Full Length Musical
Time Period - Present Day
Settings Of Play - Pam and Ernie's suburban kitchen. Each of the characters has musical fantasies such as performing at a rock concert or with the Osmonds, so it needs to accommodate those.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
No intermission, Physical Comedy
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes
Alcohol, Gun Shots, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Smoking
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
The Last Smoker in America is a raucous, irreverent and unfiltered new musical comedy, with book and lyrics by Tony Award® nominee Bill Russell (Side Show) and music by Drama Desk® nominee Peter Melnick (Adrift in Macao). Enter an America where the government is in your kitchen, sniffing for outlawed cigarettes! The extreme anti-smoking laws test the sanity of one suburban family. Pam is having an impossible time trying to quit. Her husband Ernie retreats to the basement to relive the rock star dreams of his youth, while their teenage son Jimmy only turns away from his videogames to explore his gangster rapper persona. Adding to the dysfunctional dynamic is anti-smoking fanatic Phyllis, the neighbor who can’t keep her nose out of everyone else’s business. This original and hilarious new musical will leave you craving for more!
"A smokin'-hot new musical!...Catchy melodies that will stick in your head like peanut butter...The pop-rock score is terrific." – The New York Times
"A freedom-loving musical!...If critics get insulted, then the musical has proven its point: America’s just way too uptight." – Entertainment Weekly
"A lovechild of George Orwell and vintage Mad Magazine." – Show Business Weekly
"Hilarious socio-political satirical musical farce!" – Curtain Up
"Ferociously energetic!...Russell and Melnick have keen instinct for parody." – Show Business Weekly
"The songs are bright, the lyrics are goofy and the story is nutty!" – Curtain Up
"Wonderfully off the wall!" – Edge.com
"A hysterical look into the future." – NYTheatre.com
RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER
THE LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA: THE JOURNEY TO THE STAGE
by Bill Russell
August 24, 2016
The Last Smoker in America was first presented at the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival in New York City. The show subsequently received its world premiere at CATCO in Columbus, Ohio, in 2010. The show was then presented Off Broadway by Andy Sandberg with Whitney Hoagland Edwards, Michael Palitz, and Stephanie Rosenberg. It was directed by Mr. Sandberg and choreographed by AC Ciulla.