The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe played February of 2018 at the Greenhouse Theater Center as part of The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. It received 10 award nominations and 4 wins, including Best of the Fest, and was subsequently picked up by the festival producers Underscore Theatre Company for a full run in 2019.

The script itself is flexible and supports everything from zero-budget black box to extravagant spectacle. Due to a short rehearsal window, the festival production was a staged-reading presentation augmented with full costuming, light design, and a few touches of simple choreography; serving as a sort of demo of the work.

Festival awards won:
• Best of the Fest
• Best Book
• Best Ensemble
• Best Director (Rusty Sneary)

Other nominations:
• Most Promising Musical
• Best Lyrics
• Best Music
• Best Leading Performer (Ryan Hruza)
• Best Leading Performer (Shea Pender)
• Best Supporting Performer (Nellie Maple)

Cast and Creative Team