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The Astonishing Return Of...The Protagonists!

2013 Festival

Christopher Gattelli

Carlos Encinias, Sutton Foster, Todd Johnson, Andy Karl, Marc Kudisch, Alice Lee, Kara Lindsay, Tyler Maynard, Christopher Sieber, Douglas Sills, Kevin Smith Kirkwood and Aurelia Williams

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Kevin Del Aguila, / ‭(917) 523-3505‬

Number of Acts: 2
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The Protagonists was once a mighty group of superheroes battling the forces of evil. Twenty years later, they find themselves battling the forces of thinning hair and menopause. But when an old nemesis re-emerges with a sinister plan, can the former superfriends pull it together to save the world again?

The Astonishing Return of… The Protagonists! is big, action-packed and hilarious. The committee thoroughly enjoyed the heroic score and found themselves rooting for the good guys all the way to the end.

- Festival Committee

Development History

The Astonishing Return of… The Protagonists! received a private reading in January 2013.

5 Things You Should Know

  1. The Protagonists! is a Broadway-sized comedy about middle-aged superheroes.
  2. It features a diverse score that ranges from sweeping orchestral sounds to retro-70s/80s funk and rock.
  3. The show brings the 2-dimensional world of a comic book to life as its characters grapple with 3-dimensional problems.
  4. The piece is original and action-packed with lots of humor and heart. A unique reflection on contemporary life in America.