STRAYS, THE MUSICAL

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STRAYS, THE MUSICAL

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ORIGINAL CAST OF STRAYS!

Special thanks to Theatricks Advisory Council, Theatricks/SCP Administrative Director Webster Crocker and the SCP Board.

Premiered November 6-7-8, 2014 at the Honey McGee Playhouse, Sherman, Texas under the direction of Frank Steele and Amy Shojai.

Licensed and produced April 28-30, 2016 by Hartman Middle School, Houston, Texas under the direction of Robert Powell.

SYNOPSIS OF STRAYS, THE MUSICAL

STRAYS, THE MUSICAL explores furry foibles from the PETS’ point of view. The actors give voice to a variety of cat and dog characters in this hilarious–and often moving–musical review “drama-dy” that seeks to edu-tain audiences about normal pet behavior while honoring the bond we share with them.

Playwrights Amy Shojai and Frank Steele are both passionate pet advocates. STRAYS, THE MUSICAL is written especially with pet lovers in mind. The review-format show runs approximately two hours in a mix of funny to poignant scenes (with and without music) and is designed to be modular–that is, it can be licensed for performance using only the cat-specific, dog-specific or general (both) content that best suits the audience. The authors hope it will be widely used in pet-specific fund-raising efforts.

CD ImageCAST RECORDING of the original performance now available!

Get the script with vocals here, and the piano-vocal Score and the cast recording here.

Licensing the play for performance grants the producers access to 15 discounted (non-returnable) scripts, as well as (returnable) orchestrated rehearsal/performance CD and piano/vocal score, and marketing materials/support. In addition, (optional) video projection CD with files, cast recording, and DVD of original production are available. Please indicate requested performance date(s), venue/# seating, proposed ticket price, and audience (public/private).

For licensing and/or perusal contact SHOJAI-STEELE-PLAYS @ shojai.com (no spaces) with STRAYS in the subject line.   

IN THE NEWS & REVIEWS FOR STRAYS, THE MUSICAL

CatFancy50thThank you to CAT FANCY MAGAZINE for this paw-some press! Scroll down for a short video sample from our Opening Night.

“We did this show at our Middle School in Houston, Texas and it was so well received by the audience, that we got a great deal of feedback from everyone who watched it. The music is delightful and fun to put on. If you want a musical that is easy to stage, a delight to put on, has simple costumes, and a musical score that is just perfect I would recommend this show. It would be good to do at any level, Middle School, High School, College, and Community Theatre. I had a blast producing STRAYS: the MUSICAL, and I fully intend to do it again.” Robert Powell, Director, Mays Middle School, Houston, Texas

CatFancyStraysHere is an EXCERPT from the opening night performance of STRAYS (filmed by Mike Marlow) on November 6, 2014.

STAGED READING was held MARCH 22 7:00 Honey McGee Playhouse, Sherman, TX.

“STRAYS at the Honey McGee Playhouse tonight was such a treat – the full production will be happening in the fall, and it is going to be amazing! Kudos to co-authors Amy Shojai and Frank Steele for a great show full of humor, poignancy, and the love of dogs and cats…” Susan McGinn

The song RAINBOW PETS from the show (above, recorded by Amy Shojai) debuted at a Cat Writers’ Association conference. Several more of the songs were premiered at the 20th Annual CWA Conference on November 1, 2013:

Strays: The Musical truly is a Broadway-worthy production, and I say this as a long-time New Yawker with many dozens of Broadway show ticket stubs among my souvenirs. Let’s face it: when you’re gaga about animals, that passion sometimes can cloud your judgment.

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Cast for the CWA Preview performance (songs only) of STRAYS, THE MUSICAL: L-R: Amy Shojai, Frank Steele, SuEllen Davis, Gil Nelson and Theresa Littlefield

Not in this case. My favorite part of any musical, including classic opera, is when two or more voices blend together in complex harmonies. When the cast of Strays sang in unison in the number “Rainbow Pets,” I was S-O-L-D. I saw Cats on Broadway three times during its 18-year run, and I think this show could be its heir, both musically and in its lyric. Wouldn’t it be grand to see our own Amy’s musical go that far? Reach millions of people with the message of how all cats (and dogs) need our understanding, compassion, and care? Really, folks, this is for real. Check it out and pass it on.Marion Lane, formerly of the ASPCA

Excerpts from the Preview show presented at the 20th Annual CWA Conference on November 1, 2013

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Pam Hamer leads her Dillingham Middle School on April 10, 2014 spring concert choir singing NORMAL from the Strays show…the students nailed the rap–and educated the audience about pet behavior problems and solutions!

 

“What a charming, lovely and touching show! Clearly a labor of passion. I wish you great success with this!” Tom Sawyer, author, screenwriter, playwright

FOR SAMPLES OF SONGS, SEE THE CAST RECORDING PAGE HERE,

  • Strays–Company (ASCAP #3587524) :

“I was a stray running on my own,
Looking for a home each endless day.
Along the way someone took a glance,
Offered me a chance, a place to stay.

Now can’t you see? You belong to me.
It was meant to be! Anything I’ll do,
All I can give, I’ll live the life you live.
Anything forgive. Just to be with you.”

  • Grazing–Frank Steele (ASCAP #3587577):

“Poop-she-waddy-waddy, poop-she-waddy-waddy,
Poop-she-waddy-waddy, poop-she-waddy-waddy.

Litter box grazing, dang it’s mighty good.
Shouldn’t a-done it but did it cuz I could.
Ate it all up and there it went.
Pass the mouthwash or a big breath mint,
Cuz I’m grazing.

Poop-she-waddy-waddy, poop-she-waddy-waddy,
Poop-she-waddy-waddy, poop-she-waddy-waddy.

Fussed at for grazing, but what else can I do?
See it in the box, a brand new pile of poo.
Soon it’s gone without a trace,
then I come and I lick your face,
Cuz I’m grazing…”

  • Itchy Dog–Aaron Adair (ASCAP #3587569):

“Got some ladies I’ll see today,
Before this feeling, it go away.
Hide your Poodles and your Boxers, too.
Plan on pitching lots of doggy woo.
If you see me better stand way back,
I’ve got a mission and I’m right on track.
Lookin’ for anything wearing fur,
So to speak, Mon, as it were.

Flippy-dippy-dilly-billy-bop.
Mon, these feelings they never stop.
Got this feelin’ for the very first time.
Don’t know ’bout you, Mon, but I’m feelin’ fine…”

  • Itchy Dog (ASCAP #3587569):

“Got some ladies I’ll see today,
Before this feeling, it go away.
Hide your Poodles and your Boxers, too.
Plan on pitching lots of doggy woo.
If you see me better stand way back,
I’ve got a mission and I’m right on track.
Lookin’ for anything wearing fur,
So to speak, Mon, as it were.

Flippy-dippy-dilly-billy-bop.
Mon, these feelings they never stop.
Got this feelin’ for the very first time.
Don’t know ’bout you, Mon, but I’m feelin’ fine…”

  • Dream Cat–Amy Shojai (ASCAP #:3587576):

“Echoe’d step, quickened heart.
Inmate eyes slit in sudden bright.
Silhouette, don’t depart.
Purrs cry, BELOVED! there, in my sight.

Paws seek, paws seek, paws seek
Beloved come again.

Oh, to shoulder perch, nose bump, share secrets.
Sleep in your arms and vanquish every frown.
Whisker-kiss that dear face,
Grapple shins with paw grace,
Play the part of a clown.

Shameless, shameless, shameless
For laughter’s sweet reward.

Marking sign in a cat design.
Marking time, each paw-step mine.
Three steps, five back,
Three by five I roam.
Three steps, five back.
Please, take me home….”

  • Normal–Company (ASCAP #88677867)

Gonna match that scratch
Make my mark, mark, mark,
While they snatch to catch
Me in the dark, dark, dark.
Can’t stop my paws
From making claws
Bad bad kitty,
That’s meeee-ow.

Gonna start my diggin’
Cuz i been figgerin’
How to dig a hole
Cuz i been toll
Ya need to do it
So the bone’ll fit it
Yeah, diggin…

She’s nor-mal, he’s nor-mal
Meant to be,
Oh, can’t you see,
Holy gee,
Just hear my plea,
Perfectly nor-mal,
To me.

  • Dog On The Run–Gil Nelson (ASCAP #886778567)

Born at night in quite a fix,
Five little pups, and i made six.
Scrappin’ and fightin’ from night til sun.
Such is life for a dog on the run.

Growed up fast, and growed up tough.
Not much food, never had enough.
Hidin’ and scared from night til sun.
Such is life for a dog on the run.

For a runnin’ dog, life ain’t fun.
Ain’t no fun for a dog on the run.
Prayin’ for a better day,
Make the bad things go away…

  • Eight Lives in Heaven–Frank Steele (ASCAP #88677867)

I was given nine lives,
But i frittered away about eight.
Been binged, bonged, banged and tossed around,
Next stops that ol’ pearly gate.

First life done went away,
I’m lucky to be alive.
Thought it was an easy six foot jump,
Who knew i could only jump five?

Second life, I was stoopid.
I was countin’ on a little luck.
Thought I’d impress miss kitty le purr,
By dodgin’ a cement truck.

Third life…not my fault.
I was sleepin’ on a second floor ledge.
What schmuck doesn’t know,
To put rails on the balcony edge?…

  • Cuz I’m A Dawg–Johnny Flowers (ASCAP #3587560):

“I’ll be sniffin’ you, I’ll be sniffin’ you.
Tell ya how it goes, wish I had Barbra Streisand’s nose,
Yes I’ll be sniffin’ you.

I’m gonna kill your grass. Yes, I’m gonna kill your grass.
It sends my tail a-whirl, call me the incontinent girl,
I’m gonna kill your grass.

Cuz I’m a dawg, a jip-jumpin’ ground thumpin’ dawg.
I’ll make a mess outta your lawn sure as the day you were born,
Cuz I’m a dawg…”

  • The Muse–Diana Adair and Company (ASCAP #3587578): 

“Purrs inspire, claws spark a fire,
Icy nose and warm wet kiss.
Lonely howl that’s on the prowl,
Silk soft fur and angry hiss.

I didn’t choose this easy task.
I won’t refuse, no need to ask.
Nothing to lose, my gift will last,
Forevermore I am your Muse.

Painting pictures, singing rhymes.
Writing mixtures, talking time.
Inspiration, yours and mine,
It was meant to be!

Paws that dance a catnip trance,
Running buddies, pillow share.
Whisker tickles, playtime giggles,
Wiggle bums and doorway dare.

I didn’t choose this easy task,
I won’t refuse, no need to ask.
Nothing to lose, this gift will last
Forevermore. I am your Muse…”

  • Gotcha Day!–Amy Shojai (ASCAP #886778790)

Gotta practice my cute,
Gonna make my play.
It’s absolute that
I don’t wanna stay.
Yes, I’m resolute,
Listen what i say.
Bark it proud and strong,
Purr it loud and long,
It’s gonna be my
My gotcha day.

Cat tails up, fur slicked down,
Use your feline purrsonality.
Dog paws up, howl the sound.
Give them a doggy guarantee!
Bark it proud and strong,
Purr it loud and long,
They’re gonna love me,
Wait and see.

  • The Least of These/Perfect–Company (ASCAP #886778789)

I was cold, yet you warmed my heart.
I was hurt, and you healed my pain.
I was afraid and lost,
You can’t know the cost
To gamble that this chance
Won’t be in vain.

The least of these,
The least of these,
I want to be the least of these.
When you look at me,
Wonder what you see
Oh please choose me,
The least of these.

Just looking, to pass the time
Not ready. I hide my pain.
Missing him. But i do fine.
Can’t risk my heart in vain,
It’s safer to abstain,
Won’t ever, won’t ever
Find such love again.
He was per-fect,
Can’t you see,
Perfect in every way.

Per-fect, per-fect
Come what may,
He was okay everyday
In every way
Normally perfect
I say…

  • Rainbow Pets ASCAP #3375826

“Love me now, love me then,
Love me when we meet again.
At the bridge the rainbow shines,
By some mystic Master’s design!
In its light, every bright,
You will always be mine!

Black or white, brindle or tabby,
Merle or brown, sable, Abby,
Persian, Collie, whole or fixed,
Rainbow pets a perfect mix.

Whoops or planned, shown or banned,
Shelter, rescue, foster, pound.
Bottle babies, feral ladies,
Perfect, damaged, all are found.

Blond or blue, calico, curly,
Pointed, smooth, wirehair, surly,
Sweetheart, bold or shy thereof,
Rainbow pets, we’re yours to love.”