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400 Mothers and Daughters (working title)is a musical for the stage about the mother-daughter relationship, revealed in its fullest complexity, a diverse yet universal human bond that is at the core of who we are.   The musical is inspired by our documentary film The Story of Mothers and Daughters and by our in-depth, one hour interviews with over 400 women and girls.

  • 30 songs.
  • 25 relationships.
  • Diverse.  Universal.   Honest.  Emotional.  Funny.  Tragic.  Familiar.  Surprising.  Unsentimental.
  • Every one of us will recognize ourself or our mother in this play, on stage, at least for a moment if not much much more.

Imagine our Mother Daughter Musical as A Chorus Line meets The Vagina Monologues, a true-to-the-point-of-pain journey into the mother and daughter relationship in the genre of a documentary theater concept musical:

  • documentary theater– meaning a stage play drawn from the real world rather than from a playwright’s imagination, e.g.  Vagina Monologues or any of the plays by Anna Deavere Smith
  • concept musical– about a central theme or concept, rather than about a central story or character. Just like Cats and Chorus Line, (also concept musicals) we use songs from multiple diverse characters, each with their own separate story, that together present a many-sided portrait of our chosen theme.  In comparison, the book musical (e.g. Oklahoma! to Hamilton) is plot based, a central story with on-going characters whose trials and tribulations make up the narrative.

Our Audience

Admittedly, not everyone will be interested in this play.  Our audience is limited to:

  • mothers and daughters
  • plus people who have a mother
  • plus people who have a daughter.

But despite that limitation … and seriously now …  we believe there is a devoted audience who care deeply about this theme and will care passionately about this musical.

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