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See Rock City and Other Destinations

Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  3f, 4m

Book and Lyrics by Adam Mathias
Music by Brad Alexander

A contemporary musical about connections missed and made at tourist destinations across America. With a book full of humor and humanity, and a score that incorporates
pop, rock, folk and more, See Rock City & Other Destinations presents a
vivid travelogue of Americans learning to overcome their fears and
expectations in order to connect.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 4m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use
    Suggested Use
    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! 2008 Richard Rogers Award
    Winner! 2007 Jerry Bock Award
    Winner! 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical
    Nominee: Six 2011 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Music
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Summary

See Rock City & Other Destinations is a contemporary musical about connections missed and made at tourist destinations across America.

A wanderer believes his destiny is written on rooftops along the North Carolina Interstate. A young man yearns to connect with intelligent life in Roswell, New Mexico. A woman at the Alamo steps out of the shadow of her grandparents' idealized romance to take a chance on love. Three estranged sisters cruise to Glacier Bay to scatter their father's ashes. Two high school boys face unexpected fears in the Coney Island Spook House. A terrified bride-to-be ponders taking the leap... over Niagara Falls.

With a book full of humor and humanity, and a score that incorporates pop, rock, folk and more, each story builds on the last to create a vivid travelogue of Americans learning to overcome their fears and expectations in order to connect.

History
See Rock City & Other Destinations premiered off-Broadway at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street on July 22nd, 2010 in a production by Transport Group, under the direction of Jack Cummings III and music direction of Justin Hatchimonji.

JESS – Male, 20s. Traveler who has been on the road as long as he can remember
DODI– Female. A small-town Carolina waitress. She's never left the state.
EVAN– Male, 20s. No money, no girlfriend, no job... but hasn't given up hope
LAUREN– Female, 30s. A single teacher from Fredricksburg.
GRAMPY– Lauren's grandfather. He suffered a stroke a few years ago-left him unable to walk or speak.
DEMPSEY– Male, 30s. Divorce Lawyer, but hates it.
LILY– Female, Judy and Claire's younger sister. She wants the sisters to get along.
JUDY– Female, Lily and Claire's sister. She's the emotional one.
CLAIRE– Female, Lily and Judy's sister. She just wants to get it over with.
CUTTER– Male, A prep-school teen. He's the "bad kid."
RICK– Male, A prep-school teen. Cutter's best friend.
KATE– A bride. She's not ready... or is she?
TOUR GUIDE– A tour guide determined to give Kate a little push.
WAITER
SUBWAY CONDUCTOR
FREAK SHOW BARKER
CARNEY

SUGGESTED CASTING:
JESS/CUTTER
DODI/LILY
EVAN/RICK
LAUREN/JUDY
GRAMPY/CARNEY
DEMPSEY/TOUR GUIDE
CLAIRE/KATE

  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • Strong Language
    • Mild Adult Themes

Media

“An excellent and moving new musical... It's also beautiful, it's hopeful, and it's – in the best sense of the word – sweet." – The New York Observer

“The music by Brad Alexander with lyrics by Mathias is consistently lovely. The songs are polished and catchy displaying the composers' gift for writing tunes that are both versatile and genuinely moving.” – NY-1

“The musical's genuine heart and humor simply transports audiences.” – TheatreMania

“For anyone who loves musical theater, See Rock City & Other Destinations is relevant, entertaining, and worth going out of your way to see.” – Rural Intelligence

ON BREAKING CHARACTER

Protein Powered Collaboration, Jeremy Jordan & Parallel Careers: A Chat with the Creators of See Rock City
by Ashley Moniz and Courtney Kochuba
May 20, 2015

Journaling the Magic: The Making of See Rock City
by Jill Abramovitz
May 21, 2015

Top 10 Shows About Road Trips
by Courtney Kochuba
October 31, 2014

Videos

  • About See Rock City and Other Destinations

  • Creation of See Rock City and Other Destinations

  • Josh Young - "Rock City"

  • Sally Wilfert - "All There is to Say"

  • Music of See Rock City and Other Destinations

  • Producing See Rock City and Other Destinations

  • Kerry O'Malley - "All There is to Say"

  • Alexander and Mathias discuss "All There is to Say"

  • Skylar Astin and Robb Sapp - "You Are My ..."

  • Taylor and Young - "Q Train to Coney Island"

  • See Rock City Cast Album Recording

  • Jeremy Jordan "Rock City" a cappella

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Music

Music Samples

Rock City
JESS, DODI
1. “Rock City” – Jess
2. “I Can Tell” – Dodi & Jess
3. “Mile After Mile” – Dodi & Jess

33.39 N, 104.53 W – 10:34 p.m.
EVAN
4. “We Are Not Alone” – Evan

The Alamo
LAUREN, GRAMPY, DEMPSEY
5. “All There Is To Say” – Lauren
6. “Grampy’s Song” – Grampy

33.39 N, 104.53 W – 2:15 a.m.
EVAN
7. “We Are Not Alone (Reprise)” – Evan

Glacier Bay
LILY, JUDY, CLAIRE, WAITER
8. “Three Fair Queens” – Lily, Claire & Judy

33.39 N, 104.53 W – 4:06 a.m.
EVAN
9. “Here” – Evan

Coney Island
CUTTER, RICK, CONDUCTOR, BARKER, CARNEY
10. “Q Train to Coney Island” – Cutter & Rick
11. “You Are My...” – Cutter & Rick
12. “Dark Ride” – Cutter & Rick

Niagara Falls
KATE, TOUR GUIDE, ENSEMBLE
14. “Niagara Falls/The Tour” – Tour Guide, Kate & Company
15. “What Am I Afraid Of?” – Kate
16. “Some People Do/Finale” – Tour Guide, Kate & Company

Piano
Cello
Guitar
Bass
  • Musical StylePop/Rock, Folk, Contemporary Broadway
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeSmall/Combo
  • Chorus SizeNo Chorus

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Authors

Adam Mathias

Adam Mathias is an award-winning musical theatre writer. His musical See Rock City & Other Destinations, music by Brad Alexander, enjoyed an extended run off-Broadway in 2010 and earned him the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical (also nominated for Outsta ...

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Brad Alexander

Brad Alexander is the composer of See Rock City & Other Destinations (published by Samuel French), winner of the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical, and recipient of six Drama Desk nominations, including Outstanding Music, the Richard Rodgers Award from T ...

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