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…
On Thursday, February 19 and Friday, February 20, the York Theatre Company will present readings of the show. Hunter Foster is directing and Vadim Feichtner is back on board as our MD. Casting and more information will be coming soon. Be on the lookout!
I’m SO happy to get back to work on this show and Karlan & I can’t wait to share it once again!
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!
Thanks to Joe Barros, Laura Brandel, and everyone at the New York Theatre Barn for welcoming us back to the D-Lounge. Big thanks to director Ethan Heard, music director Rich Silverstein, and musicians Chris Blacker, Michael Blancaflor, David White, and Andrew Zinsmeister.
We can’t wait to finish this show and share it again sometime soon!