The European Premiere of a new musical at Trafalgar Studios

Book, Music and Lyrics | Adam Gwon


Director | Adam Lenson
Designer | Al Turner
Musical Supervisor | Richard Bates
Lighting | James Smith
Sound | Mike Thacker


Julie Atherton
Daniel Boys
Alexia Khadime
Lee William-Davis


Trafalgar Studios


8th February - 11th March 2011


The European premiere of a new musical. When Deb loses her most precious possession--the notes to her graduate thesis--she unwittingly starts a chain of events that turns the ordinary days of four New Yorkers into something extraordinary. Told through a series of intricately connected songs and vignettes, Ordinary Days is an original musical about growing up and enjoying the view.



Ordinary Days is a spry, witty and insightful chamber musical
Lenson’s direction is sublime and works a treat in the tiny surroundings of Studio 2. The images created throughout are like tiny pieces of art, and one couldn’t help but be wowed by the beauty and simplicity... Ordinary Days offers something that most of the west end is missing at the moment , a heart
It’s not often that I connect with musical theatre, as it’s a genre that I constantly battle to place all my expectations of narrative, lyrics, orchestration and structure whilst still being able to stir that inner feeling of warmth, but Ordinary Days does it – and does it bloody well. It lifts you up, and makes you think about your bigger picture and how it’s often those people around you that make your life what it is.
The title of Adam Gwon’s musical may be Ordinary Days, but it now makes for an extraordinary evening of bracing new musical theatre writing. a bright sparkling gem in which overlapping vignettes of urban life and relationships are told in a seamless song cycle. In Adam Lenson’s neatly articulated production, I now find that Gwon does indeed provide an aching yearning all of his own beneath his stories of one relationship running into challenges and another forming afresh.
For anyone who cares about new musical theatre, here’s a fresh voice and a quartet of fine voices to give it perfect expression.
Musicals don’t always have to make a big song and dance, and Adam Gwon’s sung-through effort certainly doesn’t. Its restrained minimalism is part of its charm. The well-worn theme of the alienation of city living is explored through four people whose lives briefly intersect one Saturday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s no more than that, and its very ordinariness is part of its appeal, a reminder that everyone’s story is interesting, and that all our narratives inadvertently touch on the lives of strangers.