1) “A Home” (Abie Sidell & Chorus)
2) “Carl’s Song” (Adam Metzger & Chorus)
3) “Mei-Ling” (Nancy Lan)
4) “What’s a Parent?” (Christina Franklin, Cassidy Ladden, Samantha Meckes, Ayelet D. Pearl, Abie Sidel, Ciara Sidell, Shira Spiel, Isaiah Bell)
5) THEY CHOSE ME (VIDEO: Past Productions)
6) “A Home” (VIDEO: sung by Members of TADA!: Nisha Borelli, Manuel Hodgson, Mya Rosado, & Cosmo Bayes, soloist).
7) “Mei-Ling” (VIDEO: sung by Lori Tan Chinn; Greg Kenna, pianist)
8) “Carl’s Song” (VIDEO: sung by Michael Colby; Mark Janas, pianist)
9) Documentary about the Valley Youth Theatre production



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Music by Ned Paul Ginsburg
Lyrics by Michael Colby
Book by Michael Colby and Ned Paul Ginsburg

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THEY CHOSE ME! is a family musical about adoption as seen through the eyes of children. Led by Sarah Cook, a group of teens and preteens share funny and poignant stories exploring the many aspects of adoption today, ranging from multicultural families to gay parents to the tale of Mei-Ling Moskowitz to “The Foster Care Square Dance.” In the tradition of A CHORUS LINE and THE ME NOBODY KNOWS. Originally developed by the Drama Desk Award-winning TADA Children’s Theater.


What the Critics Said…

“OFFERS COMEDY, HEARTBREAK, AND MOMENTS THAT ARE A LITTLE BIT OF BOTH. Performed with sensitivity by its talented cast. It’s to the credit of the show’s authors that the material is not overly sentimental or relentless cheerful. Rousing, upbeat, reminding audiences that happy families really aren’t all alike.” – Laurel Graeber, NY Times

“BROADWAY’S FUTURE. Colby & Ginsburg come up with a brilliant script for children’s theatre which manages to stay current, fun and understandable to the 10 through 18 year olds who are acting it.. Keeps surprising the audience, starts out strong and ends only stronger.” – Amanda Scarpone,

“A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL. Infectious and heartwarming. The kids on stage seemed to be having a total blast. The music is upbeat, the lyrics smart and clever.” – Martin Denton,

“A TON OF LIVELY FUN THAT PRACTICALLY EXPLODES ON STAGE BEFORE YOU. Solid showbiz melodies and witty lyrics, and the cast embrace them with all the high-spirited energy each number deserves.” – David Appleford, 99.9 FM KEZ (Phoenix, AZ)

“Really wonderful. We both enjoyed it enormously. It was just perfect. The music, the lyrics, the cast, everything was just fabulous.” – Jill Krementz, author of “How It Feels to Be Adopted” (who saw the show with husband Kurt Vonnegut)