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Underground is an immersive, world premiere musical based entirely on the discography of Ben Folds and Ben Folds Five. Audiences will be transported to their favorite dive bar, where former bandmates will reunite, exes will collide, and secrets will be revealed. This hopeful new show blends flashbacks, dance, and complex harmonies to illuminate the histories and inner lives of the regulars down at your local pub.


Originally conceived by Amy Cordileone, Donnie Tuel, and Rachel Tuggle Whorton, Underground has been workshopped in New York City and San Diego prior to this production, a unique collaboration between Blindspot Collective and Coronado Playhouse, the venue that will be transformed for the show. Including beloved songs like "The Luckiest," "Brick," "Annie Waits," and "Zak and Sara," patrons will get a glimpse of the hope and heartbreak concealed in plain sight within the strangers next to us.


Featuring a live band and talented cast of local performers, the San Diego Union-Tribune proclaimed Underground one its Top 10 production to look forward to in 2023. Part theatre, part concert, and part drinking game, this modern parable is a celebration of community and resilience as we “learn to live with what we are." 



Tickets are available for Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Active Military, Student, and Senior Discounts are available. 

Group discounts available for parties of 8 or more.


For questions, call the Box Office (619) 435-4856 or email

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Conceived by: 

Amy Cordileone, Donnie Tuel & Rachel Tuggle Whorton

Music and Lyrics by: 

Ben Folds​

Book by: 

Blake McCarty​

Directed and Choreographed by: 

Amy Cordileone​

Music Director: 

Michael Tyree 

Assistant Music Directors: 

Desha Crownover and Joe Kao

Scenic Designer: 

Jacob Sampson

Costume Designer: 

Tammy Molenaar

Lighting Designer: 

Caroline Andrew

Sound Designer & Mixer: 

Cole Atencio

Stage Management Team: 

Shellina Hefner, Clara Wilks, Anton Di Rienzo


Amanda Blair, Hannah Bosworth, Kevin Bradel, Hunter Brown, Sam Castillo, Hero Cordileone,

Lu Garcia, Shane Hennessey, Joe Kao, Georgia Ladd, D. Mckenna, Dakota Ringer,

Jerry Rodriguez, Sarah Jane Salonga, Dacara Seward, and Marisa Taylor Scott

Musical Arrangements by Rachel Tuggle Whorton

Additional Arrangements & Orchestrations by Michael Tyree
Additional Material by Amy Cordileone



Coronado Playhouse 

1835 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118

Coronado Playhouse is part of the Coronado Community Center. The Playhouse can be accessed by crossing the Coronado Bridge or by driving North from Imperial Beach. 

Parking is free and there is parking on site.



FREquently asked questions

Is the musical about Ben Folds?

No!​ Ben Folds gave permission for the creative team to use his songs (and their characters and themes) to develop and entirely original story.

Will there be alcohol served? 

Yes! Beer, wine, and cocktails will be available for purchase  Packaged snacks, soft drinks, and water will also be available. You must be 21+ with a valid ID to be served alcohol.

Is this show appropriate for children?

This production was created for adult audiences and includes mature language and themes (just like life!). Teenagers may enjoy the show, but it is not recommended for those under the age of 13 due to its content.

Will the performers interact with me?  

Generally, this experience exists in a shared space but is not participatory. While performers may periodically speak to you directly, they will primarily interact with one another. In turn, we ask that audience members do not interrupt or touch any performer at any time.

How long is the show? 

The performance runs approximately 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission.



UNDERGROUND is presented by

Blindspot Collective and Coronado Playhouse.

Blindspot Collective develops artistic programming to illuminate voices, communities, and stories

in the blindspot of our society.

If you have questions or wish to learn more, please email us at

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