|This week we talk to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Algeria Hudes, the writers of the new musical "In the Heights" and play some songs from the show. We also profile the plays "The Sublet Experiment" and "Bill W. and Dr. Bob." Marty Cooper talks about the little-seen "Moby Dick The Musical", Plus, we help to celebrate the Oberon Theatre Ensemble's 10th season and more!|
In the Heights
This week we interview two of the creators of the new musical “In the Heights.” Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the music and lyrics, and Quiara Algeria Hudes, who wrote the book joined us in the studio to discuss the process that went into creating a new musical, and they brought along live recordings of songs “In the Heights” and “It Won’t Be Long.”
“In the Heights” is a musical about three days in the life of residents of Washington Heights. The story is told from the perspective of Usnavi, the owner of the corner bodega, and covers the challenges and joys of the Latino community.
Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the first draft of “In the Heights” while still in college at Wesleyan University, and in 2005 he won the Georgia Holof Lyricist Award at the O’Neil Music Theater Conference. He also has composed music for campaign commercials for Fernando Ferrer and Eliot Spitzer. He is also a member of the hip-hop comedy group Freestyle Love Supreme.
Quiara Alegria Hudes attended Yale (BA) and Brown (MFA) and her plays include “Elliot,” “A Soldier’s Fugue,” “Yemaya’s Belly,” and “The Adventures of Barrio Grrrl!”
“In the Heights” is playing through June 3rd at 37 Arts Theatre. For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com
On the Boards
The Sublet Experiment
We profile the play “The Sublet Experiment.” And talk to writer Ethan Youngerman and director Michelle Tattenbaum.
“The Sublet Experiment” is a romantic comedy with a twist. It’s set in a real New York City apartment and each weekend the location changes. The play moves from neighborhood to neighborhood and is performed for an audience of 12 at a time. The play is about two young people who find each other on the way to finding themselves.
Michelle Tattenbaum has worked at MTC, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, and Williamstown just to name a few. She is a member of the First Look Theatre Company and is a two time Drama League Directing Fellow.
Ethan Youngerman received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU. His plays have been workshopped/performed at MTC, The Hanger Theater, Irish Arts Center, PSNBC, and Brooklyn Rep. His screenplay “Is He For Real” is currently in pre-production and he is a writer for the second season of theburg.tv.
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March 19th- Nothing Like a Dame Benefit by BC/EFA for the Phylis Newman Women’s Health Initiative. For more info visit www. Broadwaycares.org
March 19th- The Roundabout’s Spring Gala: Beyond the Velvet Rope to benefit the Roundabout. For more info visit www.roundabouttheatre.org/gala.htm
March 26th- Legends of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts honoring Charles Duning, Gena Rowlands, and Anne Bancroft. For more info visti www.aada.com
The Best of Company
Oberon Theatre Ensemble
This week we also profile the Oberon Theatre Ensemble, which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. We talk to Artistic Director Brad Frymn and actor William Laney. We discuss their new productions of “Sweet Love, Adieu” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Plus, as a special treat we play two songs from “The Merry Wives of Windsor”: “Windsor” and “This Love” by Mickey Zetts .
The Oberon Theatre Ensemble combines classic, contemporary, and new plays in order to best highlight each work. According to their website: We juxtapose new against old in a single evening or in a repertory schedule, with our ensemble of actors and directors nimbly jumping from one world to another to draw our audiences fully into the experience. We believe in the joy of a well told story, the connection offered by a supportive community, and the magic of the theatre.
To find out more and to purchase tickets click here .
On the Positive Side
This week Marty discusses the 1993 West End production of “Moby Dick, the Musical” produced by Cameron Macintosh.
“Moby Dick, the Musical” is the story of an all-girls school that is being forced to close due to lack of funds. To save the school the girls come up with the idea to put on a musical based on “Moby Dick.” For more information visit the website http://mobydickthemusical.com .
On the Boards
Bill W. and Dr. Bob
We profile the new play “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” and interview playwright Steve Bergman and director Rick Lombardo.
“Bill W. and Dr. Bob” is a comedy about the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1929 by a stockbroker and a surgeon. It stars Patrick Husted and Robert Krakovski.
Stephen Bergman was a doctor at Harvard Medical School for thirty years and wrote under the pen-name of “Samuel Shem.” His plays “Room for One Woman” and “Napoleon’s Dinner” were produced off-off Broadway and his novels have sold over two million copies.
Rick Lombardo is New Rep’s Producing Artistic Director for the tenth year. At New Rep he has directed “Romeo and Juliet,” “Into the Woods,” “Quills,” and “Approaching Moomtaj” among others.
“Bill W. and Dr. Bob” is playing at New World Stages through August 19th. For tickets please visit telecharge . The play was developed by Boston’s New Rep , and had a record-breaking run there last year.
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