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Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Closed June 11, 2017

"The most delightful new musical in many a season."

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Why See Ernest Shackleton Loves Me?

A Romance Like No Other

One of the most innovative and surreal new musicals around lands Off-Broadway, after runs in Seattle, New Brunswick and Boston. Written by Tony winner Joe DiPieto and scored by Valerie Vigoda and Wade McCollum (of the musical trio Groovelily), Ernest Shackleton Loves Me employs a dazzling mix of lighting, dynamic set design and projections to tell the story of the unlikely romance between the famous Arctic explorer and an out-of-work single mom.

The show has received boatloads of plaudits during its previous runs, lavished with particular praise for meshing together its multi-media elements and very human story. Vigoda and McCollum themselves lead this New York engagement, while Lisa Peterson directs.

What is Ernest Shackleton Loves Me About?

Kat is a bit down on her luck. Recently fired from her job as a video games music composer, she spends her sleep-deprived nights writing new music and checking in with her online dating profile. Out of the blue, shes contacted by the one and only Ernest Shackleton, the famed Arctic explorer, who then proceeds to step out of her fridge to lead her on a journey into the winter tundra. On the ensuing trek through the wintry wilderness, the two fall in love, and Kat is at last able to rediscover her purpose in life.

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Additional Information


Previews from: 14 April 2017

Opening night: 7 May 2017


Recommended for ages 14+

Run time

Approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission

Cast and Creative


Valerie Vigoda
Wade McCollum


Book by Joe DiPietro
Score by Valerie Vigoda & Wade McCollum
Music Direction by Ryan O’Connell
Production Design by Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Design by Chelsea Cook
Sound Design by Rob Kaplowitz

What you thought

1 reviews, average rating: (4.5 Stars)

4.5 star rating

Elizabeth Button: “Fantastically entertaining.”

Val Vigoda's energy and humour make this show a mus-see. She has such... more

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