The Bully Problem

The Bully Problem

Genre : Musical theatre: family audiences
  1. Van Der Bort (demo)
  2. Solvable Problems (demo)
  3. Operational (demo)

The show

Fourteen-year-old tech whiz Kevin Dijkstra just wants to build robots, but the bullies at Van Der Bort Junior High are making that tough. When Kevin gets the idea of using a high-tech android to defend his classmates against the bullies, he’s suddenly thrown into a conflict that could change the school forever!

THE BULLY PROBLEM is a family-friendly musical with witty humor, catchy tunes, humorously distinct characters, and a smidge of science fiction. It focuses on the subjects of bullying, recognizing self-worth, and the importance of human connections. Suitable for both grownups and young audience members alike! (But not bullies.)

Book, music, and lyrics by Michael Gordon Shapiro

The show had its commercial premiere at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe festival, where it earned an Encore Producers Award and was a Pick of the Fringe selection. It was also nominated for seven awards including Best Musical, Top of the Fringe, and Fringe First.

Cast album

The official cast album will be released in 2021. In the meantime, some demo recordings are available on this page.

For more information

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Van Der Bort (demo) // The Bully Problem
  1. Van Der Bort (demo) // The Bully Problem
  2. Solvable Problems (demo) // The Bully Problem
  3. Operational (demo) // The Bully Problem