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A new musical based upon C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original improvisational play created by Rebecca Feldman about a middle school spelling bee.

Story: Six spellers - Olive Ostrovsky, William Barfée, Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, Marcy Park, Leaf Coneybear and Chip Tolentino - compete at the Putnam Valley Middle School in Putnam County, NY and learn that winning isn't everything.

Parental Advisory: Contains Explicit Content

Cast and Creative Team

Composer and Lyricist: William Finn
Librettists: Rachel Sheinkin

Broadway Premiere
Theatre: Circle in the Square Theatre
Opening Night: May 2, 2005
Total Performances: 1,136
Original Cast: Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jay Reiss, Sarah Saltzberg and Jose Lana
Director: James Lapine
Choreographer: Dan Knechtges
Musical Director: Vadim Feichtner
Scenic Design: Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design: Jennifer Caprio
Lighting Design: Natasha Katz
Sound Design: Dan Moses Schreier

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Merchandise


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Awards and Nominations

2005 Tony Award Nominations
winnerBest Book of a Musical - Rachel Sheinkin
winnerBest Featured Actor in a Musical - Dan Fogler
Best Musical
Best Original Score - William Finn and William Finn
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Celia Keenan-Bolger
Best Direction of a Musical - James Lapine

2005 Theatre World Award Nominations
winnerDan Fogler
winnerCelia Keenan-Bolger

2005 Drama Desk Award Nominations
winnerOutstanding New Musical
winnerOutstanding Director of a Musical - James Lapine
winnerOutstanding Book of a Musical - Rachel Sheinkin
winnerOutstanding Ensemble Performance
Outstanding Lyrics - William Finn
Outstanding Music - William Finn

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