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There is life after the Festival! Track the progress and learn about upcoming productions of your favorite musicals from Goodspeed's Festival of New Musicals.

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FRIDAY, JAN 18, 7:30 PM

 Book and Lyrics by Becca Anderson & Dan Marshall
Music by Julian Blackmore

When Prince Florizel learns that his father the King of Bohemia is dead, he seeks to escape the throne. He and his chaperone Colonel Geraldine are invited to join a secret society - The Suicide Club. Club members play a deadly card game nightly with higher stakes than the Prince has ever known. Realizing the deck is stacked against them, the Prince and Geraldine become inextricably linked to the club's members in a darkly hilarious new musical.

Follow the show's progress on the writers' website




 Book & Lyrics by Michele Lowe
Music & Lyrics by Adam Gwon
Adapted from THE PROXY MARRIAGE by Maile Meloy

In Montana, a lawyer performs proxy marriages – primarily of military couples, in which both parties are not physically present. The lawyer’s popular teenage daughter Bridey and her awkward friend William stand in for the bride and groom. When senior year is done, they leave Montana to pursue their separate dreams. Over the next 13 years, life pulls them apart and then together again, and as the world changes, so do William and Bridey. In time they realize that perhaps what they were longing for all along was each other.


SUNDAY, JAN 20, 1:00 PM

Music, Book and Lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick

Wanda Lee, a young woman in the fictional town of Braxton, Ohio, feels totally lost. Paul, a football star who became addicted to painkillers after a career-ending injury, feels much the same. When Wanda Lee's ten-year-old brother tells both of them he's been recruited for a divine mission, Paul and Wanda Lee must decide whether to bring him to his senses or join him on the journey. A story about addiction (not just to drugs) and belief (not just in religion), Devotion is a heartfelt, uplifting musical set against an American crisis of community.




FRIDAY, JAN 12, 7:30 PM
Music by Ethan Pakchar and Douglas Lyons
Lyrics by Douglas Lyons
Book by Harrison David Rivers

New York City. 1863. Set amidst the tumult of the Civil War, Five Points chronicles the journeys of two men - Willie Lane, a young black performer at the famed Almack’s Dance Hall, and John Diamond, an Irish immigrant and former jig champion - as they risk everything in pursuit of the American Dream.


Music by Sean Mahoney
Book & Lyrics by Patricia Noonan

As World War II shakes the nation, sisters Beth and Frankie join women from across America to fly for the US Army. Leaving home to train in Sweetwater, TX, these Women Airforce Service Pilots risk their lives without military status. From history’s margins, Sweetwater brings the WASP center stage in an epic story about the joys and costs of being female pioneers



SUNDAY, JAN 14, 1:00 PM
Music & Lyrics by Brett Ryback
Book by Eric Ulloa
Based on the work “Walking to Listen” by Andrew Forsthoefel

Passing Through tells the incredible true story of a young man who journeys on foot from Pennsylvania to California, collecting stories as he goes. When his trek brings to light a repressed family trauma, he must use the lessons he’s gathered to confront his past. Set against the backdrop of America, it’s a musical about community and the healing power of forgiveness.

Goodspeed Musical's Terris Theatre, July 26 - Aug 18, 2019





Friday, Jan 13, 7:30 PM
Book, Music & Lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik
Adapted from the novel by Joan Lindsay

Valentine’s Day, 1900. Victoria, Australia. The girls from the prestigious Appleyard College are released from their studies to take a day trip to Hanging Rock, an ancient geological rock formation. The wilderness is seductive. The girls are enraptured. The mystery begins... Daniel Zaitchik’s Picnic at Hanging Rock is a haunting musical adaptation of one of Australia’s most treasured and evocative novels.



Saturday, Jan 14, 7:30 PM
Music by Mark Hollmann
Book by Greg Kotis
Lyrics by Mark Hollmann & Greg Kotis

Can a sandwich turn people into zombies? ZM follows two teenaged fast-food workers as they struggle to live, and love, during a food-borne catastrophe that might well destroy Humanity. The creators of the Tony Award-winning Urinetown serve up a humorous new musical satire that will make you think twice before rolling up to the drive-thru of your favorite fast food restaurant.



Sunday, Jan 15, 1:00 PM
Book by Daniel Goldstein
Music & Lyrics by Dawn Landes
Based on “A Pearl in the Storm” by Tori Murden McClure

 In June, 1998, Tori Murden left her job as a project manager in Louisville, Kentucky, and embarked on what no woman had ever done: row across the Atlantic. She set out with her homemade vessel, covered over 1,000 miles and rowed over 200,000 strokes. She made videos to track her journey, even when she lost all radio connection with the outside world. But she unknowingly rowed into the heart of Hurricane Danielle. Row tells a heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting story of finding your heart in the middle of the ocean.




Friday, Jan 15, 7:30 PM
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
Directed by Leigh Silverman

Set in 1945 Missouri, this Southern Gothic musical tells the story of Willa—a tough, unmannered orphan adopted by the sheriff’s wife—and the bloody domestic war that ensues between them when Willa uncovers the secrets lurking beneath the floorboards. It is the story of intense human struggle, deliverance, and salvation that can only be found from within.

Track the show's progress here.



Saturday, Jan 16, 7:30 PM
Book by Tom Diggs
Music & Lyrics by Mark Gaylord
Directed by DB Bonds

Milo and Dexter thought they’d make a killing in vaudeville, but thanks to silent movies, they’d have better luck getting arrested than getting on stage. So when Milo’s gumption lands the duo an unexpected gig, the brothers figure they’ve struck gold: a regular gig, good dough, and a pretty dame to boot! As long as they can avoid the censor, the cops, the fiancé, and each other, everything’ll be just fine.

Track the show's progress here.



Sunday, Jan 17, 1:00 PM
Book & Lyrics by John Dietrich
Music by Will Buck
Directed by Amy Corcoran

It’s Jane Austen meets Downton Abbey in this musical update of her popular novel Persuasion, set in 1920s Britain at the dawn of the Jazz Age. Anne Elliot is forced to confront the sacrifices she made for her family when she finds herself face-to-face with the highly-regarded Admiral Frederick Wentworth, the once-penniless true love she was persuaded to abandon. Only Anne maneuvers through a landscape of miscommunications, misperceptions, and, ultimately, the search for love in a rapidly changing world.




Friday, Jan 16, 7:30 PM
Music & Lyrics by Alexander Sage Oyen
Book by James Presson
Directed by Noah Himmelstein

Frustrated with Washington and hard-up for cash, Jesse James and his brother Frank take matters into their own hands robbing banks, courting the press, and killing anyone who gets in their way. Alternating between sprawling epic and intimate family drama, Outlaws examines the blurred lines between hero and villain, bravery and recklessness, and man and god. 

• Track the show's progress HERE



Saturday, Jan 17, 7:30 PM
Book and Lyrics by Christopher Dimond
Music by Michael Kooman

Howard Barnes is a perfectly average man, until he discovers that his life has become a musical. Equal parts satire, romantic comedy, and love letter to the American musical, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes is a musical for people who love musical theater, and their spouses who hate it.

• Track the show's progress HERE
• World premiere recording release: more info



Sunday, Jan 18, 1:00 PM
Book by Whitney Rhodes, Spencer Williams, and Shenelle Williams
Music and Lyrics by Shenelle Williams and Spencer Williams

When their parents die of a mysterious illness in their small Welsh village, surviving siblings Thomas, Haydon, and Nettie are forced to fend for themselves. Inspired by the gypsies who once shared their home, Haydon heads off to Liverpool, guitar in hand, to find what he's been missing. There he meets Mirela who speaks to his wandering soul. Through a riveting indie-rock/folk score, For Tonight explores the indelible power of home.

• TheatreFest15 on the Isle of Man: October 9-10, 2015
Wharton Center for Performing Arts, University of Michigan: Oct 23-24, 2015





Friday, Jan 17, 7:30 PM
Book, Music & Lyrics by Rob Baumgartner, Jr.

 Adam is an unsuccessful songwriter who doesn’t know how to settle into his long-term relationship with Claudia. When he has an opportunity to write for an emerging pop superstar, Adam is forced to decide which he values more: an enduring partnership or a love that is worthy of song. Adam Lives is about finding and keeping the important things in life, but at what cost? 

• Track the show's progress HERE



Saturday, Jan 18, 7:30 PM
Book by Leslie Becker and Curtis Rhodes
Music by Curtis Rhodes
Lyrics by Leslie Becker
Additional Lyrics by Curtis Rhodes

 It is 1902. Mayfair, England. When an upper class British family is shipwrecked on an island with only their butler to help them survive, traditional class systems are questioned and unexpected love blossoms. Based on J. M. Barrie’s play The Admirable Crichton, this musical fantasy with a sumptuous score, dubbed a “cross between Downton Abbey and Gilligan’s Island,” is a classic tale of equality, survival and forbidden love. 

• 2014 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals, August 2014
• Village Theatre, Issaquah, WA, March 16-April 23, 2017



SUNDAY, JAN 19, 1:00 PM
Music & Lyrics by Neil Bartram
Book by Brian Hill

 This unconventional new musical from the writers of The Story of My Life is a joyous and moving look at our surprisingly interconnected lives. Through a collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection. 

Goodspeed's Terris Theatre, May 7-30, 2015 
• Drayton Arms Theatre, London, May 26 - June 13, 2015
Studio Cast Recording available
• Track the show's progress HERE




Friday, Jan 18, 2013
Music & Lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen
Book & Lyrics by Dan Elish
Based on the novel, “Nine Wives” by Dan Elish

Nine Wives tells the story of Henry Mann, a 32-year-old bachelor who discovers that the love of his life has met someone new and is about to get married. What’s worse, he’s been invited to her wedding! What follows are Henry’s frantic attempts to find a woman he can take as his date – a potential future wife – to prove to his ex-fiancée (and the world) that he too is ready to move on.

• TriARts Sharon Playhouse, July 24-27, 2014



Saturday, Jan 19, 2013
Book, Music and Lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff

 Come From Away is a rocking musical about when 38 planes from around the world were diverted to a small, Canadian community on September 11th, 2001 - doubling its population in an instant. While the world witnessed the worst acts of humankind, the stranded passengers had their faith in humanity restored by the spirited people who comforted those who had come from away.

• La Jolla Playhouse, May 29-July 12, 2015
NAMT Festival of New Musicals: Fall 2013 
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Broadway, premieres February 18, 2017



Sunday, Jan 20, 2013
Book by Janece Shaffer, Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie
Music, and Lyrics by Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie
Four outrageous princesses escape the confines of their castle walls and shock the fairy tale world with their unconventional ways. Princesses is inspired by the Brothers Grimm's "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" and features a contemporary rock score.





Friday, Jan 13, 2012
Music by Anna K. Jacobs
Book & Lyrics by Bill Nelson

A new musical with a lively, soulful score that follows Heath, a farmer in rural Harmony, Kansas and his city-born partner who talks him into joining the newly formed gay men's chorus. Heath discovers a love for making music and unexpected kinship. But when the group decides to perform in public, his world is turned upside down and all that matters to him is threatened.

New York Theatre Barn at the D-Lounge: July 29, 2013
Diversionary Theatre, San Diego, CA: June 14 - July 22, 2012  
• Track the show's progress HERE



Saturday, Jan 14, 2012
Music & Lyrics by Neil Bartram
Book by Brian Hill
Based on the novel by Timothy Findley

A housewife, her husband, their three sons, and a talking cat - just an ordinary family living ordinary lives in the turbulent days before the Great Flood. Their ordinary lives are turned upside-down when they learn that they alone will survive the comnig deluge. Filled with magic, mythology and, above all else, hope, Not Wanted on the Voyage is a provocative new musical about the first time the world ended.




Sunday, Jan 15, 2012
Music by Aron Accurso
Lyrics by Jill Abramovitz
Book by Leah Napolin & Jill Abramovitz
based on the play by Leah Napolin

USSR, 1986. As all humans are evacuated from Chernobyl, their pets are left behind to fend for themselves. This is the story of those animals. Boychik is a gentle mutt who pines for his masters' return. But when a pair of alphas take control, Boychik learns how to hunt, kill and ultimately form a new kind of family. Based on true events, The Dogs of Pripyat is a story about hope and survival when they seem least possible.

The Green Room 42, March 2, 2020




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

From debutante balls to Delancey Street, Hello! My Baby puts a new-fashioned spin on the great American songbook musical, weaving the updated hits of Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, and a score of others into a timely and hilarious tale of first love, class-struggles, street-gangs, gender-swapping, and a whole lot of ukuleles.

Available for licensing through MTI
• Rubicon Theatre Company, Ventura, CA: Mar 21 - April 15, 2012
Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre: Nov 3 - 27, 2011 
• Track the show's progress HERE



Music & Lyrics by Gaby Alter
Book & Lyrics by Itamar Moses

Nobody Loves You is a romantic comedy about the search for meaningful relationships in a culture dominated by the quest for popularity. When Jeff, a philosophy grad student, goes on a reality TV dating show to win back his ex, he instead finds a girl who might be the love of his life. But will she fall for him once he is seduced by the adulation of his fans?

• Second Stage Theatre, New York NY: June 20-August 11, 2013
NAMT Festival of New Musicals: Fall 2012
The Old Globe, San Diego, CA: May 9 - June 17, 2012


Book by Andrea Lepcio
Music by Stephen Sislen
Lyrics by Stephen Sislen & Ben H. Winters
Originally Developed by Stephen Sislen & Ben H. Winters

Room 16 tells the story of the unlikely friendship between G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, and the events leading to the Watergate break-in of June, 1972. With a score spanning America popular musical styles from swing and big band to folk and early '70s rock, Room 16 is a fast-paced and darkly comedic look inside American political history.



Hello Out There

Friday, Jan 15, 2010
Book & Lyrics by Eric Price
Music by Frank Terry

It’s the summer of 1995, a dozen years before the current financial crisis and the scandal of Bernie Madoff.  Three Internet-savvy teens are able to earn tens of thousands of dollars in the stock market using an ingenious method that may or may not be illegal. When an immigrant taxi driver loses his life savings because of the teenagers’ game, he alerts the SEC. What was initially a high-flying summer of getting rich turns upside down as the S.E.C. chases the teens across the Internet, through the New Jersey suburbs, and all the way to Wall Street.

Adirondack Theatre Festival, Glens Falls, NY: July 2011
• Staged Reading at Playwright's Horizons, NYC: March 2011



Saturday, January 16, 2010
Book, Music & Lyrics by Joe Iconis

This triple feature of wild musicals connects in surprising and dangerous ways. “Nelson Rocks!” is a pop/rock show about a young dude who needs to fix his life before the class bell rings. “Miss Marzipan” is a dizzy musical about a high-stakes dinner party. A little bit of blood is spilt, but it’s nothing that some kitchen towels can't clean up. “The Process” deals with a writer on deadline to finish his musical at the Dunkin’ Donuts. As his characters begin to populate the coffee shop, our friendly counter lady serves as a guide through this passionate look into one man's writing process.
• Selections performed at Joe's Pub, NYC: Nov 6, 2010

Lincoln In Love

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010
Book & Lyrics by Peter Kellogg
Music by David Friedman

It’s a crucial moment in young Abe Lincoln’s life - the fledgling lawyer has served his first term in the Illinois state legislature and he’s mourning the death of his fiancée, Ann Rutledge. Enter socialite Mary Todd, arrived in Springfield to visit her sister and find a husband suitable to her cultivated taste and ambition. While at first she finds Lincoln coarse and uncivilized, Mary sees his great potential after his first major trial. Their on-again, off-again relationship is just one of the challenges and events that shaped the young Lincoln into the leader he would become.

• New Works Festival, The Village Theatre, Seattle: Aug 15, 2010
• Reading at Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C.: 2010
• Track the show's progress HERE



Life on the Mississippi

Friday, Jan 16, 2009
Book & Lyrics by Douglas M. Parker
Music by Denver Casado

Young Samuel Clemens leaves home to learn steamboat piloting on a Mississippi riverboat in 1858 and unexpectedly finds himself learning about life. And death. And love. And writing. All while navigating his way from boy to man and from Samuel Clemens to Mark Twain. Based on Twain’s autobiographical coming-of-age tale.

• Freed-Hardman University: April 22-26, 2015
• WorkShop Theater Company: November 2013
• American Folklore Theatre, Door County, WI: June 2010
• Coterie Theatre, Kansas City: Jan 26-Feb 28, 2010


Band Geeks!

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009
Book by Tommy Newman
Music & Lyrics by Mark Allen, Gaby Alter, and Tommy Newman

Band Geeks! is a high-stepping tribute to high school marching bands and misfits everywhere.  With just nine members and dwindling funds, the Cuyahoga High Marching Beavers are close to extinction. When a troubled athlete is relegated to their ranks, Elliott, the tuba-playing band captain and Laura, his best friend, must find a way to unite the band, overcome their pride and embrace their inner geek.

Available for licensing through MTI
• Arts Garage, Delray Beach, FL: April 18 - May 11, 2014
Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Tigard, OR: Jan 30 - March 2, 2014
The Human Race Theatre Company, Dayton, OH: May 31 - June 17, 2012
Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre: May 16 - June, 6 2010
NAMT Festival of New Musicals, NYC: Fall 2009


Factory Girls

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009
Music, Lyrics & Book by Sean Mahoney & Creighton Irons

At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution the Lowell Mill Girls’ must fight to maintain their country values and their humanity as they become America’s first independent working women. Armed with her pen and her voice, and fueled by a revolutionary spirit, one girl secretly rallies her co-workers against the burgeoning “soul-less corporation.” Her choice affects not only the girls and their community but also the fate of the American worker.

• 54 Below: February 25, 2015
NAMT Festival of New Musicals, NYC: Fall 2009  
• Track the show's progress HERE




The Trouble with Doug: A Modern-Day Metamorphosis

Friday, January 18, 2008
Book and Lyrics by Daniel Maté
Book and Music by Will Aronson

Inspired by Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” 28 year old Doug finds himself turning into a slug. His family and fiancée face this utterly absurd reality and change along with him in this serio/comic slice of life.

• Arts Garage, Delray Beach, FL: April 18-May11, 2014
• TheatreWorks, New Works Festival, Silicon Valley, CA: Aug 4 - 19, 2012
• Royal & Derngate Theatre Co., UK: 2011
NAMT Festival of New Musicals, NYC: Fall 2010
• CAP21 Theare Co., NYC: June 2009
• Fredericia Teater, Denmark: May 2017


Tales From the Bad Years

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Written by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk

A musical revue that accurately and lovingly puts the relationships of young adults center stage as they attempt to cope with the follies, fantasies and frustrations they encounter in 21st century America.

• The Viewpoints Collective: Jan 28-Feb 1, 2015
• School of Fine Arts Theatre, University of Minnesota: Feb 14 - 23, 2013
• Paramount Theatre, Rutland, VT: Aug 2008
• Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC: 2008
• Penn State New Musical Theatre Festival: March 2008
• Track the show's progress HERE


Genesius, The Musical

Sunday, January 20, 2008
Book by L. J. Fecho
Music and Lyrics by Michael O’Flaherty

Based on a true story, this musical celebrates the founding, struggles, successes and heart of a theatre company specifically established to feature the joyous talents of a group of young theatre artists.

• TADA! Theatre, NYC: Aug-Sept 2009
• Track the show's progress HERE





Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Book, Music and Lyrics by Katie Kring

A haunting re-imagination of The Scarlet Letter, in which Hester Prynne's 12-year-old daughter, Pearl, seeks the truth about her family's mysterious past and ultimately, her own true self.


Tinyard Hill

Thursday, January 18, 2007
Music by Mark Allen
Book and Lyrics by Tommy Newman

South Georgia, 1964. A rural blacksmith and his son work to find mutual understanding and acceptance in a world that is simultaneously shrinking and getting too large to ignore.

• Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville, TN: April 16 - July 11, 2010
Theatreworks, Palo Alto, CA: July 15 - July 16, 2009
• Red Mountain Theatre Company, Birmingham, AL: Aug 8-9, 2008
• The Human Race Theatre Company, Dayton, OH: July 11 - 12, 2008
NAMT Festival of New Musicals, NYC: October 2007


The Great American Race

Friday, January 19, 2007
Book, Music and Lyrics by Patrick Barry

The life of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt told against the backdrop of the Daytona 500 - a stirring story of fall and redemption.



Once Upon a Time in Narcissia

Friday, January 20, 2006
Music by Youn-Young Park
Book & Lyrics by Susannah Pearse

A modern take on a Cinderella who doesn't get the Prince.


Romancing the Throne

Saturday, January 21, 2006
by Randy Rogel and Kirby Ward

A musical of secret identities, palace intrigue and a struggling actor who is cast in the role of a lifetime.


I See London, I See France

Saturday, January 21, 2006
by Jeremy Desmon and David Guerrerio

Love and romance in the pressure-filled, ultra-hyped world of advertising.