It’s the first day of rehearsal!
This spring, Julia and I get to head down to Philly on the weekends to work on PIED! at the University of the Arts. We’ve got a cast of 11 wonderful students working with director Ben Kamine and music director Christopher Tolomeo to bring the show to life.
And, if you’re in the Philly area, check out the Polyphone Festival at the Merriam Theatre in March! We’ll be kicking the festival off with PIED! on Tuesday, March 24 – but that week will also include performances of THE THREEPENNY OPERA, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Cesar Alvarez’s ELEMENTARY SPACETIME SHOW!, and Stew & Heidi Rodewald’s THE TOTAL BENT. 5 shows, 5 days, $5!
More info to come…
I had the best time watching a chunk of the show get up on its feet for the first time. After 5 hours of rehearsal, we presented 15 minutes for an enthusiastic crowd. Thanks to Portia Krieger and Rich Silverstein for leading the way, along with our wonderful cast – Libby Servais as Anita, Sam Heldt as Tommy, Dana Steingold as Mary Ann Mobley (RIP)/Sandra Bryant/Lisa-the-meanest-girl, Amy Linden as Joanne Lucille “Runner Up” McDonald/Kay/Sharon, and Adam Stasiw as Bert “Emotionally Putting Out a Cigarette” Parks/Dick Clark/Sister Dorothy.
If you don’t know about the Musical Theatre Factory, check them out! It’s an all-volunteer-run organization that is fully devoted to nurturing new musicals, run by the fearlessly wonderful Shakina Nayfack. Go see a show there, volunteer to tend bar or usher, or (best of all) give them money!
Come on down to the Musical Theatre Factory on Monday night for a slice of PIED!
Julia and I are so excited to present an excerpt of the show, up on its feet for the first time, as part of this month’s installment of 4×15 on Monday, December 15 at 8:30pm. Directed by Portia Krieger and with music direction by Rich Silverstein, the 15-minute excerpt will feature Dana Steingold, Sam Heldt, Libby Servais, Adam Stasiw, andAmy Linden (L-R, pictured above.)
The evening will feature 15-minute excerpts of four new musicals (including shows by our friends Andrea Lepcio and Bill Nelson) with some industry feedback after each presentation. It should be a fun night with a fun, new company devoted to new musicals!
Get your tickets here!
It’s time to get PIED! again!
On December 15, a staged excerpt of the show will be included in 4×15 at the Musical Theatre Factory. After our first reading in July at Ars Nova, Julia and I are really excited to get 15 minutes worth of the show up on its feet. Details are still to come, but mark your calendars now!
Listen to songs from the show here to prepare!