The Mad Ones


Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  3f, 1m

Samantha Brown balances on the edge of her future, car keys in hand. As she sits in the driver's seat, she faces a choice: will she follow in her mother's footsteps, or take the dare of her impetuous best friend and chart a new path?

Photo: Richard Termine

The Mad Ones
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 1m
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved...

18-year-old Samantha Brown sits in a hand-me-down car with the keys clutched in her hand. Caught between a yearning for the unknown and feeling bound by expectation, she telescopes back to a time before her world had fallen apart. As she relives her senior year, we meet Sam’s well-intentioned helicopter mother Bev and her high school sweetheart of a boyfriend Adam, but it’s her painfully alive best friend Kelly that haunts her. Kelly was everything Sam is not – impetuous and daring. She pushed Sam to break rules and do the unexpected. When Kelly is killed in a car wreck, Sam loses not only her best friend but also the part of herself that was learning to be brave. Now, Sam has to make a decision: Will she follow her mother’s dreams for her, or will she summon the courage to drive away from her friends and family into a future she can’t imagine?

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The Mad Ones, formerly known as The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, opened off-Broadway (Prospect Theater Company at 59E59) on November 17, 2017.

Even before the show began to be licensed in December 2019, The Mad Ones sold 15,000+ individual pieces of digital sheet music, amassed millions of YouTube views and inspired thousands of fan videos.


Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes


3f, 1m
Cast Attributes
  • Roles for Teens
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


  • Musical Style: Contemporary Broadway

Piano (Piano-Conductor)
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Full Package:
6 Piano-Conductor
1 Violin
1 Guitar
1 Harp
Downloadable Electronica (QLab files)

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“Touching and humorous... you'll love The Mad Ones.” – BroadwayWorld

“Simply stated, you'll love The Mad Ones. People of all ages can relate to this touching and humorous story.” – BroadwayWorld

The Mad Ones is a fun show with great music and an honest message about being your own person.” – Theatre Is Easy

“Kerrigan and Lowdermilk are good at crafting catchy theater pop.” – Time Out New York

“If Kerrigan and Lowdermilk aren’t the best young songwriting team in the country, they’re right up there with other candidates – as is implied by the many awards they’ve already gathered.” – ­ David Finkle, Huffington Post


  • "Run Away with Me" - Jeremy Jordan

  • "Say the Word" - Sarah Hyland

  • "Freedom" - Sarah Hyland and Melissa Benoist

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Kait Kerrigan

Kait Kerrigan (she/her) is an award-winning lyricist, bookwriter, and playwright. Off-Broadway: The Mad Ones (fka The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown), Henry & Mudge, with composer Brian Lowdermilk. She has written book and lyrics for the immersive house p ...

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Brian Lowdermilk

Brian Lowdermilk (they/them or she/her) is a queer, gender non-conforming writer and composer. Their musicals include The Bad Years, Henry & Mudge, The Mad Ones (fka The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown), Republic, Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends and the ...

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