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September 21 - 23

Musicals

The Enchanted Cottage

Director
Will Pomerantz

Music Director
Mark Goodman

Cast
Jeff Blumenkrantz, Joann Cunningham, Annie Golden, Michael Hayden, John Jellison, Joe Kolinski, Steve Routman, Maureen Silliman and Emily Skinner

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Synopsis

Step into the world of the Enchanted Cottage where a crippled man turns able and an ugly woman turns beautiful. This heartfelt musical soars with the power of romance and beauty in a post-World War I time where everything seems possible.

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Ducks And Lovers

Director
Dan Foster

Music Director
Albert Ahronheim

Cast
Rich Affannato, Laura Benanti, Kerry Butler, Dimitri Christy, Danny Gurwin, Lorinda Lisitza, Darin De Paul, Molly Stark, Eric Stein, Mary Stout, Gerry Vichy and Stuart Zagnit

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Synopsis

Ducks and Lovers follows the hilarious collision of the corporate advertising world, a traditional gypsy family, and a duck. You cannot help but fall in love with this wacky family and their relentless scams in this fast-paced, witty new musical.

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Lil Budda

Director
Otis Sallid

Music Director
Randall Eng

Cast
Darren Buck, Ron Butler, Nathan Lee Graham, Anika Larsen, Jonathan Portera, Anika Noni Rose, Veronica Vazquez and Meredith Wright

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Synopsis

Lil Budda, a brash and sexy young music video dancer, is determined to be a star. Set against the surreal backdrop of an entertainment wasteland, this hip new musical explores race, female self-exploitation, celebrity culture and individual happiness in millennial America.

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The Price Of Everything

Director
Thommie Walsh

Music Director
Richard B. B. Evans

Cast
Robert Bartley, Matt Bogart, Felicia Finley, Kathy Fitzgerald, Michele Ragusa and Nick Wyman

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Synopsis

New York City, 1900 It’s the turn of a new century and corporate excess and conspicuous consumption reign: greed is definitely good! Thorstein Veblen, an out-of-work professor of economics, takes his unconventional theories to the vaudeville stage. This vaudevillian musical explodes with humor as it penetrates man’s hunger for a life of money and power.

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Romeo And Juliet : The Musical

Director
Terrence Mann

Music Director
Henry Aronson

Cast
Becky Baker, Jordan Ballard, Carole Bufford, David Costabile, Sara Delaney, Jay Douglas, Kirk McDonald, Anthony Rapp, Kaitlin Stilwell, Elizabeth Ward-Land and Joe Wilson

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Synopsis

Centuries collide in William Shakespeare’s immortal tale of love and innocence, when fair Verona is fused with the rock energy of today.

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Running Man

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Synopsis

The disappearance of a young African American man is told through an explosive convergence of jazz, opera, and chamber music. This hauntingly beautiful story was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won an OBIE for Composition.

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Songwriters Showcase

ADVENTURES IN LOVE by Charlie Shanian, Shari Simpson, Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler
THE BURNT PART BOYS by Nathan Tysen and Chris Miller
THE FABULIST by Stephen Witkin and David Spencer
LIKE YOU LIKE IT by Sammy Buck and Daniel S. Acquisto
MEMPHIS by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan
NORMAL by Cheryl Stern, Yvonne Adrian and Tom Kochan
RADIANT BABY by Stuart Ross, Debra Barsha and Ira Gasman
THE TAXI CABARET by Peter Mills
WAS by Barry Kleinbort and Joseph Thalken

Writers & Artists

Matthew Bennett

Book, Romeo And Juliet : The Musical

Cornelius Eady

Book & Lyrics, Running Man

Richard B. B. Evans

Music & Music Director, The Price Of Everything

Marni Goltsman

Book, Ducks And Lovers

Peter Gootkind

Book & Lyrics & Music, Ducks And Lovers

Alison Hubbard

Lyrics, The Enchanted Cottage

Stephanie L. Jones

Book & Lyrics, Lil Budda

Jerome Korman

Music, Romeo And Juliet : The Musical

Charles Leipart

Book & Lyrics, The Price Of Everything

CHARLES LEIPART (Book & Lyrics)
In addition to The Doctor’s Wife, the Madame Bovary Musical, Charles. has written with composer Eric Schorr: Pickwick’s Haunted Christmas, Mondo Latte, the pop adaptation of Sheridan’s School for Scandal, and Frog Kiss. Other musicals: Enchanted April, music by Richard B. Evans, world premiere Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, Pleasanton, CA; Me and Miss Monroe, with composer William Goldstein; The Showgirl of 52nd Street, music by John Kroner. Musical Theatre Awards: Kleban Award for Librettist; Three-time Finalist for the Fred Ebb Award in Songwriting with Eric Schorr (2005, 2006, 2008); Excellence in Writing Lyrics NYMF 2010 for Frog Kiss; Winner of the Global Search for New Musicals 2005, Cardiff, Wales. Charles is a former Fellow of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. A graduate of Northwestern University, Charles lives and writes in New York City and is a member of The Dramatist’s Guild and ASCAP. www.charlesleipart.com

Janice Lowe

Music, Lil Budda

Terrence Mann

Conceived & Director & Music, Romeo And Juliet : The Musical

Diedre Murray

Book & Lyrics & Music, Running Man

Diedre Murray is an American cellist and Obie Award-winning composer specializing in jazz, improvised music, opera, and contemporary classical music. She is also active as a producer, and curator. A pioneer in the use of the cello as an improvisational jazz/new music instrument, she has worked with a wide variety of musicians and groups, including Hannibal Peterson, the Henry Threadgill Sextet, Leroy Jenikns, James Brown, Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Young, Archie Shepp, Oscar Brown Jr. and Craig Harris.

Kim Oler

Music, The Enchanted Cottage

Diane Paulus

Conceived, Running Man

Thomas Edward West

Book, The Enchanted Cottage

Over 30 years in the theatre as a playwright, librettist, director, artistic administrator and educator. As bookwriter: The Enchanted Cottage (NAMT winner); Tom Sawyer, Class Clown, and The Play’s the Thing (also co-lyricist with Robert Waldman). Many plays, adaptations and translations produced Off-Broadway and in regional theatre; with Vincent Sardi wrote the coffee table book Off The Wall At Sardi’s published by Amarna Books and Media. As director: over fifty professional productions Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and Regional Theatre as well as the Richard Rodgers Award presentation of Little Women at the York Theater. Graduate of Ashland University (BA) and Florida State University (MFA) and shares a collective Pulitzer Prize in Journalism with his colleagues at The Wall Street Journal. Member, Dramatists Guild.