The Evolution of Mann

by  Douglas J. Cohen, Dan Elish

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 2f

The Evolution of Mann follows Henry Mann, a thirty-something year-old single New Yorker eager to settle down…or so he thinks.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

After receiving an invitation to his ex-fiancée’s wedding, Henry Mann and his roommate embark on a quest to find his soulmate, his perfect date.

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"A great date musical for an audience that might not want the typical musical theater experience [...] any adult could relate to the heart of the show. It's a witty how-to for establishing lasting relationships." - Broadway World

"A little gem!" - Theater Pizazz

"A sweet, lighthearted look at one millennial navigating the ups and downs of relationships through trial and error." - DC Metro Theater Arts

On Breaking Character

The Evolution of Mann: The Beginning
Dan Elish
June 12, 2019


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: New York City, present day
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Song Samples

The Year of the Weddings
The Tale of the Otter
It's Only a First Date
What's the Matter with Henry
The Unromantic Things
Keeping My Eye on the Ball


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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Flexible casting available, including cast expansion.



Douglas J. Cohen

Douglas Cohen received the 2010 Fred Ebb Award and two Richard Rodgers Awards for NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY 150 productions globally, Off-Broadway productions at Hudson Guild and York Theatre; Ghostlight Records on itunes), and THE GIG (workshops/readings: O’Neill, MTC Stage II, NAMT Festival; productions: Goodspeed, Sacr ...

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Dan Elish

Dan Elish wrote the book to the musical 13 which played at the Mark Taper Forum and won the 2007 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for best production; he was also nominated for best writing. 13 went on to play on Broadway at the Jacobs Theater in the fall and winter of 2008. Dan is also the author of ten novels, ...

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