Up in the Air

"Up in the Air", the opening number from Up in the Air, performed at the Anderson Institute of Music in 2015.

Don't Ask

"Don't Ask" from Up in the Air, performed by Anna Nguyen and Ryan Hudzik. Eric Fegan on piano.

Middle Seat

"Middle Seat" from Up in the Air, performed by Aubrie Gast at the Anderson Institute of Music in 2015.

Everything

"Everything" from Up in the Air, performed by Adam Bei at the Anderson Institute of Music in 2015. 

Cynical, Clever Me

"Cynical, Clever Me" from Up in the Air, performed by Angelica McGrew at the Anderson Institute of Music in 2015.

Highlights from Up in the Air

Highlights from Up in the Air, performed at the Anderson Institute of Music in 2015

It's just a musical about a bunch of people on an airplane. What could go wrong?

There are certain types of people that you will always find on an airplane. The lady with the screaming baby. The surly flight attendant. The rude, smelly people you inevitably get stuck sitting between. And they all have their own stories. What starts out as an ordinary flight takes 12 people on an extraordinary journey that turns their lives upside down in this musical comedy.

Up in the Air is a comedy in two acts.

 

PRODUCTIONS/RECOGNITION:

Staged Reading in August 2015 at Anderson Institute of Music & Performing Arts in Buckeye, AZ

Full Production in November 2016 at New Way Academy in Phoenix, AZ

Break Down

Cast/Set Requirements and Production Details

Up in the Air is in two acts and lasts approximately two hours.

CAST SIZE: 12-15

PRINCIPALS
6 Women
4 Men

FEATURED
2 Women

ENSEMBLE
Other passengers


CHARACTERS

JENNY: A very unfortunate and long-suffering young woman, who is currently having the worst month of her life.

ANGIE: 1/2 of the world's sappiest and most overly cheerful newlywed couple, on their way to their honeymoon.

SCOTT: The other 1/2 of the world's sappiest and most overly cheerful newlywed couple, on their way to their honeymoon

TANYA: Easily irritable, clever and blunt. She does not care about being pleasant or likeable, and she enjoys messing with people's heads. She is on a business trip.

PARKER: A quirky young man who is not the most eloquent or composed individual. He has trouble putting his thoughts into words, and he is terrified of flying. He is on the same business trip as Tanya, but he has never been on an airplane before.

LISA: A cynical, clever single mother. She is very opinionated, and she enjoys discussing and debating her own musings.

CLAIRE: A beautiful and seemingly perfect woman. She has a connecting flight to catch and very little time to make the transition, so she is a bit nervous. There is something about her that is just a little...off.

RYAN: A slightly overdramatic daydreamer who is lucky enough to be seated next to Claire, and quickly becomes convinced that she is his soul mate.

HANK: A grumpy, smelly, middle-aged man. Hank and Irene are the classic stereotypical old married couple. They sleep in separate beds, they bicker constantly, and they have completely forgotten why they were ever in love in the first place.

IRENE: A bitter, overweight, middle-aged woman. Hank and Irene are the classic stereotypical old married couple. They sleep in separate beds, they bicker constantly, and they have completely forgotten why they were ever in love in the first place.

SYDNEY: A gentle and sweet flight attendant. She is not the sharpest tool in the box, but she's pretty, so she's everyone's favorite.

HELEN: A surly flight attendant who is a bit older than Sydney. She has been doing this job for a long time, and is pretty damn tired of it.


Set Requirements

SPECIFIC LOCATIONS
The interior of the airplane cabin
A desert wasteland


Minimum Production Requirements


MINIMUM CAST REQUIREMENTS

8 WOMEN
Jenny
Angie
Lisa
Tanya
Claire
Irene
Helen
Sydney

4 MEN
Parker
Ryan
Hank
Scott

* MINIMUM SET REQUIREMENTS
Interior of the airplane
Desert wasteland

Requesting Rights

The Perusal Packet is free, and it contains a full synopsis, fuscript excerpt and sheet music excerpt. Email jamie.maletz@gmail.com to request one.

Jamie Elizabeth Maletz is a composer/lyricist, bookwriter, and producer of new works of musical theater. In New York, her works have been featured at Lincoln Center, Feinstein's/54 Below, NYU, Dixon Place, Under St Marks Theater, and Broadway Night at Prohibition. She received her MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch. Maletz has written 12 full-length original musicals, and she runs a choir for new works of musical theater (New Work City) with writing partner Eric Fegan. As a composer/lyricist, Jamie has studied with Mindi Dickstein, William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin, Michael John LaChiusa, Steven Lutvak and Sybille Pearson. Jamie is the Administrative Assistant for Maestra Music Organization, and she writes the Women Who Wow Us series for the Maestra blog. She has also worked as an intern with Feinstein’s/54 Below, Tom Viertel/The Commercial Theater Institute, and Ken Davenport. 

She is a member of The Off-Broadway League, The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Maestra, ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild of America, and Fractured Atlas.

Maletz received her BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011, where she designed her own major: Creative Writing and Composition for the Performing Arts. She spent her high school years at Boston Arts Academy, a performing arts high school from which she graduated as Valedictorian.

She is a monster enthusiast & mythology nerd, she loves board games, and she is a photographer/videographer whose favorite models are her two cats, Artemis and Batman. 

 

 

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