54 Sings Jane Eyre
From Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre tells the story of an orphaned girl brutalized by her aunt and then sent to an orphan school for girls where she suffers more mistreatment. There she meets a young girl who changes her life forever. When Jane later becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall, she meets a mysterious man who holds a dark secret. Love, forgiveness, and transformation are the themes in this gothic romance for the ages.
Jane Eyre was produced on Broadway in 2000, featuring a book by John Caird and music and lyrics by Paul Gordon. Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical, hear the Tony-nominated score for the first time in New York since its premature departure sung by a dazzling cast led by Samantha Massell (Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Regional: Rags, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) as Jane Eyre.
The company also features Kevin Massey (Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Memphis, Tarzan, Big River) as Edward Rochester and original cast member Mary Stout (Broadway: Jane Eyre, Beauty and the Beast, My Favorite Year) revisiting her role as Mrs. Fairfax. Rounding out the cast is Celia Hottenstein (National Tour: The Phantom of the Opera, New York: Desperate Measures), Dana Costello (Broadway: Finding Neverland, Jekyll & Hyde), Ryan Speakman (Jane Eyre 2017 workshop), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Broadway: Evita, Off-Broadway: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Clay Singer, and an ensemble including Amisha Amy, Deirdre Donohue, Asher Dubin, Alexandra Frost, Alex Hartman, Sean Konopka-White, Ethan Larsen, and Paris Nesbitt. Jane Eyre is adapted and directed by Robbie Rozelle (Broadway Records), assistant directed by Yoni Weiss, and musical direction is by Cameron Moncur.
54 Sings Jane Eyre plays Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on February 28, 2018, at 7 and 9:30. There is a $30-$45 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum.
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Doghouse Ensemble Theatre Incubator Cycle #1
#crucible by Brandon Adam • Full Circle: A Song Cycle Words and Music by Reagan Casteel • White Room by Ryan Cook • Thank You for Your Home by John Hatcher • Ten Step Plan: A Collection of Songs by Jake Smith
In continuing their new work development initiatives, Doghouse Ensemble Theatre’s Incubator program is designed to bring young artists the tools to develop new works throughout all stages of a writing process. Project goals range from staged readings and developmental workshops to fully-realized productions and feedback opportunities.
More information on the Incubator works available here.
Safer Than Home
Pace School of Performing Arts’ International Performance Ensemble students present their ensembles’ devised pieces in their second year of training. A workshop of our ensemble’s piece, Safer Than Home, directed/facilitated by Ianthe Demos (Off-Broadway: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally) and assistant directed by Stephanie M. Orta Vázquez, was performed in May 2017. In May 2018, the piece will perform Off-Broadway at the Lion Theatre in Theatre Row before traveling internationally to Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
In Bulgaria, we will be devising a new version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm directed by Vesselka Kuncheva, designed by Marieta Golomehova, and featuring music by Hristo Namliev. This piece will be performed in New York City in Fall of 2018.
The Nina Variations
In this funny, fierce and heartbreaking homage to The Seagull, Steven Dietz puts Chekhov’s star-crossed lovers in a room and doesn’t let them out. In forty-three variations on their famous final scene, Nina (Alexandra Cockrell), a young actress, and Treplev (Michael Liebhauser), a young writer, pit their vibrant wit and soaring passions against one another in a fast-paced tour de force of romantic entanglement.
The Nina Variations was performed in New York City on February 16 and 17, 2018.
Directed by Yoni Weiss, associate directed by Sarah Hurley, featuring costume design by Alex Church-Gonzales, lighting design by Quentin Madia, photography by Noah DiRenzo, stage management by Noah Sarkowsky, assistant stage management by Tori Pierce, and an original score by Moya Aldridge.
More information available at Doghouse Ensemble Theatre
Matthew McCollum: Songs for the Dead at Feinstein’s/54 Below
In October, I acted as a Production Associate for composer/lyricist/performer Matthew McCollum as he made his Feinstein’s/54 Below debut with an evening of ghost stories, both whispered and screamed. McCollum’s music has been featured by the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Yale School of Drama. His musical, The Ballad of Brightwater, garnered acclaim at the ASCAP DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop, where it played to a sold-out crowd in Los Angeles this February. Acting credits include Masters of Sex and Judging Amy, and he has been seen on stage performing at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Group, and 59E59.
The performers included: Mallory Baysek (Off-Broadway: The Lightning Thief), Kate Berman (Off-Broadway: Blueprint Specials), Brennan Caldwell (Off-Broadway: Baghdaddy, Money Talks), Alex Chester (Broadway: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Jonathan Hooks (Marley, The Killer), Emily Jenda (Broadway: The Book of Mormon, Tour: The Bodyguard), Maria-Christina Oliveras (Broadway: Amelie, Off-Broadway: Pretty Filthy), Betsy Struxness (Broadway: Hamilton, Matilda, Wicked), and Carly Zien (Film: “Nightcap”, TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).
City of Angels
In December, I Assistant Music Directed Pace University’s production of Cy Coleman, David Zippel, and Larry Gelbart‘s Tony Award-winning musical City of Angels. City of Angels is the rarest of musical comedies; one that is not only loaded with music and written in the contemporary jazz idiom but also filled with sidesplitting comedy. Set in the glamorous, seductive Hollywood of the 40’s, the world of film studios and flimsy negligees, the show chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a young novelist, attempting a screenplay for movie producer/director, Buddy Fidler. Every movie scene that Stine writes is acted out onstage by a group of characters whose costumes are limited to various shades of black and white. The same is true of the sets in which they appear and the props that they use. With music scored in the genre, we are, in fact, treated to a live version of a 1940’s private eye film. It is a tale of decadence and homicide with a liberal sprinkling of femmes fatale.
Directed by Sara Brians (Broadway: The Terms of My Surrender, Matilda, Billy Elliot, White Christmas) with music direction by Randi Ellen Rudolph (Regional: Newsies, Caroline or Change). Featuring Eric Schell, Zack Zaromatidis (Regional: Ring of Fire), Jake Vielbig, Rebecca Murillo (Regional: West Side Story), Bethany Tesarck (Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie), Kelsey Fowler (Broadway: Grey Gardens, Sunday in the Park with George, Bonnie & Clyde), Kayla Saunders, Jamie Murray, Emma Lord, Catherine Ariale, Tim Webb (Broadway: Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway), Ryan Hotes, Ari Raskin, Joey Ledonio, Michael Shofi, Max Chlumecky, and Alisa Melendez (Broadway: Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway).
Right Before I Go
In December, I assisted playwright Stan Zimmerman on the one-night-only benefit performance of Right Before I Go. Directed by Michael Wilson (Broadway: The Trip to Bountiful, The Best Man) and starring the best and brightest of Hollywood and Broadway.
The cast includes three-time Tony nominee Elizabeth Ashley; Academy, Tony, and Emmy winner Ellen Burstyn; Chris Gethard (TV: The Chris Gethard Show); Maggie Lacey (Broadway: Our Town); two-time Tony and Drama Desk winner Judith Light; Drama Desk nominee Jennifer Lim; Hari Nef (TV: Transparent); Maulik Pancholy (TV: 30 Rock, Weeds, Phineas and Ferb); two-time Tony nominee and Drama Desk winner Lois Smith; Emmy nominee Amber Tamblyn; Raviv Ullman (TV: Phil of the Future); and eleven-time Grammy, three-time Emmy, and Tony nominee Vanessa Williams.