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[title of show] (clean version)

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy
  • 90 minutes

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Church / Religious Groups

  • Accolades:
  • Nominee! Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical (2009)
Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights. With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. They make a pact to write up until the festival's deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. [title of show] – taken from the space on the festival's application form which asks for the [title of show] – follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists.

[title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre – a uniquely American art form – and to the joy of collaboration. 

[title of show] (clean version) is approved for high school performers and general audiences.


"wise, warm, irresistable"

NY Sun

"a genuine treat"

Star Ledger

"terric. a kick-a** time"

New York Daily News

"a good dose of fun"

AM New York

"delectable entertainment! A postmodern homage to the grand tradition of backstage musicals like Babes in Arms, Kiss Me, Kate and A Chorus Line.' "

The New York Times

"sly, sassy, inspired"

Entertainment Weekly

"in expert hands"

Associated Press

"infectious joy"


"a crowd-pleaser!"


"bottomless reservoir of fun"

"immensely likeable"

The New Yorker
Premiere Production: [title of show] opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre on July 17, 2008. Directed by Michael Berresse, the production featured Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jeff Bowen and Larry Pressgrove.
  • Casting: 2M, 2F, 1M or F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Casting Notes: [title of show] also features an onstage pianist.
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

  • JEFF – a composer/lyricist
    HUNTER – a book writer
    SUSAN – their actor friend
    HEIDI – their actor friend

  • *The production pianist appears onstage at the keyboard throughout the entire performance. He is referred to as “Larry.” If it is a female pianist, then “Mary.”
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Libretto
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    Pre-Production Pack Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This is optional.

    1 x Libretto
    1 x Piano-Vocal Score

    Rehearsal Material This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    8 x Libretto
    8 x Piano-Vocal Scores

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm