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2024 Festival

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Number of Acts: 1
Number of Principals (Male): 3
Number of Principals (Female): 2
Total Cast Size: 5
Orchestra Breakdown:

Piano, Drums, Bass

Genre & Style:

Dark Romantic Comedy

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A down-on-her-luck waitress and down-on-his-luck factory worker spark a shy love affair that’s put to the ultimate test by the economically (and emotionally!) depressed landscape of 1990s Finland. Helsinki is an absurdly deadpan, achingly romantic dark comedy that asks if life’s losers can find (and keep!) the love they deserve.

Development History

Helsinki was developed in part at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project before receiving a workshop at Brooklyn’s Brick Aux in 2023. Semifinalist; 2023 and 2024 O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, 2023 American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University, Finalist; 2024 Normal Ave NAP Series.