Photos by Michele Anliker Photography
Developed at Berkeley Repertory Theatre Ground Floor, Goodspeed Musicals,
Rhinebeck Writer's Retreat, Perseverance Theatre
Workshop Production at Encore Musical Theatre 2017
Music & Lyrics by Niko Tsakalakos
Book & Lyrics by Janet Allard
Based on a true story and Back to the Wild by Christopher McCandless.
In 1990, Christopher McCandless sets out on a journey, just months after graduating from university. He donates his trust fund to Oxfam, abandons his car, and begins a cross-country odyssey that ultimately leads him to Alaska. He heads into the wilderness hoping to survive alone and live off the land – but becomes trapped in the wild. This new folk-rock musical, based on the true story that became a National bestseller and a feature film, pays tribute to McCandless’ complicated but ultimately transcendent story. His admirable quest for truth, understanding and purpose in life speaks to the restless spirit in all of us.
PREMIERED AT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY 2010
NYC PREMIER AT PROVINCETOWN PLAYHOUSE 2012
CABARET VERSION PREMIERE AT PITTSBURGH CIVIC LIGHT OPERA SPARK FESTIVAL 2018
Book and Lyrics by Janet Allard
Music and Lyrics by Niko Tsakalakos
Nick came to Los Angeles with dreams of making it in music and gets a job at the Hotel Bel-Air. What ensues is the best/worst summer ever, as Nick gets a taste of fame and finds unlikely soul connections. Inspired by the true story of composer Niko’s time as a pool boy at the Hotel Bel-Air.
"Pool Boy swims with great songs" – Albany Times Union
"A buoyant, dazzling show – with fresh,inventive music and wonderful lyrics"– WBRK
"hip, flashy and lively..." – Talkin’ Broadway
"simply delightful...a rollicking musical that has the potential to be the hottest show since Spring Awakening" – Berkshire On Stage
WORLD PREMIER AT A.C.T. AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATRE
photos © Jay Yamada
Music and Lyrics by Creighton Irons
Book and additional lyrics by Janet Allard
Eight teenagers set out on an outdoor wilderness adventure in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. When their guide mysteriously disappears and the FBI shows up looking for him, these diverse and seemingly incompatible characters struggle to overcome their biases and personal differences as they embark on a journey of survival and self-discovery. An earthy and passionate score holds them together as they discover their true purpose for being in the wild.
Represented By: BRUCE OSTLER @ BRET ADAMS LTD.
Recent Works: Into the Wild, commissioned by Perseverance Theater and developed at Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, Pool Boy at Barrington Stage, Vrooommm! A NASComedy published by Samuel French, Speed Date, Incognito, Loyal, Painted Rain and Untold Crimes of Insomniacs, published by Playscripts, Inc. My musical The Unknown: A Silent Movie Musical won a Jonathan Larson Award with P73 Productions and appeared at NYMF. My work has been seen at The Guthrie Lab, The Kennedy Center, Mixed Blood, Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, The Yale Cabaret, The Women’s Project, Perseverance Theatre, Joe’s Pub, Barrington Stage, with P73 Productions, and Internationally in Ireland, England, Greece, Australia and New Zealand. I am a Fulbright Fellow, have an M.F.A in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, have studied at the NYU Musical Theatre Writing program and teach at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.