THE COMMUTERS or A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT THE PORT AUTHORITY
Book by Gil Varod, Music by Caleb Damschroder,
Lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant
One Act, Musical Comedy, Appropriate for all ages
Small Cast: 3m, 2f
Running Time: 35 minutes
When an arrogant, recently-sacked MTA executive tries to find his bus to HoHoKus, New Jersey after midnight, his life becomes exactly the sort of horror story you'd expect to take place in New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal as the plaster "Commuters" statue comes to life to deliver a horrible warning... When it comes to New York City transit, you better behave, or better be brave! The Commuters... is a good old-fashioned, New York-minded, transit-obsessed musical comedy!
ABOUT THE SHOW
Artwork by Christopher Michaels
Lizzie Miller as Helen in the 2016 production of The Commuters...; her performance earned her the award for Best Actress at the Strawberry Theatre Festival.
The Commuters... was originally written as a 20 minute musical for the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts' and Lincoln Center's Across A Crowded Room musical theatre writing workshop in the summer of 2015, playing to uproarious laughter and high praise from a panel of theatrical luminaries.
In 2016, The Commuters or A Cautionary Tale About The Port Authority was presented by Calendar Boys Productions as a one-act musical in the Strawberry Theatre Festival in New York City.
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
The Commuters... was nominated across the board in every award category at the 2016 Strawberry Theatre Festival including Best Musical, Best Actor, and Best Costumes. The show won the awards for Best Actress (Lizzie Miller as Helen) and Best Director (Christopher Michaels).
"Welcome to the Line"
"Finally Going Home"
"Welcome to the Line (Reprise)"
Joe Chisholm as Ernie and Christopher Michaels as Terry in the first reading of The Commuters... at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in NYC.