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Kentucky, 1925. Floyd Collins, soon to be acclaimed as the 'greatest caver ever known', dreams of finding fame and fortune underground. When a cave-in leaves him trapped 55 feet below the earth's surface, the media circus above ground makes a very personal tragedy a national sensation.



Tina Landau and Adam Guettel's award-winning musical has been described as 'dazzling' (Stephen Sondheim) and 'a giant leap forward for musical theatre' (The Independent). A blistering account of the events that occur when a personal disaster becomes public news, this ground-breaking musical is an examination of the media's reaction to the events in the cave, the various attempts to rescue Floyd and a moving insight into his family's suffering.

Floyd Collins was commissioned by the American Music Theater Festival, Philadelphia, which produced its world premiere in 1994 and first produced in New York by Playwrights Horizons in 1996. It was the recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical (1996), an Obie for Best Score and seven Drama Desk nominations including Best Direction, Best Book and Best Musical. This production, specially conceived for the cavernous depths of Southwark Playhouse's Vault space, marks its first London revival in over ten years.

Playwrights Horizons Inc., New York City, produced, FLOYD COLLINS Off-Broadway in 1996 Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of R & H THEATRICALS of New York.
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