Who’s Your Baghdaddy, or How I Started the Iraq War

The show begins in a church basement, where disgraced spies, along with the unwitting audience, gather for a support group meeting. The action soon shifts to Frankfurt Airport, where a mysterious Iraqi defector claims he built secret Iraqi bio-weapons labs. At CIA headquarters, our other characters are contending with their own ambitions, rash decisions, inflexible bosses, unrequited affections, and unremitting boredom—when a fax arrives from Germany, and with it a golden opportunity. If the defector’s story holds up, it will be the ticket out of the basement and into a corner office. It’s all fun and games until the looming cataclysm changes everything.

2F, 6M (Doubling)
2 hours



Marshall Pailet

Marshall Pailet

Music and Book Marshall Pailet is a director, writer, and composer for musical theater, plays, and animated films, and is the proud owner of a wildly untrained but ultimately well-meaning terrier mix. He directed, composed, and co-wrote the...

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A.D. Penedo

A.D. Penedo

Lyrics and Book A.D. Penedo is a lyricist, librettist, and playwright whose works have been performed in New York and in theaters across the country. Musicals: Who’s Your Baghdaddy, Or How I Started the...

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"Critic’s Pick!…an important, cunning, rock-solid musical comedy with a terrible title…"

The New York Times

"‘Best of 2015 Theater:’ Hamilton may have the hype, but it’s not the only show in town to leave you in astonishment…[BAGHDADDY is] one of the most bad-ass musicals I’ve seen in a very long time."

Manhattan Digest

"WHO’S YOUR BAGHDADDY? Is anything but your run of the mill musical comedy. It is clever in its construction…with an honesty that grants each character dignity, and spellbindingly intellectual."

Broadway World

"A whip smart musical comedy…not only impressive, it is deeply important [and] truly magical."


"WHO’S YOUR BAGHDADDY is two hours of high-paced pondering that will make you laugh, think, and silently wonder what secrets are kept and the casualties they reap."

New York Theatre Guide


4 Musicians


Production Materials

Included in your license are the following cast and crew scripts. These materials will be shipped upon receipt of payment if your license request is approved.

8 Cast Script/Vocal Books

A combination of the show’s full script and the full vocal book. All dialogue within each song is printed in the score to prevent flipping back and forth during rehearsals. All books are spiral-bound and double-sided.

2 Director’s Scripts

A single-sided, spiral-bound script designed with plenty of space for the director to take notes and add blocking during the rehearsal process.

1 Stage Manager’s Script

A single-sided, three-hole punched script that can be inserted into your three-ring binder.

2 Piano/Conductor Scores

A keyboard score that is a key part of the show’s actual orchestration. This score contains both vocal parts and a cue staff, which guides the conductor through the full orchestration by informing them when instruments enter the song, as well as providing specific part lines when necessary.

Production Resources

Performance Tracks

Our top-quality digital performance tracks are sent to you through a simple link. Quickly download them to your computer, tablet or smartphone and start rehearsing!


Digital Orchestration Parts

Prefer playing or rehearsing from your tablet? All of our orchestration scores (including PC and PV) are available in digital copies.

PC or PV $50
Orchestration Parts $25/per book

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