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Musicals

North Star

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Sonya Hayden
Additional Music by Kristoffer Bjarke

Full-length, drama, 8 actors (4M, 4F)

In this Greek mythology adventure musical for family audiences,

teenage princess Andromeda must assemble an A (well, more like B) team of heroes to help her survive when a god comes after her soul. Along the way, she discovers that she’s far more capable than she thought and realizes she herself might just be the hero she’s been looking for. The show explores themes of sacrifice, loss, empowerment, and the meaning of heroism. Listen here.

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For Love or Funny

Book by Sonya Hayden & Megan Loughran
Music by Sonya Hayden
Lyrics by Megan Loughran

Based on the public domain Three Stooges film Sing a Song of Six Pants

Full-length, comedy, 6 actors (1M, 5F)

Three women (Mo, Mary, and Curly) own a secondhand clothing store in 1940s Brooklyn that's about to close – unless they can somehow get $500 by tomorrow. When they learn that the cops are offering a $500 reward for the capture of notorious bank robber Fleets Robinson, they hatch a plan to capture Fleets themselves, resulting in mix-ups, mayhem, mistaken identities, and more!

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Sonya Hayden

The Luckiest Girl

Full-length, drama, 8 actors (2M, 6F)

A sheltered young woman becomes secretly involved in a women-led experimental theater troupe in 1920s Greenwich Village. As she finds herself unexpectedly falling in love with another female member of the troupe, she finds a new kind of freedom, self-confidence, and independence. Listen here.

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Design by Julia Peiperl

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Dream a Little Dream

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Sonya Hayden

Full-length, comedy, 8 actors (4M, 4F)

Composer Neil battles financial and career decisions while caught in a love triangle. In a wacky dream sequence involving in-laws, widgets, and a judge that places his music on trial, Neil confronts his dilemmas Freudian-style.

Wanda Does the Water Cycle

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Sonya Hayden

One-act, theater for young audiences, 4 actors (1M, 3F)

In this short musical for kids, precocious young water molecule Wanda visits the forbidden surface of her lake, where she promptly evaporates and, through learning about the water cycle, must figure out how to return home before the wind blows her away. Listen here.

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Crazy But True

Book and Lyrics by Sonya Hayden
Music by Jon Hugo Ungar

10-minute, comedy, 2 actors (1M, 1F)

In this short romantic comedy musical, two awkward, lonely individuals meet in a deserted subway station and must decide whether to pursue their surprising connection before the next train arrives.  Listen here.

It Ain't Over 'Til the Bat Lady Sings

Book by Sonya Hayden & A.J. Freeman
Music by Sonya Hayden
Lyrics by A.J. Freeman

Based on the play The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart & Avery Hopwood

One-act, comedy, 6 actors (0M, 6F)

A murder mystery comedy musical! In the 1950s, after 60-year-old homemaker Cornelia's husband passes away, she feels ready for a new life chapter of adventure, excitement, and independence in a big city. But to her frustration, her beloved niece and perpetually anxious sister-in-law whisk her away to a remote village to grieve in peace—only to discover there’s a serial killer on the loose! Having found some excitement at last, Cornelia is determined to solve the case before the killer can snuff out someone she loves.

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It's a Hard-Rock Life

Book and Lyrics by Sonya Hayden
Music by Jon Hugo Ungar

10-minute, theater for young audiences, 4-13 actors (any gender)

In this short musical for kids, three awesome rock bands – Sedimentary, Igneous, and Metamorphic – vie for the title of Rock Star in a Battle of the Bands competition, trying to win over the audience with their moving origin stories and layer upon layer of rock puns.

Princeton University Triangle Club

As a member of the Triangle Club Writers' Workshop, Sonya contributed music and lyrics for the shows Tropic BlunderAn Inconvenient Sleuthand Zero GravitasListen here.

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Triangle Writers' Workshop 2015

Sonya Hayden

Lyricist
Composer
Playwright

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