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Podcast Vol. 311: April 23, 2009

Grab our newest episode for Theatre Music, Interviews, Commentary and more! We talk to people involved in Babel Theatre Project's CHRISTMAS IS MILES AWAY, MTWorks premiere production of THE OATH and The Flux Theatre Ensemble's staging of PRETTY THEFT. We also hear a song from Groovelily's new musical, SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES and Marty Cooper discusses 9 to 5 in On the Positive Side.

On the Boards

Pretty Theft

prettytheft.jpgWe have playwright Adam Szymkowicz and director Angela Astle in the studio to discuss the unique formation of this new play, as well as it’s themes on theft, both physical and artistic.

Here is what the Flux Theatre website says about the show:

Flux’s 2009/10 Season begins with Adam Szymkowicz’s Pretty Theft, a play about ballerinas, boxes and the dangers of beauty. After losing her father, Allegra falls under the wing of bad girl Suzy, only to find an unexpected friendship with Joe, an autistic savant. When things between them take a violent turn, Allegra and Suzy escape cross country and befriend Marco, a mysterious thief who claims he cannot be caught. Newest Flux member Angela Astle stages this unsettling comedy from the critically acclaimed playwright of Nerve, Food for Fish and Incendiary.

PRETTY THEFT runs from April 23rd through May 17th

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The Callboard

Playwrights for Pets Benefit to Feature Works by Dudley, Guilford-Blake, Kimberlin, Silverman and Vela

Playwrights for Pets, the organization dedicated to “making theater to benefit animals in need,” will present an evening of five staged readings May 19 at Animal Haven in Manhattan.

Titled Between Man & Beast, the evening will feature works penned by playwrights Bill Dudley, Evan Guilford-Blake, V.E. Kimberlin, Judd Lear Silverman and Ed Vela. The ensemble of actors will include James Arden, Kaseem Bristow, Eric Hunt, Bellavia Mauro, Jonna McElrath and Annie Pesch. Show time is 7:30 PM.

The plays scheduled to be read are A Lovely Moon by Evan Guilford-Blake, in which “a reasonable woman, longing for a change, brings her best friend to meet the new ‘creature’ in her life”; God Dog by Ed Vela, the story of “a suicidal writer talked off a ledge by a rather verbal, intellectual dog”; Identity Crisis by V.E. Kimberlin, a play in which a “couple question their own sexual identities once their kitten provides an unexpected surprise”; The Bride by Judd Lear Silverman, a tale based on a true story about “a boy from a small tribe in Eastern India who has been married off to a neighbor’s dog for his own protection”; and Parrots of the Caribbean by Bill Dudley, a raucous comedy about “a pirate ship, a kidnapped contessa, a pirate captain in a quandary and a young deckhand who gets a most unlikely promotion.”

All proceeds go to Animal Haven, the animal shelter/adoption center that cares for dogs and cats.

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D’Abruzzo, Carvajal, Hansen and Harmon Set for Untitled 3D: What Do You See? May 11

Avenue Q Tony nominee Stephanie D’Abruzzo and Celina Carvajal will take part in the New York Theatre Barn’s evening of new musicals, Untitled 3D: What Do You See?, on May 11.

The 7:30 PM evening, which features live performances from three new musicals, will also include a screening of rehearsal footage. The concert will showcase the musicals Punk (book by Will Brumley, music/lyrics by Brooke Fox and Kurt Gellersted), Group Therapy (book by Rebekah Melocik and Christy Hall, music/lyrics by Rebekah Melocik) and Like You Like It (book/lyrics by Sammy Buck, music by Daniel Acquisto).

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Lou Diamond Phillips to Star in York Theatre Company Reading of Dillinger: Public Enemy Number One

The York Theater Company will continue its Developmental Reading Series May 7 with a free reading of the new musical Dillinger: Public Enemy Number One.

Directed by Michael Unger, the 3 PM reading will boast the talents of stage and screen star Lou Diamond Phillips in the title role as well as Natalie Bradshaw, E. Clayton Cornelious, Jason Griffith, Jimmy Ludwig, Darren Matthias, Brooke Sunny Moriber, Eric Morris, Jennifer Prescott and Megan Sikora.

Dillinger: Public Enemy Number One features a book by Joel Gross and music and lyrics by Paul Aleman.

In this new musical, press notes state, “Jimmy Morgan, a young reporter in Depression-era Chicago, goes undercover with John Dillinger, the iconic gangster, and succumbs to his corrupting influence. Worse, Jimmy falls in love with Dillinger’s girl, Polly, never realizing that it is Dillinger himself who is pulling the strings of their love triangle; all part of the gangster’s plan to use Jimmy’s life as his ticket to freedom.”

The reading will be presented at the York’s home at The Theatre at Saint Peter’s on 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue. Although the reading is free, reservations are required by emailing Jeff Landsman at (include name, phone number, the show’s title and the number of tickets) or by calling (212) 935-5824, ext. 24.

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Listening Room

Groovelily – Sleeping Beauty Wakes


Groovelily have released their newest Cast recording on PS Classics, and we listen to “The Wheel Goes Round” from that CD.

Pick up the CD at iTunes or Amazon

On the Boards

Christmas is Miles Away

The Babel Theatre Project is bringing this British play to New York, and we have Playwright Chloe Moss and Director Geordie Broadwater in the studio to discuss the show and the transition, as well as an off-topic diversion into the pop-culture reference of the moment, Susan Boyle.

Here is what their press release says about the show:

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For Christie, Luke and Julie, time just won’t stand still. The eighties turn into the nineties, foreign wars loom but with your walkman and The Smiths, at least there’s a soundtrack. In the US Premiere of her critically acclaimed play, Christmas is Miles Away, Chloe Moss takes on the inevitable and involuntary process of growing up, and asks: can you do it together, or does everyone grow up alone?

CHRISTMAS IS MILES AWAY runs from May 1st through May 21st

Visit their website at for more information.

On the Positive Side

Marty Cooper discusses the good and the bad of 9 to 5, as well as talks about how the current season is shaping up!

On the Boards

The Oath

theoath.jpgMTWorks enters their fourth season with this new play, and we have two of the actors, Sarah Chaney and Anthony Crep here to talk about THE OATH.

Here is what their website has to say about THE OATH:

Jacqueline Goldfingers’ The Oath is a Southern Gothic tragedy set in the midst of the Great Depression. A wandering preacher is ensnared in the political and social games of a rural Southern town ruled with a macabre sense of justice by two rival families.

THE OATH runs from April 23rd to May 10th.

For more information, visit their website at

Top of the Trades

Broadway Boys to Play Joe’s Pub on Mother’s Day

The Broadway Boys will bring their unique arrangements of Broadway tunes to Joe’s Pub for an afternoon concert on Mother’s Day.

The noon concert on May 10 will boast the talents of Michael James Scott, Maurice Murphy, Marty Thomas, Danny Calvert and the Broadway Boys founder and artistic director Jesse Nager.

In a statement Nager said, “We have created a fantastic show of Broadway tunes for our Joe’s Pub debut with some brand new arrangements and some of our ‘classics’ to be performed at this special matinee concert.”

Justin Paul will be the musical director for the concert.

Joe’s Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. There is a $20 cover charge; all mothers receive a $5 discount when ordering tickets ahead of time (use code JPTIXA2 when purchasing). Call (212) 539-8778 or visit

Les Miz Lyricist Compares Susan Boyle to Edith Piaf

susanboyle.jpgCameron Mackintosh, Patti LuPone and Elaine Paige have all expressed their views about “Britain’s Got Talent” contestant Susan Boyle’s rendition of the Les Misérables ballad “I Dreamed a Dream,” so it seems more than appropriate that the lyricist of the song should share his thoughts.

Alain Boublil, who, with composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, penned the score for Les Miz, told the New York Post, “I think of Edith Piaf. . . Piaf was a small woman who looked like nothing. And then she opened her mouth, and this beautiful sound came out.”

Boublil added, “You expect nothing and then [Boyle] opens her mouth and you get three or four of the most exciting moments I have ever seen on television. Act I: She arrives and everyone is laughing at her. Act II: She bowls them over. Act III: Everyone is out of their seats. . . .You cannot plan any of that. My wife was crying when she saw it. Even the most cynical people I know have been moved.” Read more HERE

Musical Vanities to Make NYC Bow at Off-Broadway’s Second Stage

Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre will produce the New York premiere of the new musical Vanities. The recently Broadway-bound production — featuring Lauren Kennedy, Sarah Stiles, and Anneliese van der Pol — will close out the not-for-profit company’s current season.

Judith Ivey directs the new musical penned by Jack Heifner (book) and David Kirshenbaum (music and lyrics), based on Heifner’s popular play about a trio of Texas cheerleaders and how they change (or don’t) over the years. Dan Knechtges (Xanadu, …Spelling Bee) handles musical staging. Previews will begin June 30 toward a July 16 opening. Performances will play to Aug. 9.

Vanities had been previously announced to play at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre but producers decided to postpone the New York bow in light of the troubled economy. Commercial producer Sue Frost stated April 15, “We are very pleased that Vanities has found a New York home at Second Stage Theatre. While our plans to open on Broadway were delayed because of the economy, the sudden opening in Second Stage’s season provides a fortuitous opportunity for New York audiences to see this exciting new American musical.” (The musical replaces the postponed run of Douglas Carter Beane’s world premiere play Mr. and Mrs. Fitch.)

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1 Comment on Podcast Vol. 311: April 23, 2009

  1. Exceptionally well conceived, directed and portrayed.

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