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The Bowery Boys

2010 Festival

Dominic Missimi

Music Director
Brad Haak

Brian Bohr, John Cudia, Curtis Holbrook, Adam Kantor, Morgan Karr, Nate Lewellyn, Carrie Manolakos, Jill Paice, Max Quinlan, Andrew Redlawski, Culllen R. Titmus and Kathy Voytko

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Aaron Thielen

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 6
Number of Principals (Female): 3
Preferred Ensemble Size: 14
Total Cast Size: 23
Orchestra Breakdown:

10 pieces: piano/conductor, keyboard 2, 2 reeds, violin, trumpet, french horn, trombone, bass, percussion

Genre & Style:

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A musical that follows the journey of Dick, a streetwise kid, and his gang of bootblacks trying to “Make It Through The Day.”  The backdrop of the show is Five Points, New York in 1884. Dick rescues a young English girl, who through a series of unfortunate circumstances, is abandoned by her devious step-father and his compatriots. Despite being faced with many dangerous adventures, the two never lose hope of realizing a brighter future. The show follows Dick and the boys trying to protect Jenny and reunite her with the only family she has left, her Grandfather. Loosely based on the writings of American writer Horatio Alger, this musical deals with the great distance between the American mythology and the much darker and more ominous truth about life in the tenements of the time.

Development History

The Bowery Boys was created and developed by the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Illinois, who provided multiple table reads and, in the summer of 2008, sponsored a three week workshop at the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University.  The show had a full production at the Marriott Theatre in December 2008 and was nominated for three Jeff Awards including Best New Work.