“The Blue Lagoon: A Musical,” a subversively funny take on the classic tale of shipwrecked teen cousins in lust, is based on Henry de Vere Stacpoole’s 1908 novel “The Blue Lagoon: A Romance,” which has inspired several stage and screen adaptations over the years, including the infamous 1980 film starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. The latest incarnation — featuring book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Padget — premiered at the 2007 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C., where it enjoyed a sold-out run and an enthusiastic response from audiences and critics. Nelson Pressley of The Washington Post praised the show for its “lovely melodic themes” and its playful, alternative style: “two goofy performances and an inflatable baby pool as the lagoon in question — how Fringe is that?”
The show was subsequently produced in New York, where it had an audience-award-winning run in CringeFest ‘09. It also had a 2010 run in Orlando at the Parliament House Resort’s Footlight Theatre.