Playwright and composer – creator of the musical Group

Group (Musical)


1 Counselor. 6 Strangers. 1 Band. Group.

Group is an original musical set within college musical group therapy sessions told through the memories of a troubled counselor. For more information about Group you can visit the official website for the show at

Its premiere run had sold out performances at The Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica with The Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble (January 2011).

Its follow-up run at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival earned it nominations for best musical and for the Theatre Unleashed Award.

Here is what a few critics have said about my show:

“Group: A Musical,” at The Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica, is the type of experience every small-theater production strives to be.  It’s an experiment about an experiment and it succeeds on every level. Its grand achievement is a triumphant blendof humor, high drama, and music.” -Laurel Belgreen –

“Southard…is on to something genuine here, and the play’s wit and self-deprecation immediately win you over.” -Charlotte Stoudt – Los Angeles Times

“An original, relevant musical presented on a small stage sans big-budget frills is a gift” -Amy Lyons – Backstage

“GROUP is a thought provoking exploration of the passion, pain, defiance and loss that occurs in the process of growing up. It will touch your heart and remind you how fragile and how incredible this life really is.” – Ellen Dostal – Broadwayworld

Group is an exciting new musical about a counselor, Dr. Allen, who starts an experimental therapy group in which 6 group members have to sing their feelings.” “By the end, the audience had developed a true connection to these people and best of all, you felt like you knew them.” – Vana Dabney – Los Angeles Theatre Review

“WOW! GROUP: A MUSICAL Musical group therapy is one terrific idea for a show, and Adam Emperor Southard’s very first musical makes for one terrific evening of theater, one which starts out promising, keeps getting better, and by the end of its second act, has earned every decibel of the audience cheers which erupt at curtain calls. Group: A Musical is funny, engaging, tuneful, exhilarating, bright, and emotionally resonant. If there is justice in the highly competitive world of musical theater, it should put rookie creator Southard’s name on the musical theater map.” – Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

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