Instrumental Musical Dance Experience FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH Comes to NYC
NYC actor/producer/musician Christopher Bayon is proud to announce the world premiere of his new Off-Broadway musical, FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH. Under the musical direction of award-winning New York big band leader/composer, Seth Weaver, FWIW presents a unique portrayal of a love story told entirely through music and dance. Inspired by STOMP, the story pits jazz versus classical musicians in a musical battleground. When the jazz Trumpet player (Bayon) falls for the classical Violinist (Xiaoqing Zhang), will love be "instrumental" in bridging the two genres?
The world premiere of FWIW will be presented for a limited run, on Sunday, April 30th at 2 pm,Monday, May 1st at 7 pm, and Tuesday, May 2nd at 7 pm at Theatre 80 St. Marks in the East Village. Tickets can be purchased here! The show features top NYC-based musicians, including Grammy-nominated Jazz Saxophonist Thomas Hutchings, Manhattan School graduate Michael Brinzer as well as other talented artists who have performed leading roles in musicals and independent films across the U.S.
Bayon conceived of the musical from his own experience playing both music genres. He says, "I played classical and jazz music all my life and there's always been a separation of the two. This play is a great way to meld the two worlds and accept the music as one, instead of categorizing it as either classical or jazz."
For more info: ForWhatItsWorthNYC.com
FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH World Premiere!
Three performances only:
Sunday, April 30th at 2:00pm
Monday, May 1st at 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00pm
Theatre 80 St Marks
80 St. Marks Place
New York, NY 10003
About Producer and lead actor, Christopher Bayon:
Bayon has been acting and creating content as a filmmaker and playwright for the past 8 years in New York City. Originally from Langhorne, Pennsylvania, he earned a business degree from Gettysburg College and received the Wagnild scholarship for trumpet. After graduating, he moved to the Big Apple, attending the William Esper Studio from 2009-2011 and has been writing, producing, acting and directing ever since. He is also currently enrolled in the City University of New York Law School.
About Music Director and Composer Seth Weaver:
A world-renowned trombonist, vocalist, composer, band leader and educator, Seth Weaver wrote and arranged the score for FWIW. Having earned his Masters degree in jazz studies from the Manhattan School of Music, Weaver has been recognized both as an outstanding vocalist and trombonist throughout his life. Among his many prestigious awards are the Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Vocal Jazz Soloist, a top-three finalist in the International Trombone Association's J.J. Johnson Jazz Competition for two years, and winner of the American Trombone Workshop's National Jazz Competition in 2017. Weaver also leads a 17 piece swing band that performs regularly at the Iridium, Swing 46, Club Bonafide among other popular NYC jazz venues.