The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by William Finn. Book by Rachel Sheinkin. Conceived by Rebecca Feldman. Additional Material by Jay Reiss.

“Can you spell irresistable? Drat! I mean, irresistible?
That’s precisely the word for the lovably inconsequential, entirely adorable new musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”—The New York Times

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7:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday Evenings
8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday Evenings
2:00 p.m. Saturday Matinees

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Winner of 2 Tony Awards!

A hilarious tale of high school-aged overachievers, their hopes, their dreams, and their angst as they compete for a slot in the National Spelling Bee. Overseen by adults still stuck in adolescence themselves, they sing their stories, utilize unique spelling techniques and learn that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.


The creators of this show developed two versions: one which would be rated PG-13 for a small amount of language, and the original, slightly bawdier version. The original version is funnier, and deals more directly with the inescapable fact that one of the young Spelling Bee contestants is facing the onset of puberty, with some embarrassing consequences. The revised version deals with this matter a little more discreetly.

PTC is producing both versions. For most performances, we will produce the tamer version.  We will, however, perform the original version on the Thursday, September 18 and Wednesday, September 24 performances.

If you have purchased tickets to one of the tamer performances but would like to see the original, you may call the box office and exchange your tickets. Likewise, if you have purchased tickets to either the September 18 or September 24 performance but would be more comfortable with the milder version, you can exchange your tickets to another performance.

And, if you are thinking of going but haven’t yet purchased tickets, you have your choice—but since there are only two performances of the original version, you should probably act quickly if that’s the version you would like to see.