Alan Menken, James Lapine, Nell Benjamin Are Hard At Work On A NANCY DREW Musical

Kobi Kassal
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May 11, 2023 11:00 AM

We’ve got a hunch that a new musical is on the way with one of the world’s most beloved literary characters. Today, it was announced that Nancy Drew and the Mystery at Spotlight Manor: A Musical is currently in development. 

This new musical will feature music by Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Tony nominee Nell Benjamin, book by two-time Academy Award winner Sarah Kernochan and direction by three-time Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine.  

First published in 1930 and having sold over 100 million books worldwide, Nancy Drew, our teen girl detective, broke barriers in literature and in the minds of the public concerning what women are capable of achieving. Based on the series published by Simon & Schuster, Nancy Drew and the Mystery at Spotlight Manor: A Musical seeks to bring her story to a whole new audience while celebrating the power of her legacy which has inspired generations. 

“After 175 Nancy Drew mysteries that span from her small town of River Heights to exotic locales around the world, the teen detective is about to tackle perhaps the most exotic locale of all to her: a musical theater camp, Spotlight Manor.  Alan, Nell, Sarah and I have been having a ball letting Nancy and her pals take to the stage and sing for the first time,” said Lapine.

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Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!

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