gun & powder

​Music by Ross Baum
Book & Lyrics by Angelica Chéri
Directed by Robert O'Hara

Inspired by a true story, make way for the sisters Clarke in a dynamic, moving and inspiring world premiere musical of notorious outlaws who ruled the Wild West. Gun & Powder played a sold out run at DC's Tony-winning Signature Theatre January 28-February 23, 2020.


Solea Pfeiffer and Emmy Raver-Lampman star as Mary & Martha Clarke, African American twins who pass themselves as White to help settle their mother's sharecropper debt and seize the funds by any means necessary. However, their bond of sisterhood is tested when they fall in love with two very different men.


Award-winning director Robert O’Hara (Slave Play) directs this soaring musical that examines race, family and identity with two electrifying women who went from farm girls to legends with gun and powder.​

Gun & Powder was awarded the prestigious 2018 Richard Rodgers Award and chosen to be featured in the 30th Annual NAMT Festival of New Musicals. It was also featured in the 2018 NEXT Festival at Theatre Latté Da and chosen out of 170 submissions to participate in the 2017 Sigworks Lab at the Signature Theatre. Select songs have been presented at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, both in Ross' Songbook and the Broadway's Future Songbook concert series, as well as in the Drama League's DirectorFest at the Sheen Center.

Gun & Powder has been developed in residencies at Goodspeed Opera, Two River Theater and the Barnett Residency. It was originally developed in the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and then given the Inaugural Workshop Production of the NYU-Tisch Center for New Musicals. 

Praise for Gun & Powder at Signature Theatre:

"An exhilarating musical in a marvelously sung world premiere."  - Washington Post

"A provocative stunner that illuminates coming to terms with who one is and one’s personal truth. Gun & Powder is unafraid. It does not pull punches." - DC Metro Theater Arts

"★★★★★... hands-down one of the best musicals I’ve seen in the past decade, with vocal performances that will leave you breathless. Baum’s inspiring score exhibits rare, exhilarating, talent." - DC Theatre Scene

"For one of the best theatrical experiences you will ever have go see GUN & POWDER at Signature Theatre. Mark my words Chéri and Baum are the next big writing team for musical theatre. Go see this show and say 'I knew them before they were famous.' You won't regret doing so." - BroadwayWorld


Watch a sneak peek of GUN & POWDER at Signature Theatre

Solea Pfeiffer and Emmy Raver-Lampman sing "Freedom"

at Signature Theatre

Solea Pfeiffer and Emmy Raver-Lampman sing "Wide Open Plains"

at Signature Theatre