Music and lyrics by Adam Gwon
Directed by Alan Scott Ferrall, Musical Direction by John Ebner
Ordinary Days is a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point!). This intimate show tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and taxi cabs.
In Ordinary Days we meet Warren, an aspiring artist who’s working as the assistant to a more established artist. By day, he passes out fliers advertising his boss’s work — and along the way he cultivates his personal hobby of collecting found objects. One day, he stumbles across a notebook belonging to Deb, a student of literature who’s writing her dissertation on Virginia Woolf. Warren arranges to meet Deb at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to reunite her with her notebook. Will this meeting present Warren with the opportunity to make a “real connection” or will Deb’s no-nonsense attitude crush his hope?
The show’s other two characters, Jason and Claire, also happen to be at the Met on the same day that Warren and Deb meet. Jason and Claire have recently started living together, but this new intimacy has produced a new anxiety for this young couple. When Jason and Claire each choose to explore separate wings of the museum, the nagging doubts creep up: Can their fledgling relationship surmount their differences?
Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, the experiences of four young people striving to find their way in the big city ring startlingly true to life. Ordinary Days is an original musical for anyone who's ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.
Ordinary Days was selected for the 2008 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals. After productions at Pennsylvania Centre Stage, the Finborough Theatre in London and at universities across the country, Ordinary Days opened off Broadway in October 2009 at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.