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New Musical Dead Outlaw, From Band’s Visit Team, to Premiere Via Audible

The musical will premiere off-Broadway in early 2024.

Itamar Moses, David Cromer, David Yazbek
Itamar Moses, David Cromer, David Yazbek
(© David Gordon)

Dead Outlaw, Audible Theater’s first commissioned musical, will have its world premiere at the Minetta Lane Theatre in 2024. The run is from February 28-April 7.

The musical has a book by Itamar Moses, music and lyrics by Erik Della Penna and David Yazbek, and direction by David Cromer, reuniting the Tony-winning creative team of The Band’s Visit.

Dead Outlaw is based on the true story of Elmer McCurdy, an ambitious, turn-of-the-20th-century outlaw whose death at the hands of a Western posse ended a life of failed crime and alcoholism. His mummified body was used as a side-show attraction that traveled the US for decades. It was hanging in a house-of-horrors ride at an amusement park in Southern California when a grip for the Six-Million Dollar Man TV show jostled what he thought was a dummy and an arm fell off, revealing a human bone.

Casting is still to be announced.