BUMS! the Musical

In the rip-roaring 1920's, a daydreaming businessman named Edward feels trapped amid the hustle and bustle of city life. Inspired by the example of Dirty Dan, the self-proclaimed “king of the bums”, Edward wants to forsake the rat race and start a new life in a teepee in the woods. But going against the grain brings on the resistance of his fiancee, his family, the corporate world, and a political machine. Why won't society just let him be a bum?

Are you with (or know someone who's with) a theater company, school, or performing arts organization? If so, then I want you to produce my musical. For free. This family-friendly comedy is great for all ages and can be easily adapted for almost any venue. I don't require any royalties or payments of any kind. All I want is to to get this show out there, and nothing will help more than getting it produced. Just let me know when and where!

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“I could go on and on about the other actors and their comedic prowess, but suffice it to say the show was well cast. … I left the theater smiling and hungry for more original pieces like this one. … It’s exciting to see theatre written and produced by local playwrights, and Stephen Gashler shows all the promise of a truly great artist” (Utah Theatre Bloggers).

“The strengths of this show were the … energy and movement and the fun story. The music, too, by Gashler, was fresh and fun. … You won’t be disappointed when you go see this production. Because this is a world premiere of a brand new show, I can’t stress enough my suggestion that you see this family-friendly fun show” (Front Row Reviewers Utah).

“The play was lots of fun with many laugh out loud moments and catchy songs and energetic dancing” (Valerie's Attempt at Pondering).

Production History

BUMS! the Musical was first produced at the Echo Theater in Provo, Utah in 2015, from September 17th – Oct 3rd. It was directed by Adam Cannon.


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