ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY
May 6 - June 25, 2016
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling
championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching
stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of
[potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing,
pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling
mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is an award-winning laugh
Spelling Bee originally premiered Off Broadway at the Second Stage
Theatre in January 2005, where it ran until it closed in March. The
initial staging received praise from critics and was a box office success.
Following its two month engagement, the show transferred to Broadway and
began performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre that April.
The original Second Stage cast, which included Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who
would later go on to star in ABC's Modern Family, transferred with
the show to Broadway. The show was nominated for six Tony Awards,
taking home the trophies for Best Book and Best Featured Actor (Dan Fogler).
When the production finally closed on January 20, 2008, it had played 21
previews and over 1,100 performances.
One of the things that makes Spelling Bee so different from any other
musical is the fact four audience members are asked to join the cast for
each performance, becoming contestants at the spelling bee themselves.
With countless unscripted moments, hilarious over-the-top characters, and a
spelling championship title on the line, Spelling Bee is a laugh