ATTEMPTING THE ABSURD vocal selections: a meta musical comedy

ATTEMPTING THE ABSURD vocal selections: a meta musical comedy

by Scott Miller


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Meta before meta was cool. With book, music and lyrics by Scott Miller, ATTEMPTING THE ABSURD is one of the first truly postmodern meta-musicals (written 1986-1992, debuted 1992), about a young man named Jason who has figured out that he's only a character in a musical and doesn't actually exist; and his special knowledge has persuaded those around him that he's off his nut. Jason is a fictional character in the real world, but all the people around him are real people in a fictional world. So he sets off on a quest to find The Answers To It All, with his musical comedy sidekick, Chaz. Along the way the two find love (both gay and straight), community theatre friends, a little jail time, and ultimately irrefutable proof that Jason is right after all. Love and a copy of the script to Attempting the Absurd conquer all, and all ends as it should, with a happy, full company reprise.Songs include "I Love You," "Being in a Musical," "The City," "Waltz for Chaz," "Worse Things," "The Optimistic Song," "Old-Fashioned Musicals," "The Big Finish," and lots more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781721987344
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/02/2018
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.19(d)

About the Author

New Line Theatre artistic director Scott Miller has been writing and directing musicals since 1981, and he founded New Line Theatre in 1991. He was honored in 2014 with a St. Louis Theater Circle Award for his body of work with New Line, and American Theatre magazine wrote, "Miller is, in his quietly ornery Midwestern way, advancing and reifying the American musical-theatre form as it has come kicking and screaming into the 21st century."

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