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Book, Music, & Lyrics by Matt Schatz
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
Music Directed by Douglas Levine

Orchestrations by Rona Siddiqui
Co-Production with Pittsburgh CLO
Unexpectedly Titled
An idealistic literary manager at a non-profit theater wants to change the world by discovering unsung writers and plays that matter, but her tone-deaf boss instead chooses a “pop superstar” to write the “hit” that will keep the theater from going out of business. A hilarious new musical about the battle of art versus commerce.

November 27 through December 19, 2021


City Theatre is thrilled to partner with Pittsburgh CLO on this production.

For 75 years, Pittsburgh CLO has been entertaining patrons through its Summer Season of Broadway musicals, an annual holiday production of A Musical Christmas Carol, and year-round shows at the CLO Cabaret. Our commitment to the future of musical theater includes the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater, the Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater, the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, and the SPARK Festival for new musicals.


Tickets start at $29 and are available now.

Join us for Pick-Your-Price previews from November 27 – December 2.  Tickets are limited.


Matt Schatz is a writer and composer. Upcoming musicals include A Wicked Soul In Cherry Hill (Geffen Playhouse, Edgerton New Play Award) and An Untitled New Play By Justin Timberlake (City Theatre/Pittsburgh CLO). Other plays and musicals include The Door You Never Saw Before (Geffen Stayhouse), The Burdens (The O’Neill, City Theatre, Bloomington Playwright’s Project, Play-Per View), No One Sings Like You Anymore (Seattle Rep Commission), I Battled Lenny Ross (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Georama (St. Louis Rep, Great River Shakespeare Festival, NYMF), Where Ever It May Be (CLO Spark Festival), Dunkfest ’88 (Ars Nova), Love Trapezoid (Astoria Performing Arts Center), and The Tallest Building in the World (Luna Stage). Awards include The Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre, The ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Musical Theater Award, The Reva Shiner Comedy Award, the New York Musical Festival Outstanding Lyrics Award, and Broadway World Pittsburgh’s Original Script of the Decade Award. Matt has been the recipient of five Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Play Commissions; the most recent is an in-progress science musical with playwright Anna Ziegler. Non-theater work includes composing the songs for Season Three of the hit Spotify/Gimlet podcast series The Two Princes, and television and film projects developed for Fox, USA, TBS, Warner Bros, CBS, EOne, and others. Matt was a writer for Taika Waititi’s upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adaptation for Netflix Animation. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.