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Photo Coverage: 'The 24 Hour Musicals'

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On January 21, 2008, The 24 Hour Company presented The 24 Hour Musicals, rehearsed and performed at Joe's Pub in a single day, featuring an all-star line up of Broadway performers, great composers, writers, directors, choreographers and musical directors.

Stars involved with the event included Brooks Ashmanskas (The Ritz), Adam Bock (The Receptionist), Jonathan Butterell, John Ellison Conlee, Raul Esparza (The Homecoming), Joe Iconis, Steve Pasquale, Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("The Class"), Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), Denis O'Hare (Take Me Out, Sweet Charity), Tracie Thoms (Rent, "Cold Case"), Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu), Mo Rocca (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, "The Daily Show"), Nellie McKay (Three Penny Opera), Kerry Butler (Xanadu), Jonathan Butterell (Nine), Warren Carlyle (The Producers, Oklahoma!), John Ellison Conlee (The Full Monty), Gavin Creel (Mary Poppins), Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project, I Am My Own Wife), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Les Miserables), Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde), and David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).

The creative process for The 24 Hour Musicals began at 10PM on Sunday, January 20 when a group of four writer-composer-lyricist teams, four directors, 16 performers, and a production staff gather at Joe's Pub. After casts and crews were briefed, each writer was tasked with composing a 15-minute play by 7AM the following morning, when the directors returned to read and select their piece. The casts met for the first time at 8AM and, over the next 12 hours, the plays were rehearsed and produced for a live presentation. At 7PM, ink barely dry, the six new plays – interspersed with six musical acts – were performed for a live audience.

Proceeds from The 24 Hour Musicals benefited the Exchange, a NYC not-for-profit that develops new theatre work through productions and its development center for innovative theatre companies and artists in the Catskills, the Orchard Project. For more information visit ExchangeNYC.org/24/

Photos by Kerry Long

REHEARSALS


Jonathan Butterell, Cheyenne Jackson, Victoria Clark, John Ellison Conlee and Claudia Shear


Cheyenne Jackson, Victoria Clark and Jonathan Butterell


Jesse Tyler Ferguson


Jonathan Marc Sherman


John Ellison Conlee


Todd Almond and Adam Bock


Victoria Clark and Cheyenne Jackson


Denis O'Hare


Tracie Thoms


Mo Rocca and Tracie Thoms


Mo Rocca, Tracie Thoms and Denis O'Hare


Moises Kaufman with Steven Pasquale and Celia Keenan-Bolger


Cheyenne Jackson and Claudia Shear


Nellie McKay


Kerry Butler and Jesse Tyler Ferguson


Kerry Butler


Jesse Tyler Ferguson


Director Peter Ellenstein


Moises Kaufman and Jonathan Butterell


Kerry Butler and Chase Brock


Moises Kaufman with Celia Keenan-Bolger and Steven Pasquale


Moises Kaufman at the first read-through


Ari Edelson


Jonathan Butterell reads through the scripts


Steven Pasquale and Celia Keenan-Bolger


Gavin Creel, Michael Longoria and Steven Pasquale


Gavin Creel, Steven Pasquale and Celia Keenan-Bolger


Denis O'Hare talks to the documentary cameras


Moises Kaufman with Steven Pasquale and Celia Keenan-Bolger


Jonathan Butterell, Cheyenne Jackson, Victoria Clark, Claudia Shear and John Ellison Conlee


David Yazbek


David Yazbek


John Ellison Conlee, Jonathan Bernstein, David Yazbek, Joe Iconis


Brooks Ashmanskas and Peter Ellenstein


Gavin Creel and Michael Longoria


Mo Rocca and Ari Edelson


Victoria Clark


Victoria Clark and Celia Keenan-Bolger


Victoria Clark


Ted Sperling and Ari Edelson


Mo Rocca with Ted Sperling and Brooks Ashmanskas


Jonathan Butterell and Moises Kaufman


Denis O'Hare greets David Yazbek


Jonathan Marc Sherman and Steve Pasquale

CURTAIN CALL


The cast of 24 Hour Musicals


The cast of 24 Hour Musicals


The cast of 24 Hour Musicals


The cast of 24 Hour Musicals


Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Cheyenne Jackson and Brooks Ashmanskas among the cast


Tracie Thoms, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kerry Butler, Cheyenne Jackson and Brooks Ashmanskas among the cast


Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nellie McKay, Cheyenne Jackson and Brooks Ashmanskas


The cast of 24 Hour Musicals


The cast of 24 Hour Musicals


Tracie Thoms, Victoria Clark, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kerry Butler, Nellie McKay, Cheyenne Jackson and Brooks Ashmanskas


Tracie Thoms, Victoria Clark, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kerry Butler, Nellie McKay, Cheyenne Jackson and Brooks Ashmanskas


Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kerry Butler, Nellie McKay, Gavin Creel, Cheyenne Jackson, Brooks Ashmanskas, Michael Longoria and Steven Pasquale


The cast of 24 Hour Musicals

AFTER PARTY


Joe Iconis, Ari Edelson and Moises Kaufman


Exchange/Orchard Project Artistic Director Ari Edelson and Moises Kaufman


Kerry Butler, Jonathan Marc Sherman and Peter Dinklage


Ted Sperling and Mo Rocca


Ted Sperling and Mo Rocca


Rosie Perez


Rosie Perez and Ramon Rodriguez


Kerry Butler and Nellie McKay


Brooks Ashmanskas, Rosie Perez and Ramon Rodriguez


Brooks Ashmanskas, Rosie Perez, Ramon Rodriguez and Producer Tina Fallon


Kerry Butler, Ari Edelson and Nellie McKay

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Kerry Long Kerry Long has been photographing live theatre in New York and Connecticut for the past eight years. Currently, she runs her own photography business, specializing in portraits, events, sports and theatre photography. In her "spare" time, she and her fiance direct a group of terrific young actors at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut. Kerry is a graduate of Barnard College. See http://www.kerrylong.com for more information!