Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Melissa Dye & Abigail Ludrof to Join Tim Realbuto for First WUNDERKIND Tour Stop, 9/1
Tony Award nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q; "Scrubs"), Melissa Dye (Into the Woods; Grease), and Abigail Ludrof (The HVAC Plays; Ghostlight) will join Tim Realbuto on the first stop of his Wunderkind tour this Monday, September 1st.
As previously announced, award winning actor/writer Tim Realbuto, who recently had a critically acclaimed and sold-out (not-so-solo) solo show at 54 Below entitled Tim Realbuto: Alone (With Plenty of Help), will tour a new show this fall. Realbuto has tweaked the show and will present it as mini three-stop New York City tour under the new name Tim Realbuto: Wunderkind. The 54 Below version of the show featured Realbuto talking about his life growing up in the theatre.
The first stop on Realbuto's Wunderkind tour is The Triad Theatre (158 West 72nd Street, NYC) on Monday, September 1st at 7:00 PM, which happens to be Tim's 30's birthday. Aside from D'Abruzzo, Dye, and Ludrof, previously announced special guests include "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" star Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked; Bare: A Pop Opera), current Pippin star Ariana DeBose (Bring It On; Motown; "So You Think You Can Dance"), Laurissa Romain (South Pacific; Finally Famous; "Are We There Yet?"), Kimberly Faye Greenberg (Danny and Sylvia; One Night With Fanny Brice; Ghostlight) and David Corris (Avenue Q; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Imaginocean). The ensemble will include Mat Burrow (Naked Boys Singing), Julie D'Moure (Hair), newcomer Thomas Ian Johnson and Allison St. Rock (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). The September 1st show will also include a special performance by Tim's Ghostlight co-writer Matthew Martin. Tickets, starting at $10, are available at http://stage72.com/tim-realbuto- wunderkind-a-true-growing-up-in-show-biz-story/
Even though Wunderkind is very much based on Alone (With Plenty of Help), the production team promises many new surprises and changes. This is how Wunderkind is described: "Former child "star" and current NYC based award-winning writer and performer Tim Realbuto (Ghostlight; The Emperor's Club) has just turned 30 and is struggling with where he fits in the world, where he has been and where he is going. In this deeply personal, poignant, and hilarious show Tim will tell the (mostly) true story of how he grew up in show business and went from former child actor to the adult writer of the popular new Broadway-Bound musical Ghostlight. Some of Tim's famous Broadway friends will help him along the way, playing different characters from his past, as well as the voices in his head. Expect an evening filled with plenty of well-known tunes, originals, diva impressions, gift giveaways and special guest appearances from popular stars of stage and screen. Was Tim ever a wunderkind? Is it too late to become one now? Isn't that funniest sounding word ever?" Tim Realbuto: Wunderkind is written and conceived by Realbuto, with musical direction provided by Julianne B. Merrill. The show is also scheduled to play the Laurie Beechman Theatre on October 13th and Joe's Pub in November.
D'Abruzzo is most known for her starring role as Kate Monster/Lucy in the original Broadway cast of Avenue Q, for which she won the Theatre World Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. She is known to television audiences as Patti Miller on "Scrubs" and for her many years on "Sesame Street." Her
numerous Off-Broadway and regional credits include I Love You Because; Greed: A Musical For Our Times; Carnival; and [title of show].
Dye starred on Broadway as Rapunzel in the 2002 revival of Into the Woods and as Sandy in the 1994 revival of Grease. She also appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera. She starred as Evelyn Nesbit in the national tour of Ragtime, and as Christine in the Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera. Her numerous regional credits include Show Boat; Strike Up The Band; Call Me Madam; and Candide. Her film and television credits include And Then Came Love opposite Vanessa Williams; "ER"; "Remember WENN"; "Ed"; and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent."
Ludrof recently starred in the Fringe Festival hit The HVAC Plays. She played the leading role of Molly Cook in Realbuto's musical Ghostlight earlier this year, and also appeared in productions of Rockabye Hamlet (as Gertrude) and Funeral Parlor (as Susan).
For more information on the Wunderkind Tour, visit www.TimRealbutoOfficial.com