Book, Music & Lyrics by John Gregor
WITH GLEE was produced as a workshop performance by Wiley Hausam at the Skirball Center for the Arts and premiered Off-Broadway at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, 2007, both under the direction of Ryan Mekenian.
In July of 2010, WITH GLEE received an extended run Off-Broadway at the Kirk Theater, presented by Prospect Theater Company with direction by Igor Goldin. WITH GLEE is the recipient of a Frederick Loewe reading and was conceived and first performed at the NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program.
“Delightfully daffy… musical numbers with surprise after surprise… And throughout there is humor that is slipped in slyly rather than announced with a pratfall or scream. Real artistry is going on amid the antics.”
– Neil Genzlinger, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Read the full Times article here
"With Glee might be the sleeper hit of the summer. John Gregor’s buoyant musical, which runs through August 22 at the Kirk Theatre, beautifully captures the bond of five wayward teenage boys..."
-Brandon Voss, ADVOCATE MAGAZINE
"Gregor’s book is smart, funny, and filled with irresistible characters you connect with. His tunes are infectious and distinguishable one from the next with nicely woven harmonies; his lyrics are playful and pithy. Mr. Gregor is someone to watch."
-Andrew C. McGibbon, TheAndyGram.com
"With Glee is how the audience reacts to this show, whether it’s in admiration for the skill of the performing, the material, or the shared experience of rooting for the underdogs. As the play goes on, you sense more and more of the audience connecting to the kids they once were, the kid we all carry inside us, and cheering for that, too."
-Rob Lester, EdgeNewYork.com
NYMF Production 10/7/07
“...a refreshing, unpretentiously smart and endearing little musical”
– Linda Winer, NEWSDAY
“Self-awareness, charm and tremendous wit… a goofy pleasure… The cast is fantastic, with the boys all pitch-perfect.”
–Jesse Oxfeld, THE NEW YORK OBSERVER
“Glimmering…one of the cleanest, clearest, and most innately honest musicals New York has seen in a while.…thoroughly winning.”
– Matthew Murray, TALKIN’ BROADWAY
“Charming… With Glee will make you remember the days when you were trying to figure out your own identity, and have you laughing and reminiscing about your own school days… this show is one that deserves an extended run.”
– Amy E. Witting, NYTHEATRE.COM
John Gregor's winsome musical With Glee, about five highly likable 13-year-old "problem" boys, mostly from wealthy families, who are struggling to fit in at a Maine boarding school, is a charmer from start to finish...Eschewing the current rock-influenced teen-angst trend, Gregor relies on a tried-and-true musical-theatre model, mixing ballads with lively up-tempo numbers.
-Nancy Ellen Shore, BACKSTAGE
NYMF Production 10/3/07