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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee




This musical comedy is based on 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 annual spelling bee at Putnam Valley Middle School in Putnam County, NY. Flashbacks and insight reveal personal details about each of the spellers in this musical that explores the idea that winning isn’t everything.


Parental Advisory: Contains Explicit Content


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Composer

Composer and Lyricist
William Finn

Librettist

Librettist
Rachel Sheinkin



  • Premiere

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
Producer
David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company and Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman: Artistic Director; Timothy J. McClimon: Executive Director)
Musical Director
Vadim Feichtner
Orchestrations
Michael Starobin
Scenic Design
Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design
Jennifer Caprio
Lighting Design
Natasha Katz
Sound Design
Dan Moses Schreier





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Original Broadway Cast Album


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2005 Tony Award Nominations

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

2005 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding New Musical
Outstanding Director of a Musical - James Lapine
Outstanding Book of a Musical - Rachel Sheinkin
Outstanding Ensemble Performance
Outstanding Lyrics - William Finn
Outstanding Music - William Finn

2005 Theatre World Award Nominations

Dan Fogler
Celia Keenan-Bolger

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