book and lyrics by LARRY TODD JOHNSON - music by CINDY O'CONNOR
The most recent production of this refreshing new musical closed on August 22, 2010, at the NoHo Arts Center, after a critically-successful 6-week run.  StageSceneLA gave it top honors in 2010, as "Best New Musical" in Los Angeles.  The 2009 developmental production at the Secret Rose received a 2010 GLAAD Media Award Nomination for Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre, and was selected by Stephen Schwartz to be part of the 2010 Disney/ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop.
 Critics have said:
 "Whether you are 40 or 15 or whatever, this is a highly recommended, amusing, enlightening musical..."
 "L.A. theatergoers in search of that rare entity—an original new musical that works—have one in 40 Is The New 15."

"Johnson and O’Connor’s characters are immensely appealing and their situations speak to us all, regardless of whether your specific circumstances are the same or not. Without a doubt, you will find yourself here. The songs are fresh and memorable, with haunting melodies (“Better Than This,” “August 14th, 1983”) and hysterical lyrics (“Nerds,” “I Turned 40 This Summer”)."

40 is the New 15 – Development History
40 is the New 15 was developed in association with the Academy for New Musical Theatre in North Hollywood, CA. The authors own full rights and there are no attached parties.
AEA production at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, July/August 2010
Winner: Best New Musical (Scenies – StageSceneLA – Best of 2009-2010)
Nominee: 2010 GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/21/nominees
AEA production at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood, CA, August 2009 http://www.backstage.com/review/la-theater/40-is-the-new-15/
Nominee: 2009 ADA Award, Valley Theatre League
Featured in the 2010 ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop
Selected by Stages Festival (Chicago), 2009
Reading at Theatre Building Chicago, January 2009
Reading at The Colony Theatre (Burbank, CA), June, 2007
Readings at the Academy for New Musical Theatre (North Hollywood, CA) May 2007 and November, 2007 
 
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Attention producers:
With a 5-person cast, limited set and costume needs, and a highly marketable concept, this intimate musical is perfect for theatre companies everywhere.  Video and audio demos, photos, and reviews are all available.  If your interested in securing rights, please contact us by emailing the bookwriter/lyricist at ltj@larrytoddjohnson.com or the composer at cyndluhu@aol.com.