New Musical It's A Hit! Schemes into FringeNYC, Aug. 11-20

Inspired by their Off-Broadway debut, authors David Weinstein, Melissa Levis, and Beth Saulnier return to the 10th annual New York Fringe Festival with It's A Hit!  The show runs August 11th through August 20th. 

Jeb K. Rand presents this killer new musical comedy about a conniving producer, aging diva, blackmailed soap star, mafioso investor, and despised critic who are all "dying" for a hit. Weinstein, Levis, and Saulnier wrote The Joys of Sex, which won the Audience Favorite and Best Director awards at the Fringe in 2002 and launched a bidding war between several leading Off-Broadway producers. The Joys of Sex transferred Off-Broadway and was the final show to play The Variety Arts Theatre.

The cast includes Broadway veterans Donald Corren (Souvenir, Torch Song Trilogy), Joanna Glushak (Hairspray, Sweet Smell of Success, Les Mis), Rob Barnes (Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair), and Kenny Morris (Hairspray, Les Mis). Alicia Sable recently played Gretchen Moll's sister in the film The Notorious Bettie Page. Billy Wheelan just closed The Butcherhouse Chronicles at the SPF festival. These six actors double and triple to play over thirteen roles in this lighthearted mystery musical.

Lyricist Melissa Levis and her sister, Tajlei Levis, a fellow Fringe lyricist (A Time to Be Born) are the nieces of beloved playwright, Wendy Wasserstein. Levis is an alumni of Brown Univesity, the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU. Composer David Weinstein has scored numerous independent films as well as arranged, conducted, and produced for multiple Broadway celebrities. Bookwriter Beth Saulnier has published seven titles with Warner Books/Mysterious Press. Her latest book, The Mortician's Daughter, comes out in August under the pseudonym Elizabeth Bloom.

The show is directed by Julie Kramer, choreographed by Allison Easter, with music direction by Eugene Gwozdz.

For reservations, call 212-279-4488 or visit www.fringenyc.org. All seats are $15. It plays: Friday, August 11th at 5:00 PM, Sunday, August 13th at 7:15 PM, Monday, August 14th at 7:45 PM, Tuesday, August 15th at 2:00 PM and Sunday, August 20th at 4:45 PM.

The Village Theatre is located at 158 Bleeker Street at Thompson Street. Visit www.itsahitmusical.com for more information.


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