FIRST DATE to Raise Funds for Operation Smile Via Online Auction
Broadway's First Date, the critically acclaimed new musical comedy starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, will hold an online auction to raise funds for Operation Smile through FirstDateAuction.com. In addition to celebrating the release of their Original Broadway Cast Album tonight with a one night only cabaret at Broadway's nightclub, 54 Below where all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Operation Smile, the show will auction off several one-of-a-kind items and experiences to benefit the organization. Zachary Levi is a longtime supporter and Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe.
Experiences and items up for auction include a First Date Date Night (2 tickets to the show, pre-show dinner, backstage meet and greet with the cast after the show, and a signed window card), a personalized voicemail recorded by "Reggie" (Kristoffer Cusick) and various wardrobe items including wigs and costume pieces worn during the show.
The Cast Album of First Date, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, debuted at number 1 on the iTunes Soundtrack chart and was the highest ranking new cast album on the Billboard charts at its debut. The Album is available digitally on iTunes and at Amazon.com, and is now exclusively available at the Longacre Theatre. Executive produced by Altar Identity Studios,the CD, released by Yellow Sound Label, will be available in stores and everywhere music is sold today, Tuesday, October 15, 2013. With a book by Austin Winsberg, First Date is directed by Bill Berry, has musical staging by Josh Rhodes, with orchestrations by August Eriksmoen and musical supervision, vocal and incidental arrangements by Dominick Amendum.
FIRST DATE stars Zachary Levi as Aaron and Krysta Rodriguez as Casey, features Sara Chase, Kristoffer Cusick, Blake Hammond, Kate Loprest and Bryce Ryness, and the cast also includes Eric Ankrim, Kevin Kern, Vicki Noon and Sydney Shepherd. First Date began performances Tuesday, July 9, 2013, and opened Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Broadway'sLongacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street).
When tightly wound Aaron (Zachary Levi) is set up with serial-dater Casey (Krysta Rodriguez) a quick drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious, high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds they are not alone on this date as Casey and Aaron's inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons and the wait staff get into the act. Dinner is served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. First Date is Broadway's new hysterical and hopeful new musical about the chances we take to find love.