Photo Flash: Jessica Burrows, Matt Bogart and More at American Theater Group's HIMSELF AND NORA Opening
American Theater Group's first musical theater presentation at its new home at UC-PAC"s Hamilton Stage in Rahway, New Jersey, Jonathan Brielle's Himself and Nora opened Saturday April 27, 2013 to an SRO audience. BroadwayWorld has photos from the starry opening, including Jessica Burrows, Matt Bogart, Leslie Uggams and more!
Presented by special arrangement with Tritone Productions LLC, Himself and Nora tells the story of the romance between Himself - the brilliant and hard drinking Irish novelist James Joyce and the earthy chambermaid Nora Barnacle who became his lover, his partner and his muse for 29 years. Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys) stars as Himself (James Joyce) and Jessica Burrows (Zhivago) stars as Nora in thisbawdy and funny, uplifting, and melodic new musical directed by Michael Bush with book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle. Also featured are David Arthur, Cole Burden and LiAnne Marie Dobbs.
Musical Director is James Sampliner, choreographer, Kelli Barclay, Scenic Design, Michael V. Moore, Costume Design, Cat Tate Starmer, Sound Design, Brad Berridge, Casting, Stephanie Klapper Casting, Production Stage Manager, Marci Skolnick, Assistant Director/ Choreographer Emily Morgan, Production Supervisor, StEve Cohen, Assistant Stage Manager, Jesse Vacchiano and General Manager, Theatre Management Associates.
Co-Producing Artistic Directors at American Theater Group James Vagias, Rick Sordelet and Joseph Mancuso first saw the musical in New York when it was presented by the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival , Isaac Robert Hurwitz, Executive Director & Producer.
American Theater Group is an ambitious new performing arts company launched in 2012 that offers musicals and spoken plays, a new musical reading series and theater education at the newly built Hamilton Stage. Its focus is on producing new and classical works, primarily by American Playwrights, with an emphasis on the development of new works and the rediscovery of undeservedly neglected older ones. It is truly fitting that ATG's first offering is not only by a new voice on the American musical theater stage but a resident of Tewksbury, New Jersey, Jonathan Brielle.
American Theater Group will aim to make theater's glorious possibilities accessible to the diverse surrounding community of Rahway and the region, and to maintain a nurturing environment for playwrights, actors and theatrical designers and technicians to develop and hone their works.
American Theater Group's home is the new intimate new 199-seat Hamilton Stage at 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway New Jersey. Hamilton Stage is governed and operated by the Union County Performing Arts Center. Tickets to all American Theater Group events can be purchased at the UC PAC Box Office.Photo Credits: John Wegorzewski and Christina Wilson
Maria DiDia and husband Doug Salmon
Matt and Jessica Bogart
Samson Steinman (UPAC Executive Director), Jim Vagias (ATG Co-Founder), Joe Mancuso (ATG Co-Founder) and Rick Sordelet (ATG Co-Frounder)
Rick Sordelet (ATG Co-Founder), Samson Steinman (UPAC Executive Director), Jim Kennedy (former Rahway Mayor) and Lori Kennedy
Nick Paleologos (NJSCA Executive Director) and Sondra Fishinger (UCPAC Board President)
Kelli Barclay (choreographer)
John Wegorzewski, Jane Tucker and Lutfi Yitmaz
Danni Rumsey (UCPAC PR Manager) and Richard Bryant (FOH President)
Christian VanKipp and Jessica Burrows
Mary Warner and Andy Millette