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The Dance • A Classic LDS Musical

Book and Lyrics by Carol Lynn Pearson

Music by J.A.C. Redford

(For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups)

A Timeless Musical Classic!

Come to the dance and meet: Couple #1 — Neil and Karen “the perfect married couple” to everyone but themselves; Couple #2 — Howard, still searching for “the right one” 14 years after his mission, and Alison, a recently divorced mother of three; ‘Couple’ #3 — Brad, 18, and suffering from his first broken heart, and Janet, an unclaimed jewel of 23. “You come to the dance ‘cause there’s a chance that something good might, just might, happen tonight” is part of a lyric from the opening song of this LDS classic.

This is the musical that was the basis for the recent film THE DANCE, written & directed by McKay Daines, with additional material provided by Elizabeth Hansen (One of our authors),  and starring Michael Flynn & K. C. Clyde


  • 3M (1tenor, 1 baritone, 1 bass/baritone) 3W (2 sopranos, 1 alto)
  • One open setting
  • About 90 minutes
  • Order #2036


“The music, written by J.A.C. Redford, was subtle, adding dimension to the different characters” — The Daily Universe.

“A sensitive, realistic look at life, love and marriage. Pearson has successfully interwoven laughter and tears to create dialogue that is painfully honest.” — Karlene Davis, Central Utah Journal.

“The Dance is sincere, realistic and very entertaining. You will be amazed at how much you have in common with these people.” — Joseph Walker, The Deseret News.

Available for ALL producing groups.


  • The Perusal Pages file in PDF form contains the first half of this musical: DancePERUSAL


  1. You Come To The Dance
  2. I Tried
  3. Do You Take This Man?
  4. My Eternal Girl / Send Me A Man
  5. The Girl I Used To Be
  6. Be A Man
  7. The Dance Director
  8. May I Have This Dance?
  9. Love Lingers
  10. Always The M.C.
  11. The Tap Dance
  12. I’m Okay
  13. May I Have This Dance? (reprise) & You Come To The Dance (reprise)

SONG SAMPLES (on the CD page)

  • The Original Cast Album of the Dance is available HERE for $14.99 (+ shipping)


ZTPerformanceLicenceApp2016 (in PDF format) to download our Performance License Application. No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.

  • Script in PDF format — Order #2036a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • Vocal Book — none available (Vocal parts are in the Piano-Vocal Score)
  • Piano-Vocal Score in PDF format — Order #2036c : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • First Performance Ward/Stake/Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2036d : for the only performance or the first performance in a series of related performances. (QUOTED ONLY UPON APPLICATION)
  • Second Performance Ward/Stake/Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2036e : for the only performance or the first performance in a series of related performances. (QUOTED ONLY UPON APPLICATION)
  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
  • Orchestrations (Bass, 2nd Piano, Alto Sax and Drum parts in PDF format) — 2036h: $125.00 rental fee.

  • PerformanceTraks CD (for the rehearsal and performance period) — Order 2036j: $100.00 (includes shipping)

    NOTE ON SHEET MUSIC OF INDIVIDUAL SONGS: If you are looking for sheet music for a particular song from the show, we can make that available to you for a small fee. We have had a lot of demand for this and, while we love to make the big bucks, we would prefer to just meet you needs and get you the song you want at a more nominal price, which in the end is better for you and easier for us. 


  • Adapted into a non-musical film in 2008
  • Production records lost
  • Professional Premiere in Salt Lake City
  • Premiere at Brigham Young University — 1983

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