We produce a broad spectrum of musicals that fill a niche in the diverse Philadelphia theatre landscape: musicals that spark the creativity of our artists and the imaginations of our audience. In the 2014-2015 season, we produced our first world premiere, Michael Ogborn’s Field Hockey Hot, which was a smashing success, and motivated us to create one of the first original cast albums to come out of Philadelphia in years. Over the past eleven seasons, we have produced seventeen full-scale musicals, nine of which were Philadelphia premieres. Our hugely popular Next Step Concert Series is a staged-reading series that showcases musicals seldom seen in Philadelphia. In addition to Field Hockey Hot, the company has contributed to the development of several new musicals beginning with Angst, a ten-minute musical that premiered in the Spark Festival of 2005. We produced the American premiere of Austentatious that went on to success at the New York Musical Theatre Festival; and a 29-hour reading of Fantasy Football, the Musical? before its production at New York University. Both Austentatious and Fantasy Football have since been published and are now professionally licensed. In the fall of 2014, we partnered with University of the Arts to workshop Persephone Unplugged, a new twist on the classic Greek myth.
11th Hour’s devotion to strong narratives and virtuosic music has earned a generous amount of critical acclaim. Philadelphia Magazine critic David Fox hailed the company as “the most significant force for new musical theatre in the city.” Theatre critic Howard Shapiro has described 11th Hour as “an inventive, bold and thoughtful producer that offers something special.” Mark Cofta celebrated our recent production of See What I Wanna See as showcasing our “great commitment to rich musical performance and dynamic design and staging.” The world premiere of Field Hockey Hot was hailed as “100 minutes of sublime lunacy in music that no theatergoer can afford to miss” (City Paper). The audience response to our Next Step Concert Series has been remarkable, with numerous audience members regularly attending talkbacks after each performance to engage in discussion about new and seldom seen musicals.
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