The Astonishing Return of… The Protagonists!

September 2009

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Original music by Michael Shaieb, book and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila for a two-act stage musical about middle-aged superheroes facing old foes and new midlife crises.

“Once upon a time, The Protagonists was a mighty group of superheroes bound against the forces of evil. Twenty years later, the powers of alcoholism, infidelity and super-egos have torn the group apart and left them all pining for their glory days. When an old nemesis re-emerges with a sinister new plan, can the middle-aged superheroes pull their dysfunctional lives together to save the world one last time? Stay-Tuned.”

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre featured a 45-minute presentation of The Protagonists starring Sutton Foster at the 25th Annual Festival of New Musicals with musical direction by Lynne Shankel & directed by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli.

MT Fest UK presented a semi-staged excerpt of The Protagonists at The Other Palace in London in February 2019.



Credits

Book & Lyrics

History

February 11, 2019
February 23, 2019

MT Fest UK

Semi-staged Presentation
The Other Palace
London, UK

October 17, 2013
October 18, 2013

25th Annual Festival of New Musicals

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre
New World Stages, Stage 4
New York, NY

January 24, 2013
January 25, 2013

Industry staged reading

Chelsea Studios
New York, NY

December 6, 2010
Private developmental reading

Chelsea Studios
New York, NY


News

December 3, 2010
Cast Announced for Private Reading of "...The Protagonists"

The December 6th reading of Mike’s new musical The Astonishing Return of… The Protagonists! got picked up by Playbill.com:

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September 1, 2009
A Big Week Ahead

A lot of research, planning, and work culminates this week with some exciting things. We’re changing notation programs, installing acoustics improvements in the studio, and completing vocal tracking of Mike’s demo with a visit from a Tony-winning Broadway star.

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August 30, 2009
Eagle Woman Has Landed

Ms. Alice Ripley is joining our cast of superheroes as Eagle Woman this week in our recording studio for our demo of The Astonishing Return of… The Protagonists!.

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August 24, 2009
Back in the Studio recording "The Protagonists" demo

Last year I started working with bookwriter/lyricist Kevin Del Aguila on a new musical called The Astonishing Return of… The Protagonists! about middle-aged superheroes trying to recapture past glories. This past week we’ve been in the studio recording demos of the first three songs, and the cast we’ve assembled is amazing and sounds fantastic.

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