Broadway's The Story of My Life, a New Musical Starring Chase & Gets, Begins

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The Story of My Life, the intimate two-actor musical about the contours of a lifelong friendship — and its sudden ending — begins its Broadway run Feb. 3 at the Booth Theatre toward a Feb. 19 opening. Will Chase and Malcolm Gets star as pals who grew up together, and play ages 6 to 35.
The Story of My Life stars Malcolm Gets and Will Chase.
The Story of My Life stars Malcolm Gets and Will Chase. Photo by Aaron Epstein

Directed by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby Jr. (Ain't Misbehavin', Fosse, Ring of Fire), the intermissionless show marks the Broadway debut of the writing team of Neil Bartram (music and lyrics) and Brian Hill (book), Canadian musical writers who are now New Yorkers. The Story of My Life premiered at Toronto's Canadian Stage Company in fall 2006, and has been revised and refined under Maltby.

In the theatrical memory-play of a musical, sweetened with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick (A Catered Affair, 110 in the Shade, LoveMusik, Road Show), Gets plays quirky bookstore owner Alvin Kelby (the friend who stayed put) and Chase is best-selling writer Thomas Weaver (the friend who flew away). Tom processes the chapters of his life throughout the humane 90-minute show, and discovers a main character between the lines — Alvin.

The tale is told on scenic designer Robert Brill's monochromatic, expressionistic unit set; the production team also includes costume designer Wade Laboissonniere, lighting designer Ken Billington and sound designers Peter Fitzgerald and Carl Casella.

Musical director is David Holcenberg, whose Broadway credits include Good Vibrations, Mamma Mia! and Seussical.

The Broadway run was preceded by a fall 2008 developmental production presented by Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut, with Gets and Chase, directed by Maltby. In a statement, actor Gets said, "We live in a time when people need something that is fun and authentic. That is exactly what this musical is. It's a universal story about friendship. It's about the important things in our lives — relationships with people. This musical does not have a high-tech set. Instead it relies on two actors, great music and one hell of a show."

Co-star Chase added, "This is a play about family relationships, true friendship and reconnecting with the simplest and purest qualities in our lives. Doing this production has really affected my life. It's the first time in my career that I have done a production that inspires me to call my friends and family after the curtain call."

Gets' Broadway credits include The Moliere Comedies, Amour (Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Musical) and concerts of Passion and Dreamgirls. Gets may be best known to audiences as Richard on the television comedy "Caroline in the City."

Chase's Broadway credits include High Fidelity, Aida, The Full Monty, Rent and Miss Saigon. He was Roger in the final Broadway company of Rent, which was recently captured on film for a "cinecast" presentation (now on DVD).

Songwriter Bartram is the recipient of a Dramatists Guild Jonathan Larson Fellowship, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, and was a finalist for the 2007 Fred Ebb Award. He wrote the music and lyrics for The Nightingale and the Rose and Somewhere in the World, which ran for five seasons at the Charlottetown Festival in Canada.

Libettist Hill is currently associate director of Disney's The Little Mermaid on Broadway and served as resident director of The Lion King for six years.

The Story of My Life was seen in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals in fall 2007. For more information about the collaborators, visit

The Broadway production is produced by Chase Mishkin, Jack M. Dalgleish, Bud Martin, Carole L. Haber in association with Chunsoo Shin.

Jim Stanek and Bradley Dean are the standbys. Lisa Shriver is associate director.

The Booth is located at 222 West 45th Street in Manhattan. Show times on Broadway are Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets, priced $66.50-$110, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting

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Malcolm Gets and Will Chase in <i>The Story of My Life</i>
Malcolm Gets and Will Chase in The Story of My Life Photo by Aaron Epstein
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