Little Fish

Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa | Suggested by short stories by Deborah Eisenberg

Second Stage Theatre off-Broadway, New York City - February 13 - March 9, 2003.
The Blank Theatre, Hollywood, California - October 9 - November 18, 2007
Finborough Theatre, London - October 27 - November 21, 2009.


When Charlotte decides to give up smoking, she doesn't realise quite how difficult it will be. As she attempts to fill her nicotine-starved days, the events of a troubled past slowly begin to resurface: an abusive ex-boyfriend, a new life in New York, a bizarre roommate and a boss who is a little too hands on.

As her emotional debris accumulates, we see Charlotte's vivid memories juxtaposed against her present day life. But even with her friends trying to help, can this Little Fish learn to survive in a pond as big as New York City?

Musical Numbers

  1. Days - Charlotte, Kathy, Marco, Ensemble
  2. Robert - Charlotte
  3. It's A Sign - Cinder
  4. The Pool - Charlotte,Comatose Girl, Ensemble
  5. Winter Is Here - Charlotte
  6. Short Story - Robert
  7. Perfect - Kathy, Charlotte, Cinder
  8. John Paul - Charlotte, Kathy
  9. He - John Paul, Charlotte, Robert, Ensemble
  10. Cigarette Dream - Charlotte, Young Girl
  11. Flotsam - Young Girl
  12. I Ran - Marco
  13. The Ninety-Year-Old Man - Charlotte
  14. By The Way - Mr Bunder, Charlotte
  15. Remember Me - Kathy
  16. Anne - Young Girl, Marco
  17. Little Fish - Marco
  18. Poor Charlotte - Cinder
  19. The Track - Charlotte, Exec, Ensemble
  20. Flotsam (Reprise) - Charlotte
  21. Simple Creature - Charlotte
  22. Revelations - Charlotte, Marco, Kathy
  23. In Two's And Three's - Charlotte, Ensemble


Principals: 4 Men, 5 Women

Featured: 10 characters, all of the named characters should double as ensemble members with the exception of Charlotte, Kathy and Marco.

Scenes and Settings

LITTLE FISH takes place in New York City, over the course of the present year, with flashbacks to ten years previous. Various locales include Charlotte’s apartments, subway, Cinder’s apartment and Dress shop in Chelsea, the YWCA, a Latin disco, a movie theatre, an art gallery, a trainer store.


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