Nellie: The Musical

a Reading of a Musical by Robby Steltz and Stephen Murray

In the late 1800s, disturbing rumors circulate about the treatment of patients at the New York City Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. Female patients are reputed to be victims of horrible abuse and even torture. Nellie Bly, a New York World newspaper reporter, risks her life by committing herself to the asylum. She documents her findings and reveals horrors to the world.

Adapted from her book, “Ten Days in a Madhouse,” this musical tells the incredible story of how one woman changed the way society looks at the treatment and housing of people suffering from mental illness.

After the presentation, the audience is invited to a short talk-back session with the cast and the show's composer, Steve Murray.

Performance Date

Saturday, January 29, 7:30 pm

The performance is color-coded:
White = lots of seats available
Yellow = a popular show
Red = few seats left
Black = Sold Out

A free-will offering will be accepted to help defray costs. In case the evening's performance is cancelled due to weather, the presentation will be rescheduled to Sunday, January 30, at 2:00 pm.

Admission tickets are free of charge. Advance seat selection (via TicketStage) is required.

Acknowledgment of Calliope's COVID Safety Policy is also required.

Online seat selection via TicketStage


NELLIE BLY: Jessica DePalo
ANNE NEVILLE : Lorraine Hruska
MRS. FOX: Lisa Tierney
TILLIE MAYARD: Paula Guilbault
CATHERINE and MRS. CAIN: Tracy Martino
BRIDGET and EDEN: Linnea Lyerly
MISS GRUPE: Nicole Lian
NURSE and MATRON: Heidi White
MAN and PIANIST: Stephen Murray