Samantha Spade, Ace Detective

  • Samantha Spade, Ace Detective

    TADA! Youth Theater (NYC) Premiere Production

  • Samantha Spade, Ace Detective

    TADA! Youth Theater (NYC) Premiere Production

  • Samantha Spade, Ace Detective

    Pebblebrook High School Production

  • Samantha Spade, Ace Detective

    Notre Dame Junior/Senior High School Production

  • Samantha Spade, Ace Detective

    Metropolitan Montessori School Production

Samantha Spade, Ace Detective is a film-noir-detective-story-musical (in black and white).

Book and Lyrics by Lisa Diana Shapiro
Music by Georgia Stitt

Samantha is a lonely, misfit 13-year-old. After getting bullied in camp, she retreats to the old detective movies she loves, entering a film noir fantasy world where she is SAMANTHA SPADE, ACE DETECTIVE, the go-to gumshoe who always solves the case—for $25 a day, plus Twizzlers.

Sam’s first case enters on the glamorous gams of Veronica Venus, star of stage, screen and the occasional circus. Veronica’s boyfriend, Senator John D. Rockababy, is missing. But something’s fishy, and Samantha’s investigation leads to the dames, palookas, grifters, chiselers, flatfoots and flim-flammers that populate this black and white world.

With a smart, catchy score and a feisty, inspirational and relatable female lead, this show is perfect for school-age kids to perform and appropriate for all audiences.

For further information about the National Youth Arts 2014 Winner of OUTSTANDING NEW MUSICAL, check out the show’s website, Instagram, extra videos and demos.

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Watch videos from the show

  • Samantha Spade, Ace Detective - "Gonna Be Great" - TADA!
  • Samantha Spade, Ace Detective - "The Red Herring" - TADA!
  • Samantha Spade, Ace Detective - Finale "The Story" - TADA!
  • Marc Kudisch & Tony Clements - "Heart's Desire"
  • The making of the demos (in the recording studio with Georgia Stitt)

Show tags

Performance Group: Camp/Studio, Children’s Theatre, Elementary / Middle School, High School, Performing Arts School, Primary School, Secondary School, Theatre For Young Audiences, Youth Group

Type: Book Musical

Style: Classic Broadway, Contemporary Broadway

Size of Orchestra: Small/Combo

Setting: Contemporary, Period/Historical

Genre: Comedy, Mystery/Thriller, Period

Vocal Demands: Moderate

Dance Requirements: Moderate

Cast Size: Flexible, Large, Medium

Casting Opportunities: Children, Ensemble Cast, Expandable Casting, Multicultural Casting, Non-Traditional Casting, Reduced Casting/Doubling, Star Vehicle Female, Teen

Target Audience: Adult, Appropriate For All Audiences, Children, Pre-Teen, Senior, Teen

Award Recognition: Off-Broadway

Collection: School Favorites, Star Vehicle Female

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