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21 Chump Street

A cautionary tale about an honors student who will do anything for his new crush.

  • Short Musical
  • Dramatic Comedy
  • 14 minutes

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult
  • Set Requirements: Bare Stage/Simple Set
  • Cautions: Drugs, No Special Cautions
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student
Lin-Manuel Miranda's 21 Chump Street is a 14-minute musical based on a true story as reported in the series This American Life. 21 Chump Street is a cautionary tale of Justin, a high school honors student who falls for a cute transfer girl. Justin goes to great lengths to oblige Naomi's request for marijuana in the hopes of winning her affection -- only to find out that 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. 


"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), Multicultural Casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Roles for Teens
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

    JUSTIN [F#3-A4]
    NAOMI [G3-D5]
    TEVIN (BOY 1) / COUSIN 1 [D3-C5]
    DEREK (BOY 2) / COUSIN 2 / LAWYER [E3-A4]
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    1 x Piano-Conductor Score
    1 x Guitar (Electric & Nylon String)
    1 x Electric Bass
    1 x Drums
    1 x Violin
    1 x Cello
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