Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
The Rock Experience
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Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Megan Alrutz, Dramaturg
Based on the book by Mo Willems
Published by Music Theatre International.

Upcoming Productions

Synopsis

“They are a little bit rat. They are a little bit mole. They are all naked.”

Wilbur is not your average naked mole rat: he loves to wear clothes.  But his au natural friends think he’s crazy and pressure him give up his clothes-wearing ways.  With tail-shaking tunes, empowering messages of individuality, and classic Mo Willems humor, this musical rocks audiences of all ages.

History

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience was commissioned by Seattle Children’s Theatre and premiered in May 2018 under the direction of Linda Hartzell, with a live band under the music direction of Tim Symons, and has since enjoyed productions around the country.  It is currently being developed as an animated special for HBOMax.

“This delightful little story of following your own bliss as long as it doesn’t hurt someone else and letting others do the same is a lesson many in our society could learn.” – Broadway World

Greg McCormick Allen, Kate Jaeger, Lisa Estridge, Vickielee Wohlbach, and Duncan Frost at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Photo Credit: Elise Bakketun

Musical Numbers

1. NAKED RULES! - Ensemble
1. NAKED RULES! - Ensemble

2. TIME TO GET DRESSED - Wilbur
2. TIME TO GET DRESSED - Wilbur

3. SCANDAL! - Tall, Grande and Venti
3. SCANDAL! - Tall, Grande and Venti

4. HATS AND MORE! - Wilbur and Ensemble
4. HATS AND MORE! - Wilbur and Ensemble

5. GRAND POWER JAM - Secret Service Mole
5. GRAND POWER JAM - Secret Service Mole

6. PROCLAMATION - All
6. PROCLAMATION - All

7. SHOULD I GET DRESSED? - Wilbur

8. WHY NOT? - Grand-Pah and Ensemble

9. FASHION SHOW FINALE - All
9. FASHION SHOW FINALE - All

 

Listen to the original cast album on Apple Music, Spotify, or Amazon Music.

“SCT’s Latest Production is Going to Rock Your World!” – Red Tricyle

Daniel Bellusci, Marqell Edward Clayton, Nicole Cowans​ and Melody Butiu at South Coast Repertory. Photo credit: Debora Robinson

Production Elements

Oregon Children’s Theatre

Cast: 3 Women, 3 Men

Female
GRANDE MOLE RAT (Alto belt)

TALL MOLE RAT (Soprano belt)

WEATHER MOLE/SECRET SERVICE MOLE RAT (Mezzo belt)

Male
WILBUR J MOLE RAT, Jr  (Rock Tenor)

VENTI MOLE RAT  (Bass/Baritone)

GRAND-PAH/BUCK NAKED  (Baritone)

Cape Rep Theatre, MA

Music: Classic rock score for Keyboard, Bass, Drums, and Electric Guitar.  Accompaniment tracks available.
Musical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Requirements: Minimal

Suggested Audience: Young Audiences/Families

“‘Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed’ is like a party for kids, and incredibly fun for adults too!” – ParentMap

Old Dominion University, Virginia

Authors

DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (music) – see her bio page

Purchase

Seattle Children’s Theatre Premiere

Listen to the original cast album on Apple Music, Spotify, or Amazon Music.

Buy the vinyl record at Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Request perusal materials from Music Theatre International.

Vocal Work Out! CD

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