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Musicals with Music and Lyrics by Stephen Murray
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Parents Just Don't Undertstand: The Musical

Parents Just Don't Understand: The Musical!

Book by Bryan Starchman, Music by Stephen Murray

Are we there yet? The Stathem family is on a loooong car trip, giving everyone lots of extra time to reminisce about the past 12 months. Here is a collection of hilarious (and often too close to the truth) scenes and songs that all families are going to be able to relate to. This easy-to-stage comedy is a lighthearted look at a "greatest hit list" of classic family moments.

Listen to clips from this show here

http://www.histage.com/playdetails.asp?PID=2560

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Rumpelstiltskin

Stand Up and Shout – Rumpelstiltskin!

A Collaboration with Robert Kinerk

This show premiered in 2012 at The Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Massachusetts.  Bob Kinerk’s fresh take on the classic story features lots of audience participation, fantastic characters, and eleven songs by Stephen Murray.  Characters include a braggart father, his long-suffering wife, their poor but beautiful daughter, a strict rule-enforcing chancellor; a monarch whose kingdom depends on straw being spun into gold, and of course, the mysterious little man who is willing to perform that exceptional feat – but at a tremendous price.

Listen to clips from this show here

http://www.histage.com/playdetails.asp?PID=2465

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Mama Tomcat

Mama Tomcat’s Flying School: The Musical

A collaboration with Spring Hermann

Adapted from award-winning author Luis Sepúlveda’s novel "The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly." After getting lost in the Atlantic and landing in an oil slick, a seagull manages to land in Boston at the front porch of Zorbo, a tomcat. Before the gull dies, Zorbo reluctantly promises to protect her egg, to feed the chick when it hatches, and to teach the young gull to fly. Zorbo discovers that hatching an egg isn’t as easy as it looks, so he enlists the help of his feline neighborhood friends: Sal, Einstein, and the Admiral. When the chick finally hatches, she takes one look at Zorbo and calls him “Mama.” Unsure how to raise a seagull chick, Einstein gets a book on how to raise chickens, but Zorbo can’t imagine what he was thinking when he agreed to teach the chick to fly. He’s a cat! What does he know about flying? And there’s another problem…Zorbo has a fear of heights!

Steve’s Favorite Song from the show: Bugs and Worms

http://bigdogplays.com/playdisplay.asp?playid=250

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Twelfth Night

Book by Tom Large, adapted from the play by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's popular comedy is now a modern musical. This is the first collaboration of Murray and Large. If audiences have half as much fun watching this show as we did writing it then this is sure to be a huge hit! Shakespeare's plot of shipwreck, disguises, mistaken identity, and eccentric characters remains. The language is modernized, some of the major male roles are now major female roles, and the music is loads of fun.

Listen to clips from this show here

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Boogie Woogie Bugle Girls

Book by Craig Sodaro

Craig Sodaro has written a great story set in Florida during the Second World War. This was a great opportunity for me to write music in the 1940's style. There are lots of great 3-part songs for Betty, Ruthie, and Sissy in this one.

Listen to clips from this show here

http://www.histage.com/playdetails.asp?PID=1200

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De Boogie-Woogie Bugle Meiden

(Dutch Translation of Boogie-Woogie Bugle Girls)

Now folks in the Netherlands can enjoy a Murray Musical, too! Marianne Kemmer has translated Craig Sodaro's script and not only translated my lyrics, but made them rhyme in Dutch as well!

Steve's favorite song from this show: Maak Eens Een Geluid

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Just Another High School Musical

This is the musical version of Bryan Starchman's highly successful Just Another High School Play. A group of high school actors, abandoned by their director, have to fend for themselves in front of an audience without knowing what show they are doing. The assistant director and stage manager find a box of random scripts which they hand out to the cast in order to create the most unusual musical ever staged. The show is full of physical comedy, gags, and lots of satirical takes on some famous pieces of theater.

Listen to clips from this show here

http://www.histage.com/playdetails.asp?PID=2162

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Inspector Incognito and the Kansas City Kid

Book by Tim Kelly

This is a Wild West Musical based on the Russian Play, The Inspector-General by Nikolai Gogol. A town full of felonious incompetent fools mistakes a drifting grifter (or would that be a grifting drifter?) for a detective sent from the town's East Coast developer.

Steve's favorite song from this show: We're Sick of Being Nice

http://www.pioneerdrama.com/searchdetail.asp?pc=INSPECTORI

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Rocky of the Rainforest

Book by Jay Moriarty

Film Producer Larry Livermore needs a star for his new film Archie of the Amazon. When no actor fits the part, Larry heads for the Amazon jungle to find a real jungle man. He finds Rocky and his gorilla friend, Ingagi.A delightful goofball comedy.

Steve's favorite song from this show: The Natives are Restless

http://www.pioneerdrama.com/searchdetail.asp?pc=ROCKYOFTHE

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Tales of Terror from Nightmare High School

Book by Patrick Rainville Dorn

Meeting in the empty school auditorium one stormy night, these adventurous high school students' ultimate mission is to learn the identity of the enigmatic Locker Stalker. What begins as a half-hearted prank turns into a roller coaster night of great tunes, hilarious goons and side-splitting laughter as each student is confronted by his or her nightmare... literally!

Steve's favorite song from this show: Spudzilla (Great work on the recording by featured vocalist, Ben Murray)

http://www.pioneerdrama.com/searchdetail.asp?pc=TALESOFTER

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This Old House

Book by Tim Kelly

Mona Babbington's old Victorian mansion, once a beauty, is now a rooming house for rambunctious college students. With the help of her scatterbrain nephew and devoted niece, Mona struggles to hold off the wrecker's ball. It's not easy, considering Silias Price, the town octopus, is eager to turn the property into a parking lot. To raise money, the students decide to sell all the junk in the old house at a yard sale, but little do they know what complications they face!

Steve's favorite song from this show: Greed, Deceit, and Evil Business

http://www.pioneerdrama.com/searchdetail.asp?pc=THISOLDHOU

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A Twist of the Tongue

Book by Cynthia Davies and Steven Fendrich

Students who have sung in a chorus directed by Stephen Murray know of his passion for tongue twisters as choral warm-ups. Who else would get to write the songs for a show about a tongue twisting competition? This show is great fun and can be even more fun if the actors have trouble with the tongue twisters!

Steve's favorite song from the show: Here's to the Bard

http://www.pioneerdrama.com/searchdetail.asp?pc=TWISTOFTHE

 

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