NEW WORKS DEVELOPMENT


To champion thought-provoking material and educate about the full journey to the stage, Broadway Dreams works with its students and faculty to develop musicals that push the boundaries of convention and ensure that theatre remains a vibrant cultural force.

Past workshops include:

2017


Mary & Max

– Music and Lyrics by Bobby Cronin and Crystal Skillman
– Direction by Stafford Arima

Based on the claymation film of the same name, Mary & Max comes to life through pen pal exchanges between Mary Dinkle, a chubby 10 year old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max Horowitz, an obese 44 year old Jewish man with Asperger’s Syndrome living in the chaos of New York. In this charming new musical, two people from two different worlds remind us that, even when we feel most afraid and alone, friendship can be found in the unlikeliest of places.

2015


Zanna, Don’t!

– Music and Lyrics by Tim Acito and Alexander Dinelaris
– Direction by Alan Souza

Set in fictional Heartsville, USA, Zanna, Don’t! provides a window into a wholesome midwestern town known for its civic pride, good old-fashioned family values — and all-gay population. In this “redux” of the 2002 musical, the community is thrown into chaos when two high school seniors are discovered to be secretly heterosexual and everyone is forced to confront the biggest questions of today: What do I stand for? — and — What is America?

2014


The Me Nobody Knows

– Music and Lyrics by Gary William Friedman and Will Holt
– Direction by Stafford Arima
– Choreography by Taye Diggs


Originally produced on Broadway in 1970, The Me Nobody Knows is inspired by the true stories of 200 New York public school students. This reimagining for a contemporary audience follows a group of youth living on society’s margins. As they wrestle with the cynicism that permeates their existence, feelings of hope and renewal emerge, empowering them with the willful determination to explore a world beyond their current circumstances.