Matt Cavenaugh And Jenny Powers Lead MANY HAPPY RETURNS At NYMF
Directed by David Glenn Armstrong
Musical Direction by Joseph Joubert
Presented by the New York Musical Theatre Festival
Catrina Bentley and Adam Blanshay
September 29 at 5:30pm & September 30 at 11 am
Theatre at St Clements
423 W 46th St, NY NY 10036
A respectable New York lawyer and a British free spirit have one thing in common: a flair for the unexpected. As the pair marry and embark upon a life together, they chase the element of surprise from the galleries in London to the museums of New York. Many Happy Returns is a delightful musical romp about a woman who steals for love and a man who will do almost anything to keep her out of jail.
Approximate Running Time: 1:45, no intermission
Matt Cavenaugh was last seen on Broadway as Tony in West Side Story (Outer Critics Circle, Drama League Nominations). Other Broadway credits include Grey Gardens; A Catered Affair; Urban Cowboy; Thoroughly Modern Millie (National Tour). Off-Broadway: Death Takes a Holiday, Grey Gardens. Select regional theatre credits: Gigi (LA Reprise); It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman (DTC); A Catered Affair (The Old Globe); Palm Beach (La Jolla Playhouse); Anything Goes (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Carousel (Pittsburgh CLO); 2 Lives (George Street Playhouse); Princesses (Goodspeed Opera House); Dorian (Denver Center). TV/Film: Law & Order: CI, As the World Turns, One Live to Live, Sexual Dependecy, New Brooklyn. Matt has twice collaborated with the New York Philharmonic for both The Soldier's Tale and Sondheim:The Birthday Concert, which also aired on PBS. Matt's debut album, Gonna Make You Love Me, is available on iTunes and CDBaby.
Jenny Powers: Broadway: Rizzo in Grease and Meg in Little Women. Theatre highlights: Gina in Happiness (Lincoln Center); Veronica Franco in Dangerous Beauty (Pasadena Playhouse); Diana Devereaux in Of Thee I Sing (Encores!); Young Phyllis in Follies (Encores!); Sydney Sharp in It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman (DTC); Alice B. Toklas in Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertude Stein (AboutFaceTheate / MCA); Isabella Andreini in The Glorious Ones (Pittsburgh Public); Bounce (Kennedy Center, Goodman); A Little Night Music (Chicago Shakespeare; Tommy (Berkshire Theatre Festival). TV: Mercy, Law & Order: CI, Six Degrees, Nurse Jackie, All My Children. Film: Confessions of a Shopaholic, Chris Rock's I Think I Love My Wife. Jenny's debut album, GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME, is available on iTunes and CDBaby. www.jenny-powers.com.
Carey Ramos (Book) is a Litigator and Partner at Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan, Carey has a broad international practice. He advises clients on intellectual property, antitrust and competition law issues, with particular focus on the technology, media and entertainment industries, and has represented clients in litigation and before regulatory and enforcement authorities in the United States and Europe with respect to such matters. He is probably best known for representing the music publishing industry in copyright infringement against internet file sharing - in short, illegal downloading. It was a big win for music, for the entertainment industry and for Carey.
Carey Ramos is also the President of the Santa Fe Opera.
Lamont Dozier (Music and Lyrics) As a member of Holland-Dozier-Holland, Lamont is responsible for writing and producing over 54 #1 hits for The Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Freda Payne and a host of others giving him credit for being one of the primary architects of the Motown Sound. Since Motown Lamont has continued to write and produce successive #1 hits and win awards for Eric Clapton, Boy George, Phil Collins, and Joss Stone to name a few. As a result, he has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, from which he recently received the 2009 Johnny Mercer Award, the highest praise a songwriter can achieve.
Musical theatre has always been a passion of Lamont's, and his first foray into that medium, The First Wives Club, based on the 1996 film, held its first workshop at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and is heading towards Broadway for 2013. He also has four other original musical Theatre Projects in the works in various stages of development. Two are being prepared specifically for theatres in London's West End, while the other two are vying to be on the stages of Broadway theatres in NYC.
David Glenn Armstrong (Director) has staged over 150 productions/workshops seen in 49 states including work at the Public, Goodspeed Opera, Walnut Street, Manhattan Theatre Club, Library of Congress, Inge Festival, Chicago Humanities Festival, Amas, HERE, York, New Dramatists, Pacific Repertory Opera, Mason Street, Arkansas Rep, NYMF, Riverside, Anchorage Opera, Iowa Shakespeare, and NY Fringe. Favorites include the premieres of Sheldon Harnick's A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Anthony Rapp, Burke Moses, John Schuck), Judith Steir's Only a Kingdom (Max Von Essen, Jill Paice, Donna Lynne Champlin), Joan Ross Sorkin's (mis)Understanding Mammy (Drama Desk nominee Capathia Jenkins); Sorkin and Steven Fisher's In the Theatre (Beth Fowler, Judy Kaye); Ed Dixon's Scenery (Lynne Wintersteller); and Jonathan Larson's Sacrimmoralinority (also co-writer, ASCAP Award). Favorite first/major revivals include Bock/Harnick/Stein's The Body Beautiful (Brad Oscar, Megan Lawrence, Patrick Richwood), Arlen/Gershwin/Harburg's Life Begins at 8:40 (Faith Prince, Kate Baldwin, Rebecca Luker, Montego Glover, Jessica Stone, Christopher Fitzgerald); Lerner & Loewe's The Day Before Spring (Hunter Bell, Ed Watts); and Joe Stein's Plain and Fancy (Cady Huffman, Charlotte Rae). For NYMF 2011, David is directing Many Happy Returns, The Big Bank, and Huckleberry Haywood.
Adam Blanshay (Producer) Broadway: Jerusalem, Catch Me If You Can, How to Succeed... (starring Daniel Radcliffe), The Scottsboro Boys, all of which received 2011 Tony Nominations for "Best" in their respective categories. off-Broadway: Tales From the Tunnel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. FringeNYC: All Day Suckers, His Greatness (and Fringe Encore Series). Australia: Doctor Zhivago (associate producer). Tour: Scott Nevins' Celebutant and RECE$IONISTA. Regional: Piazza After Dark (Centaur Theatre Company). Cast recordings: How To Succeed...(associate producer). Upcoming projects include the Broadway revivals of On A Clear Day...starring Harry Connick Jr, and Evita starring Ricky Martin and Elena Roger. Adam is a graduate of McGill University and a member of The Broadway League.
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