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Music and Lyrics by: Adam Guettel
Book and Additional Lyrics by: Tina Landau
Directed by: Tina Landau

1997 by Nonesuch Records.

Floyd Collins is based on the true story of a Kentucky caver who got trapped while exploring Sand Cave, and his ordeal from January 30 to February 16, 1925.

The musical Floyd Collins was commissioned by the American Music Theater Festival (now the Prince Music Theater), Philadelphia, and had its world premiere there from April 9- 24, 1994. The cast included Jim Morlino as Floyd Collins, Jason Danieley as Homer Collins, Floyd's younger brother, Theresa McCarthy as Nellie Collins, Floyd's sister, and Stephen Lee Anderson as Johnnie Gerald, a role that was subsequently eliminated in favor of incorporating the character into a composite with Homer Collins.

The show was subsequently redeveloped at Playwrights Horizons in 1995 in preparation for its New York premiere. Floyd Collins began a limited run at Playwrights Horizons on March 3, 1996. The New York production starred Christopher Innvar as Floyd, and once again, Jason Danieley as Homer, and Theresa McCarthy as Nellie. The cast recording was released on the Nonesuch label in March 1997.

Photos from the 1996 Playwrights Horizons production

At this moment, Floyd Collins is on the second leg of its three-city national tour. It was at the Old Globe in San Diego from Feb. 13 - March 21, and is currently playing at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia until April 17th. The tour will then be at the Goodman in Chicago from April 23 - June 5, with some revisions incorporated between Philadelphia and Chicago. The touring cast stars Romain Fruge as Floyd, Clarke Thorell as Homer, and Kim Huber as Nellie. Jack Donahue, who plays Cliff Roney/Reporter, has his own website at

Photos from the 1999 National Tour


Synopsis (from CD liner notes) Additional Resources
1999 National Tour Cast List 1996 Playwrights Horizons Cast List
Musical Numbers The Cave (Floyd Collins Sound Gallery)
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