Medicine Show Theatre Company presents

Bound to Rise

Location: 549 W. 52nd St., 3rd Fl, (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Phone: 212 262-4216
Tickets: $25
To charge tickets: or 800 838-3006
Reservations: 212 262-4216 or email:

Original musical, collaboratively created in 1984 by the Medicine Show company with Barbara Vann (director, dramaturg), Stephen Policoff (book, lyrics), and Bob Dennis (score - Dennis also wrote the music for Oh! Calcutta!, the 'Milk' song for Sesame Street, etc.). Ms. Vann won an OBIE for her direction.

Bound to Rise is a comedy with a happy ending, based on four of Horatio Alger's 'strive and succeed' novels, in which the young protagonists succeed against the odds in the New York City of the 1890s. But this was also the time of the robber barons, when thousands of children lived on the streets while the wealthy attended "poverty socials" dressed in rags and drank champagne out of beer buckets. A time of striking contrast between opulent mansions and the overcrowded tenements where three quarters of the city's people lived. So this portrait of the city a century and a quarter ago is even more relevant today in the era of the "one percent" and billionaire banksters.

with Christopher Hirschmann Brandt ~ John Cencio Burgos ~ Mark J. Dempsey ~ Pamela Ehn ~ Jonathan Emerson ~ Mark Gering ~ Beth Griffith ~ Richard Gross ~ Richard Keyser ~ Justyna Kostek ~ Scott Schutzman ~ Paolo Solis ~ Kathleen Wilce

Book & Lyrics by Stephen Policoff
Music by Robert Dennis
Directors: Paul Murphy & Oliver Conant
Dramaturge/Assistant Director: Regan Vann
Musical Directors: Jonathan Matthews & Gregory Nissen
Choreography by Theresa Duhon
Costumes by Derek Lockwood
Lighting by Daniel Schreckengost

One step up to building lobby, two steps to restroom. If you cannot come without an elevator, call 212 262-4216 in advance to be sure the operator will be on duty when you come.

Performances Thursdays through Sundays until February 26th
8pm curtain Thursdays thorugh Saturdays
3pm matinee Saturdays
2pm matinee Sundays
General admission $30
Seniors & Students $23
Group rates available
TDF Accepted