"An emerging master of musical theater"

-Metroland

 

Adam Gwon is a rising musical theater writer, named one of "50 to Watch" by The Dramatist magazine and hailed "a promising newcomer to our talent-hungry musical theater" by The New York Times.

His musicals have received more than 150 productions on five continents.  Off-Broadway: Ordinary Days (Roundabout Theatre), Old Jews Telling Jokes (Westside Theatre); Regional: Cake Off (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nomination), Cloudlands (South Coast Repertory), The Boy Detective Fails (Signature Theatre), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); West End: Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios).

Adam has also contributed songs as a staff writer on the hit webseries Submissions Only.

Adam is the proud recipient of the Kleban Award, the Fred Ebb Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, the Frederick Loewe Award, the Second Stage Theatre Donna Perret Rosen Award, the Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, the ASCAP Harold Adamson Award, and the MAC John Wallowitch Award, as well as commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre, South Coast Repertory, and Broadway Across America.  His songs have been heard at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and more, performed by such luminaries as Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, and Brian d'Arcy James.

Recordings of Adam's work include the cast album of Ordinary Days (Ghostlight Records), Audra McDonald's Go Back Home (Nonesuch), The Essential Liz Callaway (Working Girl Records), Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project (Entertainment One), and more.

Adam has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the O'Neill Music Theater Conference, and the Dramatists Guild, is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.

 

 
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by Adam Gwon

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ORDINARY DAYS

Cast album available at Ghostlight Records, iTunes, and Amazon

Sheet music available at NewMusicalTheatre.com

License a production at R&H Theatricals

A QUIETLY AFFECTING SHOW... Ordinary Days introduces a promising newcomer to our talent-hungry musical theater. Mr. Gwon writes crisp, fluid and funny lyrics that reflect the racing minds of four New Yorkers on a nervous search for their immediate futures. Ordinary Days...captures with stinging clarity that uneasy moment in youth when doubts begin to cloud hopes for a future of unlimited possibility.
— Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
FULL OF IDIOSYNCRATIC CHARM... A heartfelt and clever look at life in modern-day New York.” (Critic’s Pick)
— Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
ARRESTINGLY POETIC... A small-scale pleasure. Those who want to spot talented up-and-comers will want to check out Adam Gwon.” (Critic’s Choice)
— Charles McNulty, LA Times
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PROJECTS

 

ORDINARY DAYS

book, music, and lyrics by Adam Gwon

When Deb loses her most precious possession--the notes to her graduate thesis--she unwittingly starts a chain of events that turns the ordinary days of four New Yorkers into something extraordinary. Told through a series of intricately connected songs and vignettes, Ordinary Days is an original musical about growing up and enjoying the view. [2M, 2F; no intermission]

CAKE OFF

book by Julia Jordan and Sheri Wilner, lyrics by Julia Jordan and Adam Gwon, music by Adam Gwon / based on the play "Bake Off" by Sheri Wilner

It’‘s the 50th Annual Millberry Cake Off. The legendary jackpot: one million dollars for the best homemade sugary delight. After a chilly pre-heating, hardy contestants Paul and Rita don their aprons, strap on their oven mitts and square off. Armed with whisks, bowls, knives and eggs, the two engage in an increasingly ludicrous all-out brawl…– and only one can remain standing when the timer dings. [3M, 1F; no intermission]

THE BOY DETECTIVE FAILS

book by Joe Meno, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon / based on the novel by Joe Meno

After a childhood full of wonder, Billy Argo, boy detective, faces a mystery he can't comprehend: the shocking death of his younger sister and crime-solving partner, Caroline. Ten years later, 30-year-old Billy returns to his hometown determined to solve the mystery and right old wrongs--but what he discovers instead is a world full of unimaginable strangeness, beauty, and love. [6M, 4F; one intermission]

CLOUDLANDS

book and lyrics by Octavio Solis, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon

Monica's head is in the clouds most of the time--she takes photos of them and pastes them in a book, trying to capture them before they're gone. But when she discovers her mother in a tryst with a stranger, her entire life begins to feel as ephemeral and unreliable as a cloud. She decides to investigate the mystery of her mother's secret life and the man at its center--but the deeper she goes, the more lost Monica becomes in the labyrinth of her own heart. A new musical drama about desire and its transgressions. [3M, 2F; one intermission]

STRING

book by Sarah Hammond, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon

A workaholic Greek god gets tangled up with a security guard in the basement of the tallest building in the world. One mistake leads to another - a lost pair of scissors, a kiss, a stolen string - and soon Atropos is breaking her own rules to offer forever to an ordinary man. Can the fabric of the universe stand a flaw? An original musical about the three Fates in the modern city. [4M, 6F (flex); one intermission]

BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR

book and lyrics by Julia Jordan, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon / based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s the summer of 1912, and the teenagers of St. Paul, MN are abuzz with the arrival of Bernice Harvey – the cousin of Marjorie, the most popular girl in town. When Bernice turns out to be a dud, Marjorie makes it her mission to transform Bernice into a modern woman worthy of the Harvey name. But when Bernice’s newfound popularity begins to rival Marjorie’s – and wins the attention of St. Paul’s #1 bachelor, Warren McIntyre – jazz and jealousy turn the world upside-down as Marjorie vows delicious revenge. [6M, 7F; no intermission]

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SHEET MUSIC

Sheet music, including Ordinary Days vocal selections, is available at NewMusicalTheatre.com

LICENSING

Ordinary Days is licensed by R&H Theatricals

Old Jews Telling Jokes is licensed by Playscripts

For all other shows, please contact Seth Glewen at The Gersh Agency, (212) 634-8124 / sglewen@gersh.com

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CONTACT

For professional inquiries, please contact

Seth Glewen at The Gersh Agency, (212) 634-8124 / sglewen@gersh.com

For master class and concert bookings, please contact

Rachel Zeidman at The Gersh Agency, (212) 634-8115 / rzeidman@gersh.com

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