The View UpStairs

2017
Book, Music & Lyrics

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Vibrant...the show swells with heart. The View UpStairs is a moving homage to LGBT culture, past and present.”
—Isabella Biedenharn, Entertainment Weekly
Unexpected & Marvelous. Radical.
Moving homage.
Beautiful.
UPSTAIRS

Jonathan Larson Grant winner
New York Stage and Film Founder's Award Winner

Off-Broadway Alliance nomination for Best Musical

3 Drama desk nominations

2 Lucille Lortell Nominations

2 Audelco Award Nominations

Including Best Musical

When Wes, a young fashion designer from 2017, buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he finds himself transported to the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant seventies gay bar. As this forgotten community comes to life, Wes embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. This smash Off Broadway hit features a gritty, glam rock score and a tight-knit ensemble of unforgettable characters.The View UpStairs asks what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future.

WORLD PREMIERE
FEB. 26 2017

BOOK, MUSIC & LYRICS BY MAX VERNON
CHOREOGRAPHED BY AL BLACKSTONE
DIRECTED BY SCOTT EBERSOLD

Produced by Invisible Wall Productions


SELECT PREMIERES

The Hayes Theatre Sydney, Australia
Celebration Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Richmond Triangle players Richmond, VA
Circle Theatre Chicago, IL
OutFront Theatre Atlanta, GA

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SAMUEL FRENCH
Mr. Vernon’s score, which draws from the period’s disco, soft rock and glam sounds, is solid... unexpected and marvelous... channels a vintage camp that is all too rare nowadays.”
—Elisabeth Vincentelli, The New York Times
Fantastic!”
—RuPaul
Max Vernon’s compact musical could have been all fun and camp, but it’s more thoughtful than that, with sad, beautiful love songs performed by a soulful ensemble cast.”
—The New Yorker
A radical new musical...Vernon has succeeded in creating a musical that is authentic, funny, and deeply resonant. No one can leave the theatre untouched...Brilliant and fun.”
—Lina Landstroem, Public Seminar