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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

type:
Stage
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
05/02/05
performer:
Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Celia Keenan-Bolger
director:
James Lapine
author:
Rachel Sheinkin

We gave it a B+

And the geeks shall inherit the earth: A cavalcade of lovable losers populates Putnam County — this season’s smallest, most adorably earnest new musical — from the dictionary-obsessed Olive Ostrovsky to the histaminic William Barfee (”It’s pronounced Bar-FAY!”). Creators Rebecca Feldman, Rachel Sheinkin, and William Finn have produced a terrific trifle of a show, a beautifully melodic bagatelle that one only wishes were more substantial. (Finn’s score, sadly, doesn’t soar like his Falsettos.) Still, there’s plenty of fun to be had — even if you can’t spell phylactery. B+