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The Landing

Legendary theatre composer John Kander (CHICAGO, CABARET, CURTAINS) and gifted playwright Greg Pierce's (SLOWGIRL) first collaboration is a beautiful and haunting new musical, consisting of three thematically-connected tales of desire, love and loss. 

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama

  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Bare Stage/Simple Set

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student
All these mini-musicals play on the contrast between the open unknowingness of youth and the weary knowingness of adulthood.

The first of them, “Andra,” is the most classic, one of those coming-of-age accounts conventionally described as bittersweet. In this version, Noah, a lonely and precocious little boy, is introduced to the wonders of astronomy by a solicitous carpenter who is doing installations for the boy’s parents, a never-seen financier father and an order-obsessed mother.

In “The Brick,” the second show on the bill, young Darius, visiting relatives in the green hills of Connecticut, is introduced to the gritty black-and-white world of old gangster movies by his film-buff aunt, who is bored and restless in the time-honored manner of fictional suburban wives. She gets to cut loose, though, in a dance sequence that riffs drolly on Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.”

And in the title segment, the show’s most poignant, the adoption of a too-perfect boy by two gay men becomes a mystical contemplation on the ephemerality of love.

Each plot has a twist that turns the tone from blithe to somber — and in two cases from natural to supernatural — via the application of textbook irony. And each is steeped in a wistful whimsy that courts preciousness and may wear thin for theatergoers of heartier tastes.


"Fans of Mr. Kander will certainly appreciate hearing this old master elicit increasingly complex feelings from what at first feel like basic melodies. Greg Pierce, has infused his wispy bedtime stories for grown-ups with an autumnal sense of regret for lives lost and paths not taken. The deft cast artfully matches its surroundings... gentle, color-coded stylishness in sophisticated storybook shades of gray, blue and red. David Hyde Pierce is quietly terrific throughout!"

 Ben Brantley, The New York Times


"It is a lovely, quirky new musical theater work with a sparkling cast! Julia Murney brims with cheerful loopiness and Hyde Pierce radiates a comical menace. The Landing leaves you wanting more. Let's hope Kander and Pierce have lots more like this ahead!"

 Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press


"Directed with a nimble hand and a full heart by Walter Bobbie. The Landing transports us and lifts out hearts. Young Frankie Seratch juggles Noah, Darius and Collin with impressive dexterity. Paul Anthony Stewart brings a robust sensitivity, then shows his deft lighter side."

 Elysa Gardner, USA Today


"Excellent actors! Kander's music mixes his street-smart show-biz signature with yearning romantic ballads."

 Linda Winer, Newsday


"Under Walter Bobbie's stylized direction and mounted on John Lee Beattyís abstract sets gorgeously lighted by Ken Billington, the pieces in this minimalist show look unmoored from what we earthlings call reality. The conceptual treatment of longing and loneliness is imaginative and the four-piece ensemble is excellent."

 Marilyn Stasio, Variety


"Director Walter Bobbie leads this four-person cast to committed and boundlessly energetic performances. The Landing is an excellent production. Fascinating and heart-rending!"

 Zachary Stewart, Theatermania

  • Casting: 3M, 1F
  • Casting Attributes: Roles for Children

NOAH: 11, curious, a misfit, prickly, hesitant to trust anyone.
BEN: 40s, works hard, keeps to himself, hard on himself.
NARRATOR: 50s, male, gentle, confident, also plays Ms. Clurdlo and Classmate.
MOM: 40s, impatient, high-strung, overwhelmed by parenting, also plays Andra.

The Brick
DARIUS: 12-ish, gleeful, hyperactive, can't wait to tell this story.
UNCLE CLIFF: good natured, chummy, oblivious (also plays the Infomercial Guy, Delivery Guy, Internet Guy, Reporter, Doctor, Margery the Cribbage Biddy Who Smells Like Woodchips)
AUNT CHARL: bored with her life, crazy about Darius, sweet, until...
THE BRICK: oh Lord, up to no good.

The Landing
DENNY: 40-ish, Jake's partner, a lawyer, boisterous.
JAKE: 50-ish, Denny's partner, former history teacher, organised.
COLLIN: 12, their foster son, worldly, feels like he should act like a kid.
NARRATOR: Jake's younger sister, sympathetic, grounded.

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