The Evolution of Mann

Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  2f, 1m

The Evolution of Mann follows Henry Mann, a thirty-something year-old single New Yorker eager to settle down…or so he thinks.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 1m
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Licence details
  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.



Henry Mann, a single 30-something New Yorker, is eager to settle down... or so he thinks. After receiving an invitation to his ex-fiancée's wedding, Henry and Gwen, his lesbian roommate, embark on a quest to find his soul mate, his perfect date. A musical comedy that explores love in all its forms and how to build a lasting relationship in the 21st century.


Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

  • Time Period New Millennium/21st Century
  • Setting New York City, present day
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes


"A great date musical for an audience that might not want the typical musical theater experience... any adult could relate to the heart of the show. It's a witty how-to for establishing lasting relationships." Broadway World

"a little gem!" Theater Pizazz

"a sweet, lighthearted look at one millennial navigating the ups and downs of relationships through trial and error..." DC Metro Theater Arts

On Breaking Character

The Evolution of Mann: The Beginning
Dan Elish
June 12, 2019


  • Max Crumm sings "It's Only A First Date"


Song Samples

The Year of the Weddings
The Tale of the Otter
It's Only A First Date
What's The Matter With Henry?
The Unromantic Things
Keeping My Eye On The Ball


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Douglas J. Cohen

Douglas Cohen received the 2010 Fred Ebb Award and two Richard Rodgers Awards for No Way To Treat A Lady (150 productions globally; Off-Broadway productions at Hudson Guild and York Theatre; Ghostlight Records on iTunes), and The Gig (workshops/readings: O’Neill, MTC Stage II ...

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Dan Elish

Dan Elish wrote the book to the musical 13, which played at the Mark Taper Forum and won the 2007 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for best production; he was also nominated for best writing. 13 went on to play on Broadway at the Jacobs Theater in the fall and winter of ...

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