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Musical Workshops

Alice By Heart

July 5-7, 2018

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Book by Steven Sater with Jessie Nelson
Music by Duncan Sheik
Lyrics by Steven Sater
Directed by Jessie Nelson

Featuring: Alex Brightman, Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon, Megan Masako Haley, Zachary Infante, Gizel Jimenez, J. Quinton Johnson, Lesli Margherita, Heath Saunders, Don Stephenson

When the madness of the world is too much to bear, we take refuge in the stories we love. In the rubble of the London Blitz, Alice Spencer’s budding teen life is turned upside down and she escapes with her childhood friend Alfred into their most cherished book. They journey down the rabbit hole to Wonderland, finding first love, loss, and courage to move forward, and their imaginations transform even the harshest circumstances. Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning creators of Spring Awakening, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, reunite for their new musical inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, directed and co-written by Jessie Nelson (Waitress).

The Connector

July 13-15, 2018

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Jonathan Marc Sherman
Directed by Daisy Prince

Featuring: Renee Albulario, Nick Blaemire, Alvin Crawford, Max Crumm, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Danielle Lee Greaves, Mylinda Hull, Daniel Jenkins, Jimmy Kieffer, Jeff McCarthy, Jessica Molaskey, Ana Nogueira, Eliseo Roman and Michael Winther

How true is true enough?

New York City, 1995.  Aspiring writer Ethan Dobson has his first article published by The Connector, a magazine with a storied history. As Ethan strives to be part of the magazine’s legacy, he navigates editors with god complexes, fact checkers with vendettas, proofreaders, lawyers, and the challenges of his own history. In this new musical, playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman (Women and Wallace), composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County) and director Daisy Prince (The Last Five Years) tell a story about telling stories. What is the difference between facts and truth; journalism and entertainment? What happens when a gifted storyteller’s stories begin falling apart? Can anyone stop him?

Little Orphan Danny

July 25–26, 28, 2018

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

Book, Lyrics and Music by Dan Finnerty
Created by Dan Finnerty and Sean Daniels
Additional music by Dan Lipton
Directed by Sean Daniels

Featuring: Dan Finnerty and Julie Foldesi

The hilarious and candid musical memoir of The Dan Band’s frontman Dan Finnerty: Growing up a small-town altar boy in a nice conservative family doesn’t always suit our adopted protagonist. Childhood outbursts of blasphemy in church only lead to pathetic adolescent attempts at playing sports.  But of the many lessons he’ll learn, none could prepare him to navigate the road ahead after the fateful day he and his mother meet the woman who gave birth to him.  An irreverent-yet-tender story of an adopted boy and the women who made him.

Cowboy Bob

July 27-29, 2018

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Created by Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips and Annie Tippe
Music and Lyrics by Jeanna Phillips
Book and Additional Lyrics by Molly Beach Murphy
Additional Music by Alex Thrailkill
Directed by Annie Tippe

Featuring: Alex Brightman, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Alex Grubbs, Eric Lockley, Claire Rothrock, Kate Shindle, Felix Solis, Barbara Walsh and Amelia Workman

Peggy was a good neighbor, a good daughter, and a great bank robber. Disguised as a man in a fake beard and a ten-gallon hat, “Cowboy Bob” evaded detection for more than a decade. In a score that's equal parts Riot Grrrl rage and Texas two-step, the small-town legend inspires an assortment of competing wannabe rebels to claim her story as their own.