The Story

Book and lyrics by David H. Bell
Music by Jeremy Cohen
Co-created by Aaron Thielen


A musical that follows the journey of Dick, a streetwise kid, and his gang of bootblacks trying to 'make it through the day.'

The backdrop of the show is Five Points New York in 1876, where Dick rescues a young English girl, who through a series of unfortunate circumstances, is abandoned by her devious step-father and his compatriots. The show follows Dick and the boys trying to protect Mary and reunite her with the only family she has left, her Grandfather.

Loosely based on the writings of American writer Horatio Alger, this musical deals with the great distance between the American mythology and the much darker and more ominous truth about life in the tenements of the time.

Photographer: Peter Coombs