Small Town Story
Two families in a North Texas town struggle with a community battle ignited by a high school production of the musical Rent. As the escalation drives wedges between father and son – and mother and daughter – Speargrove, Texas will discover that the show can’t open until their minds do. Inspired by actual events, Small Town Story explores the indelible power of theatre and the inherent dangers of silence.
Book & Lyrics by Sammy Buck
Music & Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn
Directed by Joe Barros
Conceived by Joe Barros, Laura Brandel, Sammy Buck, Karen Marshall, Reed Prescott, Sam Willmott
January 2010: Commissioned by New York Theatre Barn
April 2010: Reading, Julia Miles Theatre, NYC
April 2012: Winner, NAMT Writers’ Residency Grant
May 2012: Developmental Production, The Cell, NYC
August 2013: Village Theatre, Issaquah, WA, Festival of New Musicals
September 2013: Fully Orchestrated Demo Recording Concert, Daryl Roth Theatre
April 2014: Finalist, Richard Rodgers Award
November 2014: Reading, produced by Theatre Barn at Playwrights Horizons
October 2015: Developmental Production, The Hartt School, West Hartford, CT
NYTB Artistic Director Joe Barros discusses the history of the project with the National Alliance of Musical Theatre.
Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere discuss Small Town Story on Broadway Radio.