“It was clear from my very first encounter with director Barrie Gelles: Gallery Players truly loves theater artists. I was honored to receive a reading in the inaugural year of Overtures, and I am thrilled to be back with Emma this fall. Gallery Players deftly handles all the logistics so the writers can focus on the work. A generosity of spirit abounds, from the directors to the cast, and I am immensely grateful for the time, talent, space, and support to develop this new musical; it is a rare gift.” – Sarah Taylor Ellis, composer – EMMA (2015)


“…having the Gallery Players and the type of support they are giving us allows us to focus entirely on the writing. Gallery Players has been fantastic about building a supportive infrastructure and for simply creating this opportunity. They’ve been so welcoming and fantastic working with all the new writers.” – Jonathon Lynch, composer – LUNACY (2014)

Gallery Players has often successfully produced new musicals as part of their season, such as Yank (2007) and Like You Like It (2008). To further this idea, Gallery Players has created a new program in order to directly support the development of new musicals. OVERTURES will offer staged readings of six new musicals, thereby fostering the creation of new musical theatre and supporting the talented composers and writers as they refine their work. The series is helmed by theatre director and scholar, Barrie Gelles and will feature the talents of a roster of exceptional up-and-coming performers and directors.

One may buy individual tickets for each show or purchase a season pass to the OVERTURES series. Individual tickets are $10 and may be purchased online or at the door.

Program Director: OVERTURES – Barrie Gelles

OVERTURES: A New Musical Reading Series

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming productions.


Past Seasons of Overtures

Shows from Overtures have gone on to Off-Off-Broadway productions, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh CLO, regional productions, and additional workshops.


Going South
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Katya Stanislavskaya

The Heartbreak Hotel
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Rebecca Lee Lerman


The Giant Hoax
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant

Peter and the Pied Piper, a special presentation for young audiences
Music by Jonathon Lynch
Book and Lyrics by Holly Hepp-Galván

Manuel Versus the Statue of Liberty
Music and Lyrics by David Davila
Book and Lyrics by Noemi de la Puente

The Holy Cows of Credence, South Dakota
Music and Lyrics by Paul Rigano and David Rigano
Book by Mark Eugene Garcia

The Turing Test
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathon Lynch


Baby Bumps
Music by Jeffrey Lodin
Lyrics by William Squier
Book by William Squier and Dana Hilmer

An American Hero
Music and Lyrics by Cody Cole
Book by Kenneth L. Stilson

We Are The Tigers
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Rebekah M. Allen

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Anna Jacobs

On the Air
Music By Robert Farruggia
Book and Lyrics by Robert Farruggia and Cristina Farruggia


Book, Music, and Lyrics by Ben Diskant

Music by Sarah Taylor Ellis
Book and Lyrics by Meghan Brown

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Natalie Lovejoy

‘Til Death Do Us Part
Music and Lyrics by Bobby Cronin
Book by Caroline Prugh

Lobsters Live Forever
Music by Bob Kelly
Book and Lyrics by Sam Chanse
In partnership with the Leviathan Lab

Music by Amy Baer and Keith Robinson
Book and Lyrics by Mark-Eugene Garcia and Alfred Solis
Based on a Concept by Alfred Solis


Music by Jonathon Lynch
Book and Lyrics by Matt Boresi

The Yellow Wallpaper
Music by Sarah Taylor Ellis
Book and Lyrics by Lane Williamson

Closer Than You Think
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Brett Kristofferson
Based on the film Across the Tracks written and directed by Sandy Tung

Plagued (A musical comedy adventure across disease ravaged 14th century England)
Music by Nick Moore
Book and Lyrics by Daniel John Kelley
Story by Nick Moore & Daniel John Kelley

In Search of the Bandit Queen
Music and Lyrics by Kamala Sankaram
Book and Lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson

Music by Mark Evans
Book and Lyrics by Andrew Farmer and Max Reuben