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September 24 - 25

Musicals

The Ark

Director
Guy Stroman

Cast
John Carter, Catherine Gale, Kia Glover, Anne Kanengeiser, Ingrid Ladendorf, Doug Ladendorf, John Tinney and Ron Trenouth

Synopsis

A rock-ish, folk-ish, lovingly faithful musical retelling, The Ark is a tale of one man’s vision, his family’s struggle for faith, and the singular voyage they all share (with, of course, a few animals). Son Ham rails against Father Noah plan to set sail with the animals of the world — and to complicate matters, Ham has brought a new wife along for the ride, much to his family’s surprise. And then the rain begins.

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Convenience

Synopsis

Convenience is a nearly through-sung musical, part comedy, part drama. During an awkward, funny, angry, and ground-breaking visit home, a single mother and her Generation-X son learn from their past selves and their future partners how to walk through a doorway without slamming it shut forever. Both mother and son have a secret: shes re-marrying; he has a boyfriend. From the second Vince walks through the door, the sparks fly. Liz, Vinces mother, only sees her rebellious son, while Vince only sees the mother who froze twenty years ago when their family divorced. When the past starts demanding to be heard (literally) both mother and son realize that things must change if they want to move forward. Show Music magazine says, “Coffin has a sense of humor,” “[His score] contains varied rhythms with lyrics [that] don’t betray his characters.” Talkin’ Broadway’s online review says, “The score is quick, complex, and extremely catchy. Coffin’s book effectively mixes humor and tension,

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Cupid And Psyche

Director
Will Pomerantz

Cast
Belle Calaway, Kate Gilligan and Karl du Hoffman

Synopsis

A vibrant, vivacious retelling of the myth of forbidden lovers. The book sparkles with sly wit, the songs are by turns laugh-out-loud funny and achingly romantic, and the classical tale shines anew, making for a luminous, deeply-felt show in the magical vein of The Fantasticks and Pippin.

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Far From The Madding Crowd

Director
Karen Azenberg

Music Director
Brad Vieth

Cast
Jodi Capeless, Culver Casson, Robert Driemeyer, Paul Gallagher, Jesse Johnson, Ann Lauderbach, Raymond McLeod, Kristy Merola, Kelli Rabke, Greg Stone, Connie Tucker, Jen Waldman, Tim Warman, Rod Weber and Marcus Woolen

Synopsis

The poetic and emotional tale of romance and beauty. Set in the countryside of Victorian England, the courageous and passionate Bathesheba Everdene fights to hold on to her estate and to those she loves.

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Glimmerglass

Director
Nick Corley

Music Director
Darren Cohen

Cast
Catherine Gale, James Judy, David M. Lutken, Kerry O'Malley, Jennifer Piech, Thom Sesma, Brian Sutherland, William Whitehead and Paul Woodson

Synopsis

Join Natty Bumpo, the quintessential American hero, and Chingachgook, his Indian companion, as they return to the scene of their early triumphs. Glimmerlgass spins a colorful tale of high adventure and romance against the backdrop of the War of Independence.

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Hot And Sweet

Music Director
Paul Bogaev and Bob Gustafson

Cast
Kerry Butler, Robert Chabala, Catherine Cox, John Driver, Liz Larsen and KT Sullivan

Synopsis

Set in 1945 Chicago, an all-girls band storms the music scene with their fresh sound and hot swing style. Hot and Sweet captures the dynamic personal and professional lives of a group of female musicians while blending rich jazz sounds with close harmonies, stand alone ballads, pop standards and swing.

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Joe!

Synopsis

Joe! is a musical about a guy who gets trapped in a musical. To Joe, a stuffy dramatic actor, breaking into song seems scary. One morning, he wakes to find his alarm clock singing, his parents soft-shoeing through breakfast, and his life erupting into song and dance. Truly, Joe! is not a musical–it turns into one.

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Liberty Smith


Roger Bart

Director
Sarah Gurfield

Music Director
Michael Lavine

Cast
John Ayers, Gavin Creel, Susan Egan, Allen Fitzpatrick, Jeff Gardner, Jodie Langel, Ken Prymus, Anthony Rapp, Robin Skye, Mary Stout and Clarke Thorell

Synopsis

Meet Liberty, the amazing American frontiersman with the uncanny ability to be present at the greatest historical moments, including the Boston Tea Party, the discovery of electricity, and the midnight ride of Paul Revere. This fast-paced ride through early American life is a history lesson like no other!

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Lizzie Borden

Director
Bill Castellino

Cast
Michael Babin, Joan Barber, Madeline Blue, Danica Connors, Brenda Cummings, Kevin Delaquilla, Alison Fraser, Eleanor Glockner, Rex Hays, Karen Murphy, Roland Rusinek and Denise Summerford

Synopsis

The events and trial of Lizzie Borden, accused of killing her father and stepmother with an axe. “…Ambitious…an unnerving, provocative tale..the musical has distinct possibilities for a future life. Richly layered choral passages by townsfolk, merchants and the gossipy tea-party matrons relate the accumulating facts… ‘Fly Away’, which describes Lizzie’s yearnings, and ‘The House On The Hill’, about the promise of future comfort and security, are quite lovely. (Alison) Fraser portrays the alleged murderess with coiled intensity.” –Variety SHOW WEBSITE: http://members.aol.com/bearluvva/index.html

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Mandela

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Writers & Artists

Adam Abraham

Lyrics, Liberty Smith

Jonathan Bolt

Book, Glimmerglass

Barbara Campbell

Book & Lyrics, Far From The Madding Crowd

Gregg Coffin

Book & Lyrics & Music, Convenience

Douglas J. Cohen

Music, Glimmerglass

Douglas J. Cohen is the composer/lyricist of the Broadway bound The Big Time, an original musical with a book by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Chris Ashley, and produced by Robert Ahrens. He was awarded two Richard Rodgers Grants and the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Foundation Award for writing No Way to Treat A Lady (optioned for Broadway and previously produced twice off-Broadway at the Hudson Guild and York Theatre Co.) and The Gig (MTC Stage II, Goodspeed, California Musical Theatre, NAMT, York Theatre Company concert now on Jay Records CD). Nominated for a 2005 Drama Desk Award for Oustanding Lyrics for Children’s Letters to God (off-Broadway’s Lamb Theatre), Doug is composer/lyricist/co-librettist for The Opposite of Sex (Williamstown Theatre productions, NAMT), librettist-lyricist of the upcoming Valentino’s Tango, and composer-lyricist of off-Broadway’s Boozy, created by the Obie award winning Les Freres Corbusier.

Eric R. Cohen

Book, Liberty Smith

Ted Drachman

Lyrics, Glimmerglass

Steven Fisher

Book & Lyrics & Music, Mandela

Sean Hartley

Book & Lyrics, Cupid And Psyche

Sean Hartley’s works include Cupid And Psyche, written with composer Jihwan Kim, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Lyrics; Little Women (with songs by Kim Oler and Alison Hubbard), which has had several regional productions; Love and Real Estate (three one acts written with composer Sam Davis) ; and Snow, for which he wrote book, music and lyrics and which won the ASCAP Harold Arlen Award for Best New Musical. His works for television include songs for the Disney Channel’s The Book of Pooh and Bear In the Big Blue House. His works for children include Number The Stars, Sunshine and Holy Moses! (book by Bob Kolsby.) He is the director of Theater@Kaufman, the musical theater division of the Kaufman Music Center in New York City, where he curates, produces and hosts the concert series Broadway Close Up and Broadway Playhouse.

Kevin Kelly

Book & Lyrics, The Ark

Jihwan Kim

Music, Cupid And Psyche

Dan Lipton

Book & Lyrics & Music, Joe!

Dan Lipton and David Rossmer are longtime collaborators who have created several original musicals, jointly writing all music, book and lyrics. Their musical comedy The Blonde Streak was commissioned by Broadway Across America and developed at the Orchard Project. Their form-bending musical satire JOE! (NAMT Festival 2000) was seen at the Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab and Chicago’s Equity Library Theatre.  JOE! is currently in development as a 3-D movie musical.  Rossmer & Lipton are currently working for Araca Group on adapting a bestselling memoir, with playwright Jessica Provenz.  Their sketch comedy musical Rated P… for Parenthood, written with Sandy Rustin, premiered at SOPAC in NJ and is optioned for production off-Broadway.  Other projects include:  a Depression-era book musical with television writer Janis Hirsch, a futuristic concept musical with Kirsten Guenther, and a biographical show about B-movie king Roger Corman with Wayne Rawley.  Lipton & Rossmer have written special material for singers including Kelli O’Hara (“Always” album, Lincoln Center, Town Hall) and Sutton Foster (Joe’s Pub).  And the duo co-created, with Steve Rosen and Sarah Saltzberg, the comedy improv variety show Don’t Quit Your Night Job, which began at Joe’s Pub and ran off-Broadway.

Marc Madnick

Book, Liberty Smith

Christopher McGovern

Book & Lyrics & Music, Lizzie Borden

Michael H McLean

Book & Lyrics & Music, The Ark

MICHAEL MCLEAN is a songwriter, composer, author, performer, playwright, film producer and director.

As a SONGWRITER Michael has written music and lyrics for more than 30 albums and has sold over two million copies since his first release in 1983

As an AUTHOR he’s written six books, each with accompanying CDs. Distant Serenade, Hold On, The Light Will Come , From God’s Arms To My Arms To Yours¬¬, Mission To Be Happy , The Forgotten Carols and Fairy Tale Christmas

As a PERFORMER Michael has starred in a theatrical version of The Forgotten Carols to sold-out audiences on his yearly holiday tour. (over 800,000 tkts sold)

As a FILMMAKER Michael was the original story writer, producer and director of the film “Nora’s Christmas Gift” starring Academy Award winner Celeste Holm . Producer and original story co-writer of the holiday television classic “Mr. Krueger’s Christmas” starring film legend James Stewart.

NAMT Alumni Writer (The Ark)

Amy Powers

Lyrics, Lizzie Borden

David Rossmer

Book & Lyrics & Music, Joe!

Dan Lipton and David Rossmer are longtime collaborators who have created several original musicals, jointly writing all music, book and lyrics. Their musical comedy The Blonde Streak was commissioned by Broadway Across America and developed at the Orchard Project. Their form-bending musical satire JOE! (NAMT Festival 2000) was seen at the Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab and Chicago’s Equity Library Theatre.  JOE! is currently in development as a 3-D movie musical.  Rossmer & Lipton are currently working for Araca Group on adapting a bestselling memoir, with playwright Jessica Provenz.  Their sketch comedy musical Rated P… for Parenthood, written with Sandy Rustin, premiered at SOPAC in NJ and is optioned for production off-Broadway.  Other projects include:  a Depression-era book musical with television writer Janis Hirsch, a futuristic concept musical with Kirsten Guenther, and a biographical show about B-movie king Roger Corman with Wayne Rawley.  Lipton & Rossmer have written special material for singers including Kelli O’Hara (“Always” album, Lincoln Center, Town Hall) and Sutton Foster (Joe’s Pub).  And the duo co-created, with Steve Rosen and Sarah Saltzberg, the comedy improv variety show Don’t Quit Your Night Job, which began at Joe’s Pub and ran off-Broadway.

Gary Schocker

Music, Far From The Madding Crowd

Barbara Schottenfeld

Book & Lyrics & Music, Hot And Sweet

Michael Weiner

Music, Liberty Smith