Genre: Book musical drama based on Dead on Town Line by Leslie Connor
Similar to: Spring Awakening, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar
Specs: 7 women (2 proficient musicians), 6 men (2 proficient musicians), 2 onstage musicians (non-speaking); all late teens – twenties
The year is 1974. A group of young artists and musicians sneak into an empty theater late at night where they will act out the story of an infamous town legend-- the unsolved murder of a teen girl that occurred in that very location. As they use theater, music, and dance to tell the story of sixteen-year-old Cassie Devlin and solve the mystery, the lines between the story they are telling and the challenges they face in their own lives begin to blur.
HELEN ON 86TH ST. FILM (International Family Film Festival Screenplay Winner, Final Draft Big Break Quarter-finalist, Stowe Story Labs Fellowship, Berlin Film Festival/European Film Market Mentorship, Marble House Project Residency)
Genre: Screenplay adaptation of stage musical (see below)
Similar to: La La Land, Lady Bird, School of Rock
A New York City tween must accept her father's absence after going to extreme measures to bring him back home.
THE ORDER OF THINGS (O’Neill NMTC Second-Rounder)
Genre: Original book musical dramedy
Similar to: Falsettos, The Aliens
Specs: 6 women, 2 men; 20s-40s
An irreverent and deconstructed musical version of Chekov’s Three Sisters set in a small town in Massachusetts during the Trump Era.
IT’S ABOUT TIME (Off-Broadway Alliance Mentorship Project)
Genre: Original 90-minute revue
Similar to: Closer than Ever, Songs for a New World
Workshop cabaret performed at The Duplex with Linda Muggleston, Branch Woodman, Kristen Carbone, and Jeff Pew (DVD available)
Specs: 2 women, 2 men; flexible ages
A musical examination of our relationship to time and life in the Digital Age.
MOTHER OF THE YEAR In twenty-four hours one woman will be crowned the "Mother of the Year." Follow the six finalists as they prepare to set off for Honolulu in pursuit of this coveted prize. Performed in 2011 as part of The York Theatre's unique collaboration with the Program in Vocal Performance/Musical Theatre at NYU's Steinhardt School in which four musical writing teams meet 32 student actors and write four new mini-musicals specifically for their talents. After a fast and furious rehearsal period, the new shows are presented as staged concert performances on York's stage.
MUSICALS FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS
HELEN ON 86TH ST.: SCHOOL EDITION A 70-minute version of the full-length musical perfect for schools, camps, youth groups, and children's theater companies. For licensing information, go to Playscripts, Inc.
THE PRINCELY FROG Fractured doesn't begin to describe this zany version of the classic Frog Prince story. The witches are getting restless, the King and Queen need to find the Princess a husband, and one small frog just wants to be left alone on his lily pad. With a pastiche of musical styles that include 50's She-bop, jazz, and contemporary musical theater, this musical for children reminds us that "everyone's a frog below the surface."
THE ELEPHANT PRINCE A rousing Bollywood-inspired retelling of the story behind the beloved Hindu god, Ganesh, and how he came to be called the "Elephant Prince."
SUNSET PARK This takeoff of In the Heights tells the story of a tight-knit community of cats, mice, and dogs in el barrio of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, who make sure one cat from the pound has a very special birthday celebration. With Latin-inspired rhythms and music, this children's musical is fantastico!
MOONLIGHT Romi is a werewolf and Jules is a vampire, and they both love musical theatre. The big school dance is coming up and the tensions are running high between the two clans. Will Romi and Jules be able to go public with their friendship and love for Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hammerstein? This Romeo and Juliet meets Twillight rock musical urges us to look past our differences and "let the music set us free."
BUGTOWN! The citizens of Bugtown decide it's time to "go green," but the evil Litterbugs who work for the big corporation in town have other plans. It's up to Mr. Bug and his family to rally the townspeople so they can stop the Litterbugs devilish plot. And while they're at it, and with a some help from Mother Nature, they just might learn a little something about the environment.