After being acquired by Music Theatre International last year, Between the Lines has been released for licensing. Based on the novel by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, the work features a book by Timothy Allen McDonald (James and the Giant Peach) and music and lyrics by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (Central Park).
The musical follows Delilah, an outsider in a new school who seeks comfort in her favorite book, where she feels heard and understood. The lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur, and she has to confront whether she has the power to rewrite her own story.
Following a world premiere at Kansas City Rep in 2017, the musical made an Off-Broadway bow in 2022. Read reviews for that run here.
“Between the Lines offers audiences and performers the chance to indulge a fantasy so many of us have had: that is, to engage with fictional characters from a story we love and have them literally come to life by leaping off the page," says MTI President and CEO Drew Cohen. "This romantic comedy has a hilarious and heartwarming book matched with a brilliant score featuring instant classics and new 'audition songs.' We are proud to represent this new show that attendees at Junior Theater Festivals have seen in development for the last few years."
“Between the Lines has always had a devoted fan base that connects with its mantra of creating the story you want to live in, instead of the one you’re stuck in," add McDonald, Samsel, and Anderson in a joint statement. "We are thrilled that MTI is going to be representing our show, and we look forward to seeing future productions that carry that message far and wide.”