Standardized Testing -
The Musical!!!!


On the day of the absolute-most-important test of their high school lives, eight eccentric 17-year-olds create and destroy friendships, expose their deep-rooted suburban angst, and sing and dance like maniacs.

 

With book, music and lyrics by me, the 90-minute show follows the format of the test itself -- complete with a "Multiple Choice" section of internal musical monologues, a 15-minute break where the students interact and chaos erupts, and a "Free Response" section of duets, trios, and company numbers.  The eclectic score draws upon everything from bossa nova to gospel to classic showtunes to folk rock ballads.

 

Standardized Testing - The Musical!!!! won the 2009 Kennedy Center ACTF Musical Theater Award, and was developed with Penn State NU Musicals.  The show is licensed by Playscripts, Inc.

Sam Tedaldi sings "I'm Sitting Next to Estella".