Book, Music, & Lyrics by Bailey Baker & Jack B. Murphy
This is the story of Matt, a young novelist, his workaholic boyfriend, John, and the power of writing at a time where every word matters.
LILAC began as two songs in a short musical piece which premiered as part of a new musical festival produced by Playwrights Performance Group at Shenandoah Conservatory. It was later expanded into a full-length musical which was then workshopped as part of Shenandoah’s inaugural Student Performance Week (now ShencoLAB) and presented in the culminating Festival of Arts, Ideas, and Exploration in the Fall of 2018. In March of 2019, Lilac was presented as a public staged reading at the Winchester, Virginia Bright Box Theatre for two sold out performances.
"Take the Reins"
Music by Jack B. Murphy, Lyrics by Liam Pearce
Based on a scene from LATE, A COWBOY SONG by Sarah Ruhl. "Mary, always late and always married, meets a lady cowboy outside the city limits of Pittsburgh who teaches her how to ride a horse."
*I do not own the rights to this play. This song was written as part of a class exercise with This MT Space.
"Long Way Down"
Music & Lyrics by Jack B. Murphy
An ode to summer nights on rooftops spent on the edge.
"Ettersburg & You"
Music by Jack B. Murphy, Lyrics by Abigail Redlich
Based on love letters between Hans Christian Andersen and the Grand Duke of Weimar, with piano & mandolin.