Scott Elmegreen is a playwright, composer, and author based in NYC and Chicago, where he teaches musical theatre libretto writing and songwriting at the University of Chicago.

His plays and musicals include StraightTiananmenHip Hop CinderellaVote For Me;  Ivy+BeanAwesome Allie, First Kid AstronautLadybug Girl and Bumblebee BoyThe Magic School Bus, Live!; COLLEGE The Musical; and Thucydides. He wrote the music for Colin Quinn Long Story ShortThe PhD Movie; We Can’t Reach You, HartfordDaguerreotypeWhat I Took in My Hand; and orchestrated S’Wonderful, the New Gershwin Musical. Under a pseudonym, he writes science fiction novels published by HarperCollins Publishers. He is a graduate of Princeton University.



“A brave and necessary new musical.” – Arizona Progress & Gazette

TICKETS: World premiere, Phoenix Theatre Company, October 4 through October 29, 2023



Now a major motion picture. Morelia International Film Festival 2023 Premiere

“A smart, bracing production brimming with clever wisecracks and thought-provoking observations on sexual identity. All elements converge seamlessly with this play. And that plot twist? On its surface it suggests a reversal; in truth it affirms all that has preceded it.” – The New York Times Critics’ Pick

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Recommended by the New York Times: “She’s got the beat!”

“A brilliantly imaginative, futuristic romp!” – The Up Coming

“FIVE STARS. Isn’t it high time we had a Cinderella who aims higher than marrying well and living cushily ever after? Finally, a kiddie show with an on-point message, snazzily presented.” – New York Stage Review

“A fresh take on Cinderella that fashions an up-to-the-minute portrait of self-assurance and the power of believing in one’s dreams.” – Broadway World

Vote For Me at the London Theatre Workshop

“Intelligent and witty, hitting at the core of U. S. political culture.” – UK Theatre

“I’ve cried many times in the theater, from empathy to joy… But never before have I wept because I saw in no uncertain terms how blasé we’ve become about our right to choose our leaders. Thank you, Messrs. Elmegreen and Fornarola, for reminding us.”    – TheaterMania


“A wry, rollicking show with infectious spirit and breathless energy. The magic of Ivy and Bean thoroughly enchants.” – The New York Times

“Ivy+Bean is a phenomenon.” – Oregon ArtsWatch

“A perfect musical.” – BroadwayWorld

Performance Rights Available at Theatrical Rights Worldwide


“Spunky, original, catchy and clever!” – Time Out New York

“Funny, quirky…a unique musical quest that educates as it entertains.” – BroadwayWorld

Awesome Allie is out of this world.” – Mommy Poppins

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“Five Stars! Packed with fun songs and silly dances. Seamless and captivating, with non-stop excitement. Ladybug Girl is all parts adorable, funny, confident, and empowering.” – DC Metro Theater Arts


“A spectacular, insightful ride. The Magic School Bus, Live! is magic.” – The Oregonian


“In the sweet spot between ironic and post-ironic lies College: The Musical…a preternaturally savvy tuner crammed with trenchant observations.”  Theatremania

“Pointed social and emotional commentary…keenly defines the plight of millions failing to find something in the modern world worth fighting for.”  Talkin’ Broadway

“Eerily accurate and downright scary”  NY Theatre Review

“Where ‘Animal House’ meets ‘Rent.‘ Raucous and startlingly honest.”  Gainesville Sun

“Unexpectedly poignant” – Backstage


Winner of the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival

Performance Rights Available at Concord Theatricals



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