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Backstage West Garland AwardsJanuary 01, 1999 — 6 Awards including Best Production
L.A. Drama Critics Circle AwardsJanuary 01, 1999 — 7 Awards including Best Production
Vocal Range of Characters:
Written By: Dan Studney
Andy Fickman (Original Director): REEFER MADNESS just happened to be a great story—ultimately Kevin and Dan found a great way into it and made it funny and universal. Studney: It's not a show that's anti-Jesus, it's not a show that's anti-flag, it's not a show that's racist, it's not a show that's ageist, and it's not a show that's homophobic. But all those things are laid out. Ultimately, the truth is we're against people that use the flag or Jesus or fears of homophobia or racism to force you to do something. When Columbine happened, I walked into rehearsal and said, 'This is what this is about’. It's about a little man standing behind a podium, with a CNN camera on him and taking the chance to jump into the spotlight and push through an agenda. With Columbine, it was, 'The children are dying! So we have to ban video games! The NRA is to blame! The children are dying! Violent Hollywood movies are to blame! Violent song lyrics are to blame!'
[On continuing work on the show directly after September 11th, 2001:]
Studney: It's obviously affected the show. We're doing something that we didn't set out to do, which is important, which is to provide a respite from fear. By laughing at it, you disarm it. You become better than it.
Kevin Murphy (Lyrics, Book): In terms of the tragedy, what is wonderful and unique about this country is the fact that you can poke fun at the institutions, at the ivory towers, and you don't get thrown into prison and you don't get shot and you don't get ostracized from society.
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- REEFER MADNESS - Orchestration (5 Books/5 Players)
- 1 – PIANO CONDUCTOR/KEYBOARD I
- 1 – BASS GUITAR
- 1 – ELECTRIC GUITAR
- 1 – DRUMS
- 1 – WOODWINDS (Alto Sax, Flute, Clarinet)
- Rehearsal Set (22 Books)
- 20 – Libretto-Vocal Book
- 1 – Logo CD
- 2 – PIANO CONDUCTOR/KEYBOARD I
- 0 – Digital Logo
- Libretto/Vocal 10 Pack
- 10 – Libretto-Vocal Book
- REEFER MADNESS - PRE-PRODUCTION PACKAGE
- 1 – Libretto-Vocal Book
- 1 – PIANO CONDUCTOR/KEYBOARD I
Singing-dancing ensemble consisting of Reefer Zombies, Kids at the Five-and-Dime, Jungle Orgy dancers, Angels, and patriotic background chorus in the Star-Spangled finale.
The principals double as other characters in some scenes.
Jimmy Harper - A wholesome, innocent, high school teenager who runs into trouble after he is lured into the dangerous world of reefer
Lecturer - a severe authority figure who warns the audience of the perils of Reefer Madness. (Doubles as Goat-Man, Mr. Poppy, Irish Priest, Old Man, Radio Announcer, Ticket-Taker, Policeman, FDR)
Mary Lane - Jimmy's sweetheart, a naïve, virginal teenage girl.
Jack Stone - The handsome and ruthless proprietor of the Reefer Den, a 30's gangster movie-type. (Doubles as Jesus, George Washington)
Mae - An attractive, yet slightly haggard dame in her mid-30s, the hostess of the Reefer Den.
Ralph Wiley - a denizen of the Reefer Den, formally a fraternity man, his college days ended long ago due to his reefer habit. (Doubles as Sally's Baby, Switch-Puller, Uncle Sam)
Sally - a sexy and seductive resident of the Reefer Den, she possesses the libidinous soul of Mae West combined with the rat-a-tat moxie of vintage Barbara Stanwyck. (Doubles as Lady Liberty)
Placard Girl - throughout the play she reinforces the warnings of the Lecturer by holding large signs that clearly state the moral of what we've just seen. (Doubles as Five-and-Dime Kid, Police Officer)
Ensemble - Mixed gender group to represent Reefer Zombies, Kids at the Five-and-Dime, Jungle Orgy dancers, Angels, and patriotic background chorus in the Star-Spangled finale.
REEFER MADNESS takes place in a small town in America in 1936.
A High School Auditorium
A Back Yard
A Reefer Den
A Five-and-Dime Store
A Suburban Home
A City Street
A Train Station
An Execution Chamber
A Town Square