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a new musical about
adoption, identity and truth

book, music and lyrics by Richard Uhrlaub

for the 2023

Colorado New Musical Festival!

Top Two Finalist
MusicalWriters, Inc. 
Pitch Night! 


"This is a beautiful and touching project destined for important, gorgeous things."  

 - Angela Parrish, Vocalist, Songwriter, Composer, Record Producer


"Incredibly heartfelt musical - solid story - spurred on some really insightful conversations about the show and its themes."  - Rebecca Lowrey, Director, Producer, CEO, MusicalWriters, Inc.  

Binder and Files

   Featured Songs  


Michelle Bort, Angela Parrish, Marcello Vieira

Arrangement and Vocals

Dan Sander Wells

Orchestration and Sound Engineering

Keaton Viavattine

Featured Work


Summer Poster
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The Story

An unexpected pregnancy thrusts teen lovers into the stark arena of adult realities in the fall of 1967. An infertile married couple longs to become parents via a system rooted in secrecy and shame. A beloved baby must grow up severed from roots and forced to navigate seemingly insurmountable obstacles in attempts to discover their full identity as an adult. 


Emotions run high, but the potential human stakes are even higher.  FOR THE RECORD(S) is based on the little-known true stories lived by millions of adoptees and their families by birth and adoption in the last half of the 20th Century - a time dubbed "the Baby Scoop Era."

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"My reaction in three words? Wow! Wow! Wow!
'A Certain Date' evoked emotional memories of the moment I made that call."

Beth Steury  - Nat'l. Association of Adoptees and Parents

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Theater Lights

The FTR staged reading held 4/26/24 at the Hyatt Regency Aurora received standing ovations at the end of Act I and Act II! Bravo to the incredible cast and musicians!

Development History

March  31, 2023 - Louisville, KY.  Open mic song presentation of "Testify" at the Untangling Our Roots Summit.   

May 30, 2023 - Lakewood, CO.  Table reading.

July 29, 2023 - Costa Mesa, CA.  Song performances  ("Real Mother" @8:20 and "Dying to Know" @53:20) as part of an adoption-focused gathering at the Orange Coast UUC.  

August 18-20, 2023 - Broomfield, CO.  Colorado New Musical Festival 

October 26, 2023 -  Finalist, MusicalWriters, Inc., Pitch Night.

November 11, 2023 - Dallas, TX. Full table reading.

April 26, 2024 - Hyatt Regency Aurora. Staged reading at the Untangling Our Roots Summit, along with For the Good of Humanity (book by Richard Uhrlaub), the 15 minute frozen embryo musical!   

More Reactions to FTR   

"...brilliant lyrics!...I laughed, I was sad, and I was informed." - Kenady 

"I was gripped from the opening scene." -  Diane 

"I woke up singing these songs the next day. That's a sign of strong writing." - JoLynn

"Awesome! The dialogue is as good as the songs." - Craig  

"This is a gem of a musical!" - Emma 

"You could tell the actors enjoyed it too!" - Jere 

"This story needs to get out there." - Lucy 

"No hyperbole - this was the best show of the festival!" - Jorge


Theater Lights
Richard Uhrlaub, M.Ed. (Book, Music and Lyrics) is a longtime member of Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop and a member of the Musical Writers Academy and New Musicals Inc. He is also the book writer of "For the Good of Humanity," a 15 Minute Musical performed at the Broadwater Main Stage in Hollywood. Rich studied piano under the (then) Denver Symphony Orchestra's Kathleen Joiner. Relinquished and adopted shortly after birth, Rich has been a volunteer leader in the adoption search, support and advocacy community for over twenty years. This project is born of that passion. 
"Much is at stake as the adoption experience reverberates throughout (adoptees') lives and influences them and the people they come into contact with in very fundamental ways." - Rafael Javier, Ph.D. in Handbook of Adoption.

Some 1.5 million babies were relinquished for adoption in the post-WWII era, a time when secrecy, shame and sealed records dominated the process.  But as adoptees came of age, they wanted answers to life's three biggest questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? Some had the audacity to challenge the system  in a grassroots movement for truth and transparency.

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