The Boy in the Bathroom, the musical that won 4 awards at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (Most Promising New Musical, Excellence in Book Writing, Design and Performance) in 2007, is all set for two readings at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages next month.
The show, which has a libretto penned by Michael Lluberes and music by Joe Maloney, deals with the experiences of a young man who never leaves his family’s bathroom as result of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Although it seems he has everything he needs, with his mother catering to his whims and appetites, even providing him with thin, flat food she can slide under the door, things change when he meets Julie and realises that there might be something – or someone – on the other side of the door that will make it worth opening.
The show certainly sounds interesting enough, although the idea seems a little “drama school” to me. However, it must have something going for it to have been so successful at the NYMF and to receive the glowing reviews that are quoted on the show’s official website. One wonders what will happen after the readings have been viewed next month.