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2015-2016 Season


LA RÉVOLUTION FRANÇAISE by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Raymond Jeannot, Jean-Max Riviere (English lyrics by Michael Mahler)

September 28 2015 @ Thalia Hall

FWD's Season 2 kicked off with a sold out world-premiere presentation of Boublil & Schönberg's La Révolution Française, presented in co-production with American Music Theatre Project. The show was directed by David H. Bell with music direction by Michael Mahler and Roberta Duchak. The multiple Tony Award-winning writers of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon joined FWD and AMTP in Chicago to rehearse and workshop the massive staged reading concert of their first French rock opera, and 450 lucky attendees enjoyed a unique and exclusive night of theatre at the gorgeous Thalia Hall. Chris Jones wrote a terrific piece in the Chicago Tribune about the occasion.


NEUROSIS by Allan Rice, Ben Green, & Greg Edwards

February 29 2016 @ Uptown Underground

A modern musical comedy with a psychiatric twist, Neurosis is the story of two best friends - Frank and his neurosis - who embark on a quest to find happiness. Along the way, Frank meets the girl of his dreams, but watch out; she’s got a neurosis of her own. Falling in love means breaking down barriers, which threatens the neuroses’ existence. But can happiness be true if it means giving up part of yourself? This staged reading stars Steve Strafford, Landree Fleming, Wade Elkins, Nancy Voigts, Gene Wygandt, Hillary Marren, and Dave Stinton.

COYOTE by Tim McCorry & Michael Aman

May 9 2016 @ Theater Wit

Inspired by a true story, Coyote is a modern American tale of love and adventure. Pedro and Bernadice are young lovers, determined to be re-united, who turn to a mysterious figure known only as Coyote to help them make a perilous crossing from Mexico into the United States. They have no idea that they have engaged the services of a magical, god-like creature who can change form, leap into their dreams and is bound by neither time nor space. He is a trickster. He is also their only hope in a struggle of love against fear.

CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN by Kevin Ray, Andrea Lepcio, & D.A. Taylor, with additional story by Suellen Vance

June 6 2016 @ Chicago Theater Works

Central Avenue Breakdown opens at the height of the jazz scene in 1940’s Los Angeles, when swing is hot and bop is just around the corner. Two brothers, Bill and Jim Marcel, haunted by their father’s failure, play for success - older brother Bill on tenor sax digs the popular tunes while Jim blows alto and aims for a new sound. A Hollywood starlet turns both their heads as brother betrays brother, first in music, then in love. Can music save their family and their dreams?

CODE NAME: CYNTHIA by Steve & Karen Multer

August 15 2016

Betty Thorpe (code name: CYNTHIA) is a stunning beauty and master spy, blackmailed into seducing the enemy to save civilization from a ruthless dictator - and her own precarious web of intrigue from coming unraveled. Based on the true story of an unsung American WWII patriot, Washington DC becomes a chessboard where honor, sex, and political ethics are as up for grabs as the fate of the free world.

THANK YOU to the great writers, projects, and CHICAGO audiences who helped establish and support FWD in its inaugural season


Stay tuned to FWD for news on next steps for these beautiful new musicals

THE BLACK & WHITE BALL by Stephen Cole and Todd Ellison  JANUARY 2015  directed by Amber Mak

PRIDE & PREJUDICE - THE MUSICAL by Lawrence Rush  FEBRUARY 2015  directed by Michael Gillis

LOVE AND OTHER FABLES by John McMahon and Jay Jeffries  APRIL 2015  directed by Jay Binder

SWIFT AS DESIRE by Jeff Lunden and Arthur Perlman  MAY 2015  directed by Henry Godinez

EXPOSURE conceived by Cathy Nathan, by Erik Della Penna, William Brown, Doug Frew, photography by Sandro  JULY 2015  directed by William Brown