The Midtown International Theater Festival Presents MOST LIKELY TO 7/18-28
BroadwayClubhouse.com is proud to present the return of MOST LIKELY TO: THE SENIOR SUPERLATIVE MUSICAL by Michael Tester as part of the Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival. With schools and regional theatres looking for alternatives to Grease or High School Musical compounded by the daunting challenge in finding suitable material for auditions, published and produced New York playwright, composer and drama mentor Michael Tester, an original co-author of Ken Davenport's long running Off-Broadway hit, The Awesome 80s Prom, has created his own solution in MOST LIKELY TO. Abbe Gail Gross directs an all-teen cast of 13 including the return of original Dramatist Guild Workshop cast members Andrew J. Beck, Alexander Greif, Katherine Hoffmann, Lyle Colby Mackston, Melissa Rapelje, Lauren Renner, Sarah Sixt, and Jesse Zeidman, joined by the Player's Theater additions Gina Marie Bilardi and Christopher Hlinka, with new cast members Steven Liberto, Matthew Walsh, and Amanda Castaños* of Broadway's Spring Awakening. Performances will be held at one of the festival's new Theatre Row venues, The Beckett Theater, 410 West 42nd Street in New York City from July 18-28, 2010.
*Member, Actors' Equity Association
MOST LIKELY TO sets the Glee's vs. the Goths; the Drama Queens vs. the Jocks, in a Senior Superlative Showdown, presenting the true-to-life musings of high school students labeled "Most likely to ..." by classmates! MOST LIKELY TO employs a senior superlative ceremony as its unifying arc in showcasing the seriocomic musings of students labeled everything from Most Popular to Class Clown.
Composer and writer, Michael Tester states, "With many theatre programs requiring prospective students to prepare age-appropriate pieces, and most public school administrations wary of the very material their pupils have a passion for, young artists are often caught between the First Amendment and The Drama Police, Most Likely To seeks to bridge that gap with a playful musical for the teenager in all of us."
For Broadway Clubhouse, Director Abbe Gail Gross has directed Penguins Are Mad Scary and Why Vampire Musicals Suck at The Shortened Attention Span Festival. She has worked with Michael Tester on Most Likely To... since its inception, directing all four productions of the show. Among her acting credits are EdWARd 2 (FringeNYC), Oedipus, I Ought To Be In Pictures, and performances of her original suffrage play I Want My Vote.
Musical Director Elliot Weiss is a Julliard graduate whose credits range from composing (Witch of Wall Street-Eugene O'Neil Award for Musical Theater, BitterSuite: Songs of Experience, published by Samuel French), to arranging (I'm Getting My Act Together..., New York Shakespeare Festival), to musical direction (national tour of West Side Story). www.elliotweiss.net
Author/Composer Michael Tester is the creator of The Pirate Musical! (Baker's Plays) The Mummy Musical (Dramatic Publishing) Hollywood Exposed! (Actors Playhouse, Miami), Amoebas on Parade!! (King's Head Theatre, London), Penguins are Mad Scary (Player Theatre, NYC), and Out of the Blue (aka Blue Balls, FringeNYC). He served as co-author of Ken Davenport's International hit The Awesome 80s Prom as well as The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Body & Soul Gala at the Baryshnikov Center. Michael was awarded the Rodgers & Hammerstein Scholarship to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts NYC, and is a student of the core writing track of the famed Second City Training Center. A proud member of the Dramatists Guild, Michael is currently on the writing team of the latest musical from Davenport Theatrical Enterprises.