HOLEE SHIT, you guys. Have you ever had an experience in which you sort of take Sassy Gay Friend's advice - Look at your life! Look at your choices! - but instead of being shamed, you think, "How did something this awesome happen to me?!"
I'm sure you have. Your big "my life is awesome" moment probably came when you got a huge job promotion, or had a kid or fell in love or sold your first manuscript or got a Printz or WHATEVER. But mine came this week, when I received a demo cd for the SWEET VALLEY HIGH MUSICAL.
WHAT? Yes. Yes. The Sweet Valley High Musical. It's a THING. A THING THAT EXISTS. AND I HAVE THE DEMO CD.
I know what you're thinking - "Oh, Erin. Anyone can write a musical about Sweet Valley High! I wrote a musical last week about Lila Fowler - the big pop number is 'Ridin' My Lime Green Triumph.'"
And I'm sure you're right - I myself have written one rousing soon-to-be-Tony-award-winning hit song about the Wakefields, called "Blonde, Blonde, Lavaliere," and I expect to expand that into a book and full musical by tomorrow, BUT! But! THIS Sweet Valley High Musical was written . . . BY FRANCINE PASCAL HERSELF. YES.
See, as far as I can figure out, given the Very Intense Investigative Journalism that I employed by googling for half an hour, Fastbreaks: The Comings and Goings at Sweet Valley High (yes! THAT IS THE TITLE) is a musical that was written by Francine Pascal sometime in the '90s. As far as I can tell, it has only been performed (or maybe only workshopped) once, at Arts and Artists at St Paul, directed by John Znidarsic and starring this guy as Winston. I dunno, he could be a Winston. If he dyed his hair and were 15 years younger. Maybe.
But, other than that one performance (workshop? I honestly don't know!), Fastbreaks has not yet seen the light of day. As of 2008, Pascal was still hoping to stage the musical, but nothing shows up on a Google search. WHY IS THE PUBLIC DENYING US THIS WONDERFUL EVENT?
But! Fear not! Through mostly legal means (I'm 90% certain, anyway), WE HAVE GOT FIVE SONGS FROM THE MUSICAL! One of our amazing readers found a demo cd of Fastbreaks in her local theatre's archives and she sent it to us!! It's from 2000, so I guess that Francine has been shopping this thing around for a while.
EVEN BETTER? The music for the musical was written by David Bryan, from BON JOVI. BON MOTHERFUCKIN JOVI, y'all. This shizz is LEGIT. I fully expect there to be some incoherant mumbling* and big hair and references to New Jersey in this musical!
*Here is a Misheard Lyrics anecdote: for years I misheard "Gina works the diner all day" as "Gina wants to die of old age." And I was like, "DUH, Gina, pretty much everyone does (except for me)! THAT DOESN'T MAKE YOU SPECIAL, GINA! GOD I HATE YOU!"
Anyhoozle, because we here at FYA care about your happiness, we've uploaded the entire demo cd for you to listen to! I KNOW! You can send us gift baskets of puppies and champagne to thank us.
Because I don't have the book and therefore do not know the actual plot of Fastbreaks: The Comings and Goings at Sweet Valley High, I am going to use my Creative Imagination skills and my advanced knowledge of Sweet Valley High plots and characters to write the scenes that these songs belong in. Guys? Might as well just give me my Tony now.
Let's kick it,
Bayside Sweet Valley! You can just click right on the song links to listen to them!
MR COLLINS' CLASSROOM. Students are assembled,
discussing End of Year dance. MR COLLINS is busy
bearing a striking resemblance to Robert Redford
and doling out sage advice to students.
I just don't know what to do, Enid. The big dance is coming up
and Todd and I still aren't speaking. Oh! If only I hadn't
accidentally gone out on several dates with Nicholas
Morrow! Then Todd and I wouldn't have had this misunderstanding!
I don't know, Liz. Nicholas Morrow sure seems to like you.
I wish someone liked me. I wish I could have sex again as an
actual teenager. I was too high to enjoy it back when George and I
nearly killed that kid, for which we conveniently escaped punishment.
If only Former Fattie Robin Wilson hadn't stolen him away!
Please stop distracting me with your issues, Enid. Oh! I
know what we need, Enid! A ridiculously simplistic main plot which
illustrates our current feelings of ennui! Maybe we should have
a small moral crisis about the fact that we're going to graduate sometime
in the next four decades! It's going to be so weird not to be in Sweet Valley!
Not to see Chrome Dome Cooper's shining bald head!
Not to shop at Lisettes! Or spend my dad's money that he gives me
as a replacement for genuine affection at the Sweet Valley Mall!
What will we do without being able to have The Probable Lesbian Special
at Casey's Ice Cream Parlor?
I don't care where I end up, because I'm sure it will be fabulous!
We will silently judge you for being so stuck up, Bruce
Patman, even though we are just as stuck up as you are, if not more so.
Don't worry, you guys! We'll always have the beach! And
Secca Lake! And my pool! And our tans!
Jessica's right, everyone! As long as we have each other,
we'll always be superior to every non-Sweet Valley resident in the world!
Why, I'd even say we could live forever, if I could turn that into a
hackneyed title for my next Oracle article!
"Forever Lives in Us?"
That's great, Olivia!! I'm going to steal that idea and
pretend it was mine and take all the credit, since
people like me more than they like you. Since you are
probably a lesbian.
LIZ moves to center front stage and addresses her classmates. Her gold lavaliere swings with perky energy.
Hey, you guys! Don't worry about a thing!
Forever lives in us!
Get comfortable, folks! We still have four scenes to go! I hope you snuck some booze into this theatre!
A crowded hallway in SWEET VALLEY HIGH.
ENID and LIZ are collecting books from their lockers.
They see TODD and WINSTON approach.
There he is, Enid! I hope he isn't still angry with me!
Don't worry, Liz! I overheard Cara Walker tell Jessica
that Todd told Eventual Rapist John Pfeifer that he was
in love with a gorgeous, fun blonde!
But, Enid! That could mean he's really in love with Jessica!
I'd better create an entire forty pages of angst based on my assumption
that my boyfriend likes some other girl, without actually asking him about it!
No, I'm pretty sure Todd likes you, Liz. I know that Jessica is
cooler and prettier and a hell of a lot more fun than you are, and
that any normal, sane person would totally choose to go shopping
with Jessica instead of sitting around and reading your emo poetry,
but Todd seems like an idiot, so I am pretty sure he's in love with you.
Oh! Enid, my heart is so full that it could simply burst out
of my 34C chest! But how can I show him how I feel?!
You should use your vagina to show him your affection. Boys like
that sort of thing. Or at least, they did when I was 13.
But . . . sex? I couldn't possibly have sex! Sex requires that I
be in charge of my own body! And how would I do that without
someone smarter, like a boy, showing me how?
Don't worry, Liz! It's just your first time! It's not like you're going
to have an orgasm during it and then cry. That won't happen
for years yet!
Oh, Enid! You've really put my mind at ease! It's so great
to have a friend like you who used to be sort of interesting
but is now the most boring person in the entire world!
Go get 'em, Liz!
A CLASSROOM. WINSTON spies ENID from across
the room. Gathering up courage, he approaches.
Well, Enid, I guess you're wondering
what I'm doing talking to you. And so
nervously too! Well, Enid, I'd really like
to take you to the End of Year dance at the
The one on Friday?
No, not that one, the one next week.
The one on Thursday?
No, the one on the Friday after the dance on Thursday.
Oh, that one!
Yeah, so, anyway. Do you want to go with me?
But I thought you were dating Maria Santelli!
Oh yeah, I guess I was. But she doesn't
exist in this musical!
But you've never showed any romantic
interest in me before!
Breaking fourth wall, gestures to the audience
But THEY don't know that!
Winston, I'm not sure I can go to a dance
with someone who's never showed any interest in me.
Sure, I'm desperate, and my boyfriend dumped me, after
he paralyzed me in a plane crash, for Former Fattie
Robin Wilson. But there's only 400 more dances
between now and the end of the year. I can't
waste one dance on you!
I'd like to use this time to crack a joke, Enid. But
you've broken my funny bone.
CASEY'S ICE CREAM PARLOR. ANNIE WHITMAN
is at a table alone. RICKY CALPADO approaches.
Hey, Annie. Why so glum?
Oh, Ricky! I just tried to join the cheerleading
squad, but Jessica played a mean, horrible trick on me,
and they wouldn't let me in!
But, Annie, your leaps are the best! And you're
so flexible! You can even put your feet behind
your head! I thought for sure you'd get in!
Thanks, Ricky. But I'm only so flexible
because of all the sexy sex sex I have
all the time. Sex! I do it a lot!
Annie, don't you think that your desire to have
sex is not actually based on the fact that
you might actually like sex - since women generally don't
like sex at all - but is instead a way for you to get attention.
Don't you think you crave the emotional affection from men
and rank your self-worth in sex?
Well, Ricky! Previously I just thought that maybe I
liked sex a lot and didn't worry overly much about
the fact that society says I should keep my legs closed
to stay pure, but you've really opened my eyes! It MUST be
because I've been missing emotional affection from a dad!
I'm glad I could help you realize your own
sexual agency, little girl!
But I'm ruined! My hymen has already been
broken! Now no man is going to want to marry me,
because I haven't kept myself pure for him! Oh, if only
I had employed the anal-and-elbow sex method to keep my
precious baby-making parts pure! I can't go back again!
Don't worry, Annie! You can get re-hymenated for several
JESSICA and LILA are walking to
SWEET VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL. They are
discussing the upcoming dance at the Beach Disco.
No, not that one. The other one. Then TODD and
WINSTON roll by on their skateboards, waving at
Oh, Todd. He's so dreamy!
Dreamy? Todd? Todd Wilkins? Are you high?
No, I don't do drugs, since Regina died from
trying cocaine JUST ONCE. I just think he's cute.
Probably because he's Elizabeth's boyfriend.
What are you going to do?
Clearly I'm going to devise a clever plan
in which I dress up to look like Liz and then woo him away.
Can you be as boring and sanctimonious as Liz?
I can try!
CROWD GOES WILD! MANY MANY CURTAIN CALLS! ENCORE!
I hope you've enjoyed our EXCLUSIVE LOOK at Fastbreaks: The Comings and Goings at Sweet Valley High! If any of you have any sway over theatres, GET THIS SHIZZ ON THE STAGE!