An original, over-the-top, pop-rock creature-feature musical satire, for MA14 audiences, and up.

Will shy hero, nerdy lab-partner, Austin Zuckerman, win the heart of his science soulmate,Chloe Edgecombe? And will their pro-procreation pheromone, Bee-agra save bees from the brink of extinction, or unleash mayhem in Middle America??!

Our World? The late 50’s, Cold War. Rock and Roll is coming AND the threat of the bomb. Worse yet – Bees have stopped mating, crisis ensues, and our heroes must step up!

But Chloe and Austin’s work’s sabotaged, as bees turn bad – packing a sex-fever wallop in every sting.

The college kids go full Caligula, the military arrives, and our heroes must flee to rescue their bees and of course, fall in love.

Eight players. Fifteen hilarious roles. 90 minutes of funny, far out, and fast paced musical action with Bigfoot, boners and a cannabis sparked bee-in to save the day.

BUZZED! is a perfect match for comedy leaning venues, late-night stages and festivals, featuring 16 original tunes from four fab composers and book and lyrics by ace storyteller, Cj Critt. cjcritt@mac.com

Don’t dream it bee it! And…Get BUZZED!

MEET THE CREATOR AND AUTHOR

Book and Lyrics by CJ Critt

Music by:
Morgan Clarke
Rebecca Cordes
John T Prestianni
Barry Young

Hello! As a nature lover and tree hugger from Oregon, I’m driven by a passion to blend messages of love for the environment with humor and catchy tunes, aiming to entertain and uplift our community.

“BUZZED! The Musical” has consistently captivated audiences ranging from teens to groovy geezers, proving there’s a wide appetite for comedic theater that can provoke hearty laughter and plant seeds of joy.

Originally titled “The Pollinators” and envisioned as a screenplay that paid homage to the classic creature-features of the 1950s, the project caught the attention of Dream Fly Productions in Dallas, TX, and was optioned for development.

Feeling the magnetic pull of live performance, the project transitioned to the theater scene in Oak Cliff, TX, embracing the dynamic energy of stage productions. Under the direction of Jake Nice, the Oak Cliff Cultural Center hosted staged readings on May 15, 2019, and again on November 13, 2019, with the introduction of our initial set of songs.

As the world grappled with the pandemic, we adapted with a Zoom reading to keep the cast size manageable, and in Spring 2021, we showcased our evolving musical score—crafted by four talented composers—through performances by six singer/actors at the Wild Detectives venue in the Bishop Arts District.

2023 marked a significant turning point for us. Collaborating with the DFW-based Musical Theater Writers Academy sparked a creative epiphany, leading to a comprehensive rebranding of the show. Now equipped with a new name, logo, and a refined focus on comedy and romance, “BUZZED! The Musical” is ready to take the stage anew, inviting audiences to join us on this joyously satirical adventure.

Jake Nice, Dramaturg & Reading Director

CJ Critt - Book, Lyrics & HIVE Wrangler

Morgan Clark, Composer

Rebecca Cordes, Composer

Barry Young, Composer

John T Prestianni, Composer

Bradley Campbell - Major Brinks

Dalton Chase Crawford - Soldier Dickerson & Various

Tracie Foster - SpokesBee & Various

Vee India - Chloe

Joshua Kumler - Hayden Edwards

Karl Martin - Austin

Deanna Santos - Prof Carlson & Sharlie Rainwalker

Joshua Kumler - Hayden Edwards

Music Samples

“Yearning.”  A feeling of intense longing.  And that’s what shy hero Austin Zuckerman feels whenever he encounters his lab partner, Chloe Edgecombe, the woman of his mid-century dreams, his… SCIENCE GIRL, a favorite tune from the mad cap musical, BUZZED!

HIVE PLAYERS

Chloe Edgecombe Tracie Foster
Austin Zuckerman Karl Mart
Hayden Edwards John Baker
Professor Carlson & Farmer R. Bradford Smith
Major Brinks & Radio Anncr Brad Campbell
Dickerson, Miss Honey, Tammy & Trucker Dayna S. Fries
Coed, Spokesbee, Illya & Sassi Megan Francis
Coed, Forest Ape Expert & Beautician Mandy Sanders Scofield
Sharlie Rainwalker Allyn Carrell
Stage Direction LisaAnne Haram
SOUND Dave Buell – Real to Reel Studios

The Pollinators

Jake Nice, Dramaturg & Reading Director

CJ Critt - Book, Lyrics & Capt. of the Bee Team

Morgan Clark, Composer

Rebecca Cordes, Composer

Barry Young, Composer

John T Prestianni, Composer

Steven Smith

Bill Jenkins

Bwalya Chisanga

Olivia Cinquepalmi

Jamal Houston

Natalie King

Daryl Mayfield