A new musical about a struggling family of Italian immigrants who are literally swept up in the Boston Molasses disaster of 1919 makes its Off Broadway premiere.
Spanning 1915 to 1919, set against the backdrop of Boston’s Italian North End, 'Molasses in January' tells the story of Anna. She's a single mother doing her best to raise her children in a world caught up in the turmoil of the first World War. An enormous molasses tank is built to make liquor and gun-powder for the war. But on an unusually warm January day, the tank suddenly bursts and two million gallons of molasses come crashing down around Anna and her family discovers that life can change in a moment.