The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Musical

Writers: Rachel Sheinkin William Finn

Context

Originally inspired by a play called C-R-E-P-U-S-C-L-E produced by the improvisation company The Farm, of whom Wendy Wasserstein’s nanny, Sarah Saltzberg, was a member. Wasserstein was impressed by the production and introduced the team, including Saltzberg and creator Rebecca Feldman, to William Finn, believing that he could help them take the project to the next level. The collaboration was fruitful, and Finn, Feldman, and writer Rachel Sheinkin collaborated to create the full-length musical that became The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

After individual workshops of the first and

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