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A swift paced and thoroughly professional entertainment.


  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Orchestra Size: Large

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, Elementary School / Primary, Professional Theatre
This touching and satiric musical by the creators of Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line and They're Playing Our Song, follows the intrigue and exploits onstage and behind-the-scenes as Santa Rosa, California plays host to the Young American Miss Pageant.


A swift paced and thoroughly professional entertainment.


Wonderful Marvin Hamlisch melodies. Smart, clever move the story lyrics from Howard Ashman... This is the best Broadway score in years... Smile? I did. Your will.


This good looking show has a lot to like... Sit back and enjoy the pageant.

Women's Wear Daily

Impressively crafted lyrics.

The New York Times
Premiere Production: Smile opened on Broadway at the Luft-Fontane Theatre in November 1986.
  • Casting: 6M, 7F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Casting Notes: Plus an Ensemble

  • The Grownups
  • BRENDA FREELANDER - A third runner up in the nationals, eighteen years ago, now she runs her local pageant. A study in surface perfection and just-below-the-surface neurosis, Brenda is an ex-prom queen who lost a contest once and will never stop trying to make up for it. Underneath her smiling and poised fluff, Brenda is made of steel.
  • BIG BOB FREELANDER - Her husband and head judge of the pageant. The town's favorite son, he owns a local RV dealership and his every free moment is devoted to some form of community service. He's the Henry Fonda type: brave, clean, reverent and means it. A sincere and unashamed flag-waver whose flag is this pageant.
  • DALE WILSON-SHEARS - National Chairman of the Young American Miss Foundation. A large, impressive, self-satisfied corporate leader with the suspicious charm of a television evangelist. He's in the charity business, but he's in the business, make no mistake.
  • TED FARLEY - The pageant emcee. He ought to do game shows, or run for president. A big old silly, but a professional.
  • TOMMY FRENCH - The choreographer. He's a professional, but he's cynical, tough minded, and practical.
  • CAROL - Doubles as MOTHER in Prologue.
  • WOMAN #1 - Robin's Mother, Louise, Woman Judge.
  • TONY - Doubles as a parent in Prologue and a Judge.

    MAN #1 - Photographer, Ed, Daddy, Musical Director, Janitor, Judge.

  • The Girls
  • ROBIN - Dark, sensitive, smart. She is attractive without trying to be, honest, down-to-earth, and questioning by nature. She senses that she doesn't quite belong here.
  • DORIA - Blonde, Southern, and obsessed. She needs badly to win something... anything. Perhaps to make up for the things that are missing in her real life: friends, self-respect, family.
  • SANDRA-KAY - Redhead. Pretty but not too pretty, smart but not too smart, talented but not too talented. The type that usually wins.
  • MARIA - Mexican-American. She tries harder. She has to.
  • SHAWN - A bit of a Valley Girl. Spoiled, gorgeous, competitive, and prejudiced.
  • VALERIE - Shawn's confidant.
  • KATE - Doubles in Act II as JOANIE MARSHALL, last year's winner.
  • And nine other girls in the pageant of varying shapes and sizes.

  • The Kids
  • LITTLE BOB - Son of Big Bob, 11 years old. He has all of his dad's charm and none of his integrity.
  • FREDDY - Little Bob's nerdy sidekick.
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    20 x Chorus Books
    2 x Piano/Conductor's Scores

    $450.00 +$120.00/pm
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    1 x Reed I (Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone)
    1 x Reed II (Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet)
    1 x Reed III (Oboe, Tenor Saxophone, English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute)
    1 x Reed IV (Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Bb Clarinet)
    1 x Reed V (Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet)
    1 x Trumpet I
    1 x Trumpet II
    1 x Horn I
    1 x Horn II
    1 x Horn III
    1 x Trombone I
    1 x Trombone II
    1 x Trombone III
    1 x Guitar
    1 x Bass
    1 x Drums
    1 x Percussion
    1 x Keyboard I
    1 x Keyboard II
    1 x Violin
    1 x Cello I
    1 x Celli II & III

    $330.00 +$120.00/pm