The Mad Ones musical to stream online from Derby Theatre

A new production of The Mad Ones musical is to stream online in May.

Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk’s piece (formerly known as The Unauthorized Autobiography Of Samantha Brown) will be presented by BJW Productions from Derby Theatre.

The cast will feature Molly Hewitt-Richards as Sam, Emily Knight as Kelly, Alice Imelda as Beverly and Aiden Carson as Adam.

Direction comes from Molly Hewitt-Richards with music direction by Ben Ward, sound design by Harry Greatorex, lighting design by Jamie Vella and video design by Mason Chapman. The band is made up of Ben Ward, Owen Jones, Richie Dunne and Catrin Meek.

The piece will stream online on Saturday, 29 May with tickets priced at £12 available from stream.theatre here.

A synopsis shares:

Mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved… 18-year-old Samantha Brown sits in a hand-me-down car with the keys clutched in her hand. Caught between a yearning for the unknown and feeling bound by expectation, she telescopes back to a time before her world had fallen apart.

As she relives her senior year, we meet Sam’s well-intentioned helicopter mother Bev and her high school sweetheart of a boyfriend Adam, but it’s her painfully alive best friend Kelly that haunts her. Kelly was everything Sam is not – impetuous and daring. She pushed Sam to break rules and do the unexpected.

When Kelly’s killed in a car wreck, Sam loses not only her best friend but also the part of herself that was learning to be brave. Now, Sam has to make a decision.

Will she follow her mother’s dreams for her, or will she summon the courage to drive away from her friends and family into a future she can’t imagine?

An original studio cast recording is available here featuring Krystina Alabado & Emma Hunton & Ben Fankhauser & Katie Thompson.

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