Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Billy Corgan Penning New Musical Based on The Eleusinian Mysteries | Playbill

News Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Billy Corgan Penning New Musical Based on The Eleusinian Mysteries A 20-minute musical by The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will debut at The 48-Hour Musicals: Encore!, which will be held Dec. 4-14 at The Music Theatre Company in Highland Park, IL.

Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan

The new musical by Corgan is based on The Eleusinian Mysteries, initiation ceremonies held every year in ancient Greece for the cult of Demeter and Persephone.

Music Theatre Company co-artistic director Jess McLeod will direct the evening, which will feature choreography by founding artistic director Jessica Beth Redish.

According to The Music Theatre Company, "You asked, we listened. The 48-Hour Musicals, for which exciting new musical theatre writers create 15-minute musicals in only 48 hours, has been an annual mainstay of the TMTC season since 2008. This December, we reprise four musicals you've asked to see one more time. Four musicals that have led to full-length TMTC commissions — three of which you'll be seeing this season! And we conclude the evening with one very special musical theatre debut: the world premiere of a 20-minute musical by Smashing Pumpkins frontman and Highland Park resident Billy Corgan."

The 48-Hour Musicals: Encore! will also include works by Scotty Arnold, Diana Lawrence, Michael Mahler and J. Oconer Navarro.

Below is a glance at the evening's works: Chase
By associate artist Michael Mahler (2008)
"An adorably neurotic Chase bank employee stamps 'DENIED' and 'REJECTED' on loans, claims, and the men in her life."

Postcards from Paris
By associate artist Diana Lawrence (2012)
"Two Americans meet cute in a cafe in Paris while an all-seeing pianist plays in the corner."

By J. Oconer Navarro (2009)
"One actress plays both a bride-to-be and her mother on the night of her wedding, their first family event since the father of the bride has passed away."

By Scotty Arnold (2013)
"Two men discuss their relationship in code at the foot of the statue of the father of Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space."

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