If Only - The Musical

The first ever Creative Commons licensed musical

Libretto by David Stauffer, Score by Max Shinn


If Only is a musical comedy/drama/thriller. It is available under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license, meaning that, more or less, anybody is free to look at it, share it, and perform it without licensing fees. (More specific information can be found in the script/score.)


Nobody could have predicted what happened on the Chester A. Arthur high school choir trip to Chicago. Not even the murderer. Together with his secretarial companion, hopeless lover, and lifetime rival, James McCauley investigates his own death, learning a little bit about fate, forgiveness, and significance along the way.

Casting and orchestration

There are approximately 24 named roles, as well as a chorus.

The instrumentation includes: Reed I (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax), Reed II (Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet), Trumpet I & II, Trombone, Percussion, Drum Set, Piano/Synthesizer, Violin I & II, Viola, ‘Cello, and Bass Guitar.


To rent scripts, scores, and orchestra parts, please request a quote. In your request, please include your location and rental duration. (Since the show is Creative Commons licensed, additional charges are not incurred on a per-performance basis.)

Download the Script/Score

If Only Script

If Only Score

Computerized playback of the score

MuseScore source files are provided for MuseScore 0.9.6. Newer versions of MuseScore cause some display issues.

If you would like orchestra parts, email the composer and he’ll send them to you..

Creative Commons License Creative Commons BY-SA.