GUY: A New Musical

Leoe&Hyde present

GUY: A New Musical

Music by Stephen Hyde

Lyrics & Book by Leoe Mercer
as part of BREAKING OUT

The 1st rule of dating apps: there are plenty more fish in the sea. The 2nd rule of dating apps: there are plenty more catfish in the sea.

Guy, a shy and overweight millenial, is failing in the departments of mates, dates and fun - dating apps can be cruel if you don’t look like a model. When he’s ghosted by his Romeo, he tries to follow the latest 11-step listicle to get noticed: diets, exercise regimes, and a new wardrobe... but can he resist the temptation of being someone else when the chance is literally at his fingertips?​ ​In a reality of lonely binges, dirty sheets and unattainable bodies, you have to learn the hard way that the only person you need to be is yourself.

Sometimes sexy, always real, GUY is a game-changing gay rom-com for the 2010s: with nakedly honest characters; an unapologetically moving portrayal of the hook-ups and downs of 21st-century dating; and a thought-provoking glimpse behind the veil of modern masculinity, male beauty standards, and unspoken prejudices within marginal communities. Tied together with a pioneering and infectiously catchy electronic score, GUY channels floor-filling EDM anthems, indie electronica,​ ​queer hip-hop, and PC Music with the lyrical charm of Sondheim, and the earworm melodies of Schwartz.

Praise for our Previous Productions
✭✭✭✭✭ Fringe Guru - “Sometimes a show comes along that is so ambitious that it takes your breath away.. Outstanding... A must-see."
✭✭✭✭✭ A Younger Theatre - “​Wholly original, funny, weird and extremely polished.”
✭✭✭✭✭ North West End - "An original, creative and dazzling musical... this play is the future."
✭✭✭✭✭ Spy in the Stalls - "Brilliant... zesty and irreverent... go see it twice...”
✭✭✭✭ - The Gay UK - ‘Unique, innovative and timely.’
✭✭✭✭ - The Express - ‘The music does the impossible... well worth catching.’
About leoe&hyde
​“There’s no doubting the smarts of writer-composer duo​ leoe&hyde,​ nor their ambition.” - The Independent 
“The originality bursting from this fresh young talent is really exciting and marks ​leoe&hyde​ as a musical duo to watch out for.” - Broadway Baby 
“This new Manchester-based company has great potential and clearly has no fear of taking on complex pieces of work... ​leoe&hyde a​ re names to watch out for in the future.” - Musical Theatre Review 

leoe&hyde​ ​are a multi-award-winning Manchester-based musical theatre company with an eye for real-life characters, an ear for fresh​ sounds​, ​and a taste for the sexier side of the zeitgeist. ​Their work has been featured internationally, including on S​ky News, USA Today, The Guardian, The i ​and​ The Sunday Times. ​

Their most recent production, ​The Marriage of Kim K,​ premiered to rave reviews in Summer 2017, and is currently being prepared for its Australian premiere.
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About Sam Ward
Sam Ward is a director and theatremaker based in Manchester. He is the lead artist in award-winning company YESYESNONO, having created and performed in Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist and [insert slogan here], both of which are currently on a national tour. Sam has directed productions by writers such as David Greig, Sarah Kane, Dawn King and Steven Berkoff. He was resident assistant director at HOME, where he directed a staged reading of The Archimedes' Principle and where he assisted Polly Findlay on Ghosts and Richard Beecham on Rose. Sam's first piece, Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist, has been published by Oberon Books.