Back to the 36th Annual Festival of New Musicals

Dear Ex

2024 Festival

Contact for Rights

Bonnie Davis
212-765-5630 Ext. 101

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Female): 1
Number of Principals (Trans / GNC): 1
Preferred Ensemble Size: 5
Total Cast Size: 7
Orchestra Breakdown:

Guitar, drums, bass, keys, cello

Casting Notes:

The ‘little girl’ character can be cast as an actual young person or played by another actor in the cast

Genre & Style:

Pop, Soul, R&B

Search Set & Costume Registry


Dear Ex is all about the big break up. In Dear Ex, the protagonist Be writes letters to her ex as she stumbles through the stages of breakup grief. This Black, queer falling-out-of-love story comes to life through the pop and soul music of musician Be Steadwell. Featuring an all BIPOC, queer and trans cast, Be Steadwell’s musical tells the story of heartbreak in a series of letters, scenes and songs. Dear Ex explores self-love, addiction, twerking, sex, life and death through the lens of a heartbroken, queer Black woman.

Development History

From 2018 to 2019, this musical sold out three workshop runs at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD and Mills College in Oakland, CA.