Hart Island

Book and Lyrics by Michelle Elliott
Music and Lyrics by Danny Haengil Larsen
Co-directed by Tim Bond and Marcela Lorca
Musical Direction by Chris Ranney

November 6 @ 7pm
November 10 @ 7pm
November 13 @ 7pm

Over 1 million bodies are buried on Hart Island in New York City’s East River. The poor, the unclaimed, and the unknown are laid to rest in rudimentary pine boxes and unmarked graves. In this inspiring and hauntingly beautiful new musical, an immigrant woman looking for her child discovers the unexpected compassion of a disillusioned inmate on the burial crew. These two people on the edge of society change each other’s lives forever as they begin to grieve and learn to appreciate each other’s humanity.


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DANNY HAENGIL LARSEN (composer & co-lyricist) and MICHELLE ELLIOTT (bookwriter & co-lyricist) have been collaborating since meeting at New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program 18 years ago. Their latest work, Hart Island, was presented as part of the 2020 NAMT Festival of New Musicals; previously it received a Beta Series production at Village Theatre, a series of staged readings at Playwrights Horizons in 2018 (co-produced by Musical Theatre Factory and Village Theatre) and was featured in the 2017 Village Originals Festival of New Musicals.

Michelle and Danny are working on a new musical entitled Country Radio with Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls. They are also translating their musical, Cloaked, for a digital platform. The writers received a Jonathan Larson Award for Cloaked, and Michelle received the Kleban Award for Most Promising Librettist for the show.

Maiden Voyage, their passionate, musical exploration of the lives of women aboard a notorious pirate ship, is being developed for a 2024 premiere in Denmark.

Danny and Michelle wrote, filmed and produced a seven-part online musical for teens entitled The Hinterlands in response to the spate of suicides by gay youth. The web series can be seen at HinterlandsTheMusical.com and on YouTube.

Their first musical, The Yellow Wood, was presented in the New York Musical Theatre Festival (directed by B.D. Wong), where Danny won the award for Best Music. In 2008 the show was part of the Village Originals and the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Festival (directed by Brian Yorkey).





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