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Fly By Night - Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy

Fly By Night

Kim Rosenstock, Michael Mitnick, Will Connolly

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Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy

5m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573703805

A star-crossed prophecy. Two charming sisters and a luckless sandwich maker. A lot of music. Just not a lot of light.

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Full Length Musical

Dark Comedy

Fables/Folktales, Period, Romantic Comedy

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1960s

Settings Of Play - New York City, 1965-1965 (with the occasional detour to South Dakota). 


Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes


Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


From Off-Broadway

WINNER! 2011 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award
NOMINEE! Four 2015 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical

A star-crossed prophecy. A lot of music. Just not a lot of light. In this darkly comic rock-fable, a melancholy sandwich maker’s humdrum life is intersected by two entrancing sisters. A sweeping ode to young love set against the backdrop of the Northeast blackout of 1965, Fly By Night is a tale about making your way and discovering hope in a world beset by darkness.


"Fly By Night will enchant audiences [...] Romance doesn’t come any sweeter than it does in this winsome love triangle set around the time of the 1965 New York blackout. The score is charming and catchy. Its unabashed emotionalism could turn it into more than a hit. It could turn it into a cult phenomenon." - New York Post, Read More

"Fly by Night is the most paradoxical of musicals – hilarious and bittersweet, deeply immersed in tradition but utterly original." - Dallas News, Read More

"Like Our TownThe Fantasticks, and maybe a sliver of Silver Linings Playbook, the show weaves into its overlapping love stories a resonating message about how the 'invisible universe' connects us all." - Dallas Observer, Read More

"The ways in which these people [...] intersect are meant to evoke a cosmic pattern, a sense of the invisible connective tissue that underlies the mundane [...] The score flirts with early rock ’n’ roll, as well as recurrent motifs that are guaranteed to take up longtime residence in your ear." - The New York Times

"Wistful earnestness is a nice mode for a musical - especially a sweet-natured romantic fable such as Fly by Night." - Time Out New York

"[...] a crowdpleaser that should be a local hit, as well as a viable future prospect for other mid-sized venues." - Variety


Life Isn’t The Things We Do, It’s Who We’re Doing Them With 
by Courtney Kochuba 
January 12, 2016

FLY BY NIGHT’S Kim Rosenstock & Michael Mitnick on Collaboration, Fables & The Magic of Blackouts
by Ben Coleman
April 8, 2015

FLY BY NIGHT Now Available for Licensing
by Courtney Kochuba
December 16, 2014

Fly By Night had its world premiere at TheatreWorks (Palo Alto, CA) in July 2011. It premiered in New York City at Playwrights Horizons in 2014, under the direction of Carolyn Cantor. 


5m, 2f


Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting


No Chorus

NARRATOR - our guide
HAROLD L. MCCLAM - a sandwich maker
MR. MCCLAM - father of Harold
DAPHNE - an actress
MIRIAM - a waitress
CRABBLE - a deli owner
JOEY STORMS - a playwright
Rental Materials


Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock



1 Piano Conductor
1 Bass
1 Drums
1 Guitar
7 Vocal Chorus Books

Song Samples

Fly By Night

Circles in the Sand

Daphne Dreams

More Than Just a Friend

Stars I Trust

What You Do To Me

The Prophecy


I Need More

At Least I'll Know I Tried

Me With You

Cecily Smith

November Stars

  • Michael Mitnick - "Cecily Smith"

  • Michael Mitnick discusses "Cecily Smith"

  • "Fly By Night" Trailer - Playwrights Horizons

  • The Writers of 'Fly By Night': A New Musical

  • 'Fly By Night: A New Musical' Teaser

Kim Rosenstock

Kim Rosenstock

Kim Rosenstock has written several plays including Tigers Be Still which played a sold-out run in its premiere at Roundabout Underground and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award.  She is currently working on commissions for Dallas Theater Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Ars Nova, where she was the 2011 Playwright-in-Residence. Awards include the ... view full profile

Michael Mitnick

Michael Mitnick

Michael Mitnick is a playwright. His plays include Sex Lives of Our Parents (Second Stage, The Kennedy Center), The Siegel (Edgerton New Play Award, South Coast Repertory), Spacebar: A Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman (The Wild Project), as well as the trilogy Past/Future/Present: Elijah (LOCAL), Ed, Downloaded (Denver Center), and Babs the Dodo (WET). He co-wrote/composed the musical Fly By ... view full profile

Will Connolly

Will Connolly

Will Connolly originated the role of "Andrej" in the Tony-winning musical Once on Broadway. He has also worked with New York Theater Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theater Company, New York Stage & Film, A.R.T., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Center Theatre Group, The Old Globe, Yale Rep, Southern Rep, Amsterdam Fringe Festival, and others. As a musician, Will ... view full profile

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Saw the show at the Broadway Rose Theater in Tigard, Oregon.  It was a beautiful piece of art.  I am truly moved.
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