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September 21 - 23

Musicals

The Enchanted Cottage

Director
William 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

Genre & Style:

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

Awards: 2015 Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation LGBT Playwrighting Award for A Kind of Marriage; The Kleban Award for Librettist; New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) 2010 Excellence in Writing Lyrics; Finalist for the Fred Ebb Foundation Award in Songwriting 2005, 2006 & 2008. Winner of the Global Search for New Musicals, Cardiff, Wales, 2005. His musical Frog Kiss received the most Citations for Excellence at NYMF 2010, regional premiere at Virginia Stage Co.,VA, 2013. Swimming at the Ritz, an intimate portrait of Pamela Churchill Harriman, toured the UK in 2010/2011 supported by the Arts Council England; American premiere at New Jersey Rep, NJ, 2015; Enchanted April, a new musical romance, with music by Richard B. Evans, world premiere, April 2016, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, CA. His adaptation of Helene Hanff’s comic memoir, Underfoot in Show Business, received its world premiere at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne, UK, May 2008, directed by award-winning BBC director, David Giles. His original musical, Me and Miss Monroe, featuring Rachel York as Marilyn, was produced in an industry workshop by AMAS and Chase Mishkin, 2011. Charles is a former Fellow of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. His work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Applause Theatre Books of New York. A native of Chicago, a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Speech, a member of the National New Play Network’s New Play Exchange. Charles lives and writes in New York City and is a member of The Dramatist’s Guild.

Janice Lowe

Music, Lil Budda

Terrence Mann

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

Diedre Murray

Book & Lyrics & Music, Running Man

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.