UnsungMusicalsCo. Presents Special Workshop of the All-New Musical Review THE PASSING SHOW
UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) is proud to present a special workshop production of the all-new musical revue The Passing Show for five performances only June 26-29 at MTC Creative Center.
The new work features the talents of Holly Ann Butler (How to Succeed...), Nick Gaswirth (A Christmas Story), Jessica Lee Goldyn (A Chorus Line), Andrew Hodge (White Christmas), Stephanie Martignetti (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Ruth Pferdehirt (Finding Nemo), and Clifton Samuels (Follies).
The Passing Show is being written by a team of acclaimed authors including Obie Award winner Jeff Bowen ([title of show]), Sam Carner & Derek Gregor (Unlock'd), Drew Gasparini ("Smash"), Rick Hip-Flores, Phoebe Kreutz, Sam Salmond, Drama Desk nominees Joshua Salzman & Ryan Cunningham (I Love You Because), and Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch ("The Academy Awards"). The new work also features a newly adapted comedy sketch by Arnold B. Horwitt (Plain and Fancy, Make Mine Manhattan), an unpublished melody by Tony winner Albert Hague (Plain and Fancy, Redhead), and three trunk songs by the Academy Award-winning team of Jimmy Van Heusen & Sammy Cahn ("Call Me Irresponsible").
Conceived and directed by Ben West (Unsung Carolyn Leigh, The Fig Leaves Are Falling, At Home Abroad), The Passing Show will feature choreography, tango, and music hall dances by J. Austin Eyer (My Big Gay Italian Wedding), Shannon Lewis (Fosse, Sweet Charity) Mark Stuart (Women on the Verge... assistant), and Ryan VanDenBoom (Annie). Fran Minarik (Unsung Carolyn Leigh, At Home Abroad) serves as musical director and dance arranger.
Hard-boiled Broadway agents, tap-happy temps, and deliriously lustful in-laws raise a racket in this outrageous fun-fest filled with an exciting nod to the British music hall, a pair of celebrity-crazed theatre producers, and all-new material! Borrowing its name from what is considered the first American revue, The Passing Show puts a contemporary spin on the classic form.
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UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) is a New York-based not-for-profit production company dedicated to the preservation of musical theatre through the revitalization and presentation of obscure but artistically sound works. Focusing primarily on overlooked projects from the Golden Age of musical theatre (1931-1971), UMC treats each property as a new musical thereby providing a unique collaboration between the artists of today and those of the past. Founded in 2009, recent UMC projects include Unsung Carolyn Leigh, a sold-out, critically acclaimed concert for Lincoln Center's American Songbook; critically acclaimed, newly conceived productions of Make Mine Manhattan and The Fig Leaves Are Falling; a starry concert production of At Home Abroad with Bruce Vilanch, Julie Halston, Christine Pedi, Noah Racey, Liz Larsen and KT Sullivan; world premiere concerts of Gatsby, Caesar's Wife and Nothing is Forever; and the critically acclaimed New York Int'l Fringe Festival production of How Now, Dow Jones. UMC also recently launched its unsung concert series with Unsung Jimmy Van Heusen hosted by Tony Award nominee Tom Wopat. Devoted also to researching, assembling and ultimately preserving rare musical material for future generations, UMC is receiving its own collection in the Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, where the company's developmental reading series is also in residence at the Bruno Walter Auditorium. www.UnsungMusicals.org