Book, Music & Lyrics by Kirsten Childs


Kirsten Childs is the writer and composer of the award-winning musical, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin. Bubbly was originally produced at Playwright's Horizons in 2000 starring Tony Award winner, La Chanze, for which Kirsten was awarded an Obie for her music & lyrics, and an AUDELCO for Outstanding Musical Creator. The production was then recently revived as part of the New York City Center's Encores Series in July of 2017, starring Tony winner, Nikki M. James, with direction by Robert O'Hara and choreography by Byron Easley. Kirsten's other musicals include Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwright's Horizons), Miracle Brothers (Vineyard Theatre), Fly (with Rajiv Joseph and Bill Sherman), and Funked Up Fairy Tales

For her work, she has received Obie, Kleban, Larson, Richard Rodgers, AUDELCO, and Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla awards, as well as Lortel and Drama Desk nominations. She also collaborated with Charlayne Woodard on the musical Grace for Inner Voices: Solo Musicals. Kirsten has written for Disney Theatricals, the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center, the New Electric Company, Works and Process at the Guggenheim Museum and City Center Encores! 

Bubbly is a hopeful and humorous coming-of-age story that follows Viveca Stanton as she navigates the confusing worlds of racism, sexism and Broadway showbiz, always with a bubbly smile, until she's forced to face the devastating effect self-denial has had on her life.

MAC is currently securing engagements beginning in spring 2019 and throughout the 2019-2020 season.

+ Press


+ Awards & Nominations

  • 2001 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations for Outstanding Musical, Choreographer, and Costume Design
  • 2001 Obie Award to Kirsten Childs for Music & Lyrics
  • 2000 AUDELCO Awards for Outstanding Musical Creator and Musical Director

+ Production History

  • New York City Center Encores Series, July 26-27, 2017
  • Playwright's Horizons, May 09, 2000–July 09, 2000