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Ben Boecker – New Voices 2014 and 2015; winner Search 2016

“Working with New Musicals, Inc was a very formative experience for me both for my project, and as a writer in general.  Elise and Scott are excellent dramaturgs, and their feedback was invaluable to the development of my show.  They put on a talented and professional reading of my show, but by far my favorite thing about working with New Musicals Inc was their willingness to take risks. They made me feel safe to push myself to the limit as a writer, and it helped me learn a lot.”

Ben Boecker

Search Winner 2016

“Spellbound! A Perfect Musical Fairytale” tells the story of Cedarella, a witch who feels like she identifies more with Princesses than Witches, so she runs away from home to seek her One True Love in the Mountains of New Hampshire. The first man she meets is an Extreme Gardener named Hunter, whom she likes, but ultimately rejects because he is not tall enough. Cedarella finally meets her Perfect Man, only to discover that he is a robot designed by her Evil Aunts to suck the Love out of her heart. Will Cedarella be able to meld her fairytale vision of True Love with the real world? Or will her evil aunts suck all of the love out of her heart before she can? “Spellbound!” is a full-length musical which will appeal to both adults and children. It features a pop/rock contemporary theater score, a fast-paced story that is full of laughs, poignant insights, and larger-than-life characters that will capture your heart and send you on a journey you will never forget.

Ben Boecker is a composer/lyricist/bookwriter working and living in New York City. He runs a private studio in which he teaches voice, piano, and songwriting. His full-length musical, “Spellbound! A Perfect Musical Fairytale” has been through a series of readings and workshops and won several awards, including First Prize in New Musicals Inc’s 2016 International Search for New Musicals. Ben is adjunct faculty at the Calhoun school, and a proud member of the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theater Workshop and the Dramatists Guild.

Ben is presently developing, “Spellbound! A Perfect Musical Fairytale,” at the BMI Workshop, as a member of Ken Davenport’s Writers’ Group, and in Andrew Lippa’s Writers’ Bloc. He hopes to do a full production of the show within the next two years. Additionally, Ben is working in collaboration with Laurel Haines on “Marisol: the Mail-Order Country Music Star,” a musical that tells the story of Marisol, a girl from the Phillipines who comes to America as a Mail-Order Bride in order to pursue her dream of becoming a Country Music Star.


Ben Boecker Sings Ben Boecker, Shetler Studios, NYC, April 28, 2017