John LaChiusa said his musical was inspired by New York after the September 11 th attacks, and that Charlotte’s struggle to quit smoking is "a metaphor for the crises that force people to reconsider who they are and what is important... After 9/11 nobody was thinking about how to get rich and famous. You wanted to be around the people you love. . . you realize that you don't always have to swim upstream and battle the elements. When you're little fish in a big pond, it's safer to swim in schools.”

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When Charlotte decides to give up smoking, she doesn't realise quite how difficult it will be. As she attempts to fill her nicotine-starved days, the events of a troubled past slowly begin to resurface; an abusive ex-boyfriend, a new life in New York, a bizarre roommate and a boss who is a little too hands on. As her emotional debris accumulates, we see Charlotte's vivid memories juxtaposed against her present day life. But even with her friends trying to help, can this Little Fish learn to survive in a pond as big as New York City?

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The musical premiered off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre in New York City on February 13, 2003 and closed on March 9, 2003. Directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, it starred Jennifer Laura Thompson in the lead role of Charlotte, and featured Hugh Panaro as Robert, Lea DeLaria as Cinder, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Marco.

Alice Ripley starred, with Gregory Jbara and Chad Kimball, in a production running from October 9, 2007 to November 18, 2007 at The Blank Theatre, Hollywood, California.

The Europen premiere was at the Finborough Theatre, London, from October 27, 2009 through November 21. The production was produced by JQ Productions and directed by Adam Lenson, with the cast featuring Ashley Campbell, Michael Cantwell, Katie Foster-Barnes, Nick Holder, Alana Maria, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Lee William- Davis and Julia Worsley.



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Opening: Days
It's A Sign
The Pool (Part 1)
Lockerroom (Part 1)
Winter Is Here/The Pool (Part 2)
Short Story
John Paul/Disco
Cigarette Dream
Lockerroom 2
I Ran
The Track (Part 1)
Mr. Bunder/By The Way
Remember Me
Little Fish
Poor Charlotte
The Track (Part 2)
Flotsam Reprise
Simple Creature
Gallery/Perfect Reprise
In Two's and Three's

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