New score debut – Bob: A Life in Five Acts

I’m thrilled that my newest score to the play Bob: a Life in Five Acts is receiving a production at Duke University this spring! Best described as a musical “road trip” with a real americana feel, I’ve been composing this work for the past several months. The score consists of instrumental material and various songs, with a sensibility that falls somewhere between Tom Waits, the Magnetic Fields, and Paul Simon. I’m so excited for them to get in front of an audience!


Thursday, April 7, 2016 to Sunday, April 17, 2016
8:00PM, 4/7-9 & 4/14-16; 2:00 PM 4/10 & 4/17

BOB chronicles the highly unusual life of Bob and his lifelong quest to become a “Great Man.” Born and abandoned in the bathroom of a fast food restaurant, Bob energetically embarks on an epic journey across America and encounters inspiring generosity, crushing hardships, blissful happiness, stunning coincidences, wrong turns, lucky breaks, true love and heartbreaking loss. BOB is a comedic exploration of American mythology and values, the treacherous pursuit of happiness, and discovering what it means to be truly “great.” Director Ellen Hemphill showcases a stellar cast of multi-talented undergraduates, layering an original score by composer Allison Leyton-Brown with video elements by Jim Haverkamp to present a unique vision of this rollicking life story.