Opened: May 2, 2005
Book by: Rachel Sheinkin
Music & Lyrics by: William Finn
Original Broadway Cast: Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jose Llana, Jay Reiss & Sarah Saltzberg
With sharp humor and the perfect amount of music all in one act, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is fun for the whole family and lets quirky characters have their place in the spotlight.
At the spelling bee, young contestants reflect on themselves and find hope and uncertainty in their lives. Most feel the pressure to win and hope to beat out the competition.
The show benefits from the rare use of audience participation where several members are selected to complete the roster of competitors in the spelling bee. It breaks the fourth wall and makes you feel part of the show whether you’re onstage or not.
The six spellers are all distinct characters whom you’ll immediately come to love and will feel their disappointment as they’re eliminated.
Final say: F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C fantastic. ★★★★★