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New musical ‘Female Troubles’ in development

An original musical comedy "Female Troubles" is currently in development with a score by Amanda Green (lyrics) and Curtis Moore (music) and a book by Gabrielle Allan and Jennifer Crittenden.

Amanda Green (Photo by: Tess Mayer)

An original musical comedy “Female Troubles” is currently in development with a score by Amanda Green (lyrics) and Curtis Moore (music) and a book by Gabrielle Allan and Jennifer Crittenden.

“Female Troubles” follows Elinor Benton, an unmarried woman in 19-century England who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. Given the time and her circumstances, Elinor needs a solution quickly. Her friends rally around her and set off on a Victorian-era girls trip to London to find a midwife. The show seeks to illuminate the present-day trials of women’s rights and reproductive freedom while asking, as the writers put it, “Can you believe this sh*t’s still happening in 1810?”

“We like to describe it as Jane Austen meets ‘Bridesmaids,’ but about women’s reproductive freedoms,” Green said in a statement.

Green most recently wrote the lyrics for “Mr. Saturday Night,” for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Among her other Broadway credits are the music and lyrics for “Hands on a Hardbody.” Moore served as associate composer on the 2007 revival of “Cymbeline” and the 2013 revival of “Macbeth.” He also wrote additional instrumental compositions for “Lucky Guy.”

Allan served as a producer on television shows, including “Scrubs” and “Veep.” She and Crittenden created and wrote the series “HouseBroken.” Crittenden’s select producing credits include “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

A full creative team will be announced.

Academy Award winner and Tony nominee Ariana DeBose and “Kimberly Akimbo” star Bonnie Milligan recently recorded a song from the show called “A Woman Knows.” A music video for the tune has been released. (See below.)

“Female Troubles” is being developed by producers Robyn Goodman, Josh Fiedler and Nicole Kramer with Aged in Wood, Brian and Dayna Lee with AF Creative Media, and Jay and Cindy Gutterman.