Water for Elephants: Musical Info & Synopsis


Water for Elephants follows the journey of Jacob Jankowski, a young man who joins a traveling circus after his parents’ tragic deaths. As Jacob’s story unfolds, he becomes the circus vet, falls in love with a married performer named Marlena, and forms a deep bond with Rosie the elephant. Water for Elephant is a story of love, resilience, and finding family in the most unexpected places.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Contemporary (2023)

Cast Size: 20+

Genre: Romantic Drama

Setting: 1930s, Present / USA (Various)

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics: PigPen Theatre Co.

Book: Rick Elice

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (2024)➝


2020s, Animals, Based on a Book, Country, Folk, Rom-Dram, Soul, Travel

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