Mary & max
Music & lyrics by Bobby Cronin
Book by Crystal Skillman
Based on Adam Elliot's film,
13-year old Lily has locked herself in her room. Her newly single father chooses to finally tell Lily the story of Mary and Max, a tale set in the 1970s about a seemingly random friendship between Mary Daisy Dinkle, a chubby and lonely eight-year-old with a birthmark on her forehead the color of poo who lives in Australia and Max Jerry Horowitz, a 44-year-old obese New Yorker who is soon diagnosed with a newly named disorder, Asperger Syndrome.
As pen-pals, they go through their highest and lowest times together, spanning twenty years. But, will Lily see Mary and Max meet before it's too late?
Til Death Do Us Part
Book by Caroline Prugh
Music & Lyrics by Bobby Cronin
Set in Evangelical America during the Clinton/Bush era, this original 11-person musical with a contemporary, country-gospel-influenced score investigates the trouble women’s ambition poses to institutions (church, marriage, societal norms) as defined by the white patriarchy and its handmaids.
It’s the story of Gracie Jean Lewis (Grace), a spitfire from hardscrabble Tennessee who feels called to preach a message of God’s grace and Matthew Whitfield, heir apparent to small town Evangelical royalty who struggles to rebel against his fundamentalist father without losing the privileges of his birth. When they meet, it’s mutual love at first sight. So how does their fairytale marriage end in murder?
Words & Music by Bobby Cronin
Add'l by Crystal Skillman
Set in New York City, CONCRETE JUNGLE is a modern romantic musical comedy inspired by Cyrano. In this musical "catfish", aspiring poet Abby slings drinks at the Concrete Jungle to pay off her student loans. Upon suffering a bout of writer's block, Abby gets a phone call from a panic-stricken Canadian writer guy named Guy that changes her life forever as she begins imagining the inner lives of her customers that sparks her writing to take on a new topic for her...love.
But, after Abby describes herself as her friend Vanessa, will Guy professes his love to the wrong woman, or will Abby face her greatest fears and reveal her true self?
TILL SOON, ANNE
Book & Lyrics by
Christine Toy Johnson
Music by Bobby Cronin
Anne O’Donnell, a 34-year old newlywed and freelance photographer at the end of her journey with brain cancer, invites her family and closest friends to spend her final New Year’s Eve and
birthday with her at the
family’s home in Vermont.
Taking place on the eve of 2017, each of them finds that they must grapple with Anne’s right to die with dignity and grace, the determination to stay in the moment even if it’s ripping your heart out - and the art of letting go.
Created by Bobby Cronin (TYA)
Pre-teen Magnolia Donovan "sees things", much to the dismay of her father Leo. Along with her Nana, Magnolia & Leo head to an old inn in Vermont for a get away. There they encounter two families who have been chosen by world renowned psychic-medium Skylar Quinn to get specialized on-site training. After Nana convinces Skylar to let Magnolia join, the psychic kids develop their skills while helping a separated ghost family lost in the afterlife. To face her demons, Magnolia must believe in herself to exorcise the Shadow Man and save the ghost family.
Created by Bobby Cronin
"The measure of Mr.Cronin's intellectual and dramaturgical boldness is certified by the simultaneous existence on stage...Mr.Cronin's handling of time involves dazzling jump cuts, swirling dream-like sequences and symbolic references, with daring temporal experimentalism intelligently anchored by the superb performances of the cast. His time traveling allows his songs to engage with a vast range of issues, all of which demand and receive psychologically convincing interpretations."
RAIN & ZOE SAVE THE WORLD
Written by Crystal Skillman
Music by Bobby Cronin
In Rain and Zoe Save the World, two Seattle teenagers embark on an impulsive motorcycle journey to join a group of oil protesters on the east coast. But as they follow a major pipeline across the country, what began as two young activists' longing to belong to something greater than themselves gives way to Rain and Zoe discovering that the true danger in this world might just be growing up.
Written by Crystal Skillman
Music by Bobby Cronin
Heroes aren’t born, they’re made. This is the epic tale of Jack Kirby, the most famous cartoonist you never heard of: Born in the Lower East Side slums, veteran of the battlefields of France, co-creator of CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE AVENGERS, THE X-MEN, Kirby had his biggest fight after his comic books became an international sensation: He had to fight for his name, and the recognition he was denied. An audio version of the New York Times Critics’ Pick play by award-winning Crystal Skillman and Fred Van Lente, starring the original New York cast of Steven Rattazzi, Amy Lee Pearsall, Nat Cassidy, Joseph Mathers and Timothy McCown Reynolds.
Created by Bobby Cronin and Crystal Skillman
Through the wide eyes of Tina, a twelve year old tortoise and animal astronaut, we are brought on a journey that is from the point of view of the critters themselves exploring the universe.
After being captured by NASA to be used to test their new space program, Tina discovers that the animal kingdom is already at work on trying to reach extraterrestrial critters who they believe have the keys to finding a new, habitable planet.
Each episode finds Tina torn between her mission to find a new home for animalkind, and the missions in space she and the Critters pursue trying to make peace between all the different animal aliens.
Tina and all her all animal crew blast off from NASA to save the galaxy in this animated musical television series.
John Walton & West Simon Pearl
MUSIC FOR "TINY HANDS"
by Bobby Cronin
The Birds and The BS is the kids show for adults! Because we forgot everything we learned in kindergarten. Join Mr. Jordan and his especially animated friends as they sing you towards the right path…but you know, left.
On This Episode:
Poor Burt is embarrassed to leave the house without mittens covering his tiny hands since everyone’s making fun of President Trump for his. Mr. Jordan and his guest Licensed Size Queen Billy Porter explain that they’re not making fun of Trump’s hands, but rather his…something else. But we grown-ups shouldn’t make fun of tiny anythings, we should make fun of the giant bad things people do. It’s perfectly fine to have a small D!
THE BIRDS AND THE BS
What is it like to be a teenager in today’s polarized world where iPhones and technology are part of everyday life? Where school shootings are the norm and bullying runs rampant? What if teens didn’t have technology to distract them from themselves, forcing communication to be face to face? Welcome To My Life explores these ideas while giving voice to those who have faced trauma in the form of bullying, abuse, mental health issues, divorce, death, and more.
W2ML is a fluid theatrical experience; a hybrid of theatre and concert to propel the emotionally heightened story and often epic rock/pop score. The conceptual set utilizes projections on giant floor-to-ceiling LED screens (like a Porter Robinson concert, or Beyonce, or Pink) which helps transition into and out of the wilderness and into and out of the characters’ thoughts, memories, fears, hopes, nightmares, etc…
A major concept of the musical is that some of the actors play numerous characters and often musical instruments, usually in the height of their traumatic stories or memories. There is a band, which could be onstage. Additionally, there should be onstage mic stands for the many songs with backup vocals. Wilderness Intervention Programs, like the Pathway, are entirely real. Composer/writer Bobby Cronin went to two different programs to do research, one in Utah and one in Arizona. Many of the stories in this musical are from those life-changing research trips.
STREETWRITE is a 30-minute movie musical about freedom of speech. Using street art as a focal point, the film examines the various ways people struggle to express themselves in situations where free speech is curtailed or suppressed. It also explores how certain kinds of expression can be repressive to individuals. Musical numbers convey these topics and the arguments that ensue are debated in a courtroom sequence. Graffiti, public murals, commercial billboards and hallway posters form the visual backdrop that exemplify these issues. The film was fully funded by the New York Film Academy with professionals working alongside 2nd -year musical theatre students. STREETWRITE was written and directed by Blanche Baker, an Emmy Award winning actress and Senior Faculty member of the New York Film Academy, and filmed by Piero Basso, an award winning Director of Photography.
Directed by Mark Olsen
Screenplay by Melanie Oram
Original Score & Songs by
Lyrics by Mark Olsen & Bobby Cronin
A small but inventive start up company named Big Apple Orchard has developed a program using facial recognition software that they hope can help find missing children and aid in the fight against human trafficking.
WINNING NEW YORK