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Podcast: Vol. 126-Aug. 29: NYMF Part 2

More NYMF coverage with interviews, songs and live performances from the new musicals, "I See London, I See France", "Such Good Friends", "Austentatious", "Freshly Tossed", and  "Cousins Grimm".

On the Boards

I See London, I See France (The Underwear Musical)

Can you have your beefcake and eat it too? 

When brainy fashion ad exec Gina is dumped for a bimbo on her 35th birthday, her universe starts to crumble as she finds herself falling in lust with the dim-but-smoldering poster boy for her agency’s most salacious campaign. In this fast-paced, scantily-clad musical comedy, seven colorful characters drag Gina to the brink of insanity and back on a round-the-globe search for love, happiness and an underwear ad that just might change the world.

We talk to, and hear from composer/co-lyricist, Jeremy Desmon and director, Jeremy Dobrish.  We also play “Smart Girls”, a song from the show.

Visit www.underwearmusical.com for more information about the show!

On the Boards

When comedy came in black and white…some saw red.

Such Good Friends is an original musical comedy about three old friends-a comedienne, a director, and a writer having the time of their lives entertaining America every week. But the pressures of being funny live on television are child’s play compared to the serious consequences of being forced to name names before the House Un-American Activites Committee. My Favorite Year meets Good Night and Good Luck in this tuneful and Brad Oscar.

We talk to, and hear from director, Marc Bruni and Noel Katz, who wrote the book, music and lyrics for the show.  Noel also plays and sings three songs from the show, “Life of the Party”, “Like Love” and “Anything for a Laugh”

Visit http://www.nymf.org/Show-74.html for more information about the show and for tickets!

The Callboard

Starting Aug. 29, previews begin for Atlantic Theatre Company’s production of Lucy Thurber’s play Scarcity, directed by Jackson Gay, their first show of the season.  Tickets for main stage productions are $55.00 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (www.ticketcentral.com).  The cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Johnston and Michael T. Weiss(pictured left)!  Visit www.atlantictheater.org for more information.

Starting Aug. 30 and through Sept. 16th, the show Piaf: Love Conquers All will be playing at the SOHO Playhouse as part of the Fringe Encore Series.  Broadway Bullet interviewed Naomi Emmerson and Stephanie Layton, the stars of the show, on our NY Fringe Special episode, Vol. 122.

For more information about the show, visit www.lvrproductions.com

Starting Aug. 31, previews begin for Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening.  The brand-new edition will mark Forbidden Broadway’s 25th anniversary!  Visit www.forbiddenbroadway.com for more information.

On Sat, Sept. 8: The New York Musical Theatre Festival’s showtune-flavored answer to American Idol, returns this September for its secondseason.and is looking for the NEXT BROADWAY STAR!  Auditions for Broadway Idol are Saturday, September 8, 2007 from 10 am to 6 pm.  Call backs will be held Sunday, September 9, 2007 from noon to 3:00 p.m. at  the HA! COMEDY CLUB 163 W 46th St. (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.)  Prepare 16-bars of a Broadway song.  Performance nights are three consecutive Fridays at Stitch Bar & Lounge (247 West 37th Street) -September 21, September 28 and October 5. The winner will receive a concert produced by Ars Nova.  Questions? Email broadwayidol@nymf.org

On the Boards

Austentatious

A sold-out hit at the 2006 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, this hilarious musical follows a community theater group as they attempt to stage a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  From chaotic auditions to a climactic tap off, bad theater has never been so good!

We talk to, and hear from writer/composer, Joe Slabe, and actor Stephen Bel Davies.  Also we play “I Can See It Now” and “The Next Best Thing” from the show!

Visit www.fromthetoponline.com for more information about the show!

On the Boards

Freshly Tossed 

What happens when you take physical comedy…dance… musical theatre…and mix them all together? Find out as curators Wendy Seyb  (Walmartopia, School Daze, But I’m a Cheerleader) and Mark Lonergan bring together some of New York‘s most exciting artists in search of the next evolution of musical theatre comedy.

We talk to, and hear from Wendy Seyb and Mark Lonergan (curators)

For more information visit  www.parallelexit.net

On the Boards

“Charming, playful, witty, delightful, tuneful, terrific and commercial!!!” -Craig Lucas

The Cousins Grimm is a delightful musical comedy about Jackie and Leon, decendants of the Brothers Grimm who are adapting their ancestors’ beloved stories and adding a queer sensibility to them. The Cousins Grimm learn quite a bit about themselves and their alter egos in the process; including revelations that provide a mysterious and magical ending to their work-in-progress.   Finalist: 2006 O’Neill Music Theatre Conference and Stages 2007 in Chicago.

We talk to, and hear from actor Randy Redd and Ted Sod, who wrote the libretto for the show.  We also play “Come Closer” and “The Kiss”, both from the show!

Visit http://www.nymf.org/Show-65.html for more information about the show and to get tickets!

Top of the Trades

Stephanie J. Block & Annaleigh Ashford join Wicked starting Oct. 9!  Wicked is performed at the Gershwin Theatre, 222 West 51st Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.wickedthemusical.com..

The new Stephen Sondheim musical revue Being Alive to open Philadelphia Theatre Company’s 07/08 season!  Conceived and directed by award-winning musical theater performer Billy Porter, Being Alive blends the songs of Stephen Sondheim with the poetry of William Shakespeare to tell the universal story of man’s seven ages in African-American musical idioms including soul, jazz, blues, R&B, hip-hop, and gospel.  Featuring such songs as “Anyone Can Whistle”, “Send in the Clowns”, “Pretty Women”, “Children Will Listen”, and “Being Alive”!

For more information about the show and the rest of the season visit: http://www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/

The eight-time Tony Award-winning original musical, Spring Awakening, has recouped its $6-million capitalization. Variety reports that strong summer sales helped the show’s return-rate and producer Ira Pittelman, says the musical has an advance between $3.5 and $4 million. For more information and tickets visit www.springawakening.com.

Eve Best, who was nominated for a Tony Award last season for her Broadway bow in the Kevin Spacey revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten, will be joining the cast of the upcoming revival of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming.  She will be co-starring with Ian McShane, Raúl Esparza and Michael McKeanDaniel Sullivan will direct the 20-week limited engagement, which will run through April 13, 2008.

Dolly Parton told Los Angeles radio listeners Aug. 28 that 9 to 5, the new musical for which she has penned songs, will open on Broadway in spring 2009.

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