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Secondhand Lions: A New Musical

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Book  Rupert Holmes
Productions  The 5th Avenue Theatre
Music  Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner
Lyrics  Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner
Basis  2003 film Secondhand Lions
Premiere  September 6, 2013: Seattle, Washington

Secondhand Lions: A New Musical is based on the 2003 movie of the same name. Music and lyrics for the musical were written by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, who also wrote First Date. The book was by Rupert Holmes.



The show premiered from September 6 to October 7, 2013 at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

The show was directed by Scott Schwartz, who directed Golda's Balcony and co-directed Jane Eyre on Broadway. Scott Schwartz was appointed Artistic Director of the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York in 2013.


Walter, a young boy, is unwillingly dropped off unannounced, by his mother, Mae, at his two great-uncle’s farmhouse in Texas for the summer. The uncles, Hub and Garth, recently bought the farm, returning after a long time with a secretly earned fortune. Over the course of the summer, Walter tries to find the method in which his uncles gained money, and what they did when in their absence. The tale reveals the uncles' courage and bravery in their prime.

Differences from the Film

  • Jane, the girl across the pond, is an added character in the musical.
  • The fantasy world of the uncle’s stories is acted out, creating a story within the show.
  • The ‘relatives’ in the film that arrive to learn about the uncle’s fortune are omitted in the musical.
  • There are no live animals in the musical.
  • Jasmine, in the movie, is renamed Samira.
  • Roles and original cast

    The principal cast of The 5th Avenue Theatre's production was as follows.

    † Grayson J. Smith appeared as Walter Double, before the song 'Just Right'.


    Secondhand Lions: A New Musical Wikipedia

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