NYMF's FABLE Comes to 54 Below Tonight
H. S. Kaufman (Book) and Christopher Anselmo (Music and Lyrics) are twenty year-old artists who have written FABLE, a highly anticipated and groundbreaking musical about what some might describe as a soul-searching and terrifying milestone in the American culture - High School Graduation.
NYMF's most popular presentation, FABLE will play at Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center Tuesday, July 22 through Sunday, July 27.
NYMF has begun adding performances. Thursday, July 24 at 5:00pm is the first; Sunday, July 27 at 1:00pm is the second; with more to follow.
Composer/Lyricist Christopher Anselmo has been selected as a participant in the prestigious 2014 NYMF/ASCAP Musical Songwriting Workshop, which runs in New York from Monday, July 14 through Sunday, July 20.
Mr. Anselmo and Mr. Kaufman (Book) have been scooped up by 54 Below (254 West 54 Street) where they will perform their FRIENDSHIP, FABLES AND FUN: A NIGHT WITH CHRIS AND HARRISON for one night only - TONIGHT, July 17 at 11:30pm.
The FABLE project and its creators are on fire. The graduating Class of 2014 is heading towards the Broadway Season of 2016.
ABOUT FABLE - Entitled FABLE, it fabulously rejects the life stories we have all been COUNSELED to adopt and exhilaratingly elevates the ones we INSIST on writing ourselves. This is a new musical about a new generation who has decided to do it their way - all the way - no matter what. This is also a musical written by two wondrously creative twenty year olds about people with whom they are very familiar - eighteen year olds - on the cusp of everything. Mr. Kaufman and Mr. Anselmo are the youngest artists ever to be invited to be a part of NYMF.
Produced by The New York Musical Theatre Festival, Christopher Mirto and Reed Ridgley, directed and choreographed by the critically acclaimed renegade mastermind, Jen Wineman, FABLE will open at Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street - between 9th & 10th Avenues) on TUESDAY, JULY 22nd and play through SUNDAY, July 27th.
FABLE'S STORY - John, Richie, Chelsea, Emmy and Amelia are five members of the Class of 2014. They are the future of the world. Or so they have been led to believe. They have been groomed, educated, poised, conditioned, coached, trained, educated and indoctrinated by those who have issued the passports to their futures. They are, as we meet them, at a graduation party at John's house that is being crashed by many fellow graduates; one of which turns out to be very beautiful, mysterious, confrontational and a bomb waiting for detonation. These kids are standing on the corner of Future Possibility Avenue and Missed Opportunity Road. And they know it. As the realization that the stories they were told by their parents, teachers and guidance counselors are pure fiction sets in, the daunting task of self-awareness and self-definition is becoming an obvious life-jacket. In the meantime they are all looking for love.
During the musical's exuberant 100 minutes the following subjects are explored, considered, rejected and/or embraced: male virginity, female promiscuity, awkward sex, college, the past, the future, responsibility, honesty, family and lack thereof, parenting and lack thereof, alcohol, short term goals, long term plans, the reason for underage drinking and love.
These six characters are about to write the first page of their Autobiographies. Not so daunting; they have survived American High School.
THE CREATIVE STAFF - Jen Wineman is the director and choreographer. H. S. Kaufman has authored the Book. Christopher Anselmo has composed the Music and penned the Lyrics. Karen Dryer is the Musical Director. Orchestrations are by Asher Denburg. Scenery is by Deb O. Costumes are by Elizabeth Barrett Groth. Lighting is by Alan C. Edwards. Sound is by Jessica Paz.
THE PLAYERS - Dan Rosales is John. Michael Luwoye is Richie. Alex Walton is Tucker. Gerianne Perkins is Chelsea. Marissa O'Donnell is Emmy. Madison Micucci is Amelia.
THE BAND - Guitar - Jeff Barone. Bass - Don Lieber. Violin/Viola - Edward W. Hardy. Drums - RJ Raybin.
THE THEATRE - Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center - 480 West 42nd Street - between 9th & 10th Avenues
THE NEW PLAYING SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, July 22 at 8:00pm
Thursday, July 24 at 1:00pm
Thursday, July 24 at 5:00pm
Friday, July 25 at 1:00pm
Saturday, July 26 at 9:00pm
Sunday, July 27 at 1:00pm
Sunday, July 27 at 5:00pm
TICKETS: $25; Buy on line: NYMF.org; Buy by Phone: 212-3523101.
Pictured: Cast Location Photography by Allegra Leal