The Pout-Pout Fish

Book, Music & Lyrics Christopher Anselmo & Jared Corak

Direction, Design & Book Matt Acheson & Fergus Walsh

New York Times Critic's Pick!

The Pout-Pout Fish was commissioned by TheatreWorksUSA and premiered at the New Victory Theater on 42nd Street in the fall of 2019 before embarking on a national tour which was halted due to COVID-19.


A New Musical Adventure

Book, Music & Lyrics Christopher Anselmo & Jared Corak

This new musical adventure explores the peculiar and perilous oddities of Florida through the eyes of a young kid as she hunts for the healing waters of the Fountain of Youth to save her ailing grandfather.

Fountain is currently in development. It was a finalist for the O'Neill National Musical Theater Conference, winner of the Ground Floor: Making Musicals series at Asolo Rep and has received residencies through New Victory LabWorks and Musical Theatre Factory.


Discovery of Fire

Book, Music & Lyrics Christopher Anselmo

This fantastical, electro-folk musical aims to blend aspects of augmented and virtual reality to explore the integration of technology into our everyday lives and the way we mourn loved ones' passings on in the technological age.

The Discovery of Fire is currently in development, and has received a presentation through Musical Theatre Factory in New York City.


Atlantic: America & The Great War

Music & Lyrics Christopher Anselmo

Book & Lyrics Ryan Bernsten & Desiree Staples

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Chicago's American Music Theatre Project teamed up to produce a unique world-premiere musical, Atlantic, at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival. The musical's first half, A Scottish Story is by Scotland-based writing team, Noisemaker.

On the eve of WWI, two sisters uncover their complicated ancestry, but when one disappears while tracing their lineage overseas, the other must leave home for the first time to find her. Part two of the exciting collaboration, America and the Great War is an ensemble-driven adventure with a rousing folk score that explores the timely uncertainty of what it means to be American.


★★★★★ - The Herald

★★★★★ - British Theatre Guide

★★★★★ - Pocketsize Theatre

★★★★★ - One4Review


"There is beautiful music at the heart of Atlantic: America & The Great War ... epic, intimate, and touching throughout. The songs are frequently funny, moving and memorable ... a treat to listen to" - Broadway Baby


Another Way West
The 85th Annual Waa-Mu Show

The Waa-Mu Showwith alum like Sheldon Harnick, Brian D'Arcy James, Stephen Colbert, Walter Kerr and more—is easily Northwestern's coolest tradition. Each year, nearly 80 students get together to create this completely original musical. Though these are a few songs I contributed to that year's show, I highly recommend checking out Waa-Mu and the incredible work the other students have created over at



Music & Lyrics Christopher Anselmo

Book H.S. Kaufman

Cast Michael Luwoye, Dan Rosales, Madison Micucci, Marissa O'Donnell, Gerianne Perkins, Alex Walton

*Official Selection of the NYMF's 2014 Next Link Project, where it received two extensions and sold out its entire run.


It's graduation time. When a mysterious classmate crashes their last epic night of celebration, a group of childhood friends is forced to confront the secrets they've been keeping from one another. Will their friendships survive the night?


With an imaginative and passionate contemporary score and a charming book, Fable is a modern American reworking of this timeless storytelling form. Explore the moments when we are forced to change, whether we like it or not. What happens when the stories we were told as kids are revealed for the fictions they truly are?


"Anselmo's music is by turns soaring, jaunty, and hard-rocking ... His lyrics are among the cleanest I've ever heard at NYMF" - Chris Caggiano​


"Further assets are Anselmo's clever and oddly endearing score" -


Haunted Train

Music & Lyrics Christopher Anselmo

Book Christian Fleming & Randy Gross

Based on the play by Randy Gross

Cast Jarrad Green, Jessie Louise Macbeth, JD Killikelly, Lindsay Spangenthal, Michael Cusimano

Direction Christian Fleming

Music Direction Trevor Pierce

Cloyd is a patient at a mental hospital, and he is being visited by a ghost. But as more people start to see the ghost as well, they are forced to take Cloyd seriously and question what really qualifies as "crazy." Haunted Train is an exciting new musical from Christian Fleming and Randy Gross (book) and Christopher Anselmo (music & lyrics) that explores how stigma can pervade even the ways we medically treat mental illness, and the problems that arise when we view the human mind as something to be cured.

Haunted Train was commissioned and produced Off-Broadway by Unmasked Theatre Company in New York City. Unmasked's mission is to use musical theatre to promote social change and address the stigmas surrounding mental illness.


The 84th Annual Waa-Mu Show