Show History



When the Cookie Crumbles, You Can Still Pick up the Pieces (hereafter referred to as When the Cookie Crumbles) is a musical revue that is composed of vignettes and songs, all focusing around parental divorce. It is a collaborative effort, originally conceived by Jay Harnick and featuring pieces from over thirty writers, including Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, as well as the creators of the television show, "Friends," David Crane and Marta Kauffman.

Barbara Miller, the director of development for Theatreworks at the time, had gone through a divorce and was concerned about how things were affecting her two sons. She attended a six-week seminar for divorced and separated parents at her son's school, and realized that theatre would be a great medium to break down the roles of children in divorce. She discussed the idea with Harnick, then the artistic director of Theatreworks, who invited members of Broadcast Music Inc., a professional music organization for young composers, to join the project.


When the Cookie Crumbles premiered with the renowned New York City-based theatre for young audiences company, Theatreworks, in 1986 at the Promenade Theatre.