Nobody’s Perfect

Script & Lyrics by Doug Cooney
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Based on the book by Marlee Matlin & Doug Cooney

Synopsis

Fourth grade is not easy and after spending a year planning her “positively purple” birthday party, Megan finds herself at odds with new student Alexis. To Megan, Alexis has it all: beauty, brains, and athletic – she’s practically perfect in every way. Though Megan tries to be nice to her, Alexis is anything but friendly, making Megan wonder, “Does she not like me because I’m deaf?” When they’re forced to collaborate on a science project, Megan discovers Alexis’s secret.

Based on the children’s book by Academy Award® winner Marlee Matlin (Best Actress, Children of a Lesser God) and Doug Cooney, this exciting new musical – performed simultaneously in spoken English and American Sign Language – is an important reminder that despite first impressions, nobody’s perfect.

A NEARLY PERFECT MUSICAL!
Youthful gusto and a generous heart. Outstanding production values and top-notch cast…An infectious score” – The Washington Times

History

Jennifer Irons, Omoro Omoighe, Florrie Bagel and Rachel Brennan at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: Carol Pratt.
Jennifer Irons, Omoro Omoighe, Florrie Bagel and Rachel Brennan at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: Carol Pratt.

Nobody’s Perfect was originally co-commissioned with VSA arts and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2007 under the direction of Coy Middlebrook, and subsequently toured across the country. It received its youth cast premiere at the Norris Center for the Performing Arts in Palos Verdes, California in 2009 with a cast of 24 young performers, aged ten-thirteen years.

 

Watch the VSA Arts podcast on the making of the 2007 Kennedy Center premiere.

Watch a video feature of the 2009 Youth Cast premiere.

PRE-ADOLESCENT ANGST, WITH HARMONY…
Nobody’s Perfect delights with comic numbers and an excellent young cast. The songs are not only catchy but also infectiously performed. Bright ‘n’ lively!” – The Washington Post

Musical Numbers

1. POSITIVELY PURPLE - All
1. POSITIVELY PURPLE - All



2. PERFECTION - Alexis & Girls
2. PERFECTION - Alexis & Girls



3. SHE SAID NO - Megan & Girls



4. MEGAN IS GREAT - Cindy, Keisha, Bethany



5. CATS AND DOGS - Megan, Alexis & Girls



6. FINE WITH NINE - Megan
6. FINE WITH NINE - Megan



7. HAMSTER PICNIC - All
7. HAMSTER PICNIC - All



8. CATS AND DOGS REPRISE - Girls



9. PURPLE FINALE - All


Alana Smith at the Norris Center for the Performing Arts. Photo Credit: Laurie Halvorsen
Alana Kay Smith at the Norris Center for the Performing Arts. Photo Credit: Laurie Halvorsen

Audio demo features the voice talents of the original Kennedy Center cast: Florrie Bagel (Bethany), Rachel Brennan (Cindy), Jennifer Irons (Alexis), Omoro Omioghe (Keisha), Kip Pierson (Matt, Justin, Mr Morgan),and Tami Lee Santimyer (Megan).

Production Elements

Natalie Womack, Alice Dupler, Emma Mizrahi-Powell and Julia Chang in Youth Cast Premiere, Norris Center for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: Laurie Halvorsen.
Natalie Womack, Alice Dupler, Emma Mizrahi-Powell and Julia Chang, Norris Center for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: Laurie Halvorsen.

Cast: 5 women (one being deaf or hard-of hearing), 1 man, with optional chorus

Female:
MEGAN – 9, a rambunctious, irrepressible deaf girl
CINDY – 10, her best friend who speaks sign. (Soprano)
KEISHA – 9-10, her 2nd best friend, very bright. (Alto)
BETHANY – 9-10, Megan’s 3rd best friend, just behind the curve. (Mezzo)
ALEXIS – 10, the new girl, practically perfect — but shy. (Soprano)

Male: (all parts can be played by the same actor – non-singing)
MATT – 12-13, Megan’s big brother who speaks sign language.
MR. MORGAN – 30’s, a classroom teacher
JUSTIN – 5, Alexis’s little brother with autism
TONY ROSENBLOOM – 9-10, Cindy’s science partner
ZIPPITY – a hamster of indeterminate age

Music: Pop Score for Piano, Bass, Drums, Trumpet, Sax/Flute and Trombone.  Accompaniment tracks available.
Musical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Requirements: Minimal
Suggested Audience: Young Audiences/Families

Authors

DOUG COONEY (playwright, co-author of original book) is a Los Angeles based playwright, screenwriter and novelist. His plays and musicals include Nobody’s Perfect (Kennedy Center), Imagine (South Coast Rep), The Beloved Dearly (Lincoln Center Institute), The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (Kirk Douglas Theatre), and The Legend of Alex (Mark Taper Forum). Additional productions include Battledrum (Eckerd Theater Company), Here and Now (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Long Story Short (Florida Stage), Innocent Until (Florida Stage) and The Final Tour (Sundance Theatre Labs). He is the author of several books for young readers, including The Beloved Dearly, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, as well as books co-written with the actress Marlee Matlin, Nobody’s Perfect, Leading Ladies and the forthcoming Deaf Beth. Cooney has written screenplays and television scripts for Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Films, SONY Pictures, SONY Animation, Disney Channel and Fox Television. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Dramatists Guild, and is represented by Harden-Curtis Associates.

MARLEE MATLIN (co-author of original book) received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Paramount Pictures’ Children of a Lesser God, for which she received the Academy Award® for Best Actress. Since then, Marlee starred in numerous features, including, The Player, Hear No Evil, in the AIDS drama It’s My Party, and most recently in the independent feature hit, What the Bleep Do We Know. For the last seven years, Marlee guest starred on NBC’s award-winning drama, The West Wing, and most recently executive produced Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook Off for the Disney Channel. In 2008, Marlee broke new ground, joining the sixth season cast of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Marlee currently serves as national spokesperson for The American Red Cross and in 1992, was instrumental in getting legislation passed in Congress in support of Closed Captioning. She also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations including The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation and Easter Seals. She has received numerous awards for her charity work and was chosen as America On Line’s “Chief Everything Officer” in 2006. Simon and Schuster published the sequel to Marlee’s 2003 novel for children, Deaf Child Crossing, entitled Nobody’s Perfect in 2005. Her second sequel, Leading Ladies, came out in 2007. Marlee makes her home in the Los Angeles area with her husband and their four children, Sarah, Brandon, Tyler, and Isabelle.

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

Purchase

Buy the Nobody’s Perfect cast album from Bandcamp
2009 Parents’ Choice Award Winner
2009 iParenting Best Children’s Audio Award
With the voice talents of the original Kennedy Center cast: Florrie Bagel (Bethany), Rachel Brennan (Cindy), Jennifer Irons (Alexis), Omoro Omioghe (Keisha), Kip Pierson (Matt), and Tami Lee Santimyer (Megan).

Tami Lee Santimyer as Megan. Photo Credit: Carol Pratt

 

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