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Floyd Collins

Cover to original cast recording

Book by Tina Landau. Music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. Additional lyrics by Tina Landau.

Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Musical of 1996

Floyd Collins was commissioned by The American Musical Theatre Festival in Philadelphia, which produced its world première in 1994. Playwrights Horizons, Inc. in New York City produced Floyd Collins Off-Broadway in 1996.

Southwark Playhouse, London - 22 February 2012 - 31 March 2012  (Season)


In 1925, while chasing a dream of fame and fortune turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction, Floyd Collins himself becomes the attraction when he gets trapped 200 feet underground. Alone but for sporadic contact with the outside world, Floyd fights for his sanity and ultimately his life as the rescue effort above explodes into the first genuine media circus. Reporters and gawkers from across the country descend on the property, fueling the hysteria and manipulating the nation into holding its breath. This haunting musical - one of the most acclaimed in recent years - boasts a distinguished score as memorable as it is engaging, as it tells the transcendent tale of a true American dreamer.

Cast: 11 men, 2 women

Musical Numbers:

  1. The Ballad of Floyd Collins
  2. The Call
  3. It Moves
  4. Time To Go
  5. Lucky
  6. 'Tween a Rock an' a Hard Place
  7. Daybreak
  8. I Landed on Him
  9. Heart an' Hand
  10. The Riddle Song
  11. Is That Remarkable?
  12. The Carnival
  13. Through the Mountain
  14. Git Comfortable
  15. The Ballad of Floyd Collins (Reprise)
  16. The Dream
  17. How Glory Goes


harmonica, percussion, guitar db. banjo, piano db. keyboards, violin, viola db. violin, bass