Carla Stickler, Billy Harrington Tighe, Adam Kaplan & More Will Star in Industry Preview of Drew Overcash's New Musical BOYS VS GIRLS, 3/25
Last Call Theatricals will present a special 75-minute Industry-Only Preview of a new musical, BOYS VS GIRLS, written by Drew Overcash, directed & choreographed by Josh Rhodes (Cinderella) on Tuesday March 25th at 12:30pm and 3:30pm at Pearl Studios (500 Eighth Avenue). The cast will feature Carla Stickler (Wicked, Mamma Mia), Brent Diroma (Jersey Boys, Avenue Q), Billy Harrington Tighe (Pippin, Wicked, La Cage Aux Folles), Adam Kaplan (Newsies) and Merissa Czyz (Hair). William Demaniow will serve as Musical Director.
Boys Vs. Girls takes a look at how boys and girls react differently to the situations of love, loss, sex and identity during high school. It is not the literal act of boys and girls attacking one another, but rather the psychological differences going head to head. It also pays homage to the films of the 90's romantic comedy genre in its speech and humor. After their mother's death, Adam, the popular class president, and his twin sister Katie, the loner, tutor girl have driven themselves into completely different worlds. When Katie starts to tutor Adam's friend and class stud Daniel Fallon, the twin's lives collide. They are forced to not only come to terms with each other, but with themselves.
Drew Overcash's music was most recently performed to a packed house at The Highline Ballroom. His music has been heard around the city at venues such as Joe's Pub, The Pershing Square Signature Center, 54 Below, Birdland and (le) Poisson Rouge. He acts as a co-producer for "Spotlight on St. Jude" - an annual event that brings the Broadway Community together to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Now in its third year, the event raised over $101,000 for the hospital last year and they are looking to double that this year. Currently, he acts as the orchestrator for Mark Perry's Twelfth Night - an '80s adaptation of the classic Shakespearean play - and Bobby Cronin's award-winning new musical Til Death Do Us Part. His other musicals, Joe, To You With Love, Rhapsody and 13 Miles, are all currently under development.
Josh Rhodes most recently choreographed the Broadway productions Cinderella and First Date. Josh has had the great pleasure of choreographing for some of musical theater's best actors and some of the dance world's greatest dancers. His choreography has been featured on film, television, and in theaters all across the country. After performing in seven Broadway musicals, being the associate choreographer on Broadway shows like The Drowsy Chaperone and the workshop of American Idiot, Josh branched off to create his own work. Josh has been able to create very exciting work all over the country. Broadway: Three Generations at The Kennedy Center allowed Josh to choreograph three drastically different styles with productions of Girl Crazy, Bye Bye Birdie, and Side Show. Sondheim: The Birthday Concert with the New York Philharmonic was a chance to choreograph for American Ballet Theatre's Maria Riccetto, and Blaine Hoven. He choreographed the newly revised production of Working with new music by Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago and The Old Globe. Other credits include the Ravinia production of Annie Get Your Gun starring Patti LuPone, They're Playing Our Song starring Jason Alexander and Stephanie J. Block at Reprise in Los Angeles, the new musical Academy at the Maltz Jupiter Theater, Dreamgirls, The Full Monty, and Hairspray at The North Carolina Theater, 1776 at the Papermill Playhouse, and Beautiful Girls starring Donna McKechnie and Marin Mazzie at The Manhattan School of Music. The film and stage version of Company starring Neil Patrick Harris gave Josh some of his best reviews. After the success at Lincoln Center, Josh's choreography for Company was featured on the 2011 Tony Awards. Josh was blessed with the chance to take over Jerry Mitchell's annual Broadway Bares. Josh directed and created both Strip-opoly and Masterpiece! to great success. For Westport Playhouse Josh directed They're Playing Our Songs as a celebration to the theater's long history and a tribute to Bernadette Peters. Josh also directed The Man Behind The Iron Mask, and Joseph..., and the reading of Emma Woodhouse's Single Girls Guide.
Richard H Blake and Michael Balderrama (Last Call Theatrical LLC) are Broadway veterans with over 40 years of experience and almost 20 Broadway shows between them. In that time they have worked with and learned from some of the most talented and successful producers, directors, choreographers and writers that Broadway has ever seen, from David Stone to Des McAnuff and Michael Jackson to Twyla Tharp. As they continue to perform, direct and choreograph they have tackled producing head on. With their new company, Last Call Theatricals, they hope to bring a young, fresh, hands-on experienced point of view to the world of theatrical producing.
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