Chad Kimball to Star in Retrop Productions' JULIAN PO at NYMF, 7/8-14

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The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Retrop Productions will present JULIAN PO, a new musical with book and lyrics by AnDrew Barrett and music by Ira Antelis, from July 8 to 14, 2013. JULIAN PO, which mixes comedy and drama, opens in New York after a critically-acclaimed, sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was nominated for "Best Book of a Musical." JULIAN PO, based on the book La mort de monsieur Golouja by Branimir Š?epanovi? and the screenplay "Julian Po" by Alan Wade, features elements of pop, rock, country, bluegrass and gospel. JULIAN PO is an official selection of The New York Musical Theatre Festival's "2013 Next Link Project." The show is directed by Kirsten Sanderson with music direction by Mark Hartman.

JULIAN PO stars Chad Kimball (Tony Award nominee for Memphis) and features Malcolm Gets (Tony Award nominee for Amour, "Caroline in the City"), Luba Mason (Chicago, The Capeman), Jon Fletcher (Giant), Jason Gotay (Bring It On: The Musical) and Corbin Reid (Rent). Additional casting will be announced soon.

JULIAN PO is a darkly-humorous, modern-day musical myth that follows a mysterious drifter as he enters a sleepy small town and causes a sensation with his novel aspirations of taking his own life. But his encounters with the townspeople and a young woman looking for love threaten to change his mind and alter his ultimate destiny.

The show features costume design by Lara de Bruijn, scenic design by Stephen Dobay, lighting design by Driscoll Otto and orchestrations by StEve Cohen. The show is produced by Jacob S. Porter of Retrop Production with Alan & Judi Altman, John & Kelly Waller, Cheryl Sloane, Jackie Garrido, Katie Sloan, andJoel & Jennifer Allan. The show has also been presented by National Alliance of Musical Theatre Festival and had a reading earlier this season at the Blank Theatre in Los Angeles.

All performances will be at The Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street in New York). The schedule is Monday, July 8 at 7:00 PM; Wednesday, July 10 at 9:00 PM; Saturday, July 13 at 5:00 PM; and Sunday, July 14 at 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www. NYMF.org or by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information, please visit www.NYMF.org.

For more information and song samples, please visit www.JulianPo.com.

AnDrew Barrett (Book & Lyrics) is a native New Yorker who completed his MFA at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Subsequently, he was selected by The Royal Court Theatre in London as the American playwright for their International Residency for Emerging Playwrights. His play "and/or" was presented in the New Works Now Festival at The Public Theater in NYC. That play was selected as the winner of Frank Basille Emerging New Playwright Competition at The Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis, IN. As a librettist, he wrote with his longtime composer/collaborator, Ira Antelis, "Julian Po" and they are currently developing a new musical based on the works of Kurt Vonnegut called "Between Time and Timbuktu." Andrew was on the writing staff for the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Showtime series, "Sleeper Cell." He developed and sold several original one-hour drama TV series with Mandalay Entertainment, Scarlett Fire and The Tommy Mottola Company. Andrew holds a BFA in musical theatre from The Boston Conservatory.




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