The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Copley Theatre
8 East Galena Boulevard
Aurora, IL 60506
Comedy, Musical
Apr 23, 2025

Everyone loves a coming-of-age tale. Combine that with the epic struggles of six underdogs competing to shine in their own sport, and you have The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee — a relatable musical that sheds a humorous light on adolescents growing up under the pressure to excel.

Whether you were a band kid, or a cheerleader, middle school angst is a memory everyone can relate to. Chances are you will recognize one of the six types in yourself: the perfectionist, the loner, the kid whose parents are unavailable, the imposter, the sensitive one, and the overachiever. There might only be one champion, but at what cost to all of the rest who aim to conquer?

As the contestants vie for the spelling bee championship of a lifetime in this musical, themes of competition, identity, and alienation portray the universal awkwardness of growing up — making it the perfect nostalgic comedy.

Entertaining tunes include “I’m Not That Smart,” “Pandemonium,” “Woe Is Me” and of course, “The I Love You Song.” The catchy tunes, witty lyrics, and endearing characters create an entertaining and heartwarming theatrical experience for all, even the overachievers and spelling-challenged among us. Two-time Tony Award winner including Best Book.

Embrace your inner nerd!

Music & lyrics by WILLIAM FINN
Additional material by JAY REISS Originally directed on Broadway by JAMES LAPINE

Contact the Box Office or check website for content advisories, if any. The 25th Annual County Spelling Bee Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.