Miss You Like Hell

Miss You Like Hell is a musical with book and lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes, and music and lyrics by Erin McKeown. The show follows a troubled teenage girl who embarks on a cross-country road trip with her estranged mother, who is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico.

Miss You Like Hell
MusicErin McKeown
LyricsQuiara Alegría Hudes
Erin McKeown
BookQuiara Alegría Hudes
Productions2016 San Diego
2018 Off-Broadway
2019 Boston

The musical premiered in 2016 at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego.


Quiara Alegría Hudes was first commissioned by Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director to the La Jolla Playhouse, in February 2012 to write a new work after her success with plays such as In the Heights and Water by the Spoonful, for which she won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.[1]

Later that year Hudes teamed up with singer/songwriter Erin McKeown and director Lear deBessonet to write a new musical, Miss You Like Hell. The show received readings in New York in 2014 and 2015 and a three-week workshop at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2016.[1]

Production historyEdit

In August 2016 it was announced that Daphne Rubin-Vega and Krystina Alabado would star in a full production of the new musical at the Mandell Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse.[2]

Miss You Like Hell opened at the La Jolla Playhouse on October 25, 2016. The production was directed by Lear deBessonet and choreographed by Danny Mefford with scenic design by Donyale Werle, costume design by Emilio Sosa, and lighting design by Tyler Micoleau.[1]

Original Cast[1]
  • Olivia – Krystina Alabado
  • Mo - Cliff Bemis
  • Castaway - Victor Chan
  • Lawyer/Waitress - Vanessa A. Jones
  • Higgins - David Patrick Kelly
  • Manuel - Julio Monge
  • Pearl - Cashaé Monya
  • Officer/Legal Clerk/A Guy at a Motel Desk - Kürt Norby
  • Mindy - Olivia Oguma
  • Beatriz - Daphne Rubin-Vega

The off-Broadway opening was at The Public Theater on April 10, 2018, with Daphne Rubin-Vega reprising the role of Beatriz and Gizel Jimenez taking over the role of Olivia. It closed on May 13, 2018, with an original cast recording released by Ghostlight Records on October 8, 2018.

A production opened in Cambridge, MA on January 10, 2019 at the OBERON, produced by Company One in collaboration with the American Repertory Theater. The show ran through January 27, 2019.[3] Further productions at local theaters in 2019 took place in Baltimore, MD and Aurora, CO.

In 2020, the show is scheduled to be performed at theaters in Olney, MD, Providence, RI, St. Louis, MO, Northampton, MA, St. Paul, MN,Washington, DC and Seattle, WA.

Song listEdit

The original production at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2016 comprised two acts and featured a number of songs that were cut and reworked in future productions:[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Know Before You Go: Miss You Like Hell" Archived 2016-10-27 at the Wayback Machine lajollaplayhouse.org, 2016
  2. ^ Clement, Olivia "Daphne Rubin-Vega Tapped for Miss You Like Hell Musical" playbill.com, August 24, 2016
  3. ^ "A.R.T. Announces C1's MISS YOU LIKE HELL At OBERON" broadwayworld.com, December 4, 2018
  4. ^ Peikert, Mark "Track-by-Track Breakdown: Off-Broadway's Miss You Like Hell" playbill.com, October 3, 2018