The Theatre Institute at Sage presents

Benjamin Franklinstein the Musical

Adapted from the books by Matt McElligott and Larry Tuxbury

Music and lyrics by Michael Musial

Book by Matt McElligot and Larry Tuxbury

November 30 – December 11, 2022

Benjamin Franklinstein the Musical is a new musical from the team that created Backbeard the Musical! Tori Godwin’s life is thrown topsy turvy when a freak accident reawakens Benjamin Franklin, who has been hibernating in her basement for centuries! Tori and her friend Scott must help Ben adjust to life in the 21st century. Complicating the situation is the fact that when Franklin?s energy drops, he transforms into a rampaging monster, desperately (and dangerously!) hungry for electricity.  Can two kids and a reanimated electric zombie patriot save the planet? Find out in Benjamin Franklinstein the Musical!

 Benjamin Franklinstein the Musical is directed by Russell Sage?s Michael Musial, Edith McCrae Professor of Fine Arts and Professor of Music. Musial, also composer & lyricist of this production, has joined up once again with authors Matt McElligott and Larry Tuxbury to create this musical adaptation based on the writing duo’s Benjamin Franklinstein trilogy.  This has been the three?s first collaboration since multiple successful runs of Backbeard the Musical!  Though originally delayed due to the pandemic, this new musical will finally hit the stage at the end of November 2022!

The company includes local actors Mike Belloti and RSC Alum Eddie Knight as well as local youth actors Harper Silvestri and Jude Agnew.  These actors are joined onstage by current Russell Sage students Phil Bruns, Cameron Richardson and Jenna Wilkinson.   The actors are supported by the technical talents of many current RSC students, including performing arts major Regina Desrosiers as the production stage manager.

Benjamin Franklinstein the Musical will be playing at the

Schacht Fine Arts Center in Troy, NY

(5 Division Street)

and is recommended for all ages.

Production Dates/Times:

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 10 am

Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 10 am

Friday, December 2, 2022 at 10 am & 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 2 pm

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 10 am

Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 10 am

Friday, December 9, 2022 at 10 am

Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 2 pm

To purchase tickets, go to or call our box office at (518) 244-2248

Public Show Prices:

$15 for Adults

$12 for Students, Seniors & Children

$10 for Sage Community

This production is generously sponsored by CDPHP, Cohoes Savings Foundation, the Rosenblum Companies and Acme Wood Flooring.

Established in February of 2011, the Theatre Institute at Sage is dedicated to providing quality live theatre and arts-in-education programming to Capital Region youth, educators and residents. The Institute also provides
opportunities for Russell Sage students as performers, technicians and teachers. Programs include educational support services for Sage productions (such as in-class preparations, teacher dress rehearsals and study guides), a Saturday theatre arts school, camps during school breaks, and several theatre camps during the summer for children ages 5-18. Programs take place on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy, NY. For more information, call the TIS box office at (518) 244-2248 or purchase tickets on-line:, or visit our Facebook
(@TheatreInstituteatSage) and Instagram (@SageTheatre), to stay up to date on all our upcoming productions.

Russell Sage College | 65 1st Street, Troy, NY 12180

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