a sanctuary for development of new musicals

“Triple R” — 2 Readings and a Residency — offers musical theatre writers development of their musical in a compressed time frame.


We select one writing team each year who has previously participated in a weeklong residency at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat.  The writers begin with a cold table reading in NYC of their musical, move up to Rhinebeck for a residency to do rewrites, and return to NYC with a revised script and score for a staged reading with professional actors.

TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix 

Brandon James Gwinn, EllaRose Chary, and Sherri Eden Barber

The 2020 Triple R musical was TL; DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix, directed by Sherri Eden Barber and presented in a live-streamed virtual format. TL;DR won the 2021 Richard Rodgers Award.

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Brandon James Gwinn and EllaRose Chary at the 2019 Meet the Writers event

The Proxy Marriage 

Adam Gwon and Michele Lowe

The 2018 Triple R musical was The Proxy Marriage, directed by Lonny Price and music directed by Vadim Feichtner. It was selected for the 2019 Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals and had a reading at the Warren Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, Montana.

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Michele Lowe and Adam Gwon

The Tattooed Lady 

Erin Courtney, Max Vernon, and Ellie Heyman

The 2019 Triple R musical was The Tattooed Lady, directed by Ellie Heyman and featured Broadway talent including Annie Golden. It was awarded a Project Grant, commission, and full production with Philadelphia Theatre Company for the 2020-2021 season. 


The cast and creatives of The Tattooed Lady, led by Lauren Patten, Gisele Jiminez, Jo Lampert, and Annie Golden

Bhangin’ It 

Mike Lew, Rehana Lew Mirza, and Sam Willmott

The 2017 Triple R musical was Bhangin' It, when the writers saw the musical on its feet for the first time. They were selected for the 2018 Johnny Mercer Songwriter Colony at Goodspeed and will have a world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in 2022.

Rehana Lew Mirza, Sam Willmott, Mike Lew, writers of Bhangin' It

Rehana Lew Mirza, Sam Willmott, Mike Lew

Into The Wild

Janet Allard and Niko Tsakalakos


Our 2016 Triple R reading of Into The Wild was directed by Lila Neugebauer. 


The musical had a developmental production at Michigan’s Encore Musical Theater Company in 2017.

Director Lila Neugebauer, and writeJanet Allard, Niko Tsakalakos of Into the Wild

Lila Neugebauer, Janet Allard, Niko Tsakalakos

Broadway Bounty Hunter

Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin, and Jason “SweetTooth” Williams. 

As a direct result of our reading in 2015, the musical had its world premiere at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, MA in 2016 and its off-Broadway premiere in 2019.

Broadway Bounty Hunter by Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin, and Jason "SweetTooth" Williams
Annie Golden and Alan H. Green world premire of Broadway Bounty Hunter at Barrington Stage Company

Top: Broadway Bounty Hunter cast in rehearsal for Triple R reading

Annie Golden and Alan H. Green, world premiere at Barrington Stage