Jennifer the Unspecial: Time Travel, Love Potions & 8th Grade

by Matthew Mezzacappa and Cynthia Chi-Wing Wong

About the Play

Musical. Book and lyrics by Matthew Mezzacappa, music by Cynthia Chi-Wing Wong. 90 minutes. 3-30 females, 5-30 males (8-60 performers possible). Suitable for middle school and older performers, elementary school and older audiences.

Note about the score: A perusal copy of the score that may be printed once is included as part of a Digital Perusal Script, while printed scripts contain a link to a non-printable digital perusal copy of the score. A score that may be printed, copied and used in performance comes with the order of a Production Copy License (or a Classroom Copy license for classroom study only).

First Annual Ronald Ruble New Play Festival. Weston Playhouse Demo New Musical Award Nomination. First produced by New York University (New York, NY).

Qty Price Total
Printed Script $9.00 $0.00
Digital Perusal Script $10.50 $0.00
Performance Royalties $85.00 $0.00
Production Copy License $80.00 $0.00
Classroom Copy License $100.00 $0.00
Bronze Package $95.00 $0.00
Silver Package $130.00 $0.00
Gold Package $180.00 $0.00
Platinum Package $235.00 $0.00
Diamond Package $325.00 $0.00
Fundraising Add-On $95.00 $0.00

Professional rights should be negotiated directly with YouthPLAYS at [email protected].


When her science teacher's invention goes horribly wrong, awkward, clumsy eighth grader Jennifer finds herself thrust into a time-traveling adventure with three of her classmates. Through the journey, as they encounter warriors, artists, presidents and love potions, Jennifer discovers she doesn't need anyone's approval to be absolutely amazing and special.

"I have never seen a reaction as profound to a comic work in my years at the Program. The audience was completely enchanted from the first note to the last. We also presented a number of the songs to an audience that included elementary school kids and someone aged 94 in South Egremont at our Writers' Residency public performance and that audience had the same response." - Sarah Schlesinger, Chair of the NYU/Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program

"Caryl Crane Children's Theatre would like to thank everyone who made Jennifer the Unspecial one of the most SPECIAL theatrical experiences we have ever had! We will treasure the time we spent on this wonderful show and hope to continue seeing it here and there...and everywhere!" - Brian Marshall, Artistic Director, Caryl Crane Children's Theatre (Huron, OH).

Music Files

Click on the titles below to hear MP3 demo recordings. (Be aware that these are big files.)