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music & lyrics by Bobby Cronin
book by Crystal Skillman
Based on Adam Elliot's film, MARY & MAX
13-year old Lily has locked herself in her room. Her newly single father chooses to finally tell Lily the story of Mary and Max, a tale set in the 1970s about a seemingly random friendship between Mary Daisy Dinkle, a chubby and lonely eight-year-old with a birthmark on her forehead the color of poo who lives in Australia and Max Jerry Horowitz, a 44-year-old obese New Yorker who is soon diagnosed with a newly named disorder, Asperger Syndrome. As pen-pals, they go through their highest and lowest times together, spanning twenty years. But, will Lily see Mary and Max meet before it's too late?
"And it may open a new musical era. Because what is offered here for eyes, ears and heart is a musical, but so atypically different, refreshingly modern
- just authentic."
- AU Kurier
New Musicals Winner
World Premiere at
BroadwayWorld Award Winner:
can't land in
New York soon enough!"
- Stephen Mother, Broadwayworld.com
“This [Mary and Max] has
restored my faith in theatre…”
-Mr. Fab, Immrfabulous.com
“Nothing accidental about Mary and Max’s success at Theatre Calgary … This is a big story to tell - and writer Crystal Skillman does it well … Act one ended and I didn't realize how long I was holding my breath, anxiously engaged in the story.”
- Vicky Trask, BroadwayWorld
"a love letter to marginalized people everywhere regardless of age, sex or culture.”
— Calgary Herald
Initially, Skillman’s book has the feel of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Matilda and the musicals inspired by them, but there is always a hint of something edgier …"
-Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Herald
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