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The Story Of My Life

2007 Festival

Richard Maltby, Jr.

Will Chase and Jeffrey Kuhn

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

3 (piano, cello, woodwinds)

Genre & Style:

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The Story of My Life is a two-character musical about Thomas, a writer, and Alvin – lifelong friends, until life sent them in different directions. When suddenly faced with the task of writing Alvin’s eulogy, Thomas digs through the cluttered collection of stories in his mind – with Alvin as his guide – to find a way to celebrate his friend’s life and understand his untimely death. Composer and lyricist Neil Bartram is a recipient of a Dramatists Guild Jonathan Larson Fellowship and a 2005 Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, and book writer Brian Hill is currently the Associate Director for the Broadway-bound The Little Mermaid.

Development History

The Story of My Life received developmental readings at Manhattan Theatre Club, The O’Neill Center, and CanStage. A production at Toronto’s CanStage in November 2006 starred Brent Carver and Jeffrey Kuhn and received 3 Dora Award nominations including Outstanding New Musical. The piece was heard at NAMT’s 2006 Songwriters Showcase. Work continued on the piece at NAMT Member TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley Writers Retreat in January 2007.

Festival Successes

Full productions at Goodspeed Musicals (CT) in 2008, on Broadway in 2009 and at Act II Playhouse (PA), Chicago Muse (IL) and South Korea in 2010. Nominated for 4 Drama Desk Awards. 2009 Broadway Cast Recording on PS Classics. Licensed by Music Theatre International, 212-541-4684 .