Pretty To The Bone

Pretty to the Bone


Book by Yvonne Adrian
Lyrics by Cheryl Stern
Music by Tom Kochan

Developed by Jack Cummings III
Co-Adapted by Robyn Hussa and Eric R. Christiansen

Run Time: 30 min or 75 min
5F, 2M, (expandable to 13)
Piano; optionally expandable to 6 players (Piano, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Cello, Woodwinds)
Set Requirements: Unit Set


PRETTY TO THE BONE is a dynamic, provocative and contemporary musical, based on a true story. When fifteen year old Polly develops an eating disorder, a “Perfect and Happy” American family is shaken to the core and embarks on an emotional roller coaster ride of a lifetime. Humorous, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting, PRETTY TO THE BONE is about family, survival and love.

WINNER 2002 Jonathan Larson Award

(PRETTY TO THE BONE was previously titled nor’mal:. It was originally produced Off-Broadway at Transport Group Theatre Company with direction by Jack Cummings III.)

Four versions of the script are available for perusal:
30 minute length with 7 actors or with 13 actors
75 minute length with 7 actors or with 13 actors


  • I experienced the most powerful 75 minutes of my life. My eyes were wet, my heart was racing and I had been touched in so many ways by this performance. I enjoyed the music; I laughed at the humorous moments, but was totally amazed at both the message and the delivery.

    Parent of a Greendale High School student

  • There is no better feeling in the entire world than knowing you have changed someone’s life, and nor•mal: gave all of us this experience. Words don’t describe being a part of it. It was simply amazing.

    – Jessica Ryan, “Polly” in the first high school cast of nor•mal:


Past Productions

Off Broadway
Transport Group Theatre Company

Greendale High School
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts
Eagle Point, Oregon

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Whitewater, Wisconsin

Seminar at NYU/Silver School of Social Work
New York, New York

Stage 1 Theatre Company
Mechanicsville, Virginia

Converse College
Spartanburg, South Carolina

Kearney High School
Kearney, Nebraska

Freedom Schools
Freedom, Wisconsin

EDTA International Thespians Festival
Lincoln, Nebraska

Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh, Scotland

Wisconsin State Theatre Festival
Winner 2006 Outstanding Musical!

Nebraska International Thespian Festival
Invited Presenter

Wofford College
Spartanburg, South Carolina

Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

OCU Stripped – New Musicals Project
Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma

St. Norbert College
De Pere, Wisconsin

Freedom Schools
Freedom, Wisconsin

Nicolet High School
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Wauwatosa East High School
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Divine Savior Holy Angels High School
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Janesville Parker High School
Janesville, Wisconsin

Colony High School
Ontario, Canada

Milton High School
Milton, Georgia

Carmen High School of Science and Technology
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Official Website

  • Let’s wrap this one up and send it out to where it can do the most good. The collective impact is devastating.


  • …impressively handles the difficult topic with sensitivity and humor. Pretty to the Bone shows that any subject, if handled right, is grist for the musical mill…

    – New York Post