A bittersweet, comic tale about an amateur theatre group in 1964 Dublin, and their director, a man with a secret.
Based on the movie of the same name, the musical features a book by Terrence McNally, score by Ahrens and Flaherty, and was originally directed by Joe Mantello and choreographed by Jonathan Butterell. It premiered at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in 2002 as part of their 2002-2003 season.

A one-night concert benefit was performed by the Transport Group on December 5th, 2016.

The show was revived off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company on October 11, 2022, starring Jim Parsons, Mare Winningham, A.J. Shively and Mary Beth Peil.  The production was nominated as Best Musical Revival of the season by the Drama Desk, Drama League, Lortels, and Outer Critics Circle.  Click here for more information on the show’s New York revival, directed by John Doyle.

WINNER of the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for BEST MUSICAL

NOMINATED for 7 Drama Desk Awards, including BEST MUSICAL, BEST MUSIC and BEST LYRICS.

World Premiere October 10, 2002 at Lincoln Center Theatre

“A major musical in everything but pretension. A work of subtle power.”


“A wonderful, heartfelt and emotionally nourishing new musical.”

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