Tucson : 09/25/21 - 10/16/21

Phoenix : 10/21/21 - 11/07/21


My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend

Book and Lyrics by Christian Duhamel, Music and Lyrics by Ed Bell, Conceived and Performed by Charissa Bertels
Directed by Sean Daniels

Music, Laughter, and The Unexpected.
A hilarious award-winning musical about the magic that happens when we let ourselves say “yes.”

What happens when a 20-something Broadway baby meets a Shakespeare- and Schubert-loving octogenarian? Much to their surprise, a friendship blossoms. A delightful award-winning musical about the magic that happens when we throw aside our fears and cross generational barriers. Based on the true story of Broadway performer Charissa Bertels, and winner of the Kleban award for best new libretto, My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend is a loving musical tale about a most unlikely pair discovering themselves as well as each other. 

“This is a master class in how to put on a show worth seeing. There is surely no one who wouldn’t enjoy this absolutely lovely story of a beautiful friendship, presented with humor, love and Broadway-level entertainment” – Nashua Telegraph

If nothing else, give yourself a treat and laugh your head off. After all we’ve been through, I can’t think of anything more productive.” – Broadway World

“[ATC] brought us an out-of-the-pandemic play that reminds us of how life-affirming and important theater is.” – The Arizona Daily Star

Meet the Creatives


Hang & Focus – September 3, 2021


Hang & Focus – September 10, 2021



Charissa Bertels

Christian Duhamel
Book and Lyrics

Ed Bell
Music and Lyrics

Sean Daniels


Charissa Bertels


Jose C. Simbulan

Music Director / Pianist