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The View UpStairs (Musical)

May 10 - Jun 9,2019

By Max Vernon

Regional Premiere

Glam-rock, gospel and modern pop collide in the smash Off-Broadway hit The View UpStairs. When impulsive entrepreneur Wes buys a dilapidated building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he’s phantasmically transported to its glory days: the UpStairs Lounge in 1973. Serving as a home, a church, and a gay dive-bar, the UpStairs was its own kind of paradise.  As Wes meets the larger than life lounge regulars, he learns what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future.


By Max Vernon 

Directed by NCTC Founder & Artistic Director Ed Decker




“The show swells with heart” - Entertainment Weekly

“Filled with biting laughs yet deeply moving” - Richmond Times-Dispatch

The View UpStairs delivers a warm snapshot of the post-Stonewall era" - Chicago Tribune


“Latches on to the drive and pure energy of shows like Rent...the musical proves itself to be timely and relevant” - Out Magazine


"The View UpStairs could become a musical theatre staple across the country and around the world" - New York Arts Review


"...the first great post-Trump musical of the 21st Century...has all of the ingredients for an iconic cult phenomenon" - Edge Media


“[Max Vernon] is equal parts bohemian and Broadway” – The New Yorker


"...essential for anyone who wants to understand queer history" - Chicago Theatre Beat

"I dare you to see this show without dancing in your seats" - Times Square Chronicles


"...heart-on-the sleeve musical that celebrates the value of community" - Sydney Morning Herald




Max Vernon is a playwright whose work has been performed and developed at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Rep, Dixon Place, Disney Creative Entertainment, TheatreWorks, and Two River Theater, among others. He is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Grant, New York Stage and Film's Founders Award, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, and the JFund Award from the Jerome Foundation.


Season Producers: Lowell Kimble, Ted Tucker
Executive Producers: Norman Abramson & David Beery, Alvin Baum & Robert Holgate, David Madsen & Rick Norris, The Bob A. Ross Foundation, Andrew Smith & Brian Savard
Producers:  Andrew Leas & Juancho "Bong" Villa-Leas

Graphic Design by Klinger Creative

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