION 1: Suspended Cymbal 1, Suspended Cymbal 2, Suspended Cymbal 3, Triangle, Crash Cymbal; (1x) PERCUSSION 2: Timpani; (1x) PERCUSSION 3: Vibraphone, Mark Tree, Glockenspiel, Suspended Cymbal, Gong, Chimes; (1x) PIANO; (1x) GUITAR: Acoustic; (8x) VIOLIN 1; (8x) VIOLIN 2; (7x) VIOLA; (6x) CELLO; (5x) BASS

  • First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    Jason Robert Brown
    Lyrics by
    Jason Robert Brown
    Orchestrated by
    Jason Robert Brown
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Instrumentation

    2 Piano Conductor Scores, 1 Full Score, 2 Guitar 1 (Acoustic, Mandolin), 1 Guitar 2 (Acoustic), 5 Bass, 3 Percussion (Timpani, Vibraphone, Crotales, Chime, Suspended Cymbal), 17 Violin 1/Violin 2, 7 Violin 3 (Viola)/Viola, 6 Violincello

  • ALWAYS STARTING OVER
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
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    Song Type: Show Extraction
  • ANATEVKA
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    BOCK, JERRY
    Lyrics by
    HARNICK, SHELDON
    Orchestrated by
    WALKER, DON
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Starting Key
    Fm
    Estimated duration
    3 min 10 sec
    Instrumentation

    1 Flute, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn 1, 1 Horn 2, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 17 Violin, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Accordion, 1 Guitar, 2 Piano Conductor, 25 Chorus books

  • AND THIS IS MY BELOVED
    From
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    WRIGHT, ROBERT
    FORREST, GEORGE
    Lyrics by
    WRIGHT, ROBERT
    FORREST, GEORGE
    Orchestrated by
    KAY, ARTHUR
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 3 MALE VOICES
    Starting Key
    F
    Estimated duration
    4 min 43 sec
    Instrumentation

    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bass clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 2 Horn, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone 1, 1 Trombone 2, 1 Tuba, 1 Vibes, 9 Violin AC, 8 Violin BD, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Harp, 2 Piano Conductor, 4 Chorus books

  • ANOTHER HUNDRED PEOPLE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    Stephen Sondheim
    Lyrics by
    Stephen Sondheim
    Orchestrated by
    Jonathan Tunick
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Arranged for
    1 Voice (Typically Female) & Optional "Vocal Minority" (4 Voices, Typically Female)
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    2 min 38 sec
    Instrumentation
    Part Name Doubling Quantity
    FULL SCORE   1
    PIANO/VOCAL SCORE   1
    PIANO/CONDUCTOR SCORE   1
    REED 1 Piccolo, Flute, Alto Saxophone 3
    REED 2 Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone 3
    REED 3 Clarinet, Oboe, English Horn, Tenor Saxophone 4
    REED 4 Bassoon, Tenor Saxophone 2
    REED 5 Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone 2
    HORN   1
    TRUMPET 1   1
    TRUMPET 2   1
    TRUMPET 3   1
    TROMBONE   1
    PIANO   1
    PERCUSSION Drum Set, Woodblock 2
    VIOLIN A/C   9
    VIOLIN B/D   9
    CELLO   6
    BASS   5

    Please Note: In some instances (i.e. Reeds, Percussion, etc.), additional copies of parts may be provided, in the event you wish to split out the doublings to multiple players.

  • ANOTHER NIGHT
    First Performance Fee:
    $0
    Each Additional Performance:
    $0
  • ANY MOMENT
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Lyrics by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Orchestrated by
    JONATHAN TUNICK
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Starting Key
    E♭
    Estimated duration
    2 min 00 sec
    Instrumentation

    (1x) Full Score; (2x) Piano/Vocal Score; (1x) Flute; (1x) Clarinet; (1x) Bassoon; (2x) Horns 1&2; (1x) Trumpet in C (TACET); (1x) Alt. Trumpet in Bb (TACET); (1x) Piano; (1x) Synthesizer; (3x) Percussion: Bells, Crotales; (17x) Violins; (7x) Violas; (6x) Cello; (5x) Bass

  • ANYONE CAN WHISTLE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    Stephen Sondheim
    Lyrics by
    Stephen Sondheim
    Orchestrated by
    Don Walker
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Arranged for
    1 Voice (Typically Female)
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    3 min 38 sec
    Instrumentation
    Part Name Doubling Quantity
    PIANO/CONDUCTOR SCORE   2
    REED 1 Flute 1
    REED 2 Clarinet 1
    REED 3 Flute 1
    REED 4 Bass Clarinet 1
    REED 5 Clarinet 1
    HORN 1 & 2   2
    TRUMPET 1 & 2   2
    TRUMPET 3   1
    TROMBONE 1   1
    TROMBONE 2   1
    PERCUSSION 1 & 2 Timpani, Triangle 2
    ACCORDION   1
    CELLO A   2
    CELLO B   2
    CELLO C   2
    BASS   5

    Please Note: In some instances (i.e. Reeds, Percussion, etc.), additional copies of parts may be provided, in the event you wish to split out the doublings to multiple players.

  • ANYWHERE I WANDER
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Music by
    Frank Loesser
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Concert/Symphonic Arrangement (with vocal)
  • AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME (F#)
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
  • AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME (F)
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
  • AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME (G)
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
  • AS WE STUMBLE ALONG
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction
    Instrumentation

    1 Reed 1 (Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax), 1 Reed 2 (Clarinet, Alto Sax), 1 Reed 3 (Clarinet, Tenor Sax), 1 Reed 4 (Bass Clarinet, Bari Sax), 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone, 1 Drums, 1 Percussion (Vibes, Glockenspiel, Triangle, Timpani), 1 Keyboard 1, 1 Keyboard 2, 1 Acoustic Bass

  • ASCOT GAVOTTE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
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    Arrangement Details
    Song Type: Show Extraction

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August 31, 2022
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BAND PARTS

Does anyone have a list for band parts, specifically the reed parts for Back to the 80s?  

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June 21, 2021
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International performance

Is this show able to be licensed in NZ? It doesnt come up on the mti Australia site.

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September 28, 2020
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Back to the 80's

Do you know of any performance backing tracks or is there a performance cd for this show by any chance?

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April 23, 2019
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Rehearsal CD?

On the materials list for Back to the 80's, there is a rehearsal CD listed.

Could this be used as a performance accompaniment?

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April 23, 2019
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Rehearsal CD?

On the materials list for Back to the 80's, there is a rehearsal CD listed.

Could this be used as a performance accompaniment?

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April 23, 2019
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Rehearsal CD?

On the materials list for Back to the 80's, there is a rehearsal CD listed.

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December 06, 2016
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Costume Plot
I want to see if there's a separate costume plot for Back to The 80's
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