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On National Road—The Musical

December 16, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Howard Community College | Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center : Smith Theater | 

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On National Road, an original new musical that chronicles historic milestones during the last 250 years in Ellicott City and Howard County is set to premiere at the close of the town’s Sestercentennial year on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th!. A signature piece of Ellicott City’s 250th anniversary celebration, this magical, entertaining, educational, family-oriented musical features 19 songs in a variety of musical genres.

The musical tells the story of significant people and events in the history of Ellicott City and Howard County when a family inadvertently opens a portal through time at Grandma and Pops’ in Ellicott City! Pieces of days-gone-by explode into the room and figures from the past dance across the floor. The walls reverberate in song as Charles Carroll of Carrollton, The Ellicotts, Benjamin Banneker and even Babe Ruth tell their stories.

A musical ode to the mighty Patapsco River ripples through the family’s adventure as historic events unfold before their eyes.  But the past is unraveling, time is disappearing, and they must find a way to put it back together to ensure the future!


  • December 16th at 7pm
  • December 17th at 2pm (matinee)

General Admission Seating

  • Adults $25
  • Students and 62+ $15
  • Group rates (10 or more tickets | same performance) Adults $20 | Students and 62+ $12

Directed by Jesse Baxter | Music direction by Tiffany Holmes | Orchestration by Philip Milman
Book and lyrics by Ellen Nibali | Music by Kevin Crouch & Ellen Nibali (with additional music by Colin Hodge)

SONGS INCLUDE: (read the lyrics here)

  • Generations
  • Marching Down to Annapolis
  • Song of Charles Carroll
  • You Call This a Road?
  • Remarkable: Banneker & the Ellicotts
  • What Francis Couldn’t See
  • Tom Thumb vs. the Horse
  • I Want to See, I Want to Know
  • Patapsco – Reprise I
  • Babe Ruth Rag: The Babe Breaks Loose
  • Like You Love Me Now
  • Ellicott City Rock
  • Columbia: Go Adventuring
  • Almira (LISTEN HERE)
  • Patapsco, Reprise II
  • Sing Me a Memory (SEE SNEAK PEEK VIDEO)

presented in partnership with:

funded in part by Howard County Arts Council through a grant from Howard County Government


December 16, 2022
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


EC250 Inc.
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Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College
5020 Campus Drive
Columbia, Maryland 21044
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