Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell
Directed by David Edwards
Music Direction by Austin Cook
Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre and to the joy of collaboration. The musical received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009.
"Sly, sassy inspired." — Entertainment Weekly
"Immensely likeable." — The New Yorker
"Bottomless reservoir of fun." — Amazon.com
ASHLEY BROOK (Susan) Playhouse on Park Debut! National Tour/Las Vegas Premiere: Jen THE D* WORD; NY Venus/Adonis festival: Kate ZUCCOTTI PARK; Allentown Shakespeare in the Park: Bianca OTHELLO; Stage Door Theatre: Debbi OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES. Proud graduate of the Circle in the Square Theatre School.
MILES JACOBY* (Jeff) Playhouse on Park Debut! Broadway: Elder Price Standby THE BOOK OF MORMON; First National Tours: Elder Price Standby THE BOOK OF MORMON, Bob Gaudio JERSEY BOYS; Other favorite roles in and out of New York: The Flea Theater: Hyllus THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES; Roger RENT; Floyd Collins FLOYD COLLINS; Bernard ARCADIA. Thanks to Kat, my family, and Avalon for your love and support.
AMANDA FORKER (Heidi) is thrilled to be back at Playhouse on Park! Playhouse on Park: Mrs. Pinkerton PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL; ArtsPower National touring Theater: Hen/Mother Bird ARE YOU MY MOTHER; Two Bean Productions: Miss Nelson/Viola Swamp MISS NELSON IS MISSING; La Comedia Dinner Theatre: Miss Andrews DISNEY'S MARY POPPINS.
PEEJ MELE (Hunter) Playhouse on Park: Peter PINKALICIOUS! Bobby A CHORUS LINE, JUNIE B. JONES, HAIR, FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, and this season's MAMA D'S CHRISTMAS STOCKING. Writing: GRUDGICAL: THE JAPANESE HORROR MUSICAL with Aaron Michael Krueger. Gettysburg College: BA Japanese Studies/Theatre Arts. Peej would like to thank the original [tos] team for all the Shrinky Dinks and Rice Krispie treats, and his tuxedo cat, Jeffrey, for his perpetual support. Also thanks to PBL&M and everyone at Playhouse on Park for making dreams come true. www.peejmele.com
DAVID EDWARDS (Director) makes his Playhouse on Park debut as director with [title of show]. As an actor, he is a veteran of over 150 credits from Broadway (BY JEEVES, THE ROTHSCHILDS, THE PRODUCERS), to Off-Broadway (THE FANTASTICKS, ROOM SERVICE, IONESCOPADE), regional theatres, film and tv. Recently, he was nominated for a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his direction of SOUTH PACIFIC at Ivoryton Playhouse. Other directing credits include multiple productions of THE PRODUCERS and SOUTH PACIFIC, SHOWBOAT, MAN OF LA MANCHA (Broadway World nomination), Neil Simon's RUMORS and THE LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS, Dan Goggin's MESHUGGAH-NUNS, Agatha Christie's THE UNEXPECTED GUEST, Connor McPherson's THE SEAFARER, BY JEEVES (Oscar Wilde Award nomination), and the world premiere of BITTERSUITE: SONGS OF MORE EXPERIENCE at such theatres as Westchester Broadway Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, Surflight Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse, Gretna Theatre, Florida Repertory, Centenary Stage, and Gateway Playhouse. Visit www.davidedwardsonline.com.
*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity, the profession union for actors and stage managers.