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Play It Cool

2010 Festival

Sharon Rosen

Music Director
Joe Baker

Michael Buchanan, Jenn Colella, Chris Hoch, Sally Mayes and Michael F. McGuirk

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 3
Number of Principals (Female): 2
Total Cast Size: 5
Orchestra Breakdown:

Piano, bass, drums

Genre & Style:

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Everyone’s got a secret at Mary’s Hideaway, an underground nightclub in sexy, sultry, repressive 1953 Hollywood.  Inspired by film noir and driven by a sizzling jazz score, this story of five very ambitious people is about finding the courage to be who you are. You just need to… Play It Cool.

Development History

Play It Cool was first presented as a full production at the Celebration Theatre (nominated for numerous awards including a GLAAD Award), followed by readings at the Zipper Theatre, Snapple Theatre and the York Theatre.  The 2008 production at the New York Musical Theatre Festival was nominated for a GLAAD Award and NYMF Awards.

Festival Successes

Off Broadway production at Theatre Row andreading at The Human Race Theatre Co. (OH), both in 2011. Nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off Broadway Musical.