New York City
This Tony Award-winning musical tells the hilarious, yet heartwarming, story of a group of six anxiety-ridden, overachieving adolescents in the throes of puberty vying for the spelling bee championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul crushing “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. The children are overseen by a gathering of adults who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. During the Bee, the colorful contestants learn that winning isn’t everything, and losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comic genius.