The Pelican

In the not-too-distant future, The Pelican Bar is almost all that remains of a Florida coastal town devastated by climate change. When a new category of hurricane approaches, the few offbeat residents that remain must make a choice: exchange their freedom for safety in a nearby Corporate City or risk the storm to keep their town alive. Brimming with raucous melodies and deep grooves, humor and heartbreak, The Pelican is a musical that shines with the colorful chaos of Florida. 

The Writers

Will Lacker  – Book & Lyrics

Will Lacker is a New York City based playwright & lyricist originally from St. Petersburg, Florida. Original Works: The Pelican, Bittersweet Lullaby (licensed through MTI), Catch the Westbound, Edison, The Invasion, The Custodian, and Trials of a Scientific Mind. His works have been produced at theaters and festivals around the country, including The Player’s Theatre, Merkin Concert Hall, The Flea, NYC Fringe, Woodstock Fringe, Alexandra Film Festival, and Gen Con Film Festival. Will earned a BA from Marymount Manhattan, an MFA from Queens College, and is a graduate of the UCB improv school. Member: Theatre Now’s Musical Writers Lab, Dramatists Guild, and ASCAP.

Dylan GlatthornLyrics & Music

Dylan Glatthorn is a Brooklyn based composer & lyricist. Original musicals: The Pelican, Edison, & Bittersweet Lullaby (licensed through MTI). Dylan has written music for nine feature films, numerous shorts, documentaries and commercials for clients such as Lindt, Nickelodeon, Oakley, Red Bull, Alessi, & PBS. Composed & arranged for Diana DeGarmo’s GEMINI; co-producer & arranger for LOLO’s X and upcoming lauren. Awards: New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Sound Design, Clive Davis Award for Excellence in Music in Film, Best Original Score at First Run Film Festival, & two-time recipient of the Alan Menken Award. Member: ASCAP, Theatre Now’s Musical Writers Lab & The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

Development History

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dylan and Will grew up childhood friends and have been collaborating on musicals for the last twelve years. Inspired by the fate of their hometown in light of climate change, The Pelican began as an idea in 2019 and quickly evolved from there. In 2020, they were awarded a Frank Young Fund for New Musicals Writers Residency Grant from NAMT to finish a first draft of  The Pelican—culminating in a virtual reading held in December of that year. In February 2022, an in-person reading produced by Theatre Now New York was held at The Gural Theater. 

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