Kafka's Metamorphosis: The Musical

Book, Music and Lyrics by Matt Chiorini; Additional Music and Lyrics by Travis Newton.

The musical adaptation you never knew you always wanted!

Gregor Samsa awoke one morning to find that he'd caught the musical theater bug! Kafka's mystifying and mesmerizing novella comes to hilarious and haunting musical life onstage. Gregor's rude awakening and metamorphosis parallels the frustrating journey of our dauntless narrator, Franz Kafka, incorporating some of his other major works along the way, including his infamous “Dearest Father” letter. Franz’s frustrations and the Samsas’ surreal situation race towards their inevitable conclusion with equal measures of absurdity and grace.


Runtime: 75 minutes with no intermission. 

Matt Chiorini

Matt Chiorini (Book, Lyrics, Music & Father)

Matt Chiorini (Book, Lyrics, Music and Father) has worked as an actor, director, or playwright in theatres around the country as well as in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Italy, and as the Artistic Director of the Repertory Theatre at Sea for Crystal Cruises, People's Branch Theatre in Nashville, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, and as the Director of the Theatre Program at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. MFA: ART Institute/Harvard University and the Moscow Art Theatre.

Travis Newton

Travis Newton (Additional Music & Lyrics, Orchestrations, Musical Director & Violin)

Travis Newton (Add’l Music & Lyrics, Orchestrations, Musical Director, Violin) has played and conducted more than 500 performances of Broadway musicals across the U.S. and Canada as well as multiple guest conducting appearances with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Central New York's new professional orchestra, Symphoria. As a faculty member at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, Travis conducts the Le Moyne College Symphony Orchestra and serves as director of the College’s Arts Administration Program.

Megan Lees (Mother)

Meghan Lees (Mother) is a current senior at Le Moyne College majoring in Theatre Arts. Aside from her involvement in many aspects of theatre through the department at Le Moyne, she has acted in Gifford Family Theatre productions in Syracuse, NY and assistant directed for Upstate Shakespeare. She is excited to be joining Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The MusicalI for this summer’s performances and hopes to pursue a career in musical theatre.

Jack Rento (Gregor/Franz)

Jack Rento (Gregor/Franz), a native of Albany, NY, is simply buggin’ out to have joined the Kafka family! Recent credits include Phil D’Armano, u/s Burrs in The Wild Party (Syracuse Drama) and various roles with the touring company The Little Red Wagon (UNH Department of Theatre). He’s also a co-founder of The Quarry Theatre Company, and will be appearing in their production of This Is Our Youth in Chicago later this summer.

Morgan Smith (Grete)

Morgan Smith (Grete) is a recent alum from Le Moyne College and is now based out of NYC. She performed in Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The Musical! at the Montréal Fringe Festival last summer, and is ecstatic to continue her journey with Fringe theatre! She can be found next as Sam on the original cast album for Weird! The Musical.

Greg Giovanini (Keyboard)

Greg Giovanini (Keyboard) is an avid vocalist, pianist, clarinetist, composer, and arranger. His original songs and arrangements have been performed at high schools, universities, and other local events in Syracuse and Long Island. He currently serves as assistant director of music at Le Moyne College, where he has served as musical director for productions of Heathers: The Musical and 9 to 5: The Musical.