“[title of show]” Show Blog: What Is “[title of show]”?

What is “[title of show]”?

Jason Bowcut, our savvy director, said it best: “‘[title of show]’ is an awesome musical about friends writing an awesome musical about friends writing an awesome musical… Word.”

Jonathan Scott McBride, Megan Shenefelt, director Jason Bowcutt and Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin

Jonathan Scott McBride, Megan Shenefelt, director Jason Bowcutt and Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin

The story of “[title of show]” began when two musical theater fans Jeff and Hunter learn of a new musical theater festival accepting submissions. They decide to write their own show with the help of their friends Susan and Heidi. Eventually, Hunter suggests what to write about: “What if the first scene is just us talking about what to write? We could put this exact conversation in the show,” he tells Jeff, and they make a pact to meet the festival’s deadline and write a new musical.

“[title of show]”—taken from the space on the festival’s application form—follows Jeff, Hunter, Susan and Heidi on a story of self-belief, risk-taking, true partnership and a love of musical theater.

So, yes: The title of this show is “[title of show].” The show won two Obie Awards and was Tony-honored as a Best Book of a Musical nominee after the Broadway premiere that became an unlikely but well-deserved hit.

Director Jason Bowcut with stage manager Cylie Hall

Director Jason Bowcut with stage manager Cylie Hall

Proclaimed as “genial, unpretentious and far funnier than many of the more expensively manufactured musicals that make it to Broadway these days” by The New York Times, “[title of show]” is a zany, irreverent and heartwarming musical unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

As Utah Rep was considering directors for this production, there was one head-and-shoulders standout to helm what we wanted to be a singularly outstanding show that would be true to the original intent of its creators.

Jason Bowcut was the clear choice—and this was before we completely knew his background. You’ll get to know Jason better as these blogs continue, but Jason and “[title of show]” are good friends. He saw the production process as it was created through the eyes of his friend. He’s not a friend of a friend, but a friend of the real-life Hunter character in the show, Hunter Bell.

Utah Repertory Theater Company is thrilled to stage the Utah premiere of “[title of show].” We are sure you will enjoy meeting each of the friends in the show’s cast and production team.

With humor, perseverance and imagination, friends can accomplish anything.