a papal musical comedy

Music, lyrics and book by Adam Overett

The Pope is dead. The Cardinals gather in the Sistine Chapel, where they will compete in a series of grueling “Papal Challenges” to choose the new Pope. For whom will the white smoke rise?


News of the Pope’s death spreads around the world.

      This Pope

Cardinalissimo Franco explains the rules of the papal competition.

      Love M’Jaysus

St. Louis preaches the gospel about her beloved Son of God.

      I Love You Always

McCafferty tries to figure out what it means to love as Jesus did.

      Look at That Pope!

Robin reveals the real reason she seeks the papacy.

      Don’t Cast Me Out

A grief-stricken McCafferty, struggling with his faith and terrified for his soul, prays to God.

Cardinals Gallery

✝ Yiddish-prone Cardinal Bergenstein
✝ mute, unitard-wearing Cardinal Fouette
✝ trollish tyrant Cardinalissimo Francisco Franco
✝ unflappable, non-Asian-looking Cardinal Hu-Jin Chao
✝ eager, boyish Cardinal McCafferty
✝ foul-mouthed Jersey skank Cardinal Robin
✝ oversexed Southern belle Cardinal St. Louis
✝ shy Aussie Cardinal Wallaby

No one has ever seen what happens in the papal conclave…until now. The backbiting. The forbidden love. The sacrilege. The song-and-dance.