August 25, 2017

Cherry Bomb

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Marcus Scott

Cherry Bomb follows savvy teenage boy Franklin, who revolts against the education system once the arts programs are cut from his school curriculum. When Franklin’s fearless actions inadvertently domino into another student’s suicide, he spirals into sex, drugs and ruin. A rock musical that blends the Motown/Stax funk-soul sound with electroclash music, Cherry Bomb explores the current and timely topic of the decline of arts in schools, the age gap between teenagers and adults, rebellion, child abuse, grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry and prescribing medication to juveniles—all of which affect Franklin and lead to his self-discovery.

Development History

  • Developed at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program
  • 2014 – Workshop reading at NYU/Tisch
  • April 2017 – 15 minutes presented as part of Musical Theatre Factory’s 4×15 Round 22
  • 2017 – Drama League First Stage Artist in Residence
  • 2017 – Fall New Works Series