New Musical "Bubble Boy" Selected for Workshop Featuring
Academy Award-Winning Composer/Lyricist Stephen Schwartz
PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh CLO and Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, in partnership with The ASCAP Foundation and Academy® and Grammy Award®-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, will present the new musical "Bubble Boy" in its New Works Program. The program encourages the development and refinement of new works in American musical theater.
Stephen Schwartz, a Carnegie Mellon alumnus whose credits include the Broadway smash "Wicked," "Godspell," "Pippin," the Walt Disney films "Pocahontas" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," and the DreamWorks film "The Prince of Egypt," will attend a workshop reading and run a master class for Carnegie Mellon drama students on Friday, Oct. 17.
Scott Schwartz, who directed Broadway's "Golda's Balcony" and "Bat Boy: The Musical," which won a 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, will direct the workshop at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy Oct. 13-18. The workshop culminates in a staged reading with Stephen Schwartz at noon, Saturday, Oct. 18 in the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater at Carnegie Mellon. The reading is free and open to the public.
"Bubble Boy," written by Cinco Paul (book, music, lyrics) and Ken Daurio (book), is the fictional story of Jimmy Livingston, a boy who was born without an immune system. Because of this, he is forced to live in a bubble dome in his bedroom, which leads students at a local high school to nickname him "Bubble Boy." One day, a beautiful girl, Chloe, moves in next door to Jimmy. He is immediately taken with her and they become friends. Chloe later announces that she is leaving for Niagara Falls to marry Mark, a man who always ridiculed Jimmy. Jimmy decides to build a mobile bubble suit and sneak off into the night to stop the wedding before it is too late.
A collaborative effort established in 2001, the New Works Program utilizes the resources of both the Pittsburgh CLO and Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama. The program offers a unique opportunity for writers, lyricists, composers, directors and actors from both the academic and professional worlds to collaborate on new musicals. In 2007, the Pittsburgh CLO and Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama formed a new partnership with The ASCAP Foundation and Stephen Schwartz to augment this important initiative by selecting new works from the participants in the ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop. "Bubble Boy" was presented at the 2008 workshop in Los Angeles.
Pictured abve is Stephen Schwartz.