NOW.HERE.THIS. Performance to Benefit Vineyard Theatre, 6/19
The Developmental Lab Production of NOW.HERE.THIS. - the newest work from the creators and cast of the legendary musical [title of show] which begins performances on Saturday, June 4 at the Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) - will have a special performance to benefit the non-profit theatre company on Sunday, June 19th at 7:00pm followed by an afterparty with the artists. The special performance has been announced today by Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director of The Vineyard, where [title of show] had its Off-Broadway debut in 2006 prior to its Broadway engagement in 2008.
Tickets for the Sunday, June 19th benefit performance are $125 and include admission to an afterparty with the artists. Premium tickets are available for $175 and include preferred seating at the performance, admission to the afterparty and a pre-show toast. Also available are a limited number of $1,000 "co-host packages," which include 4 premium tickets to the pre-show toast, performance and afterparty, as well as a program credit as "event co-chair," and recognition live at the theatre. Tickets are available to purchase online at www.VineyardTheatre.org; by phone at 212-353-0303; or at the Vineyard Theatre Box Office - 108 East 15th Street.
A limited number of $60 performance-only tickets are also available by calling 212-353-0303.
NOW.HERE.THIS. is written by Hunter Bell and Susan Blackwell, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen. NOW.HERE.THIS. is based on a collaboration by Hunter Bell, Michael Berresse, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jeff Bowen and Larry Pressgrove. Musical direction and arrangements are by Larry Pressgrove. NOW.HERE.THIS. is directed by Michael Berresse, who along with Mr. Bowen and Mr. Bell won Village Voice Obie Awards for their work on [title of show].
It has been a thrill for The Vineyard to have the cast and creative team behind [title of show] - which The New Yorker called "a joy from start to finish" - return to The Vineyard to develop and launch their newest collaboration, NOW.HERE.THIS. - an original "theatri-concert" that investigates and celebrates living in the present, featuring autobiographical stories, songs, and a multi-piece band. According to Hunter, Jeff, Susan, Heidi, Michael and Larry, "the piece explores what goes down in the space between the past and the future, and how the universe conspires to bring people together." NOW. HERE. THIS. also promises to solve the mysteries of JCPenney plain pocket jeans, middle school talent shows, and the space time continuum.
Vineyard Theatre Labs are developmental productions which are not open for review.
[title of show] -- an enormously popular musical called "delectable entertainment" by The New York Times -- made its Off-Broadway debut at The Vineyard on February 15, 2006, and extended three times before reopening in a commercial Off-Broadway production at The Vineyard from July to October of that year. Two years later, [title of show] realized the dream come true depicted in the musical itself and moved uptown, opening on Broadway in July 2008.
Hunter Bell earned an OBIE Award, a Drama League nomination, and a 2009 Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical all for the original Broadway musical [title of show]. Other credits include the books for SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, BELLOBRATION! (137th Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus), and VILLAINS TONIGHT! (Disney Cruise Lines). Hunter is a co-creator of the web series the [title of show] show and has developed new works with ABC television, at the O'Neill Center and Ars Nova.