"Nellie the Musical" - by Robby Steltz and Stephen Murray - 4th Wall Stage Company (Worcester, MA.)

4th Wall Stage Company

Presents Robby Steltz's


The true story of Nellie Bly 

Book by Robby Steltz

Music and Musical Direction by Stephen Murray

Directed and Produced by Barbara Guertin and Robbin Joyce

Technical Director: Eric L’Ecuyer

Cast Includes: Catie Verostick as “Nellie Bly,” Libbey Stearns as “Matron/Nurse,” Tracy Martino as “Mrs. Caine/Catherine,” Jeanine Belcastro as “Anne Neville,” Megan Paluzzi as “Mrs. Fox,” Kenly Murray as “Tillie Mayard,” Amy Hall as “Louise Schanz,” Marissa Browning as “Bridget/Eden,” Nicole Lian as “Miss Grupe,” Derek Sylvester as “Man”


February 28, 2024 through March 9, 2024 

(Contact Box Office for Exact Times)

Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St, Worcester, MA 




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"NELLIE THE MUSICAL" is the true story of Nellie Bly, the New York World reporter who checked herself into a lunatic assylum to report on the horrors in 1887.

In the late 1800’s rumors were circulating about alleged horror taking place on Blackwell’s Island, home of the Insane Asylum of New York

Women were apparently the victims of abuse and torture, and one woman, a newspaper reporter, decided to risk her own life to investigate. 

Nellie Bly committed herself to the asylum, documenting her findings and ultimately revealing the horrors to the entire world. 

"NELLIE THE MUSICAL" is adapted from Robby Steltz’s award winning one-act play "NELLIE" as well as Bly’s own book “Ten Days in a Madhouse.” 

Featuring music by local Worcester musician Stephen Murray, "NELLIE THE MUSICAL" tells the incredible story of how this “girl” reporter forever changed the way the world looks at mental health treatment.

Medical historians and patient advocates, however, rightly revere Bly for her infamous exposé. 

Bly published her daring dispatches as a book, “Ten Days in a Mad-House” that remains a classic in the annals of psychiatry and a cogent warning.   


4TH WALL STAGE COMPANY became a reality in 2010 and staged its first production in 2011. The mission of 4TH WALL STAGE COMPANY is to present live stage theatrical productions which are of enduring interest and which inspire, challenge, and entertain both artists and audiences. The goal is to attract audiences by providing roles to actors and actresses which are compelling and rewarding and help them to realize their full potential as artists as they explore ideas and emotions which speak to our common humanity. 4TH WALL STAGE COMPANY is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and goals include outreach to other artists, cultural organizations, and educational institutions throughout Massachusetts while concentrating around home base of Central Massachusetts.


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box # 20034

Worcester MA 01602