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21 Chump Street

21 CHUMP STREET by Lin-Manuel Miranda (IN THE HEIGHTS, HAMILTON) is a new 14-minute musical based on a true story as reported in the series 'This American Life.'

  • Short Musical
  • Comedy
  • 14 minutes

  • Time Period: Present Day, Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult
  • Set Requirements: Bare Stage/Simple Set

  • Performance Group:
  • High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
21 CHUMP STREET by Lin-Manuel Miranda (IN THE HEIGHTS, HAMILTON) is a new 14-minute musical based on a true story as reported in the series 'This American Life'.

21 CHUMP STREET is a cautionary tale of a high school honors student who falls for a cute transfer girl. He goes to great lengths to oblige her request for marijuana in the hopes of winning her affection -- only to find out his crush is actually an undercover cop planted in the school to find drug dealers.

21 CHUMP STREET discusses the ramifications of peer pressure, conformity and drug use in our schools with a message that will stay with teenagers long after they leave the theater. Perfect for donor evenings, galas, special events and student/community outreach programs.

REVIEWS

"Still, the evening's melodic highlight belonged to Lin-Manuel Miranda's 21 CHUMP STREET. Giddy and bittersweet, this quickie musical adapts a tale of bad romance that was broadcast in 2012 on the "What I Did For Love" episode of 'This American Life.'"

 Alexis Soloski, New York Times

"I have no idea if the musical on our show this weekend had the same effect on you that it did for all of us who sat through it during a week of rehearsals, but I and pretty much everyone else could NOT get the tunes out of our heads. I heard the dancers singing it in their dressing room. One producer head her KIDS singing it in their room, even though they hadn't been to the show. They'd heard HER singing the songs around the house and they picked it up like a virus."

 Ira Glass, This American Life

"This would be a great musical with a great score even if it hadn't been written in such an admirably short time... but the fact that it was created that fast says even more about it. Lin-Manuel Miranda continues to prove his immense talent with a funny, alive, endearing, and interesting show... As it is, 21 CHUMP STREET is a delicious little bite-sized musical that's totally satisfying."

 Michael Kras, The Cast Album Review

  • Casting: 5M, 1F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Minority casting

  • NARRATOR
    JUSTIN
    NAOMI
    TEVIN (BOY 1) / COUSIN 1
    DEREK (BOY 2) / COUSIN 2 / LAWYER
    ANDREW (BOY 3) / COUSIN 3 / POLICE OFFICER
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    1 x Libretto
    1 x Piano/Vocal Score

    $24.00