Fly By Night

Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy  /  5m, 2f

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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Fly By Night
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fables/Folktales, Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

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

Reviews

REVIEWS:

"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


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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

Videos

  • 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
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: New York City, 1965-1965 (with the occasional detour to South Dakota). 
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Fly By Night
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Circles in the Sand
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Daphne Dreams
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More Than Just a Friend
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Stars I Trust
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What You Do To Me
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The Prophecy
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Eternity
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I Need More
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At Least I'll Know I Tried
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Me With You
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Cecily Smith
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November Stars
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Casting

5m, 2f
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
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Cast Attributes

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

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

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

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Authors

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 comm ...

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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 (Denve ...

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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 Theatr ...

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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. 

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