ST. LOUIS PREMIERE!
Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram
Book by Brian Hill
Sept. 30-Oct. 16, 2021

THE STORY OF MY LIFE

PRAISE FOR NEW LINE'S PRODUCTION

“A profoundly moving and simply stunning work of theater.”
– Rob Levy, BroadwayWorld

"Mesmerizing performances."
– Kevin Brackett, ReviewSTL

“Engrossing storytelling.”
– Richard Green, TalkinBroadway

“A sparkling production . . . and poignantly effective.”
– Mark Bretz, Ladue News

"Like that first hug from a good friend you miss."
– Tina Farmer, KDHX

"A gift to theatergoers."
– Lynn Venhaus, PopLifeSTL

“A bit like jazz.”
– Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Daring . . . Fearless.”
– Ann Pollack, St. Louis Eats and Drinks

A Playful, Big-Hearted Celebration of the People Who Change Our Lives


Just two New Line actors, Chris Kernan and Jeffrey M. Wright, along with artistic director Scott Miller on keyboard, in one of the most intimate evenings of musical theatre in the company’s 30 year history, telling a story all about stories, and the effect we have on other lives, usually without realizing it.

Neil Bartram and Brian Hill's THE STORY OF MY LIFE follows the friendship of Alvin and Thomas, two lifelong friends from a small town who are reunited after Alvin's mysterious death. Thomas struggles to write Alvin's eulogy, so Alvin shows up to help the two of them take an amazing journey back through the story of their friendship, as Alvin searches through the manuscripts and stories in Thomas' mind. And though Thomas is trying to write about his best friend, he ends up finding his own story in the process and coming to terms with the past.

The show opened on Broadway in 2009, after productions in Toronto and the Goodspeed Opera House, and it was nominated for four 2009 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical. Since its Broadway run, the show has had regional productions throughout the U.S., and in South Korea, Belgium, Austria, and Denmark.

THE STORY OF MY LIFE was directed by Scott Miller, with scenic design by Rob Lippert and lighting design by Kenneth Zinkl.

Produced by arrangement with Music Theatre International, New York.

Want to explore more?
We recommend:

The original cast recording from 2009

The show's piano-vocal selections

Bartram and Hill's official website

A Playbill article, "What Inspired The Story of My Life"

A discussion of the show with Neil Bartram and Brian Hill