In 1989 at an Upper East Side psychiatric ward, five women and three men share their very personal stories of struggle and unity. This new book musical, with 13 original songs written by my partner, the extremely talented lyricist/composer, Andrew David Sotomayor, is a little Orange is the New Black meets Girl Interrupted meets Friends. Their personal stories, told through song and dance, touch on various and more than common mental illnesses. The characters are likable and very relatable. We understand them and want them to get better. The subject matter is intense, but there is no lack of humor.