Larry Cahn, Glory Crampton, Omar Lopez-Cepero et al. Set for FOREVERMAN at NYMF Tonight, 7/20
The new musical Foreverman, with book, music, and lyrics by Brett M. Boles, will be presented as an official selection of the New York Musical Theatre Festival's (NYMF's) 2012 Next Link Project, beginning performances tonight, July 20 and running through Sunday, July 28, at the PTC Performance Space, 555 West 42 Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues).
What if you could live forever? On New Year's Eve, 1675, Will and Jack make a remarkable discovery – an elixir that will grant them eternal life. But when both men fall in love with Fiona, a young woman with a dark and painful secret, they learn that immortality may not be the gift they had imagined. In Foreverman friendship turns to rivalry and love turns to betrayal, setting the stage for a tumultuous journey through the ages.
The cast of Foreverman is Larry Cahn (Hawkins), Nat Chandler (Lord Fairwright), Glory Crampton (Anna Fairwright), Karen Elliott (Mrs. Morgan), Omar Lopez-Cepero (Will Timeson), Kelly McCormick (Fiona Fairwright), and Adam Monley (Jack Mercer).
The scenic design for Foreverman is by John McDermott; costume design is by Barry Doss and Anne Liberman; lighting design is by Susan Nicholson; projection design is by Mark Costello; sound consultant is Bridget O'Connor. The music director is Natalie Tenenbaum; music supervisor is Stephen Ferri; orchestrations are by Stephen Ferri, Andrew Fox, and Adam Kaufman. The consulting producer is Michael Roderick.
Brett M. Boles (Composer/Lyricist/Librettist) graduated from Ithaca College in 2007 with a degree in Music Composition. His musical adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo was presented as the last musical of the Mainstage season at IC, something that had never been done before. Brett has written three musicals: Austin's Bridge (Music by Brett M. Boles, Book and Lyrics by Bill C. Davis), Foreverman (Book, Music and Lyrics by Brett M. Boles), and The Count of Monte Cristo (Book, Music and Lyrics by Brett M. Boles). He has had workshops of his pieces at The Firehouse Theater Project in Richmond, VA; Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, CT; Sage Theater in Times Square; Ground Up Productions in NYC (with Kristy Cates). Foreverman has had a demo recording and a table read featuring Josh Young, Janine DiVita, Karen Elliott, and Alan H. Green. Brett is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop and a presenting member of the Advanced Writer's Lab at the New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative (NOMTI) in Boston.
Stephen Nachamie (Director) is an award-winning New York based director. New York credits: I Hate Hamlet (Harbor Lights Theatre Co), Faraway Bayou (Concert for the American Cancer Society), Waldrop and Ross' Luck! The Musical (York Theatre with Faith Prince), Bill C. Davis' Austin's Bridge, Into the Woods – Cap21/NYU, The 25th Anniversary Production of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy (starring Sirius Radios' Seth Rudetsky), Like You Like It (NAMT, Choreographer- NYMF) Assistant director: Broadway Concerts of Funny Girl (with Peter Gallagher and Whoopi Goldberg) and Chess (starring Josh Groban). Regional: Hello Out There (Goodspeed Musicals), Camelot (Olney Theatre Center- Critics Pick in The Washington Post), Oliver! (John W. Engeman Theatre),Gutenberg! The Musical (Boston Area Premiere- New Rep, MA), 1776 (Olney Theatre Center), Dreamgirls (WV Public Theatre), Seven Brides and The King and I (Gretna Theatre), The Fantasticks (Emelin Theatre), The Music Man (TriArts), Miss Saigon and The Full Monty (Maine State), tick, tick…BOOM! (New Repertory Theatre), Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Italian American Reconciliation (Depot Theatre), Driving Miss Daisy, The Sunshine Boys, Urinetown (Barnstormers Theatre), Grease (Granbury Opera House and Courtyard Playhouse, TX), Ain't Misbehavin' and Hedwig (Capital Playhouse), Joseph..., Jesus Christ Superstar (WV Public Theatre), Cabaret (TriArts),Chicago (Seacoast Rep), A Chorus Line (Two National Tours and Several Regional Productions), West Side Story (Italian Tour, NC Theatre, Gateway Playhouse), …Charlie Brown (Emelin and Cherry County Playhouse), Beehive, The World Goes 'Round (Seven Angels Theatre), Tommy, Evita (Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Gateway Playhouse). A New York native, Stephen began working in NY theatre as a production assistant on such Off-Broadway shows as Little Shop of Horrors, Blues in the Night and Starmites. Studying at NYU- Circle in the Square and Musical Theatre Works he has been at home in both the worlds of plays and musicals- as well as spent most of that time developing new works in NY. As an actor he toured the US as Paul in A Chorus Line and the world with West Side Story and Evita. He has developed new works with BMI, NAMT, NYMF, The York Theatre, Emerging Artists Theatre, Musical Theatre Works. Winner of the NC Triangle award in 2003 for West Side Story and the 2004 NH Spotlight Award for Best Musical Production -Chicago. He is a masterclass teacher and Guest Artist for the Signature Theatre, VA Professional Performing Arts School and AMDA.
Larry Cahn (Hawkins) Broadway: The Graduate; Guys & Dolls; Epic Proportions; Anything Goes; The Music Man. National Tour: Ragtime; Lend Me A Tenor. Off-Broadway: Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!; The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show. Regional: The Rhythm Club; Moon Over Buffalo; Company, Miracles (premiere); The Predators' Ball (premiere); LUV; Carousel; The Golden Land; Is There Life After High School?; Annie; Johnny Pye & The Foolkiller (premiere). Film: "Freedom Writers." Television: "Without a Trace," "The West Wing," "Grey's Anatomy," "Law and Order," "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," "Chappelle's Show," "The Young and the Restless," "As The World Turns," "Another World," "One Life to Live."
Nat Chandler (Lord Fairwright) Broadway: Pimpernel in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Encores! The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 (Sony Records). Off-Broadway: Counsellor at Law, Tales of Tinseltown. National tours: The Phantom of the Opera, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Sarah Brightman, Into the Woods, The King and I with Yul Brynner and Sir Lancelot in Camelot with Robert Goulet. Recent roles: Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast at St. Louis MUNY and Billy Bigelow in Carousel (starring Shirley Jones as Aunt Nettie). Regional: Phantom! (Barrymore Award nom), Inherit the Wind, Show Boat, The Most Happy Fella, A Little Night Music, Pirates of Penzance, A Funny Thing… (Kevin Kline Award nom), Oklahoma!, Cabaret, Desert Song, The Merry Widow, Kismet, and South Pacific with Howard Keel. Television: Guiding Light. Mr. Chandler has appeared in Broadway Pops with major American symphony orchestras and his recordings, Broadway Knights and Like Father areavailable at: www.natchandler.com.
Glory Crampton (Anna Fairwright) New York: Featured Soloist in American Songbook Series (Lincoln Center); Nanette in Cather County (Playwrights Horizons, original cast Judy Kaye/Alice Ripley); Emily in A Thorton Wilder Evening (Robert MacDowell Colony, with Kevin Kline); Pageen in Auntie Mame (NYC Broadway Cares, with Swoozie Kurtz and Charles Busch); Lead Soloist with Jose Carreras of The Three Tenors with the Orchestra of St. Luke's (Radio City Music Hall); Louisa in The Fantasticks (Sullivan Street Theatre – NYC and National Tour). Regional: Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Ogunquit Playhouse with Richard Kind and Christian Hoff); Luisa in Nine (Westchester Broadway Theater with Robert Cuccioli); Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Guinevere in Camelot, Julie Jordan in Carousel, Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre (Paper Mill Playhouse); Irene Malloy in Hello Dolly (Houston Theater under the Stars with Leslie Uggams and Lee Roy oy Reems); Christine in Phantom (Maury Yeston/Arthur Kopit, original cast RCA Records); Mina in Dracula (USA Premiere from Stratford Fest.) and Widow in Zorba the Greek (North Shore Theatre, Mass.)
Karen Elliott (Mrs. Morgan) Broadway: Les Misérables (Madame Thenardier); Les Misérables - revival (the Inkeeper's Wife). Other theater: Evita, Hurricane (NYMF), Kiss Me Kate, Sylvia, Execution of Justice, The Nerd, Phantom and Sweeney Todd. Film/TV: "One Life to Live," "Children of Chernobyl" and "Sweet Dreams."Ms. Elliott is a graduate of The Juilliard School (Masters of Music) and has performed in musical theater, opera, and concert around Europe and the US. In addition to her work on stage Ms. Elliott is a writer, playwright, producer, director, teacher and hypnotherapist. To find out more about her body of work visit her website at www.karen-elliott.com and www.flowhypnosis.com.
Omar Lopez-Cepero (Will Timeson) was most recently seen in the Chicago area playing Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance at the Marriott Theatre. He was an original cast member of American Idiot from Berkeley Rep to Broadway and on to the National tour. He had the privilege of performing alongside Green Day and Billie Joe Armstrong on the Grammy's, The Tony's, David Letterman, and "America's Got Talent." Other favorite credits include The Public Theatre concert staging of The Capeman at the Delacorte working closely with Paul Simon (dir. Diane Paulus and choreo Sergio Trujillo), Che in Evita (national tour), Marius in Les Misérables, Jean Mermoz in world premiere of Saint-Ex, and Workshop/Staged Reading of The Unsinkable Molly Brown (dir. Kathleen Marshall) at Denver Center Theatre.
Kelly McCormick (Fiona Fairwright) Off-Broadway: The Extraordinary Ordinary (Bev). National Tours: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Truly Scrumptious – 1st Nat'l); Les Misérables (Factory Girl/Fantine u/s). Regionally: Frances Gold, Hello! My Baby (Goodspeed);Heidi, [title of show] and Babe Williams, The Pajama Game (Arizona Theatre Company); Martha Jefferson, 1776 (Pittsburgh CLO); Linda, Pal Joey (Prince Music Theater);Children of Eden (Ford's Theatre); and Fantine in the regional premiere of Les Misérables (Pioneer Theatre Company). NYC workshops: Ace; Zhivago.
Adam Monley (Jack Mercer) Broadway: Mamma Mia! (original cast) National Tours: The Phantom of the Opera(Raoul), Deaf West's Production of Big River (Mark Twain/Voice of Huck). Off Broadway: Fanny Hill (Will Plenty) with the York Theater Company, A Gingerbread House (Harley) at Playwrights Horizons. Regional highlights: Working and Emma (Mr. Knightley) at The Old Globe, Oklahoma! (Curly) at Papermill Playhouse, A Little Night Music (Henrik) at Northshore Music Theater, The Baker's Wife (Dominique) andCarnival (Paul) at Goodspeed Opera. Training: The University of Cincinnati College--Conservatory of Music and BADA at Oxford University.
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Forverman performs at the PTC Performance Space, 555 West 42 Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues) the following times: tonight, July 20 at 8pm; Sunday, July 22 at 1pm; Sunday, July 22 at 5pm; Tuesday, July 24 at 5pm; Tuesday, July 24 at 9pm; and Saturday, July 28 at 1pm. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by visiting www.nymf.org; by phoning 212-352-3101; or by going to the NYMF HUB, 330 West 42 Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues).
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