SCKBSTD is a musical with music and lyrics by Bruce Hornsby, Chip deMatteo and a book by Clay McLeod Chapman. The story is about what happens to a family when a mysterious stranger arrives in a small town bringing fear and paranoia in his wake.

a new musical by Bruce Hornsby
MusicBruce Hornsby
LyricsBruce Hornsby, Chip deMatteo
BookClay McLeod Chapman


A stranger comes to a small town with a terrible secret. His presence has unintended consequences for a doctor (Marcus Lovett) and his wife (Jill Paice). Fear and paranoia grow when a child goes missing. In the end an unbearable loss brings a family and a town back together.

The musical's quirky title spelling is a variation on "sick bastard." The show's logo is a vanity license plate.

SCKBSTD includes 19 original songs by three-time Grammy Award winner (and 13-time nominee) Bruce Hornsby, who has sold 11 million records. Songs from SCKBSTD were featured on Hornsby's 2009 CD Levitate.


Virginia Stage Company (2011)Edit

The world premiere of SCKBSTD took place at the Wells Theatre in Norfolk, VA on January 21, 2011 and ran until February 6, 2011. It was produced by Virginia Stage Company (Chris Hanna, artistic director; Keith Stava, managing director), in association with co-producers David Riemer & Mike Rafael for Spiral Staircase LLC, as part of VSC's "American Soil" series.[1]

Creative teamEdit

The creative team for the VSC production includes John Rando (a Tony Award winner for directing Urinetown), Kimberly Grigsby (musical supervisor of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Spring Awakening), Jodie Moore (musical director), Jerome Robbins' Broadway Tony winner Scott Wise (choreographer), Robert Wierzel (lighting designer), Narelle Sissons (set designer), Darrel Maloney (projection design), Jennifer Caprio (costume design) and Jessica Paz (sound design).

Musical numbersEdit

  • "The Low Country"
  • "Big Fish"
  • "Holy Trinity"
  • "Who Takes Care of Mom?"
  • "Black Rats of London"
  • "Simple Prayer"
  • "The Don of Dons"
  • "Where's the Bat?"
  • "Invisible"
  • "Continents Drift"
  • "Paperboy"
  • "If the World Only Knew"
  • "Neighborhood Watch"
  • "Michael/Raphael"
  • "Simple Prayer" reprise
  • "Soon Enough"
  • "Here We Are Again"
  • "Quasar"

One track, "Face to Face", was cut from the final play.


Character York Theatre 2012 company cast Virginia Stage company cast May 2010 reading cast June 2009 reading cast
William Ron Holgate Bill Parry John Cullum John Cullum
Jill Marissa O'Donnell Brynn Wiliams Brynn Wiliams Brynn Wiliams
Tim Charles Franklin Charles Franklin Dalton Harrod Bubba Weiler
Fedex guy Eugene Barry-Hill Eugene Barry-Hill James Moye Darius de Haas
Susan Garrett Long Garrett Long Anastasia Barzee Anastasia Barzee
Sally Rachel Bay Jones Jayne Paterson Becky Ann Baker Anne Nathan
Afton Lisa Brescia Jill Paice Jill Paice Sarah Berry
UPS guy Karl Warden Karl Warden Joey Sorge Louis Hobson
Postman Kenneth Cavett Ken Cavett Riley Costello Riley Costello
Sheriff Rogers Terence Archie Kevin Mambo William Parry John Conlee
Jim John Ellison Conlee Marcus Lovett J. Robert Spencer Will Swenson
Paperboy Riley Costello Riley Costello Riley Costello Riley Costello
Norm Lance Guest Robert Cuccioli Tom Wopat Shuler Hensley
Jenny Rosa Curry Rosa Curry Natalie Venetia Belcon Tracee Beazer
Teacher/Vanity Ashlee Dupre Rosa Curry Natalie Venetia Belcon Tracee Beazer


  1. ^ Jones, Kenneth (May 7, 2010). "Hornsby Musical SCKBSTD, With Barzee, Spencer, Paice, Wopat, Gets NYC Reading; Marshall Directs". Playbill. Retrieved January 3, 20111. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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