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The Break Up Notebook: A Lesbian Musical

2007 Festival

Victoria Bussert

Music Director
David Manning

Hunter Bell, Jodi Dominick, Donna English, Ann Harada, Christine Lakin, Beth Malone, Jacqueline Maloney and Kelly Sullivan

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 1
Number of Principals (Female): 7
Total Cast Size: 8
Orchestra Breakdown:

4: piano, guitar, bass, drums

Genre & Style:

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The Break Up Notebook: The Lesbian Musical examines a year in the life of the recently dumped Helen Hill.  With her family of friends by her side she encounters: two-stepping twelve-steppers, Paxil popping lawyers, dental dams, grrrl bands, hot girl on girl action, and maybe…just maybe… the girl of her dreams. The Break Up Notebook: The Lesbian Musical features a book by television and screenwriter Patricia Cotter and music and lyrics by LA composer, Lori Scarlett.

Development History

Originally a play by Patricia Cotter, in 2001 The Break Up Notebook premiered at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center earning a GLAAD nomination. In 2005, the musical had its World Premiere at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood, produced by Rose Marcario, where it received an Ovation Award for Best World Premiere Musical, an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical Score, and six Garland Awards, including Best Adaptation. The show has since been workshopped at NAMT Member Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music and produced at San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre, co-produced by Rose Marcario.

Festival Successes

Full productions at The Beck Center (OH) in 2008, ReVision Theatre (NJ) in 2011 and Boston Conservatory (MA) 2012.