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The Ballad of Brightwater

by Matthew McCollum

Brightwater was a town in West Virginia, named after the untamed river that cut off its people from the rest of Appalachia. A town ruled by two households, both alike in rage and indecency; where the men fought with guns, knives, and wrenches, and the women preferred poison, cloth, river and rope. So when Rosie MacAleese fell in love with the son of her father’s nemesis…what on earth did she think would happen? 

Book, Music and Lyrics by Matthew McCollum

Vocals Matthew McCollum, Katie Boeck, Ashley Morgan, and Susanna Hoffs.

Musicians Matthew McCollum, Chris Price, and Ben Lecourt

Produced & Arranged by Chris Price

Engineered by Chris Price and Emeen Zarookian

The Ballad of Brightwater has been developed through the ASCAP DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop.