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Photo Coverage: Ann E. Wrecksick Opens at Ars Nova

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Ann E. Wrecksick & The Odyssey of the Bulimic Orphans, "a delightful, heartfelt, song and dance journey that takes several orphans on a quest for love, acceptance and the perfect diet," opened at Ars Nova (511 W. 54th St.) on Monday, February 20th (with original Annie star Andrea McArdle in attendance).  The musical will play 7 performances more through Sunday, March 19th.

Written by Bare actor Scott Allgauer and Bare composer Damon Intrabartolo with music and lyrics by Intrabartolo and direction by Kristin Hanggi (who directed the New York premiere of Bare), the musical "tells the tale of several husky, un-adoptable orphans and their redheaded ringleader. The orphans are faced with the irrefutable pressure to stay thin...after all, no one wants to adopt a fat kid! Join Ann E. and her friends on this delightful, heartfelt, song and dance journey through a world of debilitating eating disorders, acute cocaine addiction, overt lesbian pedophilia, and taxidermy too!," according to press notes.

The cast features Scott Allgauer, J. Cameron Barnett, Beth Curry, Byron St. Cyr, Joey Dudding, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Amy Goldberger, Karen Katz, Caroline McMahon, Eddie Pendergraft, and Sandy Rustin. Ann E. Wrecksick features choreography by Kelly Devine (choreographic assistant on Jersey Boys).

Tickets are $20. To purchase, call SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or go to www.SmartTix.com.


Andrea McArdle and the cast of Ann E. Wrecksick


Andrea McArdle and the cast of Ann E. Wrecksick


Andrea McArdle and the cast of Ann E. Wrecksick


Andrea McArdle and the cast of Ann E. Wrecksick


Andrea McArdle and the cast of Ann E. Wrecksick


Andrea McArdle and the cast of Ann E. Wrecksick


The cast of Ann E. Wrecksick


The cast of Ann E. Wrecksick


The cast of Ann E. Wrecksick


Richard Jay-Alexander and Robert Diamond


Guido Getz and Brendan Daw


Jayson Raitt, Avenue Q's Jeff Marx, and Jack DePalma


Joey Dudding, Beth Curry, and Max von Essen


Daniel Reichard and choreographer Kelly Devine


Caroline McMahon and J. Cameron Barnett


At the back: Kristin Hanggi (director), Danny Feldman (LA producer), Eric Anderson (LA producer) , Damon Intrabartolo, Kelly Devine and Daniel Miles (LA producer); At the front: Marco Morante (costume designer) and Scott Allgauer


Kristin Hanggi, Damon Intrabartolo, and Eric Anderson


Damon Intrabartolo and Eric Anderson


The cast of Ann E. Wrecksick


Scott Allgauer and Damon Intrabartolo


Andrea McArdle and Scott Allgauer


Steve Saporito and Jason Eagan (producer, Ars Nova)


Daniel Miles, Ed Stone (director/writer Griffin and Phoenix with Amanda Peet and Dermot Mulrooney), and Kelly Devine (choreographer)

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.


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