The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe (Workshop)

Project Role: Writer / Composer / Lyricist
Location: The Understudy, Chicago


Underscore Theatre Company presents a limited-run workshop production of our musical comedy The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe - January 21st, 23rd, and 25th at The Underscore in Chicago!

This musical is one of my favorite things I’ve ever had a hand in creating. It started as a Fringe Festival show in Kansas City in 2015, then received a full run at The Living Room Theatre in summer 2017. After that, TLR helped us bring it to the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival run by Underscore, where it received awards for Best Ensemble, Best Director, Best Book, and Best of Festival.

This run is a bit experimental - three workshop performances at the tail end of a short rehearsal process, with adjustment days in-between. The goal is to try new things, see how it operates in new hands, and get audience feedback to help us make improvements for future productions.

Set in early 20th century America at the death of vaudeville and the rise of Hollywood, The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe follows two out-of-work performers as they try to navigate the rapidly changing world of entertainment. It’s witty, it’s stupid, it’s heartfelt, it’s a million miles an hour, and I hope you’ll come help us make it better! Audience-driven talk backs will take place after each performance.

Tickets are absolutely free but seating is limited. Reserve yours here.

More information via the facebook event here

The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe
A Workshop Production - January 21 - 25
The Understudy, Chicago

Book & Lyrics by Brian Huther, Ben Auxier, and Seth Macchi
Music by Brian Huther, Ben Auxier, and Ryan McCall

Director Rachel Elise Johnson
Music Director Paul Sottnik

Light and sound design by Josh Prisching

Starring Kyle Ryan, J. Vance, Natalie Rae, Annie Pfohl, Britain Gebhardt, Bre Jacobs, Ethan Carlson, Noah Berman, Katy Campbell, and Mike Mazzocca.