Stephen Berger, Larry Cahn, Dee Roscioli, Donna Vivino and More Star in THE GIG at NYMF, Now thru 7/21
The Gig, a musical by Douglas J. Cohen (No Way to Treat a Lady, The Big Time), based on the 1985 film by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize Winner Frank D. Gilroy (The Subject Was Roses), is a selection of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), making its New York City debut at the PTC Performance Space, tonight, July 15 - July 21.
Winner of the prestigious Richard Rodgers Grant and the inaugural Noël Coward Prize, The Gig, is about a group of men from various walks of life, at different stages in their lives and careers, who get together to play music, just for fun. When an opportunity to play their first professional "gig" in the Catskills presents itself, the results are funny, touching, and unexpected. Ultimately this musical is about pursuing your passion in life and begs the question, "When was the last time you did something you really wanted?"
Directed by Igor Goldin (Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Yank!), the production has assembled an exceptional cast of actors: Stephen Berger (Kinky Boots), Larry Cahn (The Graduate, national tour of Elf The Musical), Doug Eskew (The Color Purple, Five Guys Named Moe), Nick Gaswirth (A Christmas Story), Michael Minarik (Rock of Ages), Kevin Pariseau (Legally Blonde), Steve Routman (The Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis), and Bruce Sabath (revivals of Company and Hello Again). A trio of equally distinguished actresses, each of whom has appeared in Wicked, joins the cast; Dee Roscioli (Elphaba in Wicked), Kate Fahrner (Glenda in Wicked, Chicago production), and Donna Vivino (LES MISERABLES and Elphaba in Wicked - the US tour & Broadway).
Douglas J. Cohen provides the book, music and lyrics for the production, with orchestrations by the late Michael Gibson (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Tony Nominee - Cabaret); Keith Andrews (choreographer), Jonathan Smith (musical director), Howard Joines (music supervisor), Josh Zangen (scenic designer), Ryan J. Moller (costume designer), Cory Pattak (lighting designer), Evan Zebooker (associate producer), Lisa Dozier King (general manager) and Michael Cassara CSA (casting).
All performances run at the PTC Performance Space, 555 West 42nd Street (Between 10th & 11th Ave.), New York, NY 10036. Running time: 105 minutes (one intermission). Tickets are available by calling OvationTix at (212) 352-3101 or visiting in person at The Pershing Square Center box office from Midday until the last performance begins (480 West 42nd St./between 8th. Tickets may also be purchased at the Pearl Theatre Box Office or by going online to www.NYMF.org. Ticket Price: $25.00.
Full Performance Schedule:
Tuesday, July 15 @ 8pm
Wednesday, July 16 @ 1pm
Saturday, July 19 @ 9pm
Monday, July 21 @ 5pm & 9pm
ABOUT NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL (NYMF): The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to revitalize musical theatre culture by discovering and promoting new musical theatre artists, producers and projects; nurturing a vibrant and innovative artistic community; and connecting one of America's greatest art forms with a diverse, contemporary audience.
Now in its eleventh year, the Festival is the largest musical theatre event in America. The preeminent site for launching new musicals and discovering new talent, the Festival provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theatre fans. More than 90 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters in 48 states, and in more than 20 countries worldwide. Festival alumni have received a wide array of awards including the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, NYMF received a special Drama Desk Award in recognition of its work "creating and nurturing new musical theatre, ensuring the future of this essential art form."