Christina Bianco to Star in Greg Edwards & Andy Sandberg's APPLICATION PENDING Readings, 11/11-12

Application Pending, a new comedy co-authored by Greg Edwards & Andy Sandberg, the writing team behind the upcoming Off-Broadway play Craving for Travel, will present invitation-only readings in New York on November 11th and 12th.

Directed by Tony Award winning producer Sandberg (Hair; The Last Smoker in America; Shida), the readings will feature Drama Desk nominee and YouTube sensation Christina Bianco (Newsical; Forbidden Broadway; "The Ellen Degeneres Show") in all forty roles.

Application Pending is a one-actor, forty-character play about the hilariously cutthroat kindergarten admissions process at a New York private school. One actress portrays rookie admissions officer Christine and all of the wild personalities that she has to deal with on her first day on the job.

Greg Edwards (Co-Author) has written lyrics for Neurosis: A New Musical (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse); book and lyrics for Taking the Plunge (NYMF, Samuel French OOB Festival), The Temptation of Lady Amsterdam (Prospect Musical Theatre Lab), and Office Space: The Musical (Yale); the script for Craving for Travel (with Andy Sandberg); and assorted songs with Marvin Hamlisch (White House Governors' Dinner, Mr. Hamlisch's holiday tour). Honors and approximations thereof include the BMI Harrington Award and the Fred Ebb Award (two-time finalist). Edwards is a graduate of Yale University. For more information: www.GregEd.com.

Andy Sandberg (Co-Author; Director) recently directed the world premiere of Shida (Ars Nova; nominated for four AUDELCO Awards, including Best Director and Best Musical), the world premiere ofOperation Epsilon (nominated for three 2013 Elliot Norton Awards) at Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA, and the New York premiere of The Last Smoker in America (Westside Theatre), having previously directed the world premiere at CATCO (Columbus, Ohio). Sandberg is the co-author and director of Craving for Travel, also with Greg Edwards. He has been represented on Broadway and London's West End as a producer of HAIR (2009 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Awards) and the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man (2012 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Nominations). Other New York directing credits include Zelda at the Oasis (St. Luke's Theatre), R.R.R.E.D. and Bernice Bobs Her Mullet (NYMF), Into the Woods and A Funny Thing...Forum (Blue Hill Troupe), "Eli's Comin' to Broadway," a BC/EFA benefit hosted by Nathan Lane (Lincoln Center), and multiple workshops, benefits, and readings. As producer: A Perfect Future(Cherry Lane Theatre); Paradise Found (Menier Chocolate Factory, London; dir. Hal Prince and Susan Stroman); and Vigil (DR2 Theatre). In 2007, Sandberg worked with Hal Prince on the Broadway production of LoveMusik. For more information, visit: www.AndySandberg.com. Twitter: @Andy_Sandberg.

Christina Bianco (Christine, et. al.) is a Drama Desk and MAC Award nominated actress, singer, and impressionist. Bianco became a worldwide YouTube sensation with her diva impression videos going viral. Christina's rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" got the attention of millions, which immediately led to an appearance performing on "The Ellen Degeneres Show." Christina also just sold out a critically acclaimed extended run headlining at London's famed Hippodrome. In New York, Christina recently starred Off-Broadway in Newsical the Musical and Forbidden Broadway Goes To Rehab (Drama Desk Award Nomination). She can be heard on both original cast recordings. Christina originated the role of Dora in the long-running National Tour of Dora The Explorer Live, including a sold-out run at Radio City Music Hall. Other NY credits include: Raffi On Broadway (Gershwin Theatre), Forbidden Broadway Dances With The Stars, and Tony and Tina's Wedding (Tina). As a MAC Award nominated cabaret artist, Bianco performed weekly in an unprecedented eight-month run of 11 O'Clock Numbers at Feinstein's at Loew's Regency. She has performed her acclaimed solo show, Diva Moments, to sold out crowds in NYC at Birdland, regionally in Chicago and Baltimore, abroad in London (Hippodrome) and on various international cruise ships. Christina frequently performs in concert as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She has sung with R&B star Deborah Cox, guest starred on "The Jerry Lewis Telethon" and performed on NBC's The Today Show. Christina has recently been interviewed by and performed for the following entertainment news media outlets: HuffPost Live, ABC, NPR, VH1 and Pix 11. www.ChristinaBianco.com.


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