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.
Following this, Noisemaker partnered with Goodspeed Musicals and Dundee Rep in an international collaboration to develop the show further. This led to a developmental reading in New York City in January 2018 and a further workshop in Dundee later that year. Noisemaker and Dundee Rep presented a unique one-off concert performance of HI, MY NAME IS BEN in a unique collaboration with acclaimed string orchestra; Scottish Ensemble.
In May 2019, Noisemaker were thrilled to present the world premiere of HI, MY NAME IS BEN at Goodspeed Musicals. The production marked the first transatlantic collaboration to be presented at the historic Norma Terris Theater and featured an award-winning cast including Adam Kaplan (Newsies, A Bronx Tale) and Tony-nominee Barbara Walsh (Company, Nine, Falsettos).
We are delighted to announce the next step for will be at NAMT’s 31st Annual Festival of New Musicals this October.
HI, MY NAME IS BEN will be presented alongside seven other new exceptional musicals at this prestigious festival held at New World Stages in New York City. This also marks the first time NAMT has selected Scottish writers to present their work; a huge privilege for Scott and Claire.
For more information on the Festival, to find out what other writers are being showcased, or to purchase a Festival pass, please click here.
If you would like to hear some of HI, MY NAME IS BEN then be sure to click here to listen to some of the concert performance at Dundee Rep.
For more information on the show, have a look at some of the articles and links below:
Broadway World Cast Announcement