Put six young people in the throes of puberty along with six adults, who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, all vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime, and you have the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the most improbable of heroes.
Christopher Wayne and Mike Throw in a quirky, yet charming, cast of outsiders for whom the spelling bee is the one place they can stand out and fit in at the same time. And you never know, you might be a contestant yourself!
Premiering in 2005, this unlikely show instantly be came an off broadway hit and gained six Tony Award nominations. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition. With an engaging, tuneful score by William Finn and a sweet, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin,The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee causes audiences to fall in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be staged 21 March to 18 April at Brisbane Arts Theatre. Tickets are available via www.artstheatre.com.au or call (07) 3369 2344.