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The Loneliest Girl


  • World Premiere
    The Loneliest Girl in the World
    Book & Lyrics by Gordon Leary
    Music by Julia Meinwald
    Directed by Matt M. Morrow

    Production Sponsor: Rob Granat & Al Mazur

    May 24-July 1, 2018 // Opening June 2

    After the lauded World Premiere of The Boy Who Danced On Air, Diversionary is proud to produce the World Premiere of another groundbreaking new musical.

    Following the life and evolution of Anita Bryant and her biggest fan, Tommy, The Loneliest Girl in the World magically charts the emergence of the gay rights movement on urgently intimate terms. By turns delightful and provocative, this inspiring new musical is a reminder of a battle yet won, the purpose of pie, and the power of an individual voice.

    The Loneliest Girl in the World was featured in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals Fall 2016. Leary and Meinwald’s musicals have been seen at Ars Nova, The Director’s Company, Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Prospect Theater Company, Weston Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the York Theatre Company. Leary is the recipient of the 2009 Richard Rodgers Award.

    This production is generously supported in part by The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s National Fund for New Musicals.


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  • Matt M. Morrow, Executive Artistic Director

    Matt M. Morrow, Executive Artistic Director

    The Loneliest Girl in The World takes on the iconic Anita Bryant in a way that humanizes her journey while parsing through the devastating effects of her actions. Simultaneously, we trace the gay rights movement through the coming of age of Tommy, a reluctant hero who whose passion for a D-List singer propels him center stage of a turning point in history. This sweet and tart new musical is a tribute to an era when our movement galvanized, and the courage of our community dared to infiltrate the mainstream.


  • Gordon Leary 2015 headshot websiteJulia_Meinwald_016 website

    Julia Meinwald and Gordon Leary write aggressively empathetic musical theatre. Their work includes THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD (2016 NAMT Festival, 2015 UArts Polyphone Festival, 2014 Ars Nova OutLoud Series), PREGNANCY PACT (2012 Weston Playhouse premiere, 2011 NAMT Festival, 2011 Yale Institute), DISAPPEARED (2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab), and the short film GALAXY COMICS (2014 United Airlines in-flight programming.) They are currently at work on REB + VoDKa + ME (2016 Civilians’ FINDINGS Series), THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016 Fresh Ground Pepper), and SOMETHING BLUE (2014 NYTB.) Together, they have participated in the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, Ars Nova’s Uncharted, The Civilians’ R&D Group, Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Playgroup, and the Musical Theatre Factory writers group. Julia was a participant in the New Dramatists Composer Librettist Development Program, and her other musicals include ELEVATOR HEART (2016 New Studio @ NYU, Dixon Place) and JACK PERRY IS ALIVE AND DATING (2011 NYMF Next Link selection.) Gordon’s other musicals include ACROSS THE RIVER (2013 Seoul Musical Festival) and CHEER WARS (2015 York Theatre, 2009 Richard Rodgers Award.) Both are 2007 alumni of the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

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