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2710 Wetmore Avenue Everett, WA 98201
Box Office: (425) 257-8600 | Admin: (425) 392-1942




Where Are They Now?

Track the progress of former Village Original productions as they move around the world.


2017

  • Writing Kevin Taylor
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2016 Festival of New Musicals
    • Developmental Production in Village Theatre’s Beta Series in February/March 2017
  • String
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2016 Festival of New Musicals
    • Developmental Production in Village Theatre’s Beta Series in June 2017
  • Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2017 Festival of New Musicals
  • Hart Island
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2017 Festival of New Musicals
  • Afterwords
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2017 Festival of New Musicals
  • ZM
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2017 Festival of New Musicals

2016

  • How to Break
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2016 Festival of New Musicals
  • String
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2016 Festival of New Musicals
    • Developmental Production in Village Theatre’s Beta Series in June 2017
    • Village Theatre Mainstage production in 2018
  • Writing Kevin Taylor
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2016 Festival of New Musicals
    • Developmental Production in Village Theatre’s Beta Series in February/March 2017
  • We Foxes
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2016 Festival of New Musicals
  • Costs of Living
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2016 Festival of New Musicals
  • Cubamor
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2015 Festival of New Musicals
    • Developmental Production in Village Theatre’s Beta Series in December 2016

2015

  • Barcelona
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2015 Festival of New Musicals
  • Cubamor
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2015 Festival of New Musicals
    • Developmental Production in Village Theatre’s Beta Series in December 2016
  • Death: The Musical
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2015 Festival of New Musicals
  • Marco Polo
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2015 Festival of New Musicals
  • Bridges
    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2015 Festival of New Musicals
    • World Premiere at Berkeley Playhouse in February 2016
    • June 2017 Concert presented by Prospect Theatre Company
  • Great Wall
    UPDATE:
    • Developmental Production in Village Theatre’s 2015 Festival of New Musicals

2014

  • Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes

    Book and Lyrics by Christopher Dimond
    Music by Michael Kooman

    Howard Barnes is a perfectly average American guy; he likes baseball and grilling things. But beneath the surface, Howard is drifting through life blind to the wonders of the world around him. That is, until the day he wakes up to discover that his life has become a musical. Desperate to escape from the show, Howard embarks on a fantastical quest through the realm of musical theatre. Equal parts satire, romantic comedy, and love letter to the American musical, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes is for people who love musical theatre, and their spouses who hate it.

    UPDATE:
    • Staged Reading in the 2014 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Developmental Production in Village Theatre’s 2014 Festival of New Musicals
    • Featured in NAMT 2014 Festival (October)
    • Featured in the Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals in Jan 2015
  • A Proper Place

    Book and Lyrics by Leslie Becker & Curtis Rhodes
    Music by Curtis Rhodes

    Downton Abbey meets Gilligan’s Island in this clever new musical. When a proper British family is stranded on a desert island, they find that they are woefully unprepared for the discomfort of nature. Since it turns out that their butler is the only one with any sort of survival skills, the family must learn to overcome prejudices in order to stay alive. Get ready to be swept away on a crisp adventure of headstrong maids, an eccentric father, and forbidden love. Based on J.M. Barrie’s play The Admirable Crichton, A Proper Place is a remarkably witty romp for the entire family to enjoy.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2014 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Village Theatre Mainstage production in 2017
  • My Heart is the Drum

    Book by Jennie Redling
    Music and Concept by Phillip Palmer
    Lyrics by Stacey Luftig

    When a passionate young storyteller runs away from her small village in Ghana to pursue a college education and to escape an arranged marriage, she and her community must confront an intimidating and sometimes life-threatening outside world of struggling city-dwellers, activists, and shady merchants of “pretty things.” My Heart Is the Drum is a poetic, authentic, and electrifying story of awakening and love’s enduring power that is nothing short of breathtaking.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2014 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Village Theatre Mainstage production in 2016
  • Kingdom

    Book and Lyrics by Aaron Jafferis
    Music by Ian Williams/p>

    In a world spinning out of their control, two young friends find meaning and purpose in their local Hispanic street gang. When a sudden attack ignites a bitter internal battle between ideals and survival, they are faced with a dilemma that tests the paradoxes of the human heart. Gripping, brutally honest, and fueled by a poetic hip-hop/rock/Latin score, Kingdom not only delves into the eye of a cycle of violence, but illuminates the paths out of that storm in an important experience for theatre veterans and newcomers alike.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2014 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Deadly Beloved

    Book by Kirby Ward & Beverly Ward
    Music and Lyrics by Beverly Ward

    What determines your fate? According to a mysterious palm reader’s predictions, love will prevail for a young couple under one condition: the groom must become a murderer. Full of colorful characters and toe-tapping numbers, Deadly Beloved is a retelling of Oscar Wilde’s classic short story, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, and will have you guessing what could possibly be “waiting ‘round the bend.”

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2014 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Now titled “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime"
  • The Single Girls Guide

    Book by Gordon Greenberg
    Music and Lyrics by Tommy Newman

    Jane Austen gets a musical theatre revamp! Set in the swinging ‘60s, a spirited secretary-turned-advice-columnist sets out to prove that women can be so much more than perfect little housewives. In a driving, pop-rock-fueled musical inspired by Austen’s Emma, watch the hilarious antics that ensue when a bit of “advice” goes terribly awry. With love ballads in dentist chairs and masquerade ball fiascos, The Single Girls Guide has a fizzy spirit that echoes the questions we continue to ask about marriage, sex, and being single.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2014 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Reading in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s NextFest in 2015
  • Cumberland Blues

    By Michael Norman Mann
    Songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

    The year is 1933, and Peter Jones has nothing left but the shabby remains of what was once a great hotel and mine in Cumberland, Maryland. Now, as Jones’ health is fading, a reunion with his estranged son causes conflicts to boil to the surface as the whole town waits to see what will happen to the small fortune that still remains. With a soul-filled score made up of music by the Grateful Dead, including hits like “Friend of the Devil” and “Attics of My Life,” this new musical is a story about broken dreams, new hopes, and the fragile ties of family and loved ones.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2013-2014 Village Originals First Stages Reading Series
  • Jesus in My Bedroom

    Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey and Melanie Burgess
    Music by Tim Symons

    Atight-knit group of twenty-somethings, friends since high school, find their lives upended by loss—and by a sudden, vivid, spiritual change in one of their surviving members. Can their friendships survive the changes? Will differences in their deeply-held beliefs divide them, or somehow bring them closer together? How far is too far to go in seeking answers to the spiritual questions that trouble us all? A funny, thought- provoking, sometimes moving look at life, love, and faith.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2013-2014 Village Originals First Stages Reading Series

2013

  • Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes

    Book and Lyrics by Christopher Dimond
    Music by Michael Kooman

    Howard Barnes is a perfectly average American guy; he likes baseball and grilling things. But beneath the surface, Howard is drifting through life blind to the wonders of the world around him. That is, until the day he wakes up to discover that his life has become a musical. Desperate to escape from the show, Howard embarks on a fantastical quest through the realm of musical theatre. Equal parts satire, romantic comedy, and love letter to the American musical, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes is for people who love musical theatre, and their spouses who hate it.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre's 13th Annual Festival of New Musicals
    • Staged Reading in the 2014 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Featured in NAMT 2014 Festival (October)
    • Featured in the Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals in Jan 2015
  • Small Town Story

    Book and Lyrics by Sammy Buck
    Music by Brandon James Gwinn

    At the urging of his father, ‘adorkable’ Scott auditions for his high school’s musical to get closer to the drama club queen bee. But when his dad discovers that the show is Rent, he forces Scott to quit. With the arrival of a New York transplant, her outspoken mom, and rising community fear about the show, the stage is set for a controversy unlike this small town has ever seen. As the escalation drives wedges between father and son—and mother and daughter—Speargrove, Texas will discover that the show can’t open until their minds do. Inspired by real events, Small Town Story explores the indelible power of theatre and the inherent dangers of silence.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2013 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Demo recording released by New York Theatre Barn on September 23, 2013
    • Presented by New York Theatre Barn at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Playwrights Horizons on Nov 13-14, 2014
  • Maiden Voyage

    Book, Lyrics, and Music by Michelle Elliott and Danny Larsen

    The year is 1720 and well-respected pirate Mary Read is disguising herself as a man to avoid breaking Pirate Law. Complicating matters is a mutiny in the works by a restless and treasure-less crew, and a Danish captive-turned-crewmember who has caught Read’s affection. This new musical is inspired by a true story, and is a swashbuckling adventure that will sail the seas in search of true identity. Created by the writing team of Cloaked, Maiden Voyage is a fun musical romp boasting upbeat music with a dash of pirate swagger.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2013 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Merman's Apprentice

    Book and Lyrics by Stephen Cole
    Music by David Evans

    1970: The Golden Age of Musical Theatre is drawing to an end, but twelve-year-old Muriel Plakenstein doesn’t know that. Running away from home to become a Broadway star, she stumbles upon the one and only Ethel Merman. Now, she’s living her dream under the wing of the Queen of Broadway. With a score of tunes harkening back to musicals like Guys and Dolls, 42nd Street, and On the Town, but with a modern twist, this is a feel-good musical for the whole family.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2013 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • February 2014 reading at Landor Theatre’s Page to Stage Festival in London
    • Concert version presented June 2015 at Birdland in New York
    • Release of Original Cast Recording Jan 2016
  • Watt?!?

    Book and Lyrics by David Javerbaum
    Music by Brendan Milburn

    With book and lyrics penned by 12-time Emmy Award-winning David Javerbaum (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All), this over-the-top political satire musical is based on the true story of James Watt, Ronald Reagan’s infamous Secretary of the Interior. Watt is best remembered for opening millions of acres of federal land for exploitation, banning the Beach Boys from 4th of July festivities, and successfully offending nearly everyone he came across. An eclectic score by Jonathan Larson Award-winner Brendan Milburn boasts music ranging from gospel, to rock, to country, making this a brazen musical experience unlike anything you’ve seen before.

    UPDATE:
    • Developmental production in Village Theatre’s 2013 Festival of New Musicals
  • Jesus in My Bedroom

    Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey and Melanie Burgess
    Music by Tim Symons

    Atight-knit group of twenty-somethings, friends since high school, find their lives upended by loss—and by a sudden, vivid, spiritual change in one of their surviving members. Can their friendships survive the changes? Will differences in their deeply-held beliefs divide them, or somehow bring them closer together? How far is too far to go in seeking answers to the spiritual questions that trouble us all? A funny, thought- provoking, sometimes moving look at life, love, and faith.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre’s 2013 Festival of New Musicals
    • Featured in the 2013-2014 Village Originals First Stages Reading Series
  • Happy People

    Book, Music, and Lyrics by Matthew Robinson

    This hysterical new musical will take you into the off-screen lives of a group of performers in the hit children’s show, Happy People. As it turns out, these cast members are far from “happy,” and their lives are about to take a turn for the worst as they prepare to embark on a 10th anniversary, 40-state tour. With the future of the show (and their jobs) in a sudden sinkhole, they’re going to need to do more than “brush all your bubbles of trouble away.” Boasting a collec- tion of songs that sound like they popped out of the world of kiddy-tv, this show is a hilarious look at what can happen to grown-ups who get lost in the magical land of children’s television.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2013 Village Originals First Stages Reading Series
    • October 2014 Concert version in Melbourne, Australia
  • The Lantern Room

    By Scott Warrender

    Set on the border between Mexico and Arizona, this powerful new musical drama is a stunning story of love, loneliness, and desperation. In a small town where immigration laws are the main topic of conversation, one woman is recovering from more than just surgery when two illegal immigrants stumble through her front door. With a sweeping score of emotional music, this extraordinary story is about what happens when different lives come crashing together as they search for a light to bring them home.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2012-2013 Village Originals First Stages Reading Series

2012

  • Hello Out There

    Book and Lyrics by Eric Price
    Music by Frank Terry

    In this coming of age musical, a popular girl and her two nerdy schoolmates take advantage of the newborn Internet to transform themselves into an unlikely trio of online stock market advisors. But when their advice sends a blue-collar taxi driver to bankruptcy and the SEC to investigate their antics, the teens must find a way to make amends. The new-fangled concept of computers coupled with the unpredictable ups and downs of the stock market make Hello Out There a guilt-alleviating lesson about the transition of growing into the adult world. [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2012 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Oneida

    Book and Lyrics by Beth Blatt
    Music by Daniel Green

    The Oneida commune strives for the perfection in life, endeavoring for flawlessness with expressively open communal practices. But in such a small community, it’s only a matter of time before things start to go wrong. Discouraged “sticky” feelings and attachments are stirred up between members, and soon the devout become filled with doubt. Based on the true story of the 1848 Oneida Community in New York, journey into this world of ultimate idealization and the repercussions of trying to suppress the unpredictability of human emotions.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2012 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Staged reading by VOXFEST 2013 at Dartmouth
  • Great Wall

    Book by Kevin Merritt
    Lyrics by David Henry Hwang
    Music by Kevin So

    For his entire life, Asian-American Victor Woo has dreamed of performing with his piano on stage and becoming a superstar. But after his father’s death, his tradition-based mother needs help maintaining the family Chinese restaurant and Victor must now grapple with difficult life-decisions that could make or break his performer profile. Already knowing that fitting in to the cookie cutter music industry is a road riddled with judgmental views and Asian-stereotypes, he needs to make the decision to stick with his roots or continue to battle the bigotry of the music industry to be a star. Rich with R&B influenced melodies; this new musical will have you cheering for the American rock star dream—no matter who is pursuing it. [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2012 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • The Toymaker

    Book, Lyrics, and Music by Bryan Putnam

    The town of Lidice was destroyed during WWII, snuffed out by the Nazi’s and removed from maps. In this poignant new musical, the spirit of Lidice lives on in the memory of one heartsick toymaker and three of his most prized handcrafted creations. Inexplicably drawn to his story, a modern-day American woman has purchased two of the toys. Now, she is about to set off on an irrational journey to Europe to find the third—drawn by her own longing for children and a connection to a tale she can’t fully understand. With a heartrending score laced with sadness and hope, The ToyMaker is both brave and compassionate and reminds us all of the injustice and forgiveness of mankind.
    [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2012 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Johnny Baseball

    Book by Richard Dresser
    Lyrics by Willie Reale
    Music by Robert Reale

    Most would say the Boston Red Sox were stuck under the Curse of the Bambino for 86 long years due to their badly calculated trade of Babe Ruth… but was this really the cause? This new musical takes a fresh spin on the rumored old tale, intertwining the discrimination of the 1920s with the heartfelt story of a young and talented white pitcher’s love for a black jazz singer. Bursting with a sprightly score and elevating lyrics, it’s a story about love and forgiveness, unjustifiable prejudice, and the good ‘ole game of baseball.

    UPDATE:
    • On Stage January 18-February 10, 2013 at Park Square Theatre (St. Paul, MN)
    • Featured in the 2012 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals

2011

  • The Giver

    Music by Scott Murphy
    Book and Lyrics by Nathan Christensen

    This stirring new musical, based on Lois Lowry’s beloved novel, The Giver, reveals a glimpse of a colorless world without pain, sickness, or conflict, in which human contact is discouraged and love is a word neither understood nor spoken. Amidst robotically content inhabitants, a boy emerges with the capacity to see and feel much more than his society allows. Accompanied by haunting melodies and poetically layered vocals, his struggle to reconcile his new found emotions with a world that ignores them reminds us that maybe life is only real when it’s raw. [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2011 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Staged reading by California’s TheatreWorks New Works Festival in 2014
    • Produced in California’s Festival of New American Musicals in 2011
  • Sundays at Tiffany's

    Book and Lyrics by Susan DiLallo Music by Fred Thaler

    Step into the life of nine year old Jane, where her only escape from the shadow of her extravagant and successful mother is her imaginary friend, Michael. Despite Michael’s early attempt to give Jane a healthy childhood, he finds her 20 years later still struggling against her mother’s manipulative grasp, and drowning in the false promises of a fair-weather boyfriend. With fast-paced Manhattan as its backdrop and a cheeky big band score leading the way, this new musical tells a tale of friendship, fidelity, and showbiz, all the while reminding us that true love has the power to shock your senses and transform your soul.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2011 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Hello! My Baby

    Book and New Lyrics by Cheri Steinkellner
    New Music and Arrangements by Georgia Stitt

    Get ready to tap your toes and snap your fingers to a catchy ragtime score as this new musical takes you on a whirlwind ride through the classic American songbook. Follow Nelly and Mickey down the tenement lined streets of the lower east side, and into a world where neighbors are nosy, making rent is a struggle, and music is the business to be in! From cross-dressing to fleeing the local gangster, they find that talent takes a backseat to a little luck, a little pluck, and a lot of heart.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2011 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Produced by California’s Lobero Theatre in 2012
    • Produced by California’s Rubicon Theatre in 2011
    • Produced by Conneticut’s Norma Terris Theatre in 2011
  • Lizzie (Lizzie Borden)

    By Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt

    Long before Joan Jett, Lizzie Borden was the ultimate axe wielding rebel girl, who garnered fame, fortune, and two dead parents, all without a scratch on her criminal record. In this gripping new musical, a powerfully passionate rock score leads us deep into the darkness of the Borden house and gives us a glimpse of the silent suffering endured by its female residents. Though the tale of Lizzie’s dastardly deed is over a hundred years old, this production sheds light on a new angle, one that leaves us contemplating the limits of a desperate young woman with the strength to slaughter and the guile to get away with it.

    UPDATE:
    • Lizzie: in Concert. Playing in the Caplan Studio Theater at the University of the Arts November 23–25, 2013. [website]
    • Lizzie Borden (renamed Lizzie) returns to the stage October 10-20, 2013 at the Tuts Underground in Houston, TX (Theatre Under the Stars). [website]
    • Featured in the 2011 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Featured in the NAMT Songwriter Spotlight 2014
  • Trails

    Book by Christy Hall
    Lyrics by Jordan Mann
    Music by Jeff Thomson

    With love, loss, and 34 years behind them, two childhood buddies embark on a perilous adventure that will test their strength and stamina, but most of all their friendship. As they set out to hike the entire 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail, Mike and Seth find that Mother Nature isn’t the only woman between them and their future. With enchanting melodies and inspiring lyrics, this new musical wrestles with the concept of the elusive American Dream, but leaves us certain that time, love, and nature will never pay attention to your plans. [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Village Theatre full Mainstage production March 13-May 19, 2013
    • Featured in the 2011 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals

2010

  • It Shoulda Been You

    Book and Lyrics by Brian Hargrove
    Music by Barbara Anselmi

    The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature, his mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And when the bride’s ex-boyfriend crashes the party, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle “Here Comes the Bride!” Plots are hatched, pacts are made, secrets are exposed – and the sister of the bride is left to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after. A musical comedy for anyone with parents, It Shoulda Been You is set to shine on the Mainstage. [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre's 2011-2012 Mainstage Season
    • Featured in the 2010 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Produced by New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse in 2011 (Directed by David Hyde Pierce)
    • [Tentatively looking to arrive on Broadway during the 2014-2015 Season]
  • Buddy's Tavern

    Book by Raymond De Felitta
    Music by Kim Oler
    Lyrics by Alison Hubbard

    Despite a pattern of failed professional endeavors, ambitious Buddy Visalo refuses to accept defeat. The year is 1956, and much to the chagrin of his wife, Buddy is setting out to open a flourishing bar where he can pursue his true passion: singing. Unfortunately, nothing ever seems to go quite as planned for Buddy, whose dreams are smothered by financial woes, his wife’s doubts, and, to add to the chaos, an Irish American tenant with a mixed race child. Torn between his conscience and the pressure of his peers, Buddy is transported onto a road of twists and turns that just might lead to everything he’s ever wanted.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2010 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Performed by the York Theatre Company in 2013
  • Plane Crazy

    Book, Music, and Lyrics by Suzy Conn

    Attention, attention please. Now boarding is Faith Hope, winner of the Miss Teen Toledo pageant and recent graduate of the Venus Airlines Stewardess Academy. It’s 1965, and Faith is about to learn that being a stewardess is more about girdles and groping hands than onboard meals and emergency exits. Just as Faith enters the fray, Venus Airlines takes on a bold, new advertising symbol of the living breathing example of blossoming female sexuality…the stewardess. Little do they know that their chosen “Miss Venus”, the once naïve Faith Hope, will soon become their worst nightmare: empowered. This quirky and upbeat new musical is an uplifting and hilarious story about fighting back and demanding respect.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2010 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • In Your Eyes

    By Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt

    Long before Joan Jett, Lizzie Borden was the ultimate axe wielding rebel girl, who garnered fame, fortune, and two dead parents, all without a scratch on her criminal record. In this gripping new musical, a powerfully passionate rock score leads us deep into the darkness of the Borden house and gives us a glimpse of the silent suffering endured by its female residents. Though the tale of Lizzie’s dastardly deed is over a hundred years old, this production sheds light on a new angle, one that leaves us contemplating the limits of a desperate young woman with the strength to slaughter and the guile to get away with it.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2010 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Cloaked

    Story by Michelle Elliott and Danny Larsen
    Book by Michelle Elliott
    Lyrics by Danny Larsen and Michelle Elliott
    Music by Danny Larsen

    In this tantalizing tale, two people venture into the wilderness of the internet in search of a human connection—but what happens when reason falls away and you lose yourself in the fantasy? This potent new musical reveals the hidden desires and darkness of the human heart and the all-consuming-power they can hold. With a modern, innovative score that blends computerized tones and haunting melodies, this spine-tingling psychological thriller is both alluring and suspenseful. [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Village Theatre developmental production August 12-21, 2011
    • Featured in the 2010 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Received the 2011 Jonathan Larson Grant Award and 2011 Kleban Award for Best Libretto
  • Lincoln in Love

    Book and Lyrics by Peter Kellogg
    Music by David Friedman

    Step into history and watch as the young Abraham Lincoln dips in and out of trouble and makes his way as a future political leader. In the year 1842, young Abe is found slipping into the shoes of an aspiring lawyer, not to mention serving as a comedian among the townspeople. Enter the fervent and beautiful Ms. Mary Todd, who sends the young men of Springfield into a romantic flutter. This whirlwind new musical will take you through a witty and inspirational adventure as this future President grapples with his everyday ways and takes on his first real defense trial—while fumbling with the temptations of love and marriage.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2010 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals

2009

  • Rocket Science

    Book by Patricia Cotter
    Music by Stephen Weiner
    Lyrics by Jason Rhyne
    Based on the HBO film Rocket Science by Jeffrey Blitz

    St-st-step into the shoes of Hal Hefner, a high school junior burdened with a surplus of family chaos and crazy teachers—not to mention the debilitating stutter that only recently came to join the party. Set to an upbeat rock score by Stephen Weiner (Once Upon a Time in New Jersey), Hal navigates the frenzied halls of high school—from his first attempt at romance, to the simple yet overwhelming task of ordering a slice of p-p-pizza, to the even more daunting prospect of competing in the state debate contest—and manages to keep both his dignity and his humor intact. This wryly comical new musical will take you back to those high school years as you watch Hal discover the importance of friendship, trust, and self-confidence.[official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre's January 2013 KIDSTAGE Development Production
    • Winner of the 2010 Richard Rodgers Award
    • Featured in the 2009 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • The Cuban And The Redhead

    By Robert Bartley and Danny whitman

    Everybody loves Lucy…but what happened before Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz took Hollywood by storm? In this affecting new musical, watch as a young Cuban boy and a starry-eyed redhead from Jamestown set sail on a turbulent journey that leads them all the way to Hollywood—and into each other’s arms. But life in Tinseltown, they quickly discover, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Struggling to keep their careers, egos, and marriage afloat, these two starlets are about to discover what it takes to make it in show business, and in life.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2009 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Staged Reading by New Jersey’s ReVision Theatre in 2010
  • Green Gables

    By Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman
    Based on Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

    Charming readers for over 100 years, this beloved tale rises to the musical theatre stage with a spellbinding score. The Cuthberts expected to adopt a boy, so imagine their surprise when a talkative and clever young girl steps off the train instead. Witness Anne’s transformation into a confident young woman as she works her way into the heart of everyone she meets—despite a knack for getting into trouble. Be captivated by this endearing coming-of-age story, as it transforms into a moving musical for all ages.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2009 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Village Theatre’s 2010-2011 Mainstage Season
  • Route 66

    Book by Jerold Goldstein and William Squier
    Lyrics by William Squier
    Music by Fred Stark

    This upbeat country musical is a toe-tapping, foot-stomping journey about love and the American spirit. Take a breathtaking ride on Route 66, the iconic highway that is the backbone of this unexpected love story. A struggling journalist is given an assignment no one else would take and paired up with a free-spirited photographer, forcing her to look at life from a new angle. Their assignment: Route 66. Come along as this duo learns that success is about the road taken, relationships developed, and the people you meet along the way. [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Opening on stage at The Depot Theatre on June 28, 2013
    • Featured in concert at The Underground on Manhattan's Upper West Side
    • Featured in the 2009 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Take Me America

    Book and Lyrics by Bill Nabel
    Music by Bob Christianson

    When Gary took his first job out of college at Immigration and Naturalization Services, he had no idea how trying his new career would become. Take Me America is an honest, striking, and sometimes-comical new pop/rock musical set in the single workday of three immigration agents. As Gary and his co-workers weigh the fear and integrity of each individual seeking refuge in America, they are forced to face the complicated space between right and wrong. Join them as they take in the extraordinary (and often befuddled) stories of those seeking refuge in America and struggle with the power they have been granted over the fate of others.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre's 2010-2011 Season
    • Concert reading at Curtain Call, Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut in 2010
    • Featured in the 2009 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • The Man Who Would Be King

    Book and Lyrics by DJ Salisbury
    Music by Neil Berg
    Based on the Novella by Rudyard Kipling

    Featuring a soaring score, this tumultuous musical breathes vibrant life into Kipling’s celebrated novella. Two con men in search of the ultimate jackpot embark on an exotic quest as they devise a plan to conquer a native culture in colonial India. Originally focused only on treasure, both men are surprised to find that this particular adventure has much more in store, and much more at stake, than they had ever dreamed. Blinded by greed, power, and love, the two adventurers struggle to regain focus as they realize that the past can never be undone, and their futures are dissolving before their eyes.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2009 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals

2008

  • Dennis The Menace

    Book by Ernie Chambers
    Music by David Manning and Nathan Wang
    Lyrics by Kevin Murphy

    The boy you’ve known for years as a comic character comes to life in this vibrant and heartwarming new musical! The story begins when the Mitchell family, including their rambunctious, blonde-haired, overall-wearing son Dennis, moves from the city to a small, quiet town—and things certainly don’t stay quiet for long. Next-door neighbor George Wilson, a retired mailman, doesn’t take too kindly to the excitable boy and his constant antics. Will he ever be able to get along with Dennis? A fun and lively score accompanies this musical the whole family will enjoy!

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2008 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • The Alchemists

    Story by Cara Reichel and Peter Mills
    Book, Music, and Lyrics by Peter Mills

    In early 19th century England, childhood friends Stanley, Nicholas, Nathanial, Marcus, and Anne parted ways as they became adults. When Stanley and Anne announce their engagement, the four young men must confront their past and the tangled relationships among themselves and Anne, the woman who has been their muse, friend, sister, and beloved. In a time where none of them can admit what they truly desire, they must discover their own strengths as they carve out their places in the world and with each other.[official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2008 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • The Gypsy King

    Book, Music and Lyrics by Randy Rogel
    Conceived and Created by Kirby Ward and Randy Rogel

    Leo and Frederick, a father-son acting duo, are seriously down on their luck, and Frederick wishes only for a place to belong. But when he falls for a princess disguised as a peasant girl, and is then captured by the royal guard, Frederick very quickly gets a lot more than he bargained for. Meanwhile, the prince Alfonse, who bears a curious resemblance to Frederick, hears of an assassination plot against him. Alfonse’s scheming right-hand-man, Sergei, suggests the prisoner Frederick take the prince’s dangerous position—and with Frederick at the helm, chaos ensues for all. Enjoy this musical full of fast-paced action and over-the-top hilarity!

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre's Mainstage 2009-2010 Season
    • Featured in the 2008 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • The Yellow Wood

    Book by Michelle Elliott
    Lyrics by Michelle Elliott and Danny Larsen
    Music by Danny Larsen

    The Yellow Wood gives us a glimpse into the world of Adam Davies, a high-school student with Attention Deficit Disorder who desires nothing more than to lead a “normal” life. Faced with the constant pressure of friends, parents, a persistently present sister, and the need to memorize a poem by seventh period, Adam refuses to take his medication, believing that he must be able to go without it in order to fit in. Layered with the undercurrent of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” we follow Adam’s journey as he strives to understand the poem and, ultimately, his own identity.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2008 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Chasing Nicolette

    Book and Lyrics by Peter Kellogg
    Music by David Friedman

    Chasing Nicolette is a light-hearted new musical based on the medieval French romantic epic, Aucassin and Nicolette. In the year 1224, Aucassin, a young French lord, and Nicolette, a slave girl and long-lost Carthaginian princess, fall in love despite the vast difference in their cultural and social status. Aucassin’s father discovers their relationship and angrily separates the pair, who must overcome the odds to be reunited, facing a bloodthirsty count, a clueless suitor, and some gender mix-ups along the way. Follow resourceful Nicolette and romantic Aucassin through their touching, hilarious, and sometimes farcical adventures in their pursuit of true love.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre's 2009-2010 Season
    • Featured in the 2008 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Reading by New York’s The Soho Playhouse in 2013
  • Killala Bay

    Book and Lyrics by Chris Burgess
    Music by Denise Wright
    Based on the novel Death and Plenty by Brian Leyden

    A newcomer to Ennismuck, a small town on the shores of Killala Bay in Ireland, American Grace O’Connor is searching for her roots in the town of her ancestors. She is surprised when she also finds friendship, love, and a home as she joins Mulcahy, a local artist, and the townspeople in exposing the corruption of a local mining company and rallies her new friends to take control of their town under the nose of the greedy mayor. Although her relationship with Mulcahy is volatile, Grace’s passion may be enough to heal his cynicism. This is a touching story of one woman’s search for where she belongs.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2008 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Produced by Chicago’s Theatre Building Chicago’s Stages Festival in 2008
    • Won an award in the NAMT Search for New Musicals 2009
    • Won the Search Musicals Prize 2011
    • Won The Sidney Brown Memorial Award 2012
    • Produced by the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2012

2007

  • Anna Karenina

    Book and Lyrics by Peter Kellogg
    Music by Dan Levine
    Based on the book by Leo Tolstoy

    Peter Kellogg, author of previous Village Original favorites Stunt Girl and Desperate Measures, comes together with composer Dan Levine to bring you this passionate musical based on the Tolstoy novel. In 1870s Russia, Anna Karenina is a woman of impeccable virtue and the wife of a government official who is 15 years her senior. When she meets the handsome and charming Alexis Vronsky, Anna must choose between an ardent love unlike anything she has experienced, and loyalty to her husband and small son. Join us for this moving story of a woman and a choice which could bring her the fiercest joy or the greatest sorrow.

    UPDATE:
    • Official soundtrack released in 2007
    • Featured in the 2007 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Iron Curtain

    Book by Susan DiLallo
    Music by Stephen Weiner
    Lyrics by Peter Mills

    Susan DiLallo and Stephen Weiner, authors of the 2006-2007 Mainstage original, Once Upon a Time in New Jersey, team up with lyricist Peter Mills to bring you this thrilling new musical comedy. Howard and Murray are two aspiring musical theatre writers living in New York City during the Cold War era. When they answer an ad placed by a Russian producer, hilarity ensues. Kidnapped, taken to Moscow, and forced to fix what could possibly be the worst musical ever written, they suddenly find themselves working under the gun, literally!

    UPDATE:
    • Short run at New York's Baruch Performing Arts Center in 2011
    • Featured in Village Theatre's 2010-2011 Season
    • Presented at:
      October 2009 NAMT Festival
      July 2008 Eugene O’Neill Musical National Musical Theater Conference
      June 2008 benefit concert for Prospect Theatre Company
      April 2008 Las Positas College
      August 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
    • Awards to Authors of Iron Curtain:
      2010 – Peter Mills, Kleban Prize
      2008 – Susan DiLallo, Jonathan Larson Award
      2007 – Peter Mills, Fred Ebb Award
    • Featured in the 2007 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Sacagawea

    Book and Lyrics by Mary Bracken Phillips
    Music by Craig Bohmler

    A triumphant tale of friendships and growth, Sacagawea is the extraordinary musical that depicts the crossing of cultures and land alike. Explorers Lewis and Clark form an expedition to discover a water passage through the continent. Sacagawea, a young and submissive captive is sold by her captor to the men as a guide. As Sacagawea blossoms into a capable and spirited young woman in the company of the explorers, the men are forced to reevaluate their own preconceived notions of this beautiful land and it’s people.

    UPDATE:
    • World Premiere Show at the Willow Theatre Company John Muir Summer Festival in 2008
    • Featured in the 2007 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • 100 Years Into The Heart

    Book by Richard Vetere
    Music by Jeffrey Lodin
    Lyrics by William Squier

    Set in Queens, New York in the 1970s, 100 Years Into The Heart is a tale of fate and the choices we make, both large and small. While making the arrangements for her marriage to the dependable and handsome Vincent, Stephanie meets the charming and dangerous Sal Greco. Now, Stephanie must make the same decision her mother made years before. Will she follow in her mother’s footsteps, or venture out on her own and, in doing so, risk hurting those who have always loved and supported her?

    UPDATE:
    • Workshop staging presented by New Jersey's 4th Wall Theatre Company in 2010.
    • Featured in the 2007 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Saint Heaven

    Book by Martin Casella
    Music and Lyrics by Keith Gordon
    Story by Steve Lyons

    Thom Rivers, a young doctor, returns home to Saint Heaven, Kentucky for his father’s funeral. Met with unhappy memories - and strong pressure to follow in his beloved father’s footsteps - Thom is determined to forget the pain of his past, settle Daddy’s affairs, and head back north. But his plans change when he falls in love with a black preacher who speaks in tongues. Believing her to be suffering from epilepsy, he attempts to treat her, sparking a chain of events that affect their lives and all those who live in Saint Heaven. A contemporary country/gospel/R&B score propels this intimate and inspiring love story.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre's 2008-2009 Season
    • Featured in the 2007 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Piece

    Music and Lyrics by Scott Alan
    Book by Tara Smith

    Following the death of her mother, Katherine Matthews returns to her childhood home to piece together the patterns of her life. In this soaring new musical, Katherine makes peace with her past by reliving the adventuresome and heartbreaking moments she’s had with her mother at the ages of 17, 26, and 35.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2007 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Barnstormer

    Book and Lyrics by Cheryl L. Davis
    Music by Douglas J. Cohen

    Before Amelia Earhart, there was Bessie Coleman. Based on the true story of the first African-American aviatrix, Barnstormer recounts Bessie's amazing journey from the cotton fields, to aviation school, and finally into the sky, as she fought against all odds to make her dreams take flight. A remarkable adventure of Bessie's triumphs and tribulations, Barnstormer is a powerful new musical about believing in yourself, even when the world fights to keep you down.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2007 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Presented at the NAMT Festival of New Musicals in 2008
    • Performed by Alabama’s Red Mountain Theatre Company in 2010

2006

  • Little Women

    Book by Sean Hartley
    Music by Kim Oler
    Lyrics by Alison Hubbard
    Based on the book by Louisa May Alcott

    An all-new, lovingly adapted musical version of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel brings the timeless tale of the March family to vivid life. In a time of war and want, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth grow from girls into women, guided by their mother, Marmee, through romance and loss, illness and courtship, growing up, and letting go. The melodic, moving Richard Rodgers Award-winning score by Kim Oler and Alison Hubbard has an intimacy and an honesty that’s matched by the wise, faithful adaptation by Sean Hartley (Cupid and Psyche). It’s a Little Women like none you’ve seen before! UPDATE:

    • Featured in Syracruse Stage's 2009-2010 Season
    • Featured in Village Theatre's 2008-2009 Season
    • Featured in the 2006 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Produced by Australia’s Carrington Players in 2014
  • The Last Starfighter

    Music and Lyrics by Skip Kennon
    Book by Fed Landau
    Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Betuel

    From the beloved 1980s sci-fi film comes the cosmically entertaining The Last Starfighter. Alex Rogan is eighteen and stuck in his small town with nothing much to do but master his favorite video game. Little does he know that the video game has been placed on Earth by Centauri, a con man from another galaxy desperate to save his people. And when Centauri offers Alex membership in an elite cadre of space pilots charged with protecting the universe, Alex has to reach inside himself to discover his true potential—the universe and his life depend on it! [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Featured as a full production in the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival
    • Featured in the 2006 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • A workshop version was presented at Village Theatre in 2008
  • At The Back of The North Wind

    Book by Jeffrey Haddow
    Music by Thomas Tierney
    Lyrics by Jeffrey Haddow and Thomas Tierney
    Based on the novel by George MacDonald

    Village Theatre favorite Thomas Tierney (Eleanor, Jungle Queen Debutante) returns, teamed with Jeffrey Haddow, on this stirring, magical, stunningly-scored adaptation of George MacDonald’s classic tale At the Back of the North Wind. A young boy named Diamond takes flight from his impoverished life on the back of a beautiful, ethereal spirit named the North Wind—and he returns from his magical journey forever changed, emboldened to bring the beauty and light of all he’s seen to the shadowed lives of those around him. A truly unforgettable musical journey. Visit official show website »

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2006 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Staged Reading at New York’s Players Theatre’s 2007 TRU Voices New Musicals Series
    • Finalist for the 2008 Richard Rodgers Award
    • Staged Reading at New Jersey’s Skyline Theatre Company in 2009
  • Field of Dreams

    Book, Music, and Lyrics by Roy M. Rogosin
    Based on the novel Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
    Adapted from the screenplay by Phil Alden Robinson

    “If you build it...he will come.” Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice in his cornfield, and takes the message to mean he’s meant to build a baseball field on his farm. So he does, risking his house and home, but his adventure’s only beginning—it takes a trip to see a reclusive author and a visit from the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson (and the rest of the shamed 1919 Chicago White Sox) to help Ray understand the meaning of that mysterious message and the true purpose of his glorious field.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2006 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • The Big Deal

    Book, Music, and Lyrics by Shrubshall and Free, Scott Guy, Ross Källing

    It’s two fast and funny musicals in one! From the acclaimed Stages Festival in Chicago comes a hilarious double-bill of intertwined one-acts about dying producers and dead playwrights. In The Big Ending, a musical theatre impresario with a brain tumor is disturbed to discover everyone around him suddenly breaking into song. In The Big Beginning, a playwright’s surviving sister tries to get her brother’s show produced without compromising the integrity of the work. Hah! In theatre? Good luck!

    UPDATE:
    • Full production of The Big Endingl at the Rosemary Branch Theatre in London in 2006
    • Featured in the 2006 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Million Dollar Quartet

    Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux

    This incredible true story will set your toes tapping! On December 6, 1956, at Sun Studios in Memphis, legendary record producer Sam Phillips brought together four legends-to-be in one room: Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash. They played, talked, played, joked, played, argued, and played all night—quickly christened the “Million Dollar Quartet,” they made music history. Part jam session, part bull session, and all rock-and-roll, this one’s bound for big things—you won’t want to miss its debut! [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • 2013 MDQ continues running in Las Vegas at Harrah’s and in Chicago at Apollo and the National Tour.
    • Original cast member, Robert Britton Lyons, continues his portrayal of Carl Perkins in the Vegas show and has performed this role in every production including: Village Theatre, Chicago, Broadway, London, Off-Broadway, the National Tour, and Vegas.
    • Off-Broadway run July 2011- June 2012 at New World Stages.
    • Opened in London at the Noel Coward Theatre on February 28, 2011 and ran through January 14, 2012
    • Began a National Tour in October 2011 and continues through 2013
    • Opened on Broadway on April 11, 2010 with four of Village Theatre's original cast members with Levi Kreis garnering the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis.
    • Opened in 2008 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, then moved to the Apollo Theatre due to high demand
    • Featured in Village Theatre's 2007-2008 Season
    • Featured in the 2006 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Signs of Life (Terezin)

    Book by Peter Ullian

    Signs Of Life, a new drama with music based on the true story of the Czech ghetto Theresienstadt, tells one of the most fascinating and least known stories of the Holocaust.

    Originally founded by the Nazis, Theresienstadt was specifically designated for the academic and artistic Jews of Europe. In an attempt to deceive the Red Cross and sway public perception, the Nazis decided to "beautify" the ghetto and commission a propaganda film. Signs Of Life shows the struggles of the captives of Theresienstadt as they try to expose the truth through art and music--and in doing so, discover the humanity they all share. [visit official website]

    UPDATE:
    • In 2010, it had an off-Broadway run at Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre which included script rewrites plus a new name: Signs of Life. It is now scheduled for a full production at the Zacek McVay Theater in Chicago, Illinois this September 18th-October 27th, 2013.
    • Terezin received a workshop presentation on June 2-4, 2006 at First Stage.

2005

  • Desperate Measures

    Book by Peter Kellogg
    Music by David Friedman

    Outlaw Johnny Blood’s been sentenced to death, and only his sister Isabella can save him: the Governor of the territory will spare Johnny’s life…if Isabella will give up her virtue! Can a bait-and-switch save the day? Laughs and love ride the range as Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is hilariously transported to the Wild West in this rollicking musical by Broadway talents David Friedman and Peter Kellogg.

    UPDATE:
    • Recipent of two Excellence awards and one Honorable Mention at the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
    • Featured in the 2005 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Produced by Connetecut’s The Spirit of Broadway Theater in 2012.
  • Stunt Girl

    Book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg
    Music by David Friedman

    Groundbreaking Gal Reporter Circles Globe! First Female War Reporter! Funny, Fresh New Musical on Life of Nellie Bly! Born Elizabeth Cochran, she would go on to become a groundbreaking investigative journalist, intrepid world traveler, and captain of industry—all in an age when women didn’t even have the right to vote. A remarkable musical about a remarkable woman, Stunt Girl captures the adventure and romance, dreams and disappointments, thrills and sorrows of a true trailblazer.

    UPDATE:
    • Presented as reading at the 7@7 Series at Manhattan Theatre club on June 7, 2010
    • Featured in Village Theatre's 2008-2009 Season
    • Featured in the 2005 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Feeling Electric (Next To Normal)

    Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey; Music by Tom Kitt

    [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Next to Normal has been performed in theatres all across the country as well as in Canada, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, The Netherlands, Israel, Germany and Austria.
    • Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    • Nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2009; won 3 of these awards
    • Opened at Broadway's Booth Theatre in 2009
    • Off-Broadway Run at Second Stage Theatre in 2008
    • Reading at the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival
    • Village Theatre 2005 Development Production
    • Featured in the 2002 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Fairystories

    Book, Music and Lyrics by Paul Graham Brown

    Inspired by actual events, this gentle, graceful, gorgeous musical transports us to 1920s England, and into a tale of imagination and inner lives, grief and healing. A grieving young boy imagines elves speaking to him by a stream, and his precocious friend schemes to forge photographs of the magical creatures. When the photographs are “authenticated” as real, attracting the attentions of the press and inquisitive author Arthur Conan-Doyle, the kids become a national sensation—but what will happen when their secret is found out?

    UPDATE:
    • Recieved a showcase presentation at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London's West End on June 30, 2009
    • Featured in the 2005 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Performed at the NAMT Festival in New York in 2007
    • Developmental work with California’s Academy for New Musical Theatre in 2006
  • The Fabulist

    Book by Stephen Witkin
    Music and Lyrics by David Spencer
    Based on the novel by John Vornholt

    How did Aesop get those fables anyway? A mute slave is given the magical gift of voice and a world is forever changed… Journey with the famous fabulist on his epic quest for freedom in this inventive, witty, wonderfully tuneful musical. Aesop matches wits with the Sphinx, disarms a tyrant king, falls for the Delphic oracle, and somehow survives it all… armed only with his gift for a great story.

    UPDATE:
    • Presented at the 2006 Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre.
    • Featured in the 2005 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Heaven's Balcony

    Book, Music, and Lyrics by David Spangler and Jerry Taylor

    From the creators of Play It By Heart comes a very different, but also distinctly American story: the fascinating life of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science church. Suffering a life of chronic illness and determined to find a faith that could sustain her, she finally made her own—and from her days as a faith healer to the remarkable rise of her church, this fascinating, moving musical chronicles one woman’s search for truth and belief, and how that search forever changed the face of American Christianity.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2005 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Blankity-Blank

    Music and Book by Scott Warrender
    Lyrics by Scott Warrender and Tom Orr

    You’re writing this one. Oh, relax—it’s easier than you think… and incredibly fun. Mad musical genius Scott Warrender has devised the “Mad-Libs Musical.” Taking audience input for story points, character details, locales and even lyrics, Scott and his intrepid troupe of actors will spin a musical tale of adventure and romance that will be truly like no other. In history. Ever. With laughs aplenty, you won’t want to miss this inspired, innovative, improvisational evening. (It won’t be the same without you!) [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Dallas' Theatre 3 2009-2010 Season.
    • Produced by Central Washington University's Theatre Ensemble in 2007
    • Featured in the 2005 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Snapshots

    Book by David Stern
    Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
    This romantic comedy blends some of the best-loved music from composer Stephen Schwartz’s Broadway shows (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, The Baker’s Wife) with some of his lesser-known gems. You’ll meet Sue and Dan, a couple who, after 20 years of marriage, have drifted apart. Together they discover a box of photographs which leads them to relive the memories of their past selves captured in the snapshots. Featuring fresh lyrics and orchestrations, our couple discovers the humorous twists of how love united them and why life has pushed them apart. Every couple will see themselves in Snapshots!

    UPDATE:
    • Runs October 24-November 17, 2013 at Goodspeed Musicals in Chester, CT [website]
    • Featured at Village Theatre as a Development Production in December 2005.

2004

  • The Tutor

    Book by Maryrose Wood
    Music by Andrew Gerle
    Lyrics by Maryrose Wood and Andrew Gerle

    With a winning mix of sharp wit and warm romance, The Tutor tells a fresh, funny contemporary tale of love, art and what it really takes to get into Princeton. When a struggling young novelist take a job tutoring a spoiled Manhattan girl, he thinks he's just out for the quick cash. But when the characters in his novel start to come to life, and his young pupil starts to fall in love, his life takes a few surprising turns.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in Village Theatre's 2013-2014 Season.
    • Produced at Connecticut's The Spirit of Broadway Theatre in 2007.
    • Won a 2004 Richard Rodgers Award for Production after winning 2002 and 2003 Richard Rodgers Awards in the categories of Staged Reading and Studio Production
    • Featured in the 2004 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Joe!

    Book, Music, and Lyrics by Dan Lipton and David Rossmer

    What would you do if you woke one morning to discover that your life had become a musical? Joe's a serious (and seriously struggling) actor who can't catch a break- he even swallows his hatred of musicals to audition for one, and he blows it. The next day he wakes to find that the people in his life are inexplicably bursting into song. Love musicals? Hate them? This is your show!

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2004 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Performed by the Chicago Dramatists in 2007
    • Performed by Massachusetts’s Sweet Apple Theatre Company in 2008
  • Stand by The River

    Book, Music and Lyrics by Joanne and Mark Sutton-Smith

    A musical of remarkable power, Stand By The River draws on historical record to recreat pre-Civil War Philadelphia, a simmering city in a tumultuous time, where Abolitionists fought for political power, where the heroic volunteers of the Underground Railroad came to the aid of fugitives from the south, and where one family torn apart by slavery was reunited by the courage of blacks and whites working together. [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Abridged version of musical presented at New York's Duplex Cabaret Theatre in 2011
    • Featured in New York's ASCAP 2004 Musical Theatre Workshop
    • Featured in the 2004 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Once Upon A Time In New Jersey

    Book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo
    Music by Steven Weiner

    Take the pop spirit of Grease, add the sly wit of Little Shop, and a healthy helping of New Jersey style and you get the rocking new musical Once Upon A Time In New Jersey. Hoboken, 1956: Shy guy Vinnie loves Angie, who loves Rocco, the town stud. But when one of Rocco's affairs goes awry, he gets a hit put on his head and he's forced to trade places with Vinnie to survive. [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Produced at New Jersey's Surflight Theatre in 2012
    • Fall 2010 production at The Hudson Guild Theatre
    • Featured in Village Theatre's 2006-2007 Season.
    • Featured in the 2004 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Cold Turkey

    Book, music, and lyrics by Richard Gray
    Based on the screenplay by Norman Lear and William Price Fox Jr.

    Based upon the film, Cold Turkey, is the story of a small town offered $25 million to quit soking- but the offer comes from a devious tobacco company with a dastardly hidden agenda. Tuneful, terrifically funny, terribly smart and more timely than ever! [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2004 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
    • Staged Reading by the Penn State NU.Musical Theatre Festival in 2012
  • Western Star

    Book by Dale Wasserman
    Music and Lyrics by Bill Francoeur and Scott DeTurk

    It's Colorado, 1875, and the west is full of pioneers and dreamers, schemes, and scoundrels. Con-men Sam Goode and Red Willie Magraw come into town looking for a quick buck, disguised as preachers and talking their best game... but they end up with much more than they bargained for! [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2004 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals

2003

  • Ya Got Trouble

    By Bob DeDea and Mark Sparks
    Music by Meredith Wilson, Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt, and more

    Spend an elegant evening with beloved actor Robert Preston in this remarkable new one-man show from Seattle writers Bob DeDea and Mark Sparks. The original "Music Man" had a long and storied career, co-starring dozens of Hollywood and Braodway luminaries... and in Ya Got Trouble, he dishes them all! A unique new look at a legend, based on exclusive interviews and featuring all time favorites like "Ya Got Trouble," "Lida Rose," "I do! I do!" and more.

    UPDATE:
    • Short run at Tacoma Actors' Guild in 2006
    • Featured at the Maydenbauer in 2006
    • Developmental production at the Maydenbauer in 2005
    • Village Theatre 2005 Development Production
    • Featured in the 2003 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Taxi Cabaret

    Book, music, and lyrics by Peter Mills
    Conceieved by Cara Reichel

    Six twentysomethings take the plunge and make their start in New York City in this tuneful, wry revue by the writer New York's Village Voice called "the successor to Stephen Sondheim." Share in the dreams, drama, and disappointments of would-be writer Scott, would-be actress C.C., brand-new couple Sara and Mark, and not-quite-couple Karen and Zach in this fresh and funny whirlwind tour of life in the Big Apple. [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • 2010 Kleban Prize winner for Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist
    • 2007 Fred Ebb Award winner for excellence in musical theatre songwriting
    • Reading at the New York 2004 Musical Theatre Festival
    • Published by Samuel French in 2004
    • Featured in the 2003 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Phantom Of The Country Opera

    Book by Sean Grennan and Kathy Santen
    Lyrics by Cheri Coons
    Music by Michael Duff

    The famouse Phantom story get the boot-stompin', thigh-slapping treatment in this twangy, terrifically funny sendup. Former operatic ingenue Christinia Joseph returns home to Nashville and humbles herself to sing back-up to Sally Barker, the "Reigning Queen of Country Music." Changing her name to Chrissy Jo Jenkins, Christinia finds a mentor in Aaron, the peculiar janitor, who guides her to stardom at the Country Palace after Sally's voice meets a mysterious fate. [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2003 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Girl of My Dreams

    Book by Peter Ekstrom and Steve Hayes
    Lyrics by Peter Ekstrom

    From the authors of the Village Originals and Mainstage favorite Kiss Me Quick Before The Lava Reaches The Village comes the funny, heartfelt, and tremendously entertaining Girl of My Dreams. The moving story of wartime romance, dreams, and disappointment follows a traveling USO Troupe in the Second World War- what brought them together, how they entertain the troops, and what they learn and lose along the way. Filled with 40s-style, toe-tapping tunes, great humor and touching drama.

    UPDATE:
    • Recieved a run at Connecticut's Spirit of Broadway in 2009.
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    • Featured in Village Theatre's 2005-2006 Season
    • Featured in the 2003 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Normal

    Book and lyrics by Yvonne Adrian and Cheryl Stern

    Music by Tom Kochan

    The Freemans like to think they're a happy family- mom Gayla and dad Robert watching their children grow and counting their blessings, brother Zach and sister Polly making their way through high school life. But when Polly is diagnosed with an eating disorder, the family is forced to take another look at the Normal life. This melodic, moving, inventive musical by Yvonne Adrian, Cheryl Stern, and Tom Kochan is hilarious, harrowing, and very human.

    UPDATE:
    • The Snapple Theatre hosted a 2007 Normal benefit in schools
    • Transport Group launched an arts-in-education program in its 2006-2007 Season, bringing an educational version of Normal to local high school students
    • Produced by the Transport Group at New York's Connelly Theatre in 2005
    • Featured in the 2003 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Like You Like It

    Book and lyrics by Sammy Buckl
    Music by Dan Acquisto

    Big hair. New Wave. Leg warmers. Like, totally- Shakespeare meets the Eighties in the delightful Like You Like It. Sammy Buck and Daniel Acquisto's musical retelling of As You Like It. Arden is a mall, Rosalind's a babe who thinks she's a loser, Celia's her pushy cousin, Orlando's a varsity wrestler. There's mistaken identity and hidden passion and high humor and tons of danceable tunes! And it all works out like you like it.

    UPDATE:
    • Songs were a part of a New York Theatre Barn concert in May 2009
    • Innovative Theatre 2009 award winner
    • Produced off-off-Broadway in 2008 at the Gallery Players in Brooklyn
    • Presented in the 2006 Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre
    • Reading at the New York 2004 Musical Theatre Festival
    • Featured in the 2003 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals

2002

  • Diana Moves

    Book by Rob Knop
    Music and lyrics by Rob Knop, Steve Hatzai, and Mark Volpe
    Additional music by The Quick

    A young woman escapes a tourbled childhood and sets off on a road trip to seek experience to locate herself and her life in a confusing, chaotic world- and is forever changed by her vivid journey. In the harrowing, hard-driving and ultimately hopeful Diana Moves

    UPDATE:
    • Opened in Seattle in 2004
    • Featured in the 2002 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Merrily We Dance And Sing

    By Billy Van Zandt, Jane Milmore, and Ed Alton

    A community theatre company attempts a production of the operrett The Naughty Boy but their debut is hilariously hampered by overbearing stars, a philandering composer, and an escaped mental patient. [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2002 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Every Little Vow

    By David Austin

    In sickness and in health. For richer or for poorer. For better or for worse. Three couples put their wedding vows to the test. How lovers come together, stay together, and sometimes part.

    UPDATE:
    • Soundtrack released in 2006
    • Featured in the 2002 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Feeling Electric (Next To Normal)

    Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey; Music by Tom Kitt

    [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    • Nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2009; won 3 of these awards
    • Opened at Broadway's Booth Theatre in 2009
    • Off-Broadway Run at Second Stage Theatre in 2008
    • Reading at the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival
    • Village Theatre 2005 Development Production
    • Featured in the 2002 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • The Dream Team

    By Tom Tierney, John Forster, and Richard Wesley

    Two brothers, star players in the Negro Lagues in the late 1940's, are torn apart when one is offered the chance to break the color barrier in the major leagues. When the other brother musters a dream team of African-American players to challenge the big leaguers, the showdown is set!

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2002 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • Making Tracks (Mainstage)

    Book by Brian Yorkey and Welly Yang
    Lyrics by Brian Yorkey;
    Music by Woody Pak

    [official website] UPDATE:

    • Featured at San Jose Repertory Theatre's 2004-2005 Season
    • Featured in Village Theatre's 2002-2003 Mainstage Season
    • 2001 Development Production
  • Emma and Company

    By Judy Freed and Jon Steinhagen

    Emma's a traveling saleswoman in the early 20th century, struggling to keep her job and provide for her son. When the ownership of her company changes, so does her life. Quirky romance, devious villians, and a delightful, determined heroine who's a little ahead of her time, makes Emma and Company a great old-fashioned musical. [official website]

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2002 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals
  • The Wedding Banquet

    By Welly Yang, Derek Nguyen, Brian Yorkey and Woody Park
    From Ang Lee's Acclaimed Film

    The story of gay Taiwanese-American Wai Tung, who agress to a marriage out of convenience with Chinese immigrant Wei Wei. But when Wai Tung's very traditional parents arrive from Taiwan to throw the couple a wedding celebration, staying with Wai Tung and his lover Simon, it all becomes a bit inconvenient and very entertaining.

    UPDATE:
    • Featured in the 2002 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals

2001

  • Season Details
    The Ballad of Mary Reade

    Book by Phil Shallat and John Engerman

    Bonnie and Clyde

    Book by Will Pomerantz and Andrew Herron; Music and Lyrics by Andrew Herron and Doug Ritchie

    Six Wives

    Book and Lyrics by Joe Masteroff; Music by Edward Thomas

    Searching 4 Y

    Book and Lyrics by Jon Marans; Music by Edward Thomas

    The Ark

    Book by Kevin Kelly and Michael McLean; Music by Michael McLean

    After The Fair

    Book by Stephen Cole; Lyrics by Stephen Cole and Matthew Ward; Music by Matthew Ward

    Cupid and Psyche

    Book and Lyrics by Sean Hartley; Music by Jihwan Kim

2000

  • Season Details
    Play It By Heart (Development Production)

    Book by Randy Hugill; Lyrics by David Spangler, Jerry Taylor, and R.T. Robinson; Music by David Spangler and Jerry Taylor

    Making Tracks (Development Production)

    Book by Brian Yorkey and Welly Yang; Lyrics by Brian Yorkey; Music by Woody Pak

    Kiss Me Quick Before The Lava Reaches the Village (Mainstage Production)

    Book by Steve Hayes; Lyrics by Steve Hayes and Peter Ekstrom; Music by Peter Ekstrom /p>

    PETS! (Development Production)

    By Marion Adler, Adele Ahronheim, Raphael Crystal, Rick Cummins, Richard Engquist, Faye Greenberg, Alison Hubbard, Dan Kael, Kim Oler, Jimmy Roberts, Ben Schaechter, June Siegel, Carolyn Sloan, Thomas Tierney, Thomas Edward West, Greer Woodward

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