MUSICALS

Drive

Music, Lyrics, and Book by Andy Monroe

An unexpected romance leads five characters down roads they could never have anticipated in this deeply human and contemporary musical set entirely in the front seat of a car.  DRIVE won the 2014 BMI Foundation Jerry Bock Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Musical Theatre.  Listen to two demos from DRIVE below and also check out Courtney Shaw and Robbie Fowler singing a third song from the show on my 

DRIVE - Tom Stuart
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GIRL IN A CAR - Courtney Shaw
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The Kid

Music by Andy Monroe

Lyrics by Jack Lechner

Book by Michael Zam

National sex columnist, Dan Savage and his boyfriend, Terry, set out to adopt a kid in the mid-1990's when adoption was still largely uncharted terrain for gay men.  Opting for open adoption, a process in which the birth mother selects who adopts her baby and will thereafter have scheduled visits with the child throughout its life, they are both nervous and excited. But when they get selected by the young, pregnant, drug-addicted, and homeless Melissa, what was uncharted terrain becomes a journey they could never have anticipated. Based on the comic memoir by Dan Savage, THE KID played at The New Group in 2010 under the direction of Scott Elliot, where it won both the BMI Foundation Jerry Bock Award and The Outer Critics Circle Award.  It has since been under option by Dodgers Theatricals, the producers behind the Broadway hits JERSEY BOYS and MATILDA.  Due to a possible impending production of this show, I am not legally allowed to share more recent recordings of some of the songs.  But you can listen to a couple of our early demo recordings of the score below.

THE KID - James Donegan
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SPARE CHANGIN' - Bibi Farber
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Elevator Music

Music, Lyrics, and Book by Andy Monroe

Eight people from different walks of life get stuck in an office building elevator while heading to work one morning.  Over the course of fifteen minutes, personalities clash, passions are discovered, secrets are revealed and hilarity ensues.  In this short ensemble comedy, we learn that it takes a village made up of all types of people, working together shoulder to shoulder in a tight space with the very best of intentions, to really irritate the hell out of each other.  Or maybe we simply learn that the stranger next to us is probably indeed the nut job we feared he was all along.  You can listen to a demo from ELEVATOR MUSIC below.

PRETTY THOUGHTS - Maria Sbrocchi
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La Rhonda

Music, Lyrics, and Book by Andy Monroe

When a young man accidentally calls his girlfriend the wrong name during sex, it sets off a daisy chain of events, one more humorous than the next. Borrowing from the structure of Arthur Schnitzler's classic play, LA RONDE, this short musical for adults keeps the sexual escapades high and the comedy low.  An ensemble of eight plays a game of musical bedhopping that goes from racy to..well..more racy -- but all in good fun.  Listen to me playing BOTH parts (yikes!) in a song from LA RHONDA below.

DUDE, THAT'S HOT! - Andy Monroe
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Sally Peaches

Music, Lyrics, and Book by Andy Monroe

When Mike answers an ad on Match.com, expecting to meet a sexy bomb-shell, he's surprised when the mentally unhinged Sally Peaches shows up instead, having posted a fake profile and photo in order to get more dates. When she proves to be a stalker intent on making him her boyfriend, things get weird -- and the laughs get big.   This short romantic musical comedy shows us that sometimes love has to haul off and clobber us before we sit up and pay attention.  Listen to a demo from SALLY PEACHES below and also check out Laura Daniel Koch and David Christopher Marshall performing a second song from the show on my 

I DON'T LIKE YOU - Andy Monroe
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The Life And Times Of Joe Jefferson Benjamin Blow

Music, Lyrics, and Book by Andy Monroe

In this short musical, we watch Joe's entire life -- from birth to death -- hurtle by at breakneck speed as he tries to slow things down long enough to catch his breath, get his bearings, and take it all in.  Performed in under thirteen minutes with just six actors, this funny, touching show is a metaphor for life's "blink and you miss it" pace.  Listen to a recording of the entire show below (featuring Brad Aspel, Ronnie Butler, Catherine Carpenter Cox, Marty Fernandi, Becka Vargas). 

THE LIFE & TIMES OF JOE JEFFERSON BENJAMIN BLOW -
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The Tragic And Horrible Life Of The Singing Nun

Music and Lyrics by Andy Monroe

Book and additional Lyrics by Blair Fell

In a mental institution in New Jersey, it's movie night and the patients are being shown the Debbie Reynolds film, The Singing Nun, when suddenly one of the patients, Mr. Berman, freaks out.  He says the movie is all lies and insists he was a drag queen nun in her convent and that he's going to gouge out his eyes with a grapefruit spoon if he doesn't get to tell her true story.  From there, we go back in time to a crazy recount of the Singing Nun's life through the eyes of a crazed mental patient -- her humble beginnings, her emerging lesbian identity, her rise to fame with a globally successful hit single, and her crash and burn in the years following -- all combined into a hysterical dark comedy with allusions to Burt Bacharach, Religious B Movies, and Valley Of The Dolls.  SINGING NUN played at the New York Musical Theatre Festival to critical acclaim in 2006.  Listen to two demos from THE TRAGIC & HORRIBLE LIFE OF THE SINGING NUN below.

THE TRAGIC & HORRIBLE LIFE OF THE SINGING NUN - Paul Lucas & Ensemble
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I'LL FOLLOW YOU - Tracey Gilbert & Lisa Adams
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