[title of show]


[title of show]

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  2f, 2m, 1 any gender

Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell

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

Image: 2008 Broadway Production (Carol Rosegg)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 2m, 1 any gender
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
  • Nominee! 2009 Tony Awards, Best Book of a Musical
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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] 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.

2 Men
2 Women

[title of show] also features an onstage pianist.

Jeff – a composer/lyricist
Hunter – a book writer
Susan – their actor friend
Heidi – their actor friend

Note: 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."

  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Setting Four chairs and a keyboard (Various locales in Jeff's and Hunter's lives)
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • Strong Language


“Sly, sassy, inspired.” – Entertainment Weekly

"In expert hands.” – Associated Press

“Terrific. A kick-ass time.” – New York Daily News

“Wise, warm, irresistable.” – NY Sun

“A genuine treat.” – Star Ledger

“Immensely likeable.” –The New Yorker

“A crowd-pleaser!” – Variety

“Infectious joy.” –WPKN

“A good dose of fun.” – AM New York


  • [title of show] PREVIEW

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  • [title of show]

    Image: 2008 Broadway Production (Carol Rosegg)


Music Samples

1. “Untitled Opening Number” – Company
2. “Two Nobodies In New York” – Jeff, Hunter
3. “An Original Musical” – Jeff, Blank Paper (Hunter)
4. “Monkeys And Playbills” – Company
5. “TheTony Award Song” – Jeff, Hunter
6. “Part Of It All” – Jeff, Hunter
7. “I Am Playing Me” – Heidi, Others
8. “What Kind Of Girl Is She?” – Heidi, Susan
9. “Die Vampire, Die!” – Susan, Others
10. “Filling Out The Form” – Company
11. “Montage Part 1: September Song” – Company
12. “Montage Part 2: Secondary Characters” – Heidi, Susan
13. “Montage Part 3: Development Medley” – Company
14. “Change It, Don't Change It” – Company
15. “Awkward Photo Shoot” – Company
16. “A Way Back To Then” – Heidi
17. “Nine People's Favorite Thing” – Company
18. “Finale” – Company

Full Orchestration


  • Musical StyleContemporary Broadway
  • Dance RequirementsMinimal
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizePiano Only
  • Chorus SizeNo Chorus


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Jeff Bowen

Jeff Bowen wrote the music and lyrics for and starred in the Broadway musical [title of show] (Obie Award). Additionally, he has written music and lyrics for Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre), Villains Tonight! (Walt Disney Company), and the theme songs for the web series t ...
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Hunter Bell

Hunter Bell earned an Obie Award, a Drama League nomination, and a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical for the Broadway musical [title of show]. Other credits include books for Now. Here. This., Found (Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Book of a Musical), Silence! The ...
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