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Max Vernon


  (1988 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    ICM Partners  represented by Diana Glazer

Max Vernon is a composer/lyricist, playwright, performer, and brooch enthusiast. Described by the New Yorker as "equal parts bohemia and Broadway," Max is a 2017 Out100 Honoree, and recipient of the Jonathan Larson Grant, New York Stage and Film's Founders Award, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, and the JFund Award from the Jerome Foundation. He has been a Dramatist Guild Theatre Fellow, and an artist in residence at Rhinebeck Writer's Retreat and the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony. His musical, The View UpStairs, ran 105 performances Off-Broadway and was nominated for 2 Lortel Awards, 3 Drama Desk Awards, 4 Audelco Awards, and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical. It will have 5 new productions around the world in 2017-2018; original cast recording on Broadway Records. His next musical, KPOP, recently concluded a sold-out, extended run at Ars Nova this past October.

Research:    Member of the Dramatists Guild of America (as at 2020)

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        View UpStairs, The

View UpStairs, The

View UpStairs, The
The View UpStairs is a provocative new musical that pulls you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant '70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This forgotten community comes to life in all its gritty, glam rock glory when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the abandoned space, setting off an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. Inspired by one of the most significant yet all-but-ignored attacks against the LGBTQ community, The View UpStairs examines what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide us all through an uncertain future.


1st Produced:
Lynn Redgrave Theatre     15 Feb 2017

Invisible Wall Productions

1st Published:
Samuel French Dec 2017   

Original Broadway cast recording: Broadway Records 2017

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Gay musical full length

Male:  8            Female:  2            Other:  -

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