Shows with only 2-3 male singers with many female singers?

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March 5, 2009
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Does anyone have some good suggestions for musicals with only a few male singing roles (2-3) with many female singing roles? This seems to be our typical search for our annual fall musical at my high school.
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November 20, 2009
Also check out Moby Dick! The Musical - it's the story of an all-girls school putting on a production of Moby Dick to save their school, and only requires a few men for very specific roles.

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November 20, 2009
Have you considered THE BOYFRIEND, WORKING, SEUSSICAL (with a female Cat in the hat), or THE PAJAMA GAME?

November 19, 2009
Marsha: I've never heard of Smile. Who wrote it and does MTI have the rights? How big was your cast?

November 19, 2009
Smile the musical was based on the movie of the same name, music and lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Ashman. It was a flop on Broadway (and there was never a Broadway cast recording) but it's really more geared toward high school and community theater, IMO. Samuel French has the rights, not MTI. Our cast was about 25 or so. You need enough girls to play the beauty pageant contestants, the emcee needs to be a man/boy, there's the couple who runs the pageant and their son, and other characters which can be either male or female. It's rather dated towards the 80's as well, so we changed some of the lyrics to make it current.

November 19, 2009
MTI might not have "Smile", but we do license "Smike"...call for details!

November 18, 2009
We also have the same issue and last year we did Smile. Little known show but it's ideal for high school aged performers, as well as female strong cast.

November 13, 2009
This is always the struggle at our school. Each year we have to be overly creative to even put on a show because of the lack of males trying out. It's really unfortunate, because we have so many incredible females that we end up having to cut some good people. And there is such an imbalance between the males and females in terms of skill that the guys are often blow out of the water by the girls. The shows are always fantastic, but just once I'd like to have a show that suited the number of good guys we had! Unfortunately, that would probably have to be one about nuns or something since we average 3-5 decent guys and 20 great girls haha. I found that Fame, Godspell and Footloose only required a few REALLY good guys, and that you can get away with some not-so-strong guys in some other roles, or changing them to girls.

November 13, 2009
Try Back to the 80's--it was fun, more of an ensemble cast with lots of ways to maniupulate who sings what songs.

November 13, 2009
I was looking at Back to 80s - still requires a LOT of guys (10). More than girls, actually (8)!

November 13, 2009
You can really work with this play, we changed the singers, and only used 3 boys to sing--the teacher, corey and michael, the geek was actually played by a girl, we used girls for the opening song, assembly song and prom mix, and even used backup singers to help out with the singing-so a person started the song and then the backup singers finished it.

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