TREVOR

the musical

Based on the story that inspired the Academy Award-winning film, the charity and the national movement, TREVOR the musical is a coming-of-age story about identity, emerging sexuality and the struggles of growing up in a world that may not be ready for you.

Trevor is a 13-year-old boy in 1981 whose vibrant imagination drives a turbulent journey of self-discovery. As he deals with adolescence and all that goes with it, Trevor begins to explore who he really is and how to be in the world.

TREVOR is based on the 1995 Academy Award-Winning film of the same name.   The film’s premiere on HBO also caused the launch of The Trevor Project , the nation’s only accredited crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization focused on saving young LGBTQ lives. Never before has a Broadway musical been connected to such an organization where the musical story can aid in helping a life-saving initiative.

Creative team includes writers Dan Collins and Julianne Wick Davis (SOUTHERN COMFORT, THE PEN)  Director Marc Bruni (BEAUTIFUL, ROMAN HOLIDAY, Encores’ PAINT YOUR WAGON, PIPE DREAM, FANNY), Choreographer Josh Prince (BEAUTIFUL, SHREK, off-Broadway’s THE KID, BUNTY BURMAN PRESENTS, City Ballet’s New York Choreographic Institute, and Columbia Ballet Collaborative), Scenic Designer Donyale Werle (BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, IN TRANSIT, ALLEGIANCE, TONY award winner,PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Obie Award Winner), and Lighting Designer Peter Kazarowski (BEAUTIFUL, VENUS IN FUR, THE PAJAMA GAME, KISS ME KATE, CONTACT, TONY award winner, THE PRODUCERS).

TREVOR had its World Premiere at Writers Theater in Chicago on August 9, 2017.  Response to the musical was unprecedented; the show broke all box office and attendance records in the theatre’s 25 years.

Header: Eli Tokash in the 2017 Writers Theatre production of TREVOR the musical. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Eli Tokash and Salisha Thomas in the 2017 Writers Theatre production of TREVOR the musical. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

    A very promising, exceptionally timely and consistently artful new musical.” ... "[TREVOR] deserves all of the audience acclaim it surely will enjoy.  

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Chris Jones

    Honest, warm and charming. Ideal to see with your own young tween or teen.  

CBS 2 CHICAGO – Chris Jones

    [Director Marc] Bruni guides a terrific young cast!  

VARIETY – Steven Oxman

    TREVOR [the musical] boasts a tuneful, pop-infused score by writer/lyricist Dan Collins and composer Julianne Wick Davis, pairing their originals with some of Diana Ross’ greatest hits!  

DAILY HERALD – Barbara Vitello

    It’s near impossible to avoid rooting for Trevor!  

VARIETY – Steven Oxman

    Soul-stirring and exceptionally executed.  

PERFORMINK – Rachel Weinberg

    The extraordinary young actor Eli Tokash makes sure Trevor comes across as instantly lovable…[his] comic timing is superb!  

VARIETY – Steven Oxman

    Exuberant, youth-driven, talent-filled!  

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES – Hedy Weiss

    Truly beautiful. If you know Trevor already, you'll see and feel him in this musical.  

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Chris Jones

    Fervent [and] surprisingly playful.  

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES – Hedy Weiss

    A rich soundscape that takes formative risks and includes a number of truly beautiful songs.  

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Chris Jones

    Artful.  

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES – Hedy Weiss

    I suspect Trevor’s story…will turn into the biggest hit in [Writers] theater's historys.  

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Chris Jones

    [TREVOR’S] clever fantasy sequences [are] wonderfully imagined by choreographer Josh Prince.  

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES – Hedy Weiss

    A promising musical about a kid who's easy to love.  

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Chris Jones

    The affection and empathy TREVOR [the musical] so ably engenders make this a musical worth seeing!  

DAILY HERALD – Barbara Vitello

    Collins’ very capable book, Wick Davis’ songs, Bruni’s direction and Tokash’s performance all combine to give you a rich sense of a young adolescent kid whose boundless, unfettered passions are squelched by the ignorance of insecure peers who’ve been carefully taught by similar fearful adults.  

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Chris Jones

    A surefire hit! TREVOR is filled with such genuine feeling. I was instantly pulled into the show and held rapt until the end.  

PERFORMINK – Rachel Weinberg

    A very promising, exceptionally timely and consistently artful new musical.  

TIME OUT CHICAGO – Kris Vire

    Wick Davis’ music, brilliantly coupled with hits from Diana Ross’s own oeuvre, captures the joy, fear, and sadness of Trevor’s inner state of mind.  

THE HAWK CHICAGO – Emily Schmidt

    [TREVOR] deserves all of the audience acclaim it surely will enjoy.  

TIME OUT CHICAGO – Kris Vire

    A promising musical about a kid who's easy to love.  

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Chris Jones

    Very impressive. Sing out, Trevor!  

TIME OUT CHICAGO – Kris Vire

    [This] upbeat musical inspires!  

DAILY HERALD – Barbara Vitello

    Choreographer Josh Prince…expertly incorporates pizzazz or adolescent awkwardness into movement, depending on the moment.  

VARIETY – Steven Oxman

    ...nimbly staged by Marc Bruni!  

DAILY HERALD – Barbara Vitello

    TREVOR the musical is a must-see!  

WINDY CITY TIMES – Jonathan Abarbanel

    ★★★★★! [An] exquisite production!  

AROUND THE TOWN CHICAGO – Alan Bresloff

    Collins’ very capable book, Wick Davis’ songs, Bruni’s direction and Tokash’s performance all combine to give you a rich sense of a young adolescent kid whose boundless, unfettered passions are squelched by the ignorance of insecure peers who’ve been carefully taught by similar fearful adults.  

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Chris Jones

    Trevor is brought to life by an amazing young talent, Eli Tokash... He is about as perfect as one could ask.  

AROUND THE TOWN CHICAGO – Alan Bresloff

    Universally relatable—you’ll find your own teen anxiety here somewhere.  

TIME OUT CHICAGO – Kris Vire

    ...directed with great style by Marc Bruni!  

AROUND THE TOWN CHICAGO – Alan Bresloff

    This new play is topical, poignant [and] very funny.  

CHICAGO THEATRE REVIEW – Colin Douglas

    [A] breathtaking piece of theater! [TREVOR] managed to simultaneously break my heart and make me grin uncontrollably.  

PERFORMINK – Rachel Weinberg

    Sophisticated choreography by Josh Prince!  

TIME OUT CHICAGO – Kris Vire

    [Dan] Collins and [Julianne Wick] Davis have so beautifully articulated both the joys and challenges of discovering one’s own identity amidst the turbulence of adolescence.  

PERFORMINK – Rachel Weinberg

    This brilliantly poignant musical... has to be on every Chicagoland musical theatre patron’s must-see list before it closes!  

CHICAGOLAND MUSICAL THEATRE – Barry Reszel

    TREVOR is a triumph!  

PERFORMINK – Rachel Weinberg

    Buy tickets to see what might just be the next great piece of the American musical theatre canon!  

CHICAGOLAND MUSICAL THEATRE – Barry Reszel

    [An] outstanding world premiere musical! It takes creative genius to work this material into a musical – and Writers Theatre deserves kudos for tackling this ambitious project, and succeeding.  

CHICAGO CRITIC – Beverly Friend

    A pleasure to watch!  

PICTURE THIS POST – SUSAN LIEBERMAN

    If TREVOR is any indication, the future of new musicals is bright.  

PERFORMINK – Rachel Weinberg

    TREVOR [the musical] makes a compelling case for the next generation to put their screens aside and give musicals a try.  

PICTURE THIS POST – SUSAN LIEBERMAN

    [Trevor is a] show . . . that you will undoubtedly leave smiling.  

THE HAWK CHICAGO – Emily Schmidt

    ★★★★! A mix of winning [Julianne Wick] Davis original [songs] and Diana Ross classics.  

TIME OUT CHICAGO – Kris Vire

    Josh Prince’s choreography constantly finds innovative ways to utilize the space. Marc Bruni’s direction of this young cast cannot go unmentioned either; the mostly-teenage cast is as professional as any adult ensemble, executing complicated blocking and exhibiting complex emotions with ease.  

THE HAWK CHICAGO – EMILY SCHMIDT

    The ensemble is dynamite!  

PERFORMINK – Rachel Weinberg

    The show is dynamically choreographed by Josh Prince.  

CHICAGO THEATRE REVIEW – Colin Douglas