Book & Lyrics by A. Stefan Melnyk
Music by Benji Goldsmith
DEADLINE tells the story of fictional newspaper The Boston Post on its last day of publication, as the staff of the paper attempt to come to grips with the end of their world. Amid the chaos, sadness, and nostalgia, star reporter Emma stumbles onto a damning political scandal that she must decide what to do with before the final deadline arrives. As tempers flare and bonds are formed and sundered, Emma is faced with the decision of preserving the paper's principles at the cost of its existence.
We met in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch and DEADLINE was our MFA thesis project. The story we chose was original, but based in an unfortunate truth of our present world: the critical state of print media, especially metro and local newspapers. We wanted to tell a story of a venerated newspaper on the brink of closing.
DEADLINE is at once an office comedy and at once a dark tragedy. It examines the idea of a community in peril—at risk of losing it all.
Check out our opening number “Twelve Steps” and our big belty Act 2 love duet “Abandon” below: