The Musicals of Knapp & Alper

Books & Lyrics by Sarah Knapp, Music by Steven M. Alper


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The Immigrant, based on the play of the same name, is the story of a young Jewish immigrant who fled the pogroms of Czarist Russia in 1909 and pushed his banana cart into the tiny Baptist community of Hamilton, Texas. Given shelter by a childless older couple, he sent for his wife, raised a family, and made this town his home. A true story of parents and children, newcomers and natives, Christians and Jews, and the realization of the American Dream.


CHAMBERLAIN: A True Civil War Romance

Chamberlain: A Civil War Romance, is, at its core, an exploration of the perennial conflict between public duty and private devotion. This musical about the life of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain not only celebrates a great Civil War hero, but also examines a universal theme: How a person's sense of duty and destiny affect his personal life.


The Library

The Library is a sexy, spooky, funny, contemporary musical about a shallow teenager whose views of women, love and himself are transformed by a series of magical adventures with some of the great and famous women of literature.


The Audition

At about twelve minutes long, the shortest of all the musicals in the Knapp/Alper canon, The Audition is a nightmare from the perspective of an auditioning actress. All of its horrors are true -- the names have been changed to protect the malicious.


Rappaccini's Daughter

Rappaccini's Daughter tells of a scientist who distorts nature and corrupts his daughter in order to satisfy his overweening pride. A gothic music-theatre piece.


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