See Rock City and Other Destinations

by  Adam Mathias, Brad Alexander

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

A contemporary musical about connections missed and made at tourist destinations across America.

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See Rock City and Other Destinations

See Rock City and Other Destinations

by  Adam Mathias Brad Alexander

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

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

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

See Rock City & Other Destinations is a contemporary musical about connections missed and made at tourist destinations across America.

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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Accolades

  • WINNER! 2008 Richard Rogers Award
    WINNER! 2007 Jerry Bock Award
    WINNER! 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical
    NOMINEE! 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Music

Reviews

REVIEWS:

"[
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." - 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.” - NY-1

“The musical's genuine heart and humor simply transports audiences.” - TheatreMania

“For anyone who loves musical theater, See Rock City & Other Destinations is relevant, entertaining, and worth going out of your way to see.” - Rural Intelligence 

 

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Videos

  • About See Rock City and Other Destinations
  • Creation of See Rock City and Other Destinations
  • Music of See Rock City and Other Destinations
  • Producing See Rock City and Other Destinations
  • Sally Wilfert - "All There is to Say"
  • Alexander & Mathias discuss "All There is to Say"
  • Kerry O'Malley - "All There is to Say"
  • See Rock City Cast Album Recording
  • Jeremy Jordan "Rock City" a cappella
  • Josh young - "Rock City"
  • Skylar Astin & Robobb Sapp - "You Are My ..."
  • Taylor & Young - "Q Train to Coney Island"
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

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

    Tourist Destinations:
    Rock City
    33.39 N, 104.53 W
    The Alamo
    Glacier Bay
    Coney Island
    Niagara Falls

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

Music

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

Song Samples

Overture
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Rock City
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I Can Tell
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Mile After Mile
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We Are Not Alone
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All There Is To Say
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Grampy's Song
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Three Fair Queens
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Here
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Q Train To Coney Island
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You Are My...
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Dark Ride
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Niagara Falls-The Tour
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What Am I Afraid Of
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Some People Do-Finale
0:00

Casting

4m, 3f

JESS- Male, 20s. Traveler who has been on the road as long as he can remember
DODI- Female. A small-town Carolina waitress. She's never left the state.
EVAN- Male, 20s. No money, no girlfriend, no job... but hasn't given up hope
LAUREN- Female, 30s. A single teacher from Fredricksburg.
GRAMPY- Lauren's grandfather. He suffered a stroke a few years ago-left him unable to walk or speak.
DEMPSEY- Male, 30s. Divorce Lawyer, but hates it.
LILY- Female, Judy and Claire's younger sister. She wants the sisters to get along.
JUDY- Female, Lily and Claire's sister. She's the emotional one.
CLAIRE- Female, Lily and Judy's sister. She just wants to get it over with.
CUTTER- Male, A prep-school teen. He's the "bad kid."
RICK- Male, A prep-school teen. Cutter's best friend.
KATE- A bride. She's not ready... or is she?
TOUR GUIDE- A tour guide determined to give Kate a little push.
WAITER
SUBWAY CONDUCTOR
FREAK SHOW BARKER
CARNEY

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

SUGGESTED CASTING:
JESS/CUTTER
DODI/LILY
EVAN/RICK
LAUREN/JUDY
GRAMPY/CARNEY
DEMPSEY/TOUR GUIDE
CLAIRE/KATE

Resources

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Full Package

1 Conductor Score
7 Piano/Vocal Score

Cello
Guitar
Bass

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Authors

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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See Rock City & Other Destinations was produced off-Broadway by Transport Group at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street in 2010.

 

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