Our #1 goal right now is to license new performances of this show worldwide.




2024     1h 19m     

A Mythical Musical by
Deborah Henson-Conant

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About The Golden Cage Musical

The Golden Cage is an award-winning musical about a glorious, mythical cage that’s irresistible from the outside, and inescapable from the inside.

This 2-character musical play tells the story of two creatures who meet on either side of its bars. Boris, half-man and half-bird, is stranded on the outside after a lifetime searching for the cage. Alphea, trapped on the inside, is a melodramatic diva, who longs for freedom, yet fears the outside and can’t remember how she got trapped inside.

Lyrical musical theater meets operetta meets song-cycle, this poignant new musical comedy reflects the cages in which we trap ourselves and the only way we can unlock them: through connection to each other.

Available for licensing, The Golden Cage is a “producer’s dream,” with its single set, small orchestra, two-person cast with open-casting for any gender, age, race or body type – and its universal message that appeals to multi-generational audiences.

Link to license the show: hipharp.com/tgc-producers-info

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The Golden Cage

The StreamingMusicals film adaptation of the award-winning
2022 CreateTheater New Works Series production

This musical was developed through the 2022 CreateTheater New Works Festival at Theatre Row in NYC,
presented by CreateTheater: Cate Cammarata (Artistic Director) & Prism Stage Company: Judith Estrine (Artistic Director).

Meet the Cast and Creatives


Christopher Isolano

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Christopher Isolano (he/him) is a multifaceted performer, musician, and theater manager in NYC. He made his off-Broadway debut at Theatre Row as Boris in The Golden Cage.

He recently gained notice in The NY Times for originating the “Anxiety Monster” in the new children’s musical, Petunia’s Big Day! – which streamed from the New Ohio Theatre on Eventive! Originally from Long Island, and a Pace University Musical Theater program graduate, Chris has performed regionally with Theatre Aspen, The Hangar, The Gateway, and in NYC with Barrington Stage Co., IRT Theater, and at Lincoln Center.

Most recent credits: Fancy Nancy (AMT Theater), Hooked (Theatre Row) & Fowl Play (Playbill Pride Mainstage). Chris can also be found producing new works and managing the newly opened off-Broadway venue, Theater 555 on 42nd St. @Chris-Isolano


Maddie Allen

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Maddie Allen (she/her) is grateful to have made her Off-Broadway Debut as Alphea in “The Golden Cage” at the 2022 CreateTheater New Works Festival.

Originally from Fresno, California, Maddie’s past credits include Footloose (Great Plains Theater), A Grand Night for Singing (Syracuse), Rent (Interlochen Arts), and Broadway Holiday (The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice). Maddie is a proud alumni of Interlochen Arts Academy where she returned this past summer to assist Director/Choreographer Rick Faugno.

This spring, Maddie will be joining AIDA Cruiselines as a lead vocalist on the AIDAperla! She is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Musical Theatre program. MaddieAllen.com / @maddsallen

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Katie Horner

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Katie Horner (she/her) is an NYC-based actor, singer, instrumentalist, and composer who understudied BOTH parts, of Alphea & Boris.

Katie’s regional credits include Buddy- The Buddy Holly Story (National Tour and Florida Studio Theatre); Million Dollar Quartet (Mill Mountain Theatre); Lend Me a Tenor (Resident Theatre Company); Once (Arden Theatre Company).

In summer 2022, she joined the Zachary Scott Theatre for an actor-musician production of The Sound of Music. Check out her single Bright & Breezy by Kay Rose on all streaming services. BLM. https://www.intersectionalenvironmentalist.com/take-the-pledge and learn more about Katie and her creative projects at Katie-Horner.com


Deborah Henson-Conant

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Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-Nominated composer & performer who combines stories and music in multiple genres from narrated concerts to song cycles, one-person musicals, operetta and musical.

Her full-length music special “Invention & Alchemy” in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Symphony, appeared on PBS stations throughout the U.S. and received a Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Crossover album. She’s performed and premiered her works internationally with orchestras and venues including Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Tacoma Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Humanities Festival, Kennedy Center, Boston’s Lyric Stage and Central Square Theater.

Her TEDx talk chronicles the development of the harp that’s named after her, the “DHC” body-harp – an instrument that enables one to become a single performing unit with an electric harp. Link to Deborah’s Website. Link to “The Golden Cage” web page.


R. Lee Kratzer

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R. Lee Kratzer (she/her) is a New York–based director who makes deeply considered, urgent work that sits at the intersection of opera, music, dance, and theater.

She has directed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Theatre Row, Opera Saratoga, Opera del West, Guild Hall of LI, NEMPAC Opera Project (former artistic director), The Tank, Longy School of Music, Rutgers University, Montclair State, Emerson Stage, Fordham University, the Footlight Club, and Columbia University.

Kratzer has also worked with Katie Mitchell, Dave Malloy, Isaac Oliver, Whitney White, Annie-B Parson, Hermès, The New York Times, Big Dance Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Bushwick Starr. Next up: La Traviata with City Lyric Opera. SDC Associate Member; MFA: Columbia.

Link to RebeccaMillerKratzer.com


Nevada Lozano

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Nevada Lozano is a musical theater composer, lyricist, music director, and pianist. He has served as music assistant on several Broadway productions, including: Oklahoma! (2019 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical), The Sound Inside (directed by David Cromer, starring Mary-Louise Parker), and Sea Wall/A Life (starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge). He is currently serving as associate sound effects designer on Suffs (written by Shaina Taub, directed by Leigh Silverman) at the Public Theater.

Nevada is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop (Advanced) and received the organization’s Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in 2018. He has participated in residencies at Yaddo, the Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals, KHN Center for the Arts, and Brush Creek Foundation. He studied composition and piano at the Eastman School of Music and Rice University.

Link to Nevada’s website.


Tim Maurice

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Tim Maurice is a composer/pianist, orchestrator and film composer who has produced music for independent film & media projects and feature length documentaries, including “Searchdog” (an award winning film featured on the NBC Today Show), and “Sunken Steamboats of Moosehead Lake” and has orchestrated for the Grammy award winning jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti.

He also served as music director, arranger, and pianist for the cabaret show “Never Far From Home” at Central Square Theater, which earned critical acclaim from The Boston Globe.  Tim has been a primary creative facilitator for “The Golden Cage” since 2013 as music director, tech advisor and film composer, expanding the solo piano orchestration of the stage show into a cinematic sound.

Link to Tim’s website.


Scott DelaCruz

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Scott DelaCruz is the Executive Producer of All The Way Around Productions. Scott has worked in the media and entertainment industry for over 20 years.

His projects have ranged from award-winning commercial content to global theatrical tours and films. He is based in New York City.

Link to atwaproductions.com 


Tala Munsterman

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Tala Munsterman (they/them) is a freelance stage manager currently based in NYC with 10+ years of experience from coast to coast. Their main goal with every production is to ensure a safe, respectful, and fun environment to work in!

Their recent NYC credits include: Aloha Boricua Pregones/PRTT (Off-Broadway), Harlem Hellfighters On A Latin Beat Pregones/PRTT (Off-Broadway), Adventures of Ezra Jack Keats TADA! Youth Theater, Into The Woods New York Film Academy, and A Winter’s Tale New York Shakespeare Exchange.

Regional credits include: Matilda The Musical, Mama Mia, Sweeny Todd, Legally Blonde, Annie, The Little Mermaid, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with The Fort Wayne Civic Theater (Indiana). Company, Ordinary People, and Building On Sand with Good Luck Macbeth Theater (Nevada)


Emily Burstyn

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Emily Burstyn graduated from the City College of New York with a degree in Technical Theater/Theater Design and Technology.

She brings her experience as a Stage Manager, a Studio Manager, and a Light Board Operator, with a passion for the technical aspects of theatrical productions.


Tyler Herald

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Tyler Herald (he/him) is a New York-based scenic designer. He values the importance of new work and different ways of storytelling. He endeavors to create work that supports often unheard/unseen stories and challenges the conversation.

Most recently Tyler has collaborated on projects through Columbia University (Trojan Women, Fairytales and Other Stories That Scare Me,Titus Andronicus, Three Sisters), Maryland Opera Studio (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute (Eurydice). He has assisted on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regionally—most notably working alongside David Korins, Adam Koch, Neil Patel, Kevin Depinet, Daniel Conway, and Misha Kachman. Immersive Frida Kahlo, Immersive Van Gogh, Beetlejuice, Treasures from Chatsworth, The Great Society, The Hamilton Exhibition, 91st Academy Awards, (David Korins), La Boheme, Sweeney Todd, The Thieving Magpie, The Crucible, Wilde Tales (Glimmerglass Festival).

MFA University of Maryland. Local USA 829. tylerrheralddesign.com


Evan Prizant

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Evan Prizant‘s designs for theatre, opera, and dance have been seen on stages across the country, from Cape Cod to Honolulu, including his hometown Louisville, KY, and his current home Brooklyn, NY.

Evan regularly works on Broadway as an Associate Costume Designer, where his credits include Girl from the North Country (currently running), Torch Song and The Rose Tattoo (both Tony nominated for Best Costume Design), Choir Boy, and Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

He assisted legendary costume designer Bob Mackie on The Cher Show, and styled Mike Birbiglia’s one-man show The New One, which transferred to Broadway and is currently available on Netflix.

MFA: Boston University, BA: Tulane University. www.EvanPrizant.com


Michael Cole

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Michael Cole attended the University of Oklahoma where he received a B.F.A Drama – Lighting Design Emphasis as well as a B.F.A in Musical Theatre Performance. His experience includes lighting design and moving light programming for plays and musicals.

Link to michaelcole.lighting


Peter Leibold

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Peter Leibold is an award-winning lighting designer for theatre, dance, opera, music, and anywhere else light can exist.

Currently, he is based in both NYC and Washington DC. He is also the co-founder of BoldARC Lighting, the inventor of the WebLD control system for virtual performance.

Link to peterleibold.com


Paul Deziel

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Paul Deziel is a New York & Chicago-based projection designer.

He holds a B.A. in Technical Theatre from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in Projection & Multimedia Design from the University of Maryland.

Link to pauldeziel.com


Cindi Rush

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Cindi Rush is the principal at Cindi Rush Casting, Ltd. which is based in New York City. She has cast countless productions including: NY: Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Gets in a Jam, After, Friends, Shame Of Thrones,  Promising, Ruthless, Disenchanted, Drop Dead Perfect, Under My Skin, Silence!, Rooms, Jacques Brel, Urinetown. The Thing About Men, Home Street Home.

Tours including Golden Girls, Paddington Gets in a Jam. Regional Theaters including Triad Stage,  5th Avenue, Hudson Stage, Penguin Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Charleston Stage Co. Virginia Stage Co, Cape Fear Regional Film: A Bread Factory (Independent Spirit), The Grief of Others (SXSW/Cannes), Runoff (L.A Film Fest), Policy of Truth (SOHO Film Fest), The Woman (Sundance), Funeral Kings (SXSW) Ghoul, Theresa is a Mother, Jugface (Slamdance), In The Family (Independent Spirit)  and she’s a consultant for NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (1999-2020).


Daniel Brothers

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Daniel Brothers is a playwright, propmaker, carpenter, mechanic, actor, game master, ornithologist, collector of professions.

Recently, he has been writing a Sci-fi novel for publication in 2023, a play “Living Together” to be staged in the fall, and props for Playco’s production of Will You Come With Me.

Link to dannyjbrothers.com


Brittany Daggett-Duffy

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Brittany Daggett-Duffy was born and raised in Brockton Massachusetts and had the privilege of attending Brockton High School where her interest in technical theatre began.

It was not until her Freshman Year at Ithaca College where she discovered her passion for Theatrical Scenic Design and Props Artistry.

Link to brittanydaggettduffy.com


Colin Taber

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Colin Taber graduated from Temple University with a degree in Jazz/Commercial Guitar Performance.

After 16 months on a cruise ship in the house band, he moved to NYC and spent the past years gigging and teaching throughout the tri-state area and beyond as well as working in theatrical productions.

Link to colintaber.com


Cate Cammarata

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Cate Cammarata is an off-Broadway producer, director, and dramatic specializing in the development of new plays and musicals. She is also the founder of CreateTheater.com, an online theater community, and the producer of the Monday Night Reading Series.

Off-Broadway: THE ASSIGNMENT, MY FATHER’S DAUGHTER. Regional: MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL (Bay Street Theater), BRAN CASTLE (Porchlight Theater), CRUDE (Cape Cod Theater Company), and numerous early developmental productions and readings in NYC.

Cate coaches writers on script development and self-producing, leads musical theater writing workshops and serves as the Literary Manager for Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU). She is also the associate Artistic Director of Rhymes Over Beats Hip Hop Collective and the Artistic Director of CreateTheater’s ETC.

​Cate has an MFA in Dramaturgy and a BFA in Directing, and teaches theater at Baruch College. In development: AUSTEN’S PRIDE, ATLANTIS and a hip hop musical by the recording artist Masta Ace.

Link to CreateTheater.com and CateCammarata.com


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CREATETHEATER SERIES is a new theatre series in NYC – of new works presented  by series producer Cate Cammarata, that’s focused on the development of new plays and musicals.

The full series – with six new musicals and one new play – ran April 14 – May 15, 2022  at Theatre Four –  Theatre Row at 42nd Street, NYC.  “The Golden Cage” ran April 20-24.

Link to CreateTheater New Works Festival



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STREAMING MUSICALS is a new streaming network dedicated to creating, capturing and presenting new, original musical theatre content, working with artists in bringing the magic of theatre to international audiences.

The productions are filmed on theatrical and sound stages in high definition video and sound. As we did with our Award Winning capture of Estella Scrooge, Pride and Prejudice and the feature film, 1660 Vine, we continue to focus on storytelling, character, and music and we do it because we love theatre and want to build a bigger outlet for people who love theatre.

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Educational Resources

Unlock The Golden Cage

Dig deeper into the background of “The Golden Cage” to unlock its themes and hear directly from the creatives who brought the story to life.
Or use the “Cage Unlocker E-Journal” to explore the themes as they show up in your own life.

The Composer’s TEDx Talk 

How to Get Out of your Inner Cage — Deborah Henson-Conant’s TEDx Talk

There were four questions the author could never answer about the show. Those are the four answers that would unlock the very meaning of the cage in her own life and show her the human connections that were missing.

Conversations with the Creatives

Unlocking The Golden Cage — Podcast & Interview Series

This podcast and interview series contains conversations where Deborah and other field experts unlock the stories that lie within us through the themes of the award-winning musical “The Golden Cage” and the people who inspired, created, and love it.

‘Cage Unlocker’ E-Journal

Cage Unlocker — E-Journal

The Cage Unlocker E-Journal is designed to help you delve deeper into the themes of the show and explore how they intersect with your own life. With thought-provoking prompts, you will gain new insights that can aid you in breaking free from your own cage and unlock your full potential.

Special Thanks

Words are not enough to thank you for your continued support of this film and the many live productions of it to come throughout the world! But this is a small attempt to acknowledge your immense contribution:

To those without whom this story would never have made it out of my head:

Rachael Solem & Irving House at Harvard
a unique bed & breakfast in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts

Gloria Hodes & Music & Masque • Paul Gordon • Tim Maurice • Larry Grogin

New Opera & Musical Theatre Initiative • Theater Resources Unlimited
Cate Cammarata’s CreateTheater New Works Festival

The cast & crew of “The Golden Cage” Live NYC production and the Streaming Musicals film and production company.

My Superheroes

Betsy Scott Chapman and John Daggett • Gloria Hodes • Sandy Periera & Family • Rachael Solem

Openhearted Patrons

Kathleen Wiley & Jon Charles Singleton • Elaine Benveniste • Sylvia Woods • Jonathon Conant • Tara O’Brien Pride • Thomas Geraty & Stuart Walker • Jeffrey Biegelsen • Gary Adelson  • Rebekah Simon-Peter & Jerry Gonzales • Nancy B. Lamell

Kind Hearts

Sonia Lewin • Emily Brecker Greenberg • Fern Nelson • Judith Taylor • Ben Cohen • Carolyn Sykes • Shari D Rochen • Philip R Gouin • Dan Beach • Andrew Isolano • Susan K Bright • Angela Smith Scoles • Fred Stewart • Rebekah Simon-Peter • Jerry Gonzales • Betty Widerski • Ruth Thomson • Midge Jambor • Claire Sharp • Mary Fallon • Melody Long Anglin • Katrina Czenkusch • Marc Abrahams Abrahams • Sarah Walstrum • Clara Frederickson • Wendy Savage • Joan Davidson • Laurie Grant • Angela Irnich • Daniel Mark • Connie Lo Porto • Pam Jurgens • Kim Wirshing • Holly Heffernan Krelle • Joanne Bayiates • Susan Howland • Christine Van Arsdale • Moira Lethbridge • Elaine Benveniste • Beverly Inman-Ebel • Fern Nelson • Ginger Webb • Moyra Riley • Liz Morgan • Sharon Kabelitz • Shirley Keech • Tina Scholz • Julia Hood • Vimukti Warr • Peter Draymore • Claire & Richard Sharp • Dana Sussman • Michael Bromberg

Warm Souls

Josh Layne • Nancy Knop • A. Parker • Ginette Abbanat • Tera Maxwell • Jude Armishaw • Joy Zahner • Sally Walstrum • Andre Perez • Michael Wartofsky • Angela Mckinney • Paulette M. Miller • Shelley Fairplay • Celeste Cumming • Susan Cohen DeStefano • Tammy Halun • Gillian Beeley • Erene Mastrangeli • Ronald Mallett • Faye Fishman • Joke Verdoold • Joyce Briggs • Lori Fuller • Jonathan Daniszewski • Pumehana Wadsworth • Donna Profeta • Kathy Schalk-Greene • Linda Obedzinski • Arlene Lieberman • Maria Wilson • Jolijne Viergever • Stephanie Osborne • Evelyn Ginsparg • Bernadette O’Rourke • Eileen Riley • Robert Aguilar • Sarah Werners • Mark Hoffman • Susan Regan • Gail Seymour • Helen Sharp • Wendy Savage • Kathryn DeAngelo • Cheryl Fannin • Ron Nathanson • Paulette Miller • Charlene Elderkin • Barbara Irvin • Mary E Rancati •
Sharon Thormahlen • Theresa Renner • Linda Obedzinski • Fred Stewart

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