Because illustration


with Mo Willems

“Inaugural Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems’ story of chance makes its world premiere as a concert with the National Symphony Orchestra. Three performers bring this moving book to life, with a script by Mo Willems set to a new score by Jessie Montgomery. This powerful tale of how chance, discovery, and persistence changed the life of a young girl features onstage projections of Amber Ren’s magical illustrations.”

Perform “Because”

To rent and license Because for performance, contact:

Philip Rothman, NYC Music Services


Composed by Jessie Montgomery
Arranged by Jannina Norpoth
Based on the book, text by Mo Willems
Illustrations by Amber Ren
Script by Mo Willems
World Premiere production directed by Felicia Curry

This production was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the  National Symphony Orchestra and was first produced at the Kennedy Center with the NSO during the 2021-2022 season.