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Maltby and Shire’s Closer Than Ever


A riveting song cycle exploring the everyday struggles of love in the modern world.


Music by David Shire

Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr


Directed by: Scott Sowinski

Vocal Direction: Linda Pauli

Music Direction: Jeff Otto


Auditions: TBA

Performances: June 19 - July 5, 2020



A look into the private song vault of Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire (BigStarting Here, Starting NowBaby), the review, Maltby and Shire's Closer Than Ever, is filled to the brim with the brilliance for which these musical theatre giants are known.

Closer Than Ever is a nonstop exploration of everyday struggles in the "modern world." Topics ranging from unrequited adoration... to aging... to Muzak are tackled with resounding sincerity and precisely placed hilarity. Each song is a unique story told by a new character, taking audiences, not only into the songbook of Mr. Maltby and Mr. Shire, but into the minds of the individuals facing these completely relatable challenges.

A superb choice for companies that have previously produced the work of Maltby and Shire, Closer Than Ever will inspire audiences to pause for self-reflection, whether presented as a fully realized production or a simple concert piece.


Produced with special arrangements with Music Theatre International