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Dead Outlaw

First Preview: Feb 28, 2024

Opening Date: Mar 10, 2024

Closing Date: Apr 14, 2024

Running Time: 01:45

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Playing @

Minetta Lane Theatre

18 Minetta Lane New York, NY 10014

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Dead Outlaw features a book by Tony Award winner Itamar Moses (The Band’s Visit), music & lyrics by Erik Della Penna & Tony Award winner David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, Tootsie) and directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band’s Visit, The Sound Inside, Prayer for the French Republic).

Elmer McCurdy was an ambitious, turn-of-the-20th-century outlaw whose death at the hands of a Western posse ended a life of failed crime and alcoholism and began a brilliant career as a mummified side-show attraction that travelled the USA for decades. By the time this journey ended, his name had been forgotten and his desiccated body was hanging in a house-of-horrors ride at an amusement park in Southern California, spray-painted a day-glo orange. Then one day, a grip for the “Six-Million Dollar Man” TV show jostled what he thought was “just a dummy” and an arm fell off, revealing a human bone and beginning a hunt for the origins of this enigma. 

David Yazbek, haunted by this true story for thirty years, told his friend and bandmate Erik Della Penna the story, and as the two of them discussed why this tale of money, ambition, fame, memory and death was so compelling, they started writing songs for a stage-piece based on this odd life and these universal yet somehow very American themes. Realizing they were onto something as unique and challenging as anything they’d heard or written before, they approached Yazbek’s The Band’s Visit collaborators Itamar Moses and David Cromer, who quickly became haunted and charmed by Elmer’s story. You will too.
Show Notes

Show Notes: No intermission

Performance Schedule:

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Jeb Brown
Eddie Cooper
Andrew Durand
Dashiell Eaves
Julia Knitel
Ken Marks


Erik Della Penna & David Yazbek


Erik Della Penna & David Yazbek


Itamar Moses


David Cromer

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Full-price tickets

$76 - $126

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Wheelchair Info

People using wheelchairs have been accommodated in rear of orchestra.


Balcony level on second floor. Seats 407.


Valet parking garage: West 3rd St. between 6th Ave. & MacDougal St.

Curb Ramps

Corner of 6th Ave. & Minetta Lane.


Light double doors (each 29").

Box Office

Lobby. Counter 40".


Unisex: Lobby. Door 33". Room 41" x 61" clear space. Commode 19.5". Grab bars.

Water Fountain

Basement. Down fifteen steps.



Assisted Listening System


Visual Assistance


Directions Subway

A, B, C, D, E, F to West 4th St; 1 to Christopher St/Sheridan Square

Directions Bus

M3, M5, M10

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Public Transportation

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By Subway:

A, B, C, D, E, F to West 4th St; 1 to Christopher St/Sheridan Square

Bus Icon

By Bus:

M3, M5, M10