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A new musical currently in development.

By Sophie Boyce & Veronica Mansour.


An electrifying synth-pop musical, uplifting the story of Emilia Bassano: a woman speculated to be the true author of Shakespeare’s plays.

Joyful and moving with an effervescent wit, The Dark Lady brings this “what if” scenario to life with lush pop composition, tight lyrics, and infectious rhythm.

This is a show that celebrates theatre, creation, truth, and impact upon the world.

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The Dark Lady  was developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Centre in July 2023, as part of their National Musical Theatre Conference. Previous works developed at the NMTC include In the Heights, Avenue Q and The Wild Party.

The developmental workshop was directed by Zi Alikhan, with musical direction by Anessa Marie. The workshop cast consisted of the following Broadway and off-Broadway favourites:

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To view more materials, and find out how you can support this production in it's next stages of development, please email

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