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a sanctuary for development of new musicals

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat's “Triple R” Program2 Readings and a Residency — offers a unique opportunity for musical theatre writers to develop their musical in a compressed time frame.

The program begins with a cold table reading in NYC of their musical, immediately followed by a residency at Rhinebeck to do rewrites, concluding with a return to NYC with revised script and score for a staged reading with professional actors and industry professionals.

Selection for the Triple R Program is available to writers who have previously participated in a weeklong residency at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat.


Kalani Queypo and Kyle Puccia during their Triple R Residency in Rhinebeck, NY


Kalani Queypo & Kyle Puccia

The 2022 Triple R musical was MISSING PEACE directed by Devanand Janki and music direction by Yan Li. 

The cast featured the talents of Glenn Stanton, Nic Rouleau, Brandi Porter, Lina Sarrello, Jake Hart, Kyla Garcia, Jaileen Viera, and Angela Gómez

Rhinebeck supported this musical in 2020 with a  virtual residency and they've since gone on to the 2021 NAMT Festival and were a 2021 O'Neill Finalist


Kate Douglas and Grace McLean

The 2021 Triple R musical was AGAINST WOMEN & MUSIC! directed by Jaki Bradley and music direction by Kris Kukul. 

The cast featured the talents of Nikki M. James, Joel Perez, Krysta Rodriguez, Erik Lochtefeld, Mia Pak, Natalie Walker.

Rhinebeck supported this musical in 2020 with a  virtual residency, and it was so exciting to bring together so many talented artists so that Grace and Kate can see their work live for the first time ever.

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Kate Douglas and Grace McLean at the Triple R presentation in 2021

TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix 

Brandon James Gwinn, EllaRose Chary

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. Performers included Hannah Cruz, Ari Groover, Sara Porkalob, and Becca Blackwell.

Following the Triple R, the show received the Richard Rodgers award and was selected for the NAMT Festival of New Musicals in 2021. 

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

The Tattooed Lady 

Erin Courtney and Max Vernon

The 2019 Triple R musical was The Tattooed Lady, directed by Ellie Heyman and featuring Tony-winner Lauren Patten, Annie Golden, Gisele Jiminez and Jo Lampert.


Following the Triple R, The Tattooed Lady was awarded a Project grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and Philadelphia Theatre Company will produce the world premiere in Fall of 2022.

The cast and creatives of Triple R reading of The Tattooed Lady

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 Grove at Goodspeed, and Mike and Rehana won the 2020 Kleban award. 


Bhangin' It had its world premiere production at La Jolla Playhouse in spring 2022.  Check out the clip below with excerpts from the La Jolla production.

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

Rehana Lew Mirza, Sam Willmott, Mike Lew

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.

Cast member Badia Farha performed a selection for the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat 10th Anniversary Fundraiser Celebration.  Check out the video below!

Broadway Bounty Hunter by Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin, and Jason "SweetTooth" Williams

Broadway Bounty Hunter cast in rehearsal for Triple R reading

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