Libretto by Erin Courtney and Max Vernon
Music & Lyrics by Max Vernon

Directed by Ellie Heyman
Choreographed by Jeffrey L. Page

Scenic Design by Rachel Hauck
Costume Design by Clint Ramos
Lighting Design by Mary Ellen Stebbins
Sound Design by Nevin Steinberg

(please note the design team is working in a developmental capacity at present)

The Tattooed Lady, a developing new musical from Max Vernon and Erin Courtney and directed by Ellie Heyman, was awarded the prestigious Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Project Grant for 2020.

This highly competitive grant will enable Philadelphia Theatre Company to develop this new musical first as a virtual reading, and as a full production in the subsequent season.

The Tattooed Lady team will be introduced to our audiences in Spring 2021, in a 30-minute mini-documentary called The Tattooed Lady: Make Your Mark.”  This mini-doc reveals what it’s like for a creative team to make a new musical during “pandemic times.” Featuring a mix of behind-the-scenes collaboration, musical segments from a concert of the material at Joe’s Pub, and other surprises from Philly, this teaser will make its own mark and show you why we were so excited to commission these artists.

The story of The Tattooed Lady highlights one of sideshow’s biggest stars, Ida Gibson, in a moving, fantastical tale that reveals the ultimate bond between mother and daughter. Featuring a parade of beguiling characters with both visible and invisible marks, the musical celebrates the resilience of women whose choices have the potential to liberate them.  The Tattooed Lady is a musical meditation on beauty, perversity, shattering of taboos, and a woman’s right to control her body and choose her destiny.

The Tattooed Lady will be Philadelphia Theatre Company’s first commission under Artistic Director Paige Price’s leadership.



The Tattooed Lady is supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. The Tattooed Lady has been developed with support from
the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, the Kimmel Center, National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.