Show History



When The Cookie Crumbles, You Can Still Pick Up the Pieces (hereafter known as When The Cookie Crumbles) is a musical revue that comprises of vignettes and songs that all focus around parental divorce. It is a collaborative effort originally conceived by Jay Harnick and featuring pieces from over 30 writers, including Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and the creators of the television show Friends David Crane and Marta Kauffman.

Barbara Miller, the director of development for Theatreworks at the time, had gone through a divorce and was concerned about how things were affecting her two sons. She attended a six-week seminar for divorced and separated parents at her son's school, and realized that theatre would be a great medium to break down the roles of children in divorce. She discussed the idea with Harnick, then the artistic director of Theatreworks, who invited members of Broadcast Music Inc., a professional music organization for young composers, to join the project.


When The Cookie Crumbles premiered with renowned New York City-based theatre for young audiences company Theatreworks in 1986 at the Promenade Theatre.