Academia Nuts is a full-length multi-ethnic musical with a contemporary setting and a nerd-rock score by Becca Anderson, Julian Blackmore, & Dan Marshall.
It’s the National High School Quizbowl Championship! Dreamy-eyed brainiac Maggie McCutter hopes to win a scholarship so she can escape her controlling mother. Maggie’s world is hilariously turned upside down when she falls for Tyler O'Neil, a football-loving opponent from rival team, the Walla Walla Walruses. As she's torn between the family she’s got and the friendship she's found, will Maggie’s trivial pursuits be in jeopardy? ACADEMIA NUTS is the uproarious nerd-rock musical everyone will be buzzing about!
WINNER Play-by-Play Best New Musical Award, New York Musical Theatre Festival 2014
WINNER Best Director, Thomas Caruso, New York Musical Theatre Festival 2014
WINNER Outstanding Performance, Jennifer Simard, New York Musical Theatre Festival 2014
WINNER Outstanding Performance, Alyse Alan Louis, New York Musical Theatre Festival 2014
Honorable Mention, Excellence in Writing Lyrics, New York Musical Theatre Festival 2014
Honorable Mention, Excellence in Writing Book, New York Musical Theatre Festival 2014
Official Selection of the New York Musical Theatre Festival's 2014 Next Link Project. Full production July 2014.
Finalist for the New Jersey Playwrights' Contest Musical Series, Staged Reading at William Paterson University February 2014
Broadway's Future Songbook concert at Bruno Walter Auditorium - Lincoln Center, January 2013
CAP21 table reading, October 2012
NYTB in the D-Lounge presentation, October 2012
CAP21 Writers' Residency, August 2012
Staged Reading at Emerging Artists' Theatre's Notes from a Page series, May 2011