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On National Road-The Musical

December 8, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

On National Road, an original new musical chronicles historic milestones during the last 250 years in Ellicott City and Howard County premiered at the close of the town’s Sestercentennial year on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th 2022! A signature piece of Ellicott City’s 250th anniversary celebration, this magical, entertaining, educational, family-oriented musical featured 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!

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
  • Patapsco (SNEAK PEEK VIDEO)
  • 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 ( SNEAK PEEK VIDEO)

presented in partnership with:




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


December 8, 2022
8:00 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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Comments (3)

  1. Paul Turlington     November 27, 2022 at 8:29pm

    What time do volunteers need to be to o n 8 December? Please confirm.

  2. Susan buswell     December 28, 2022 at 10:01am

    I missed it 🥲. Will it be performed again?

  3. Dickey Wilson     January 3, 2023 at 3:26pm

    Can you post the playbill/program?

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