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★★★★

Time Out New York, New York Daily News

NY TIMES CRITICS’ PICK

 

“GLORIOUSLY strange, DELIGHTFULLY weird, CLEVERLY HILARIOUS!  A LIVELY, LIKABLE and ENDEARING new musical!”

—Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

 

“A DELIGHT! ‘Found’ is the first emotionally satisfying musical for
the post-bust generation.

THE WILDNESS NEVER LETS UP!”

—New York Magazine

 

“LOOK NO FURTHER: ‘FOUND’ IS HERE!

A welcome edge of surreal authenticity.
A sharp ensemble. Rollicking, ingenious showstoppers! THE BEST DATE-NIGHT SHOW OF THE SEASON!”

—New York Post

 

“CLEVERNESS and JOY! EXUBERANTLY executed MUSICAL TREATS by a cast of ten SPIRITED talents!”

—New York Observer

 

“A WINSOMELY QUIRKY, ENDEARING new musical! Imagine a modern Hair with more songs like Frank Mills”

—Time Out New York

 

“A SURPRISING AND SATISFYING FIND! New musicals with the ORIGINALITY and INFECTIOUS EXUBERANCE of ‘Found’ are uncommon.”

—New York Daily News

 

“FOUND IS ONE HELL OF A GOOD TIME!A form-exploding new musical will leave you SMILING FOR DAYS! Each word this ensemble utters is a GUT BUSTER OF EPIC PROPORTIONS!”

—Theatermania

 

“WITTY, LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY!”

—Entertainment Weekly

 

ABOUT THE SHOW...

Based on Davy Rothbart's popular Found books, magazines, tours and appearances on This American Life comes a new musical comedy about the things we've lost and the ways they bring us together.
Tony-nominated book writer Hunter Bell joins composer/lyricist Eli Bolin and director Lee Overtree in creating a semi-autobiographical account of Davy's life and loves, set against a backdrop of the hilarious and heart-breaking real notes and letters from the pages of Found Magazine, as they come to life on stage. Presented by an award-winning team of producers, writers and designers, FOUND explores both the objects and the people we encounter along our way, and reveals the stories hidden in plain sight in the world around us.

 

FOUND isn't just based on a true story... it's based on hundreds of them.

 

On a snowy winter night in Chicago back in 2000, Davy Rothbart went out to his car and found a note on his windshield — a note meant for someone else... a guy named Mario.

 

He couldn't get over this note, with its amazing mixture of anger and hopefulness, and so he showed it to as many friends as he could. Soon Davy became obsessed with collecting similar such discarded objects, ultimately publishing thousands of them for the world to see.

 

FOUND follows Davy from this chance discovery of Amber's note through his efforts to create a widely-circulated indie magazine with his friends. As Davy gains success sharing other people's private, often shocking, hilarious or harrowing moments, he uncovers the secret we've all forgotten: the things we hide are often the very things we have in common. FOUND weaves together Davy's story with the stories of countless other real people, through the notes they've lost that others have found.

 

CREATIVE TEAM...

HUNTER BELL (Book) earned an OBIE Award, a Drama League nomination, and a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical all for the original Broadway musical [title of show]. Other credits include the books for Silence! The Musical, Bellobration! (Ringling Bros. Circus), Villains Tonight! (Disney Cruise Lines), Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre) and The Great American Mousical (Goodspeed). He is a co-creator of the web series the [title of show] show and recently developed for ABC Studios/Television and Cherry-Wind Productions. Hunter has also developed new works at the O'Neill Center, Ars Nova, PS 122, Weston Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Source, and the NYMF and NY Fringe Festivals. He is a distinguished alumnus of Webster University, a proud member of WGA, the Dramatists Guild, and a MacDowell Fellow.

DAVY ROTHBART (Creator of Found Magazine) Davy's magazine Found is dedicated to discarded notes, letters, flyers, photos, lists, and drawings found and sent in by readers. The magazine spawned a best-selling book, Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World, published in April 2004. A second collection was published in May 2006, a third in May 2009. The magazine is published annually. He appears regularly on This American Life with Ira Glass. Rothbart is the founder of Washington II Washington, an annual hiking adventure which brings inner-city kids from Washington, D.C. and Southeast Michigan to New Hampshire for a climb to the top of Mt. Washington. He directs the Found Magazine Prison Pen-Pal Program, connecting Found readers on the outside with those behind bars, and is also active with the youth writing programs 826 National, 826michigan, and 826LA.

LEE OVERTREE (Director, Book) has served as Artistic Director of Story Pirates since he co-founded the organization in 2003. His productions have been presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, Solid Sound Festival (curated by the band Wilco), Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival in Seattle, and at dozens of theaters in New York, including at Symphony Space, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Galapagos and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade. Other writing/directing credits include productions for major publishing houses, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Lee hosts and directs the weekly Sirius/XM show Story Pirates Radio. He is an alumnus of Northwestern University.

 

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY...

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SEPTEMBER 28th, 2014: FOUND begins its World Premiere at The Atlantic Theater Company, one of New York City’s most prestigious non-profit theatres. The new musical opens the theater’s fall season to overall enthusiastic reviews.

For more information about FOUND: THE NEW MUSICAL contact: info@foundthemusical.com

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS!

SENIOR PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE

Aydrian J Howard

Carolyn Montes

Charles & Patricia Timberlake

Elizabeth McCartney

 

Jim Balis

Julie Stampler

Lisa Morris

Parvesh Cheena

PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE

Alane Steinacker

Amanda Steen

Amy Manolakos

Ann Walczak

Arlene Kornhaber

Barbara Weber

Benjamin Quintero

Brett Rogers

Brisa Trinchero

Bussinachs

Carrie Reynolds

Chris Elko

Christina Ablon

Christopher Overtree

Cindy Gold

Cindy Lagreca

Craig A. Garcia

D. Kramer

Daniel Kells

Darby Green & Jason Davis

David Levy

Diane Spino

Dorothy P. Fucito

Elizabeth Newell

Frank C. Warren

Hallie Baron

Howard May

 

Jacob Louis Harvey

Jake Perlman

Janessa Gursky

Jeannette Hektoen

Jeffrey Currier

Jeffrey Rinvelt

Jeni Mitchell

Jennifer Taw

Jessica Salka

Jill Isabelle

Jill Posner

John Fennessy

Joseph Bolduc

Joyce E. Green

Judy Schwartz

Julia Poepping

Julie Brodsky

Julie Stampler

Kristen L. Perlman

Laura K. Heywood

Linda Bolin

Linda Camerota

Marcy A. Heisler

Marya Peters

MaryEllen Collins

Mercer Boffey

Meredith Harvath

Meredyth J. Myers

Pamela G. Freedman

Patricia A. Hensley

Pegge Forrest

Peter Balis & Brian Goldston

Rebecca Cronk

Rebekah M. Simpson

Robert Celli

Sandra E. Bushnell

Sandra Fleischer

Sara A. Gaar

Sara Zick

Shanna Hollich

Sharon M. Kasting

Sherry Frank

Sibylla Frank

Skip Liesegang

Stephen Bolin

Steve Bolin

Steven Spino

Toria Garrett

Willow Ann Baum

PRODUCTION COLLABORATOR

Adam Tesler

Alessandro King

Alex Mazarakis

Allison J. Posner

Andrew M. Hecht

Anne G. Levy

Austin Lysy

Beth L. BaRoss

Bill Keaggy

Claire Wenzel

Claudia Hahn

Colleen N. Clark

Darcy DiModugno

Debbie Deeds

Dianne W. Graham

Donna Dorsey

Donna Sorrow

Elane Morrison

Elisabeth Brown Daley

Elnora M.V. Farley

Emily DiModugno

Erica Tennyson

Ermelia Natiello

Glenn Simpson

 

Grace DiModugno

Holly Bowen

Howard I. Tilkin

Jack Mitchell

Jacquelyn M. Sabine

James O. Taylor

Janessa Gursky

Janine Giaime

Jayne Schneider

Jeanne Johnson

Jennifer Weber

Josephine P. Peacock

Justin Bradshaw

Karine Bakhoum

Katherine Rose West Valle

Kathleen Christie

Kurt M. Swenstein

Laura Zavetz

Lauren Imbruglia

Laurie M. Carlson

Lawrence R. Leritz

Linda Aktar

Linda Scarpa

Linda Tarzian

Louisa Luisi

Marc Cantor

Maria Saltalamacchia

Marilyn Fitzgerald

Marni Konner

Martin Literary Management

Mary Anne R. Kosmoski

Maureen McKeown Tsuchida

Melynda H. Miller

Oliver J. Rowe

Nickiann Bussanich

Rachel Scott

Rose Boniello

Sara Krakauer

Sean J. McCooe

Shayla Schott

Shirley Kelly

Stan Zimmerman

Steven L. Bussanich

Susan E. Williams

Suzanne Golabek

Tony Baarda

Tristan Chiruvolu