Is There Life After High School?
A Musical in Two Acts. Book by Jeffrey Kindley. Suggested by the book of the same title by Ralph Keyes. Music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia.
World premiere at Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, Connecticut.
Ethel Barrymore Theater, New York - 7 May 1982; closed 16 May 1982; (12 perfs)
No cast member plays a single part, but instead, each represents an assortment of old grads looking back - mostly with affection - on their high school days. Three of the men, for example, recalled the effect of a six-pack in "Beer" while the whole company, echoing and enlarging upon the memorable march in The Music Man remembered the school marching band in "Thousands of Trumpets".
ORIGINAL CAST (in alphabetical order): Raymond Baker, Cynthia Carle, Alma Cuervo, Sandy Faison, Harry Groener, Philip Hoffman, David Patrick Kelly, Maureen Silliman, James Widdoes.
The Kid Inside - Entire Company
Things I Learned in High School - Harry Groener
Second Thoughts - Raymond Baker, Sandy Faison, David Patrick Kelly, Maureen Sillman, James Widdoes
Nothing Really Happened - Alma Cuervo, Women
Beer - Raymond Baker, Harry Groener, David Patrick Kelly
For Them - Philip Hoffman, Company
Diary of a Homecoming Queen - Maureen Sillman
Thousands of Trumpets - James Widdoes, Company (Drum Major: Harry Groener)
Reunion - Entire Company
High School All Over Again - David Patrick Kelly
Fran and Janie - Sandy Faison, Maureen Sillman
I'm Glad You Didn't Know Me - Cynthia Carle, Philip Hoffman
Original Broadway Cast Recording - OC 902