What happens when a lonely exterminator – hell-bent on avenging her mother’s bedbug related death – tries to eradicate all bedbugs from NYC?  Mass mutation and mayhem, from an army of human-size creatures out for blood, world domination – and love. Not since Little Shop and Rocky Horror has a sci-fi musical rocked audiences with such an electric, tune-filled score and over-the-top performances!

Behold our newest reviews

The New York Times   ✓ CRITICS’ PICK
“A theatrical blast of fresh air, [Sleep Tight] is an audacious rock-’n’-roll concoction that never stops surprising. The sci-fi slapstick tradition of Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Show is alive and well and, now, six-legged.”   more ⇒

Time Out New York ✓ CRITICS’ PICK
“If you like musicals that earn their exclamation points, this may be what you’ve been itching for.”   more ⇒

New Yorker ✓ NOTABLE
“…the show has a way of getting under your skin, thanks to the cast’s unwavering commitment to the deranged content…” more ⇒

Playbill’s ‘Highlights From [Sleep Tight] Off-Broadway’   VIDEO!
“…extended by popular demand”

NY Theatre Guide
“as satisfying as any musical you will see on a Broadway stage” more ⇒

reviews from our previous infestations
“The sci-fi pop rock musical is alive and kicking in [Sleep Tight], a glitzy, pumped up new production in the New York Musical Theatre Festival…”
~ nytheater.com

“Sure to develop a cult following…”
~ EDGE Fire Island

“Thanks to a goofy and committed cast, a thumping pop-rock score, and a production which revels in its low-budget glory, [Sleep Tight] is a zany success.”
~ CurtainUp.com

“…an outrageously entertaining and inventive new kind of musical – where magnificent voices abound and that has audiences cheering.”
~ Oscar E Moore for Talk Entertainment

“With Sauter’s burrowing and boisterous book and lyrics, Leschen’s invidiously astute 80s take-off tunes, and such strong performers on hand, [Sleep Tight] already has almost all the bite it needs.”
~ Matthew Murray for Talkin’ Broadway

“Composer Paul Leschen and book writer/lyricist Fred Sauter capitalized brilliantly on the city’s latest pox in [Sleep Tight]. Those who have had or thought they had bedbugs can especially appreciate the references (the nightmares! the shame!), but everyone can appreciate the solid camped out storyline, the synth-heavy 80’s music and stellar cast.”
~ Halley Bondy, News Reporter for Backstage

“Chris Hall struts, clucks and snarls as Cimex, in a classic homage to glam rock excess.”
~ nytheatre.com

“Chris Hall — as a preening, strutting six-foot bedbug you’re likely to remember — is a delicious combination of David Lee Roth and Tim Curry.”
~ Adam Perlman for Theatermania.com

“…Brian Charles Rooney is simply sensational in a thinly veiled take on Celine Dion.”
~ theatremania

“Brian Charles Rooney is fearless and absolutely fantastic in this role of a Diva… His vocal range is incredible and he has just the right satirical edge to his delivery.”
~ Oscar E Moore of Talk Entertainment.com

“…a little bit Little Shop of Horrors and a little bit Rocky Horror Show, but even more over the top.”
~ The New York Times

sneaky preview of songs

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!  Chris Hall

Carly’s M.O. Lena Hall, Ryan Bogner

Silent Spring Lena Hall

Who is the Bug Lady Chris Hall

He Pierced Me Lena Hall, Ryan Bogner

Damn You, Dionne! Brian Charles Rooney, Lena Hall, Ryan Bogner

I Love to Love to Love You Brian Charles Rooney


PAUL LESCHEN composer, story & concept
Paul LeschenPaul was nominated for his score for Sleep Tight by NY Innovative Theatre Awards, and for a Drama Desk for Outstanding Music for Twist. A frequent collaborator with Scissor Sisters, his co-arrangement of “Comfortably Numb” was a massive hit. Paul has worked with Hedda Lettuce, Murray Hill, and other gender-benders and has a band, Kingship, with singer/co-writer Chris Hall. Paul’s collaboration with Fred Sauter has yielded True Tales of Modern Love and Karma Kills. He is a graduate of Northwestern.

FRED SAUTER book & lyrics, story & concept
Fred SauterWith collaborator Paul Leschen, Fred is developing the musicals True Tales of Modern Love and Karma Kills. He’s written music and lyrics for Whale-Song and Asia Apollo, a Rock Opera. Fred’s work has been seen at Ars Nova, Laurie Beechman Theatre, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub, and Baltimore Theatre Project. His band Lola and Spaceboy is currently recording their debut album. He holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Program and a BA from Maryland Institute, College of Art.

ROBERT BARTLEY director/choreographer
Robert BartleyOff Broadway: Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle-nominated Character Man (Urban Stages), Tales of Custard (DR2 Theatre). The Cuban and the Redhead (Los Angeles Festival of New American Musicals, Village Theatre, Revision Theatre, York Theatre, National Alliance for Musical Theatre), The Family Fiorelli and Color Blind (NYMF), Hair (Peculiar Works). Creator/Director/Choreographer of Broadway Backwards produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS featuring hundreds of performers such as Betty Buckley, Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris and many more. As an actor, Broadway and National Tours: Miss Saigon, Cats, Grease. Off Broadway: Clue: the Musical, Cy Coleman’s last musical Exactly Like You. Film: The Producers, Disney’s Enchanted. Concert: Aladdin (Carnegie Hall), West Side Story with Beyonce and Meryl Steep.

Sleep Tight 2014 production credits: Paul Leschen music; Fred Sauter book & lyrics; by Robert Bartley direction & choreography; Deborah Hurwitz musical supervision. With Chris Hall as Cimex, Grace McLean as Carly, Nicholas Park as Burt and Brian Charles Rooney as Dionne Salon; also Danny Bolero, Tracey Conyer Lee, Barry Shafrin, Gretchen Wylder, Courtney Bassett and Colin Scott Cahill. Ming Aldrich-Gan conductor/keyboards; Paul Heaney guitars; Malcolm Gold bass guitar; Barbara Merjan percussion. Dale Joan Young producer; Adam Demerath set design; Philip Heckman costume designer; Bobbie Cliffton Zlotnik wigs/make-up design; Ed Chapman sound design; Cameron Pate prop designer; Kirk Fitzgerald lighting designer; Adam Roberts assistant choreographer; Jamie Leo promotional & web design; Bob Kale, CSA – MKA Casting; Emily Cates production stage manager; Shana Ferguson assistant stage manager; Joe Trentacosta publicist; DTE Agency advertising & marketing; Robert Galinsky social media; Liza Dozier King general manager; Rex Bonomelli production photos.