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Music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell
Directed by Tabitha Arthur
Musical Direction by Hayden Taylor
Choreography by Sam McLeod

at Whitireia Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street, Wellington
From 28 Feb 2013 to 9 Mar 2013

Reviewed by:  Caoilinn Hughes;

Four friends. One original musical. Three weeks to write it.  

Energy Theatre is proud to present the New Zealand premiere of [title of show] as part of the New Zealand Fringe Festival. This Tony Award-nominated musical is “perfect for anyone who's dared to dream that they can actually get paid for doing what they love,” says director Tabitha Arthur (Skellig, 84 Charing Cross Road) who is completing her Masters of Theatre Arts in Directing, with Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and Victoria University.

Arthur explains that [title of show] speaks to anyone who ever wanted to create, but let their inner critic voice speak too loud. “I think most creative people go through times where we let those voices inside our heads get to us. [title of show] was offered for me to direct at a time where my inner critic was getting all shouty.

“Working on this musical reminds me that not only are there other people in the world who feel the same way I do - but they put a show about it on Broadway!”

[title of show] follows friends Hunter and Jeff who are working to write a musical for the New York Musical Festival in three weeks. While searching for a subject for the show, they realise that their conversations about what to write are more interesting than what they are actually writing, and so the musical they are trying to write becomes the musical you are watching.

With the help of their lady friends Heidi and Susan, the two men explore the challenges of writing and performing their musical. Biting and witty, clever and inspiring, vulnerable and hilarious, this quirky musical comedy chronicles the serious and hilarious moments of following their dreams.

Known for “transporting, entertaining and moving audiences” ( ), Energy Theatre's mission is to bring exciting, innovative and edgy productions to Wellington and give audiences the opportunity to explore modern musical theatre. This is their sixth production and features Waylon Edwards, William Duignan, Marylouise Thomas, Sarah Andrews Reynolds and Hayden Taylor.

28 February to 9 March 2013
7.30pm. Whitireia Theatre, 25 Vivian Street, Wellington.
Tickets $18-22, available from
Door sales and cash bar available.

Please note, due to adult language this show is not recommended for children.