The Phantom Tollbooth TYA

The Phantom Tollbooth TYA

Book by  Norton Juster
and  Sheldon Harnick
Music by  Arnold Black
Lyrics by  Sheldon Harnick
Based on the Novel by Norton Juster

1 Act, Book Musical, Rated G
Theatre for Young Audiences Version

Based on the venerated children's book, a young boy's magical journey proves that life is the greatest adventure of all. (One Act Version)

The exceptional tale of Milo, Tock, and a certain magic tollbooth is brought splendidly to life on stage in The Phantom Tollbooth TYA. Adapted from Norton Juster's beloved children's book, this inventive musical features a melodious score by Arnold Black and witty lyrics full of wordplay by Pulitzer Prize and three-time TONY winner Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler On The Roof, She Loves Me).

Even surrounded by dozens of toys, Milo is bored. Nothing interests him at all. The Phantom Tollbooth comes to the rescue! Transported to the Land of Wisdom Milo is thrust into adventure when told princesses Rhyme and Reason need rescuing, so as to bring peace between two kings. They are divided over which is more important: words or numbers. Knee-deep in danger, language, and math along the way, Milo learns everything has a purpose. Upon his return home, he realizes there is never a reason to be bored in a world full of so many things to discover.
With a shortened running time and minimized cast size, The Phantom Tollbooth TYA is the ideal show for touring companies or theatres with a strong educational component. Those on the stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience will undoubtedly adore the delightful experience this book and score offer.


In celebration of the 50th Anniversary milestone, Random House released two special editions of the book, as well as a new work by Norton Juster. You can learn more about all three by clicking here.

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