“This is a fresh take on the American road story, filled with people and ideas we rarely get to see onstage…It offers two seriously rich roles for women, each with important things worth singing about…Miss You Like Hell is a powerful example of what musicals do best: explore the unprotected border where individual needs and social issues intermix.” —Jesse Green, New York Times
“Miss You Like Hell has a timely political edge, an ethnically diverse cast and a score by a singer-songwriter who knows how to rock. What’s more, it’s good—really good…Ms. McKeown’s score heightens every emotion so skillfully that you’d think this was her third or fourth show instead of her theatrical debut…She’s the real thing.” —Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
“America, at this whiplash turn in its history, has to sort out what kind of country it wants to be. Miss You Like Hell makes a tender pitch for the endangered values of understanding and inclusiveness…By the end, it’s hard not to be touched.” —Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
A troubled teenager and her estranged mother—an undocumented Mexican immigrant on the verge of deportation—embark on a road trip and strive to mend their frayed relationship along the way. Combined with the musical talent of Erin McKeown, Hudes artfully crafts a story of the barriers and the bonds of family, while also addressing the complexities of immigration in today’s America.
Quiara Alegría Hudes’s plays and musicals include Water by the Spoonful, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; In the Heights, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, also a Pulitzer Prize finalist. They have been performed on and Off-Broadway and around the world.
Erin McKeown is a musician, writer and producer known internationally for her prolific disregard of stylistic boundaries. She has released ten full-length albums and several EPs over the last twenty years, all the while refining her distinctive and challenging mix of American musical forms. Miss You Like Hell is her first theatrical composition.