Mad Libs Live features a book and lyrics by Samuel French Short Play Festival winner Robin Rothstein and a pop-music score by Jeff Thomson (Trails). Structured like a game of Mad Libs, the score is peppered with blanks that must be filled in with words from the audience. Performances are scheduled to run through Jan. 3.
The story follows four teenagers from Blankville Central High School who, despite having little in common, come together to form a singing group that will compete on a live television show. Just before their anticipated performance, the teens realize that the songs have words missing, whereby audience help is required.
"My hope for Mad Lib Live is that kids feel a sense of joy and empowerment that stays with them after they leave the theater," said co-creator Rothstein in a press statement. "As one kid said after our workshop – when one of the characters picked her word during the show and said it in front of the audience, it made her feel bigger. If Mad Lib Live makes lots and lots of kids feel bigger, we’ve done our job."
The New York production will feature direction by Austin Regan, choreography by Robin Levine, scenic and prop design by Julia Noulin-Merat, musical supervision by Aaron Jodoin and costume design by Tony Award nominated, Bobby Pearce. The musical is produced by Ava, Max and Peter Cane with Robin Rothstein. General Manager is Kevin Duda Productions.
Tickets are available by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. New World Stages is located at 340 W 50th St, New York, NY. 10019.