Jeffrey Jackson


A faithful musical adaptation of the original Mary Shelley novel, Frankenstein tells the tragic story of Victor Frankenstein, a gifted young scientist whose attempt to conquer death by creating a human of his own design unleashes a litany of tragedy and destruction upon those he loves.


Frankenstein premiered off-Broadway in November of 2007. I wrote the book and lyrics and my co-author Mark Baron composed the amazing music. This was my first attempt as a playwright and I made it all the way to the New York stage—a thrilling ride. The production starred Tony-nominee Hunter Foster and was hailed by the Associated Press for “bringing the classic story thrillingly to life,” and Bloomberg Radio called it “Riveting!” and “Totally exciting.” The original cast album was released on Ghostlight records and can be purchased on Amazon.


Published and licensed by Playscripts, and the piece is performed regularly by theater groups and schools around the country and even abroad, where it has been translated into both German and Hungarian. Mark and I often talk about revisiting the piece someday. A theatrical juggernaut is lurking inside this piece waiting for the right time to be unleashed.