Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

This is a longtime passion project for Val, a female-empowerment musical that began with a life-changing museum visit over a decade ago and has become more and more autobiographical over the years. The show will reopen, somewhere, before long.

ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME is a wildly inventive musical adventure that tells the story of a sleep-deprived single mom who struggles to balance her family and career as a video game music composer. Late one night, while posting a dating video, she receives an unexpected response from the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922), one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century. Shipwrecked and stranded on an iceberg in the Antarctic, Shackleton reaches across space and time to share his heroic journey with her. Against all odds, they discover that their greatest inspiration lies within each other, and even more importantly, in the power of self-reliance.

Cast album is now available on Broadway Records (release date Feb 9, 2018).

Click here for the Broadway World album review.

Starring Val + the charismatic Wade McCollum (Wicked), the show is helmed by Obie Award® winning director Lisa Peterson and written by Tony Award® winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis), with music by Brendan Milburn and lyrics by Val, featuring production design by Alexander V. Nichols (Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway), costume design by Chelsea Cook, sound design by Tony Award® winner Rob Kaplowitz (Fela!) and music direction & orchestrations by Ryan O'Connell.


 Wildly quirky... Intrepid... Exhilarating 
—New York Times 

“A delightfully impossible dream… a thrilling trip… Musical virtuoso Vigoda… defies cynicism and revels in its celebration.”
—Boston Globe  

“THE MOST WILDLY INSPIRING theatrical undertaking thus far this season... I flipped—and so will you.”
—Joyce's Choices


Second Stage
Tony Kiser Theatre
New York, NY
May 7-June 11, 2017  

The Paramount Theatre 
Boston, MA 
September 20-October 4, 2015 

George Street Playhouse 
New Brunswick, NJ 
April 22 - May 17, 2015 

Balagan Theatre/Seattle Repertory Theatre 
Seattle, WA 
April 18-May 3, 2014

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