See Rock City and Other Destinations: Scenic Route

by  Adam Mathias, Brad Alexander

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 3f

**The High School Edition of See Rock City & Other Destinations**
See Rock City & Other Destinations is a contemporary musical about connections missed and made at tourist destinations across America. 

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See Rock City and Other Destinations: Scenic Route

by  Adam Mathias Brad Alexander

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See Rock City and Other Destinations: Scenic Route

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway, Drama Desk Award, National Alliance of Musical Theatre-Festival Musicals
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The Scenic Route of See Rock City & Other Destinations is a school version of the original musical that has been adapted to be more community-friendly. Most of the original script remains unchanged with the exception of the Coney Island scene/songs. Much of the language has been changed to suit more youthful audiences and performers. The original version contains a glossary of the suggested terms that can be substituted in lieu of curse words; THIS EDITION applies these changes, making this musical an ideal choice for schools and other youth-based performing groups.

A wanderer believes his destiny is written on rooftops along the North Carolina Interstate. A young man yearns to connect with intelligent life in Roswell, New Mexico. A woman at the Alamo steps out of the shadow of her grandparents' idealized romance to take a chance on love. Three estranged sisters cruise to Glacier Bay to scatter their father's ashes. Two high school boys face unexpected fears in the Coney Island Spook House. A terrified bride-to-be ponders taking the leap... over Niagara Falls.

With a book full of humor and humanity, and a score that incorporates pop, rock, folk and more, each story builds on the last to create a vivid travelogue of Americans learning to overcome their fears and expectations in order to connect."

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  • Winner of the 2008 Richard Rodgers Award and the 2007 Jerry Bock Award
    6 Drama Desk Nominations including Outstanding Musical
    Adam Mathias won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical.



See Rock City & Other Destinations] turns out to be an excellent and moving new musical... It's also beautiful, it's hopeful, and it's - in the best sense of the word - sweet." -Jesse Oxfeld,The New York Observer

“The music by Brad Alexander with lyrics by Mathias is consistently lovely. The songs are polished and catchy displaying the composers' gift for writing tunes that are both versatile and genuinely moving.”-Roma Torre, NY-1

“The musical's genuine heart and humor simply transports audiences.”-Andy Propst,

“For anyone who loves musical theater, See Rock City & Other Destinations is relevant, entertaining, and worth going out of your way to see.” -Dan Shaw, Rural Intelligence (from the Barrington Stage production)



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  • About See Rock City
  • The music of See Rock City
  • The creation of See Rock City
  • Producing See Rock City
  • Jeremy Jordan sings "Rock City" a cappella
  • Cast Album
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  • High School/Secondary


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  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    Various American tourist destinations: Rock City, GA; Roswell, NM; San Antonio, TX; Glacier Bay, AK; Coney Island and Niagara Falls, NY

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Folk
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus


4m, 3f

JESS - A twenty-something traveler. He's been on the road as long as he can remember.
DODI - A small-town Carolina waitress. She's never left the state.
EVAN - A twenty-something loner. No money, no girlfriend, no job- but he hasn't given up hope.
LAUREN - A thirty-year-old teacher from Fredericksburg. She's single.
GRAMPY - Lauren's beloved grandfather. He suffered a stroke a few years ago that left him unable to walk or speak.
DEMPSEY - A thirty-something professional. He's a divorce lawyer, but he hates it, if that makes it any better.
LILY - Judy and Claire's younger sister. She just wants her sisters to get along.
JUDY - Lily and Claire's sister. She's emotional.
CLAIRE - Lily and Judy's sister. She just wants to get this over with.
CUTTER - A prep-school teen. He's the "bad kid."
RICK - A prep-school teen. He's Cutter's best friend.
KATE - A bride. She's not ready- or is she?
TOUR GUIDE - A tour guide. He's determined to give Kate a little push.

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  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting

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Adam Mathias

Adam Mathias is an award winning musical theatre writer. His musical See Rock City & Other Destinations, music by Brad Alexander, enjoyed an extended run off-Broadway in 2010 and earned him the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical (also nominated for Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Music, Outstanding ...

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Brad Alexander

Brad Alexander is the composer of See Rock City & Other Destinations (published by Samuel French), winner of the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical, and recipient of six Drama ...

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The New York Premiere of See Rock City: See Rock City and Other Destinations was developed and produced by Transport Group Theatre Company, New York City.

See Rock City and Other Destinations Was presented at the National Alliance of musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals in 2008


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