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At Wit's End

Book and Lyrics by Cheryl Coons
Music by Michael Duff

It's 1929, and the members of the famed Round Table are performing a play in the lobby of New York's Algonquin Hotel to commemorate the tenth anniversary of their first luncheon there.

Acting as a Greek chorus, the Round Tablers present At Wit's End, the story of how New York Times theatre critic Alexander Woollcott's love for Jane Grant and rivalry with her husband Harold Ross provided an essential spark to the birth of The New Yorker magazine. The artists, celebrities, and wits of the Round Table (Frank Adams, Tallulah Bankhead, Robert Benchley, Marc Connelly, Edna Ferber, Helen Hayes, George Kaufman and Dorothy Parker) portray themselves, and assume the various small roles (as Tallulah says, "the little people, darling") that play into the story.


for Best Musical



Cheryl Coons (Book and Lyrics) Cheryl is an award-winning librettist and lyricist who has co-written more than a dozen musicals, including River’s End (ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Musical Theatre Award, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Original Script and Score, Theatre for the American Musical Award, NAMT and NYMF), At Wit’s End (Carbonell Award for Best New Work), Sylvia’s Read Good Advice (Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work), Female Problems (After Dark Award for Best Music and Lyrics) and Phantom of the Country Opera, published by Music Theatre International. She contributed lyrics to Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s productions of Merry Wives of Windsor and Measure for Measure. Her musicals have been developed and showcased at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Music Theatre Conference, and the National Alliance of Musical Theater’s Festival of New Works, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Projects she’s written have twice been selected for the ASCAP Workshops in Los Angeles and Chicago. Cheryl has appeared at Carnegie Hall, performing her original material in an evening sponsored by ASCAP and hosted by Michael Feinstein. She serves on the National Council of the Dramatists Guild, the professional trade association for playwrights, lyricists and librettists. 


Michael Duff (Music) has written four musicals which have received professional productions, most recently At Wit's End, which received Florida's 2001 Carbonell Award for Best New Work. He was the recipient of Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award for Musical Direction for his work on Female Problems, to which he also contributed a number of songs, sharing Chicago's After Dark Award for the music and lyrics. He composed the score for Phantom of the Country Opera, published by Music Theater International, and Ms. Cinderella, produced at Marriott's Lincolnshire Theater. Listed in Who's Who of Entertainment, Mr. Duff has been musical director/conductor for over 80 different productions, including the third national tour of Les Miserables, the national tour of Nunsense with Dody Goodman, and Peter Pan, with Cathy Rigby, tours of 42nd Street, Bob Fosse's Dancin', West Side Story, and Fiddler on the Roof, with Theodore Bikel. From 1981 to 1988 he was Musical Supervisor and Staff Arranger for the Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre, and was Musical Director at Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre from 1991-1996, He performed on Broadway as The City Editor in The News.


Song samples from At Wit's End
Music by Michael Duff
Lyrics by Cheryl Coons

Man of the Hour

Man of the Hour - Music by Michael Duff, Lyrics by Cheryl Coons
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Wherever You Are Is Home

Wherever You Are Is Home - Music by Michael Duff, Lyrics by Cheryl Coons
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Remember Me

Remember Me - Music by Michael Duff, Lyrics by Cheryl Coons
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Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town - Music by Michael Duff, Lyrics by Cheryl Coons
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Smart Alec

Smart Alec - Music by Michael Duff, Lyrics by Cheryl Coons
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