Back to the 16th Annual Festival of New Musicals

Winesburg, Ohio

2004 Festival

Eric Rosen

Music Director
Tom Murray

Ken Barnett, Lesley Bevan, David Bryson, Joe Dempsey, Jeff Dumas, Erica Elam, Mary Ernster, Ryan Gardner, Kristina Martin, Johanna McKenzie-Miller, Jeff Parker and Matthew Walker

Contact for Rights

Eric Rosen, 773-469-9545,

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 7
Number of Principals (Female): 5
Total Cast Size: 12
Orchestra Breakdown:

5 pieces (guitar, banjo, piano, violin, cello)

Genre & Style:

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Based on the classic American novel by Sherwood Anderson, this startling and unconventional musical journey explores what lies beneath the “normal” exterior of a small American town. Developed by Chicago’s About Face Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Winesburg, Ohio is both a portrait of an artist as a young man and a journey into the secret lives and twisted passions of his hometown’s everyday citizens. Backed by a score steeped in American folk music, the stories intertwine and unfold in a spellbinding and moving paean to following your dreams. Created with director Jessica Thebus, book and lyrics by Eric Rosen (director of Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns at Prince Music Theatre) and music and additional lyrics by Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman (sound designers for I Am My Own Wife and Metamorphoses – LA Ovation Award and Lucille Lortel nomination).

Festival Successes

Full productions at Arden Theatre (PA) in 2005 (5 Barrymore awards) and Kansas City Repertory Theatre (MO) in 2009.