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Podcast: Vol. 128: Sept. 13th – Vol.4 of NYMF Coverage

 Comprehensive NYMF coverage continues with performances, interviews and music from the musicals "Love Sucks", "Bernice Bobs her Mullet", "Petite Rouge", "Unlock'd, and "Jungle Queen Debutant." Also "On the Positive Side", Theatre news and more!


On the Boards

 Love Sucks

Shakespeare meets the Ramones in this 70’s punk-rock ode to love.  Shakespeare goes punk as Love’s Labours Lost is transported to the burgeoning rock scene of the 1970s East Village. Two competing punk bands, The [All-Guy] Molotovs and The [All-Girl] Guttersnipes, swear off love in order to stay focused on their music.  We talk to, and hear from Stephen O’ Rourke, who wrote the book and Brandon Patton, who wrote the music and lyrics for the show.

In addition, Brandon Patton performs “Love is for Assholes” from the show!

Visit for more information about the show!


On the Boards


Bernice Bobs Her Mullet

Bernice Bobs Her Mullet is a fun, makeover-musical about a young redneck who leaves her podunk hometown to experience life in the big city…Little Rock!  And it isn’t long before she discovers the scariest part of urban living… spoiled teenagers!  Soon, Bernice gets swept up in the glamor and politics of popularity and learns the hard way that you shouldn’t let it go to your head.  Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story Bernice Bobs Her Hair.  We talk to, and hear from producer Steve Ullman, writer Joe Major and costume designer Ryan Rossetto.  We also hear two songs from the show, “More Like Her” and “Cut  It Short.”

For more information about the show and to get tickets visit

The Callboard

On Sept. 24, “Barack on Broadway” — a fund-raising event for the Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama — is set to take over the New Amsterdam Theater.  Readings from the works of Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Thornton Wilder, Clifford Odets, Tennessee Williams, David Mamet, Tony Kushner and August Wilson will be compiled by John Lahr, Marsha Norman and Jack Viertel. Obama is also scheduled to speak.  Tickets ($250 to $2,300) to the event at the New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 West 42nd Street, are available by calling (212) 763-4853.


Kelli O’Hara (Light in the Piazza) & Paul Szot to Star in Lincoln Center’s South Pacific. For more information about the show, visit


The Roundabout Theatre Company furthers its initiative to offer lower-priced seats to theatregoers with the announcement of “Access Roundabout,” which features $10 preview tickets!  Get more information by calling (212) 719-1300 or online at

Andrea Burns, who was recently seen in the Broadway-bound musical In the Heights at Off-Broadway’s 37 Arts, will perform in concert at Joe’s Pub, Nov. 5.

Joe’s Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. There is a $25 cover and a two-drink minimum. Call (212) 967-7555 or visit


On the Boards


Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood



A Swamp Chorus sings backup to the Zydeco-driven score in this foot-stomping, family-friendly musical soaked in Cajun hot sauce! When the Big Bad Gator spies tasty duck Petite Rouge and her sidekick cat TeJean heading down the bayou, Petite leads him on a wild duck chase through the New Orleans Mardi Gras, all the way to a surprise ending. Saucy and colorful, as you’d expect, from the writer/composer of Junie B. Jones and the Miss Nelson musicals.  We talk to, and hear from, Joan Cushing who wrote the book, music and lyrics, actor Isaiah Johnson and actress Cyana Cook from the show.  In addition, we hear two songs from the show, “I’m Hungry” and “Waiting for Life to Start.”

$1 per ticket will be donated to Musicians’ Village/New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.

Visit for more information about the show

On the Boards


Classical meets pop in this funny, screwball musical set in a world where beauty is everything! In lavish Hampton Court, surrounded by mischievous spirits, feisty young Clarissa fights to win the heart of the Baron from her gorgeous stepsister Belinda. Chaos ensues and teacups shatter when the Baron’s geeky brother Edwin enters the fray. Everyone, grab your scissors, and prepare to become Unlock’d!  We talk to, and hear from, Sam Carner who wrote the book and lyrics, composer Derek Gregor and orchestrator Bruce Coughlin.   Also, we play  “Hampton Court” and “Off to the  East.”

Visit for more information about the show!

On the Positive Side

Marty reminisces about theatre happenings around 9/11

On the Boards

Jungle Queen Debutante

Take one ingenue following her heart, mix in an archeologist who can’t quite remember who he is, an elocution mistress with a secret, and a suave ambassador.  Add a lovelorn jungle chanteuse, a mobster with nefarious plans and the wickedest women in the Lost City for this cocktail of an adventure musical with a big Broadway sound.  We talk to, and hear from, composer Thomas Tierney an actress Heather Parcells about the show!  We also play “Jungle Queen Debutante” and “Pack” from the show.

Official website:

Top of the Trades

Michael Mulheren, William Youmans and Steve Rosen are among the actors who will join the previously announced Hank Azaria and Jimmi Simpson for the Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention.  Tickets to The Farnsworth Invention at the Music Box, 239 West 45th Street, are available by calling 212) 239-6200. For more information, visit


New Line Home Entertainment will release a DVD of the hit film “Hairspray” — based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical of the same name — Nov. 20.

Visit the official movie website at for more iinformation!


With its final performance this Sunday, September 9, Disney’s pre-Broadway engagement of The Little Mermaid has sold-out its entire seven week run at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  Broadway previews of The Little Mermaid will begin at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) on November 3, 2007, with an official opening on December 6, 2007.  Visit  for more information.

The latest Rockers on Broadway concert, the fundraising event founded in 1993 by Tommy cast member Donnie Kehr, will be presented Oct. 22 at B.B. Kings in Manhattan.  The evening, featuring Broadway performers jamming with live rock bands, will support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS as well as Wingspan Arts.  For more information and tickets visit


A date has been set for the MTV broadcast of “Legally Blonde”. Sept. 29th, so mark your calendars!


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