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A Faustian Tale

Music & Lyrics by Michael Mott 

Book by Nathan Wright and Justin Silverstri 

Arrangements by Michael Mott

Joshua Zecher-Ross & Jeff Theiss 

Orchestrations by Kim Scharnberg

IN THE LIGHT follows Dr. Johann Faustus, an astronomer, who is accused of blasphemy by the Holy Inquisition. Guided by a mysterious being called the Traveler, he flees to the small town of Hertz. There he meets a young scholarly woman named Gretchen, who shares his goals. 


Gretchen believes Doctor Faustus can use the town to begin a rebellion against the Inquisition. Together, they create a plan to resist its coming and to overthrow the power of the Church. 


As their plot proceeds, secrets which Gretchen has hidden are discovered and Johann’s ambition is undermined by his own tormented mind. The Traveler urges the two forward and their dysfunctions entangle, leading to disaster for all. 


A Mafia Comedy

Music & Lyrics by Michael Mott 

Book by Corey Skaggs

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MOB WIFE, A Mafia Comedy is a madcap musical farce centered around a 1970s Italian housewife, Debra Delbono. When disturbing news comes out about her husband's faithfulness, she is forced to question her near perfect marriage. Through a series of mishaps, miscommunications, and near-fatal misunderstandings, Debra learns that her husband isn’t the only one keeping secrets… everyone in her life is! Debra must get to the bottom of all this deception if she’s ever going to set the record straight - she just needs to stay alive long enough to do so. 


Music & Lyrics by Michael Mott

Additional Music & Lyrics by Mike Squillante

Book by Corey Skaggs

Directed by Gregg Wiggans

Produced by TopRat Entertainment

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LUCIFER was a piece commissioned by Top Rat Entertainment during the summer of 2015. This original musical retells the story of the Bible from the Devil’s perspective. With a looming deadline quickly approaching, The Boss assesses that a crucial element is missing. One particularly cunning angel comes up with a game-changing solution: humans. Betrayal and obsession take hold leading this angel down an iconic path to their own personal Hell.



A Ten Minute Musical


Book & Lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson

Music by Michael Mott

October 29, 2012. Late afternoon. On the day Hurricane Sandy is set to hit Staten Island,

a woman must decide whether or not to evacuate the house her late husband built.

Written as the first year final project for the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writer's Workshop in 2013, this piece originally starred Broadway's Victoria Mallory as Beth,

Jaygee Macapugay as Jane and television's John Bolger as Bob with direction by Broadway's Michelle Pawk.

The below demos were recorded in NYC in 2014 featuring Broadway's Mimi Bessette 

as Beth, Jaygee Macapugay as Jane and television's John Bolger as Bob.

In 2014, Riding Out The Storm was invited in to participate in the National Asian Artist's Project Festival of New Musicals, produced by the legendary, Baayork Lee.The cast included Hazel Anne Siegel as Beth, Anne Fraser Thomas as Jane and Mel Maghuyop as Bob. The production was directed by Alan Muraoka.