"An emerging master of musical theater"
Adam Gwon is a 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 been produced on six continents, in more than half a dozen languages. Off-Broadway: Ordinary Days (Roundabout Theatre; Keen Company, Drama League Award nomination, Best Revival), Old Jews Telling Jokes (Westside Theatre); Regional: String (Village Theatre), Cake Off (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nomination; Bucks County Playhouse), 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 also contributed songs as a staff writer on the hit webseries Submissions Only and for Stephen Schwartz and John Tartaglia’s The Secret Silk on Princess Cruise Lines.
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, the Kimmel Center, 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), Tracy Lynn Olivera's Because, and Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project (Entertainment One).
Adam has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, 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. He served on the Tony Awards Nominating Committee from 2015-2018, and currently sits on the Board at Roundabout Theatre Company.
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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]
book by Michael Mitnick, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon / based on the film by Billy Morrissette
The long-ignored residents of a sleepy Pennsylvania town get bitten by ambition and revenge when a burger-joint manager and his wife cook up a plan to super-size their lives. How far will they go for a taste of that oh-so-tempting American Dream? A deliciously dark new musical comedy, based on the cult film (and the bard’s Macbeth). [6M, 5F; one intermission]
THE PROXY MARRIAGE
book by Michele Lowe, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon / adapted from the short story by Maile Meloy
Boy meets girl. Girl marries boy. Girl marries boy two hundred times. William and Bridey, two teenagers in Montana, earn extra cash standing in as bride and groom in proxy wedding ceremonies for soldiers stationed overseas. As the years pass, they each make their way in the world, but the pull of home, duty—and each other—may prove too powerful to overcome. Spanning a decade in a changing country, The Proxy Marriage is a fresh new romantic comedy about coming together in a world that threatens to keep us apart. [6M, 6F (flex); one intermission]
book by Sarah Hammond, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon
On a starry mountaintop, three sisters -- goddesses known as the Fates -- spin, measure, and snip the strings of life for every human on earth. After angering Zeus, they find themselves banished to a modern office building in the mortal world, where they continue their work hidden among the mortals whose destinies they weave. When the eldest sister meets a security guard in the building and falls in love, she bends the rules of Fate to keep him at her side -- but can the fabric of the Universe stand a flaw? An original musical about fate, love, and the imperfections that make us human. [4M, 6F (flex); one intermission]
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]
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]
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]
Sheet music, including Ordinary Days vocal selections, is available at NewMusicalTheatre.com
NewMusicalTheatre anthology collections "Girl Songs," "Guy Songs," and "Comedy Songs" are available at Samuel French.
Ordinary Days is licensed by R&H Theatricals
Old Jews Telling Jokes is licensed by Playscripts
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