The Man in the Ceiling

The image shows the blue silhouette of a man falling from the top of the image; his legs look like he is mid-leap and we cannot see him from the waist up. He is holding an open red and white magazine. In the bottom right corner, where he is about to land, are the words 'The Man in the Ceiling' in red text.

Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa
Book: Jules Feiffer

12 year-old Jimmy Jibbett would rather be a successful cartoonist than be in 7th grade. His father disapproves. His mother is busy. His uncle tries to understand but is too wrapped up trying to write a love song for his next flop musical. Where can Jimmy turn for inspiration and hope? Maybe The Man in the Ceiling can lead him to his true destiny… If only Jimmy would look up!

A collaboration between Jules Feiffer, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning cartoonist and celebrated author, and Tony-nominated composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa, The Man in the Ceiling is an uplifting tale about following your creative passion against all odds.


MTFestUK is a yearly festival that promotes the best in new musical theatre. The 2 week long festival allows 8 new and emerging pieces of musical theatre to be presented in a workshop setting in front of a live audience. The presentations therefore are by no means complete and actors will use scripts, limited props etc. This is a deliberate choice to allow the writing team the opportunity to work on the material before projects move into full production.



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