Tiger Beat

Tiger Beat follows the Girls Next Door, a pop group rising to fame in 2003 pop music. As the band juggles choreography, awards shows, and crushes on teen heartthrobs, Asian American singer/songwriter Tess navigates her identity within the framework of the entertainment industry. This play with music ​is a coming of age story about pop stardom, questionable 2003 fashion choices, and finding one's identity through art.
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Tiger Beat

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  • Maria I. Arreola:
    1 Jul. 2022
    Boy bands are so yesterday, y’all need to meet Girls Next Door!

    This play is laugh-out-loud funny… and a deep dive into the exploitative, oppressive nature of the music industry …. and an ode to early 2000s pop music. There is romance, there is drama (both organic and fabricated), and there are complicated familial relationships. This play has it all!
  • Maximillian Gill:
    31 Dec. 2021
    A fun and sharply written story with wonderful characters. Although a period piece, the portrayal of the exploitative nature of the music industry is still very much relevant. Tess, the heart of the story, is a particularly strong character, and her struggle to define herself in a frankly racist industry is very relatable and powerful. I particularly love the meta ending and the questioning of the very tropes employed in the play.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    23 Aug. 2021
    A journey in time through pop culture, fashion choices and how art shapes one's identity. Well done.

Character Information

  • Vivian
    late 20s,
    Asian American
    Tess’s sister and manager. Asian American. Tough cookie.
  • Tess
    18ish,
    Asian American
    Asian American, opinionated, bright-eyed, optimistic. Usually in the background of GND. Singing role.
  • Poppy
    18ish,
    White
    Second fiddle to Ashley in Girls Next Door, obsessed with chemistry, white. Singing role.
  • Mr. Johansson et al
    30-60,
    White
    executive for the Network. White. Actor also plays Choreographer, Reporter(s), Emcee et al
  • Mr. Johansson et al
    30-60,
    White
    executive for the Network. White. Actor also plays Choreographer, Reporter(s), Emcee et al
  • JP
    18ish,
    White
    the biggest male pop star to get a start on the Network. White. Singing role.
  • Ashley
    18ish,
    White
    Lead singer of Girls Next Door. White with a deep spray tan. Queer. Singing role.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Indiana University
    ,
    2019

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Indiana University
    ,
    2020