Starmites

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Starmites
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Music Barry Keating
Lyrics Barry Keating
Book Stuart Ross
Barry Keating
Productions 1987 Off-Broadway
1988 American Stage Festival
1989 Broadway
1988 program

Starmites is a musical with music and lyrics by Barry Keating and a book by Stuart Ross and Barry Keating. It was first presented in 1980 Off-Off-Broadway by the Ark Theatre Company.[1] It opened off-Broadway in 1987 and on-Broadway on April 27, 1989, where it ran for 60 performances. It received six Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, winning none.

The story revolves around a shy teenager, Elenor, who creates a fantasy world involving science fiction characters in her comic book collection. She escapes into her fantasy world where the Starmites are the guardian angels of Innerspace.

History[edit]

Starmites was staged by off-Broadway by Musical Theater Works at the CSC Theater in 1987, with staging by Mark Herko and featuring Liz Larsen, Gabriel Barre, and Sharon McNight.[2] It was staged in Milford, New Hampshire at the now-defunct American Stage Festival, August 10–27, 1988. That staging was directed by Larry Carpenter, and featured Liz Larsen and Sharon McNight, all of whom would remain with the show when it opened on Broadway at Criterion Center Stage Right on April 27, 1989 and closed on June 18, 1989 after 60 performances and 35 previews. Directed and staged by Larry Carpenter with choreography by Michele Assaf, it featured Liz Larsen as Eleanor and Bizarbara, Gabriel Barre as Trinkulus, Brian Lane Green as Spacepunk, and Sharon McNight as Diva and Eleanor's mother.

Currently, there are three versions of Starmites available through Samuel-French for amateur and professional performance: Starmites Lite, a junior version of Starmites, intended for grade school and middle school performances; Starmites High School; and Starmites Pro, intended for professional-level performance.[3][4][5]

Songs[edit]

1.Superhero Girl - Eleanor

2. Starmites - Starmites and Spacepunk

3. Trink's Narration - Trinkulus and Starmites

4. Afraid of the Dark - Spacepunk, Starmites, Eleanor and Trinkulus

5. Little Hero - Eleanor

6. Attack of Banshees - Banshees (Replaced in some versions by Ravenous)

7. Hard to Be Diva - Diva and Banshees

8. Love Duet - Spacepunk and Eleanor

9. The Dance of Spousal Arousal - Banshees and Bizarbara

10. Finaletto - Company

11. Bizarbara's Wedding - Bizarbara and Banshees

12. Milady - Spacepunk and Starmites

13. Beauty Within - Diva and Bizarbara

14. The Cruelty Stomp - Trinkulus and Company

15. Reach Right Down - Starmites, Diva and Banshees

16. Immolation - Eleanor, Shak Graa and Spacepunk

17. Starmites/Diva (Reprise) - Diva, Starmites and Banshees

18. Finale - Company

Recording[edit]

A recording featuring members of the original Broadway cast was released on April 27, 1999 on the Original Cast Record label (ASIN: B00000GBYT).[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1989 Tony Award Best Musical Nominated
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Gabriel Barre Nominated
Brian Lane Green Nominated
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Sharon McNight Nominated
Best Direction of a Musical Larry Carpenter Nominated
Best Choreography Michele Assaf Nominated
Theatre World Award Sharon McNight Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Opening This Week". The New York Times. October 26, 1980, p. D56
  2. ^ Gussgow, Mel. "The Stage: 'Starmites,' A Musical". The New York Times. April 29, 1987, p.C16
  3. ^ Starmites Lite information, SamuelFrench.com, accessed April 21, 2012
  4. ^ Starmites High School information, SamuelFrench.com, accessed April 21, 2012
  5. ^ http://www.starmites.com/external-link#http://www.samuelfrench.com/store/product_info.php/products_id/2763 Starmites Pro information, SamuelFrench.com, accessed April 21, 2012.
  6. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Starmites-1998-Original-Cast-Members/dp/B00000GBYT amazon.com recording

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