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From the novel
Florence Engel Randall 

Book & Lyrics
Douglas Thompson

Johanna Telander




It’s been nearly a year, and Jan is still haunted by the traumatic loss of her father. Now, her mother has moved Jan and her little sister into a creepy old house, surrounded by dark woods. Here, the haunting is real. Forces she cannot see, and feelings that are not hers, compel Jan to unlock the fifty year old mystery of a young girl's disappearance in the woods.

Someone, or something, wants her to know the truth.

The only way out of the woods ... is through.

Watcher in the Woods: A New Musical  

is a gripping family drama that intertwines themes of familial love, loss and reconnection with the supernatural mystery of R. L. Stine's Goosebumps and the universe expanding heart of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial; a reminder that we must come together to carry on.



Based on the 1976 novel by Florence Engel Randall, Watcher in the Woods: A New Musical has a score by Johanna Telander and book/lyrics by Douglas Thompson.

The novel was previously adapted for the big screen in 1980 by Walt Disney Studios, with Bette Davis, David McCallum, and Kyle Richards starring. Angelica Huston led a 2017 remake for Lifetime, directed by Melissa Joan Hart.

Watcher in the Woods: A New Musical will receive a fully staged showcase production, open to all audiences, at UrbanStages, 259 West 30th St. from Sept 11-Sept 15, 2024. Tickets on Sale Now

Directed by Chase Kniffen, with Music Direction by Brian Walters. 


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