RIO UPHILL - A New Musical


Written by Juliana Pedroso and Matt Gurren 

Music by Matt Gurren and Nanny Assis 

Lyrics by Matt Gurren 


RIO UPHILL celebrates Brazil’s rich culture, presenting it to an international audience while also shedding light on very topical issues. From the vibrancy of Carnaval to the enchanting melody of Bossa Nova, RIO UPHILL is an exciting new musical that brings Brazil’s Golden Age back to life! 

Set in Brazil, Guilherme, a wealthy youth from Leblon is arrested and incarcerated with Miguel, born and raised in the slum of Morro do Lado. Guilherme bails Miguel out of jail in exchange to live with his family where he experiences a world that is harsh and unjust, yet rich in love, culture and tradition. As he grows closer to Miguel’s family and falls in love with his sister, Julia, Guilherme determines to thwart the corrupt establishment and bring about change, but at a heavy cost. This project has been endorsed by the General Consulate of Brazil in New York and was a 2018 finalist for the NAMT Festival.