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1999 Richard Rodgers Development Award

2000 Buffalo (NY) Art Voice Best Musical of the Year

Kleban Prize for Most Promising Lyricist to David Javerbaum

"A show well worth seing. Do so now, and later you can say you did so before it was cool." —The Washington Post

"A sweet, old-fashioned take on the charms and travails of ex-urban life." —New York Post

"The most enjoyable new musical I've seen all season." —
Book by David Javerbaum and Robert S. Cohen. Music by Robert S. Cohen. Lyrics by David Javerbaum.

Cast: 4m., 4w. (may be expanded to 6m., 6w.) For all the books, movies and sitcoms that have either eulogized or vilified them, the suburbs have been largely ignored by musical theatre—until now. Suburb takes an insightful, witty, and nuanced view of the world of the lawnmower, the barbecue, and the mall, exploring the suburb's rites and rituals with a four-person chorus (expandable to eight) and four main characters: Alison, a pregnant young professional determined to avoid moving back to the suburbs; Stuart, Alison's husband, who finds himself suddenly seized by an overwhelming desire to go suburban; Rhoda, the chain-smoking Über-realtor, a perpetual divorcée hell-bent on selling Alison and Stuart their dream house; and Tom, a widower and avid do-it-yourselfer who in the face of retirement has reluctantly put his home of 40 years up for sale. The stories of these four people-interwoven with the chorus's frequent musical reveries on subjects like mowing the lawn, the mall, and the perfection of perfectly grilled meat-form the road map of Suburb. "Winning and warm…a wry but enthusiastic celebration of a typical American experience." (New York Post) "A sure-fire night of musical entertainment." (The Herndon Times) "This enchanting musical bustles with energy, charm and heart." ( "[A] musical love note to the land of wide green lawns, shopping malls and do-it-yourselfers." (Houston Press) "Suburb is super! The songs are sprightly, spirited, loving and buoyant…you must go see this show." (WOR Radio) Flexible staging. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

Music Samples

Not Me
The Girl Next Door
Ready or Not
Walkin' to School
Everything Must Go

This play contains strong language. If certain profanities in the script are considered objectionable, the authors give their permission to substitute language more acceptable in their place.
Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  SL1
Cast Size:  8
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  114
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 1583423354
Publication Date: 05/30/2006
Robert S. Cohen has written music for theatre, orchestra and dance. In addition to the Richard Rogers Award for Suburb, he has received awards from the American Music Center and Meet the Composer. His music/theatre work for baritone and orchestra, Edison Invents, based on the life and work of Thomas Edison, commissioned by the Geraldine Dodge Foundation, was premiered by ...More
David Javerbaum has won five Emmys, two Peabody Awards, and two Television Critics Awards for both Best Comedy and Best News Show for his work as Head Writer and Supervising Producer of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is one of the primary authors of that show's textbook parody America (The Book), which spent a year ...More
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