Bedbugs!! The Musical Adds Additional Performances at NYMF

By: Sep. 20, 2008

Due to popular demand and sold out performances, BEDBUGS!!! one of the most talked-about shows in this year’s NYMF has just been extended.  Additional performances will be Thursday, September 25th (4:30pm) and a special late night performance, Saturday, September 27th (11:00pm). 80's rock excess meets the Creature Feature in this hilarious, hard-rocking new musical by Paul Leschen and Fred Sauter directed by Samuel Buggeln.  BEDBUGS!!! runs through September 27th at the TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, 3rd   Floor).  Tickets are $20.00 and are available at  or by calling 212-352-3101. 

It's 2012 and Carly, an exterminator hell-bent on avenging her mother's freak death, has accidentally mutated NYC Bedbugs into bloodthirsty killer Hair Metal Rock Gods. Sweet sidekick Burt has a plan, and troubled Canadian chanteuse Dionne Salon has stumbled onto the scene. But will Carly listen to them and save NYC—or be seduced by her own creation?

The cast includes: Celina Carvajal, rock and roll bad girl of MTV’s “Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for the Next Elle Woods,” as the dark heroine, Carly (Broadway: Cats, Dracula, Tarzan, 42nd St; off-B’way: Radiant Baby; and her ‘80s hair rock band: Cocaine); Brian Charles Rooney as pop icon Dionne Salon (Broadway: Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera); Ryan Bogner (Jojo in Seussical: Theatreworks Nat’l Tour); Mark Fisher (Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie: Fulton Opera House); Tracey Gilbert (...The Singing Nun: NYMF—Talkin’ Broadway Best Supporting Actress); Chris Hall, Stephen Sheffer, and H. Wayne Williams.

BEDBUGS!!! is the brainchild of composer Paul Leschen (Drama Desk nominee for Twist! and pianist and arranger for international rock sensations Scissor Sisters) and book & lyricist Fred Sauter (MFA, NYU Musical Theatre Writing Program).  The madness was inspired in equal parts by NYC’s current bedbug infestation and Leschen and Sauter’s obsessions with 80's B sci-fi horror movies, rock icons like Meatloaf, Heart, and Whitesnake, and the awkward but endearing music and stage presence of Celine Dion. Samuel Buggeln brings his signature downtown hot-camp style to the stage direction (numerous downtown and regional credits; Fringe NYC: Go-Go Kitty, GO! (Outstanding Play, Outstanding Sound Design; “Crowd-pleasing perfection” –NY Times), BEDBUGS!!! is produced by Robert P. Mrozek.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) celebrates its fifth year with 24 full productions, a dance series, a developmental series, concerts and special events. Since its inception in 2004, this three-week annual festival has premiered more than 130 new musicals – many of which have gone on to award-winning productions in New York, in regional theaters and on tour in 38 states, and nine countries worldwide. NYMF 2004 hit Altar Boyz has played well over 1,000 performances Off-Broadway and spawned two National Tours; fellow NYMF alum [title of show] recently opened to rave reviews at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway; Nerds is coming to Broadway this Spring; and Off-Broadway audiences will soon see My Vaudeville Man.  This year’s Festival will begin September 15th and continue through October 5th. Hailed as "the Sundance of Musical Theatre," NYMF exists to revitalize one of America’s greatest art forms by discovering, supporting and promoting new musical theater artists, producers, and projects, and by introducing a diverse audience to the vibrancy of contemporary musical theater.  Widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery, NYMF is the flagship program of The National Music Theater Network, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and is presented in association with, Production Resource Group and, and is supported by amNewYork, Barnes & Noble Booksellers,,, Frank & Camille's Fine Pianos, HX Magazine,, King Displays,, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center,, The New York Blade, Next Magazine, Panasonic Astrovision, Tekserve, TheMENEvent, VOGA Italia, and The Zipper Factory. NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Tickets for Bedbugs!!! and all of NYMF’s full productions are $20 are on sale now and can be purchased at or by calling 212-352-3101. For more information please visit


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