HI, MY NAME IS BEN The true story of an ordinary man and his extraordinary life. From his tiny room in New York City, Bernhardt Wichmann III changed the lives of those around him without saying a word. Using just his notepad and pen, Ben turned a neighborhood of strangers into a community of friends, before finally encountering a miracle of his own. His story is one of endurance, friendship, community and, above all, asks the questions “what do we need to be truly happy?”
In January 2017, Noisemaker became the first Scottish writing team to be selected for the prestigious Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, Connecticut. Over the two week residency, we constructed a first draft of BEN, which we later brought back to Glasgow for a rehearsed reading in association with the National Theatre of Scotland.
Following this, Noisemaker partnered with Goodspeed Musicals and Dundee Rep in an international collaboration to develop the show further. This firstly led to a developmental reading in New York City in January 2018 and then to a further two week workshop in Dundee later that year.
This process culminated in a unique one-off concert performance of HI, MY NAME IS BEN at Dundee Rep in September 2018. This was also in collaboration with acclaimed string orchestra; Scottish Ensemble.
We are delighted to announce that HI MY NAME IS BEN will premiere at Goodspeed Muscials this Spring as part of their 2019 Season. The production will mark the first time a transatlantic collaboration has presented a new piece in their historic theatre.
If you would like to hear some of the concert of HI, MY NAME IS BEN at Dundee Rep then be sure to click here.
And for more information on the forthcoming production at Goodspeed Musicals just follow the link below: