This September The Black Crook will be turning 150 years old, marking 150 years of the American Musical, and I am so excited to be bringing it back to the New York stage at the Abrons Arts Center just in time for it's sequicentennial anniversary. This has been a pet project of mine for many years (almost 10?), and I can't wait to share some the new work I'm been doing on it, as well as the incredible artists I've gathered to help me. The Black Crook is a neglected artifact in American History; it is an origin story for the spectacle that is America, and for that reason alone it deserves to be exhumed once again. Abrons Arts Center has generously provided msyelf and my producing partner Moe Yousuf with an incredible amount of resources, but we still need some help getting this epic melodrama back on it's feet. We're trying to raise $8,000 on Hatchfund in the next 34 days, all of which will go to supporting our array of artists. So please consider spreading this link, or even donating yourself (we've got some incredible perks, including a tour of Edwin Booth's bedroom). Help us make history. And if you'd like to see the full clip of Leonard Bernstein discussing the Black Crook, I've uploaded it here.