R. Erin Craig/La Vie Productions to Present ACADEMY Reading, 2/24

R. Erin Craig / La Vie Productions and Kevin Connor in association with Antoinette DiPietropolo and BoCo Student Government present a reading ACADEMY, conceived and developed by Andrew Kato, and written by John Mercurio, on Monday, February 24, 2014 at Boston Conservatory in Boston, MA.

At St. Edward's Academy, two seniors make a harmless bet on whether they can influence an unsuspecting freshman to break a few rules to succeed. But when the transaction goes recklessly out of control, the boys become entangled in a fight for their own academic and personal survival. Inspired by Goethe's Faust, ACADEMY is a new musical about 7 boys struggling to become men while learning how to remain true to themselves.

ACADEMY features Boston Conservatory students Ryan Borses, Kevin James Connor, Austin Evans, Matt Petromilli, Jonathan Pohl, Nathan Richardson, Jesse Schwartz and is stage managed by Andrew Norlen. Henry Moore (Berklee College of Music) as music director.

ACADEMY was a Next Link Production in NYMF 2009; awarded a production at the Daegu International Musical Festival, Korea in 2010 (where it was also awarded Best Musical) and in December 2010 received a production at The Maltz Jupiter Theatre. ACADEMY was the winner of the DIMF International Award for Best Musical and the winner of the NYMF and ASCAP Cole Porter Awards for best score.

John Mercurio (Book, Music and Lyrics) Academy: Maltz Jupiter Theatre (Carbonell Nomination Best Musical) Daegu Musical Festival (Best Musical), NYMF (Outstanding Score; Honorable Mention: Musical and Lyrics); ASCAP Cole Porter Award (Music and Lyrics), Jonathan Larson Grant and Gilman-Gonzalez Commendation Award. Myth: O'Neill Theater Conference (Holof Lyricist Award). Other productions: Glimpses of the Moon: (Published by Samuel French) Algonquin Hotel; MetroStage; Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Diva Diaries: Tampa Bay, Broward Arts Center; Lakeshore Theatre, Chicago; Through the Looking Glass (Maltz Jupiter Theatre, cast album on Itunes).

Igor Goldin (Director) Off-Broadway: Yank! (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Director of a Musical, SDC Joe A. Callaway Award nomination for Distinguished Direction), With Glee (Prospect Theatre). 10 New York Musical Theatre Festival productions including: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (NYMF Award for Excellence in Direction), Crossing Swords (NYMF Award for Excellence in Direction),Unlock'd (NYMF Best In Fest Award, Talkin' Broadway Outstanding New Summer Musical), Common Grounds (NYMF Award for Excellence In Direction). Other: Like You Like It (New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical), ...And Then I Wrote A Song About It (Best Direction of a Solo Performance, StageScene L.A.), I Love You Because (New Hampshire Theatre Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical). Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

R. Erin Craig / La Vie Productions (Commercial Producer) is dedicated to developing, producing and managing new works, fostering new talent and attracting new audiences. Current projects include Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting (by Ed Schmidt, dir. J. Nicole Brooks), Academy (a new musical by John Mercurio & Andrew Kato, dir. Igor Goldin), I'm Getting My Act Together & Taking It On The Road and Still Getting My Act Together (by Gretchen Cryer & Nancy Ford; dir. Kathleen Marshall), Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice (new musical by Amanda Jacobs & Lindsay Baker, dir. Igor Goldin), Bridesburg (a new independent film based on the play), How We Got Away With It (a full length independent film), Stealing Time (new musical by Tor Hyams & Lisa Rothauser) Stalking the Bogeyman (adapted & dir. Markus Potter), 26 Pebbles (by Eric Ulloa, dir. Igor Goldin) and Taking Step Three13 (a rock/funk/hip-hop musical adaptation of Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment").

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