The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes

Music by Michael Kooman | Book and Lyrics by Christopher Dimond | Direction by Brandon Ivie
Choreography by Al Blackstone | Music Direction by R.J. Tancioco

The Village Theatre, WA


Howard Barnes is a perfectly average American guy: he likes baseball, grilling, and his daily routine. That is, until the day he wakes up to discover his life has become a musical. Desperate to return things to normal, Howard embarks on a fantastical quest through the realm of musical theatre. A Village Original from The 2013 Festival of New Musicals, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes is equal parts satire, romantic comedy, and love letter to the American musical.



Director Brandon Ivie, musical director R.J. Tancioco, and especially choreographer Al Blackstone, who has the cast dancing every style from de Mille to Robbins to Bennett, have delivered the goods and then some.
— Talkin' Broadway
The rest of the cast sing and dance their hearts out, and Al Blackstone’s inventive choreography gives them a chance to show off their prodigious dance skills. Like the rest of the production Blackstone’s steps also contain jokes, with visual references to some of the most successful Broadway shows like West Side Story, Cats and All That Jazz.
— SeattlePi