Gutenberg! The Musical!
Gutenberg! The Musical! is a musical written by Scott Brown and Anthony King. Brown and King developed the show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, where it ran for over a year. The show was part of the 2005 and 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival and ran at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London in January 2006.
Gutenberg! The Musical! opened off-Broadway on December 3, 2006 at 59E59 and then transferred to The Actors' Playhouse on January 16, 2007. The production closed on May 6, 2007. The off-Broadway production was directed by Alex Timbers with music directed by T.O. Sterrett. It starred Christopher Fitzgerald and Jeremy Shamos, and was understudied by Ryan Karels.
The show was originally produced as a 45-minute one-act, workshopped at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival, starring the authors, Scott Brown and Anthony King. These early versions of the show were Directed by Charlie Todd and Music Directed & Accompanied by Barry Wyner.
The search engine, Google, makes a wonderful cameo appearance in the show.
In September of 2008, Gutenberg! The Musical! made its West Coast premiere at Strawberry Theatre Workshop in Seattle. Starring Troy Fischnaller (Doug) and MJ Sieber (Bud), with piano accompaniment by Don Darryl Rivera, and directed by Greg Carter. "Fischnaller's Doug is giddily foul-mouthed with self-congratulation, and Sieber has a twinkle in his eye even as he works himself into a sweaty state of breathless zeal. Both performers toil feverishly to keep director Greg Carter's pace for the show—a five-shot-espresso-with-a-Red-Bull-chaser momentum from start to finish. The brakes are completely disabled on this speeding clown car of inside theater jokes." - Kevin Phinney of the Seattle Weekly.
1. Prologue/Schlimmer 2. I Can't Read 3. Haunted German Wood 4. The Press Song 5. I Can't Read (Reprise) 6. Biscuits 7. What's The Word? 8. Stop The Press 9. Tomorrow Is Tonight
1. Second Prologue 2. Words, Words, Words 3. Monk With Me 4. Might As Well (Go To Hell) 5. Festival! 6. Finale
GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! was nominated for: -The 2007 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical -The 2007 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical
Anthony King & Scott Brown were nominated for: -The 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical
Alex Timbers was nominated for: -The 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical