That was the thought-provoking premise of the new and unusually serious new musical, “LMNOP,” that is getting a test run this summer at the Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre.
And among those at its opening night were its creators, Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel.
“It’s an adult fable,” explained Burkell, lyricist for the tale of a fantasy community whose trouble begins when letters start falling off a monument and government officials decide to ban them one by one. “The theme is loss of choice.”
The musical is based on the book, “Ella Minnow Pea,” by Mark Dunn.
And the more serious than usual play did take regular audience members a bit by surprise.
“I come here each year expecting more upbeat, entertaining kind of theater,” said Mary Virginia Malone, who attended with friends from Old Saybrook. “But this show was different in a good way,” she said. “It had the great music and choreography you expect when you come to a show here, but it also touched on the importance of freedom of speech, and that was something that definitely had me thinking.”