MISTY MAKES IT BETTER

Lyrics by Jill Abramovitz
Music by Brad Alexander
Book by Erik Forrest Jackson

In this darkly comic musical drama, crafting is a passion for rambunctiously optimistic Misty Riggs. The 15-year-old livestreams daily, but her cringeworthy projects for her channel “Make It Better with Misty” garner zero viewers—until her spontaneous act of standing up to a bully gets caught on video. The resulting flood of likes and follows convinces her she’s found her new calling: to be a champion for the LGBTQ community—never mind that she’s clueless about the cause.

Ignoring the misgivings of Alixandra, who’s her BFF (and only F), Misty trains her sights on Jacey, a genderfluid new student she wrongly assumes to be gay. Beholden to her new followers, Misty hatches a misguided plan to make Jacey the star of a campaign he never asked for. To her chagrin, Jacey shuns both social media and her attention—but warms to Alix. Increasingly isolated, Misty vows to win over Jacey and prove her commitment to the cause, no matter the cost.

With a cast of five and a driving, pop-inflected score, this timely musical traverses the shifting fault lines of modern life, exploring family bonds, friendship, fidelity and the sometimes-perilous divides between our public and private personas.​

MISTY MAKES IT BETTER is based on
the award-winning play LIKE A BILLION LIKES

Developed at the Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals, New York SongSpace and the Musical Theatre Factory (in residence at Playwrights Horizons).