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Hooked on Happiness

November 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 1, 2019

An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday and Thursday, repeating until December 1, 2019


Theater for the New City presents the world premiere of HOOKED ON HAPPINESS, a new musical about global warming, for a limited engagement November 7th – December 1st at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors) and can be purchased at the box office (212-254-1109), online HERE or by phone at (888) 549-4106. Book & lyrics are by Tom Attea, with music composed by Arthur Abrams, direction by Mark Marcante, and choreography by Mackenzie Surbey.

HOOKED ON HAPPINESS spotlights a high-school drama class that decides to create their own original musical about the global climate crisis, instead of selecting from the musical and play their drama teacher has suggested. Many of their parents are very conservative, and the often frank, passionate content of their lyrics outrages members of the audience.

Concerned they may not have a future, they want to join their voices with other young people across the globe to confront the threat our warming climate poses to their future. As one of the students says, “If 16-year-old Greta Thunberg could sail across the Atlantic to demonstrate against climate change, we should at least be able to do a show about it.”

When their drama teacher sees some of the material they’ve written – about parents being hooked on misery, glued to the news and, in the case of the parents who are Fundamentalist Christians, just waiting for the so-called End Times – she decides to let them go ahead with it. They pull no punches in their lyrics, and the parents who are outraged begin calling for the show to be shut down and the drama teacher to be fired. In response, the students threaten to go on strike.

The cast of HOOKED ON HAPPINESS features Liz Bealko, Hannah Carne, Spencer Martinez, Leonard W. Rose, Jordan Rubio, Jazz Sunpanich, and Hannah Weaver.

HOOKED ON HAPPINESS has Set Design by Mark Marcante, Lighting Design by Alexander Bartenieff, Sound Design by Alex Santullo, Video and Projection Design by Dylan Vaughn Skorish, Costume and Prop Design by Lytza Colon; Assistant Director, Jordyn Prince; Assistant Costume Designer, Nikki Reed; Production Stage Manager, Melissa Mauer; and Assistant Stage Manager, Melanie Phaneuf.


November 29, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue
NYC, NY 10003 United States


Glenna Freedman