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Common Man Musicals Launches First Season This Week

Jonathan and Kimbirdlee Fadner created Common Man Musicals to produce new works of musical theatre that are relevant, relatable and affordable. Common Man Musicals launches this June with four original short musicals, presented Friday, June 17 through Monday, June 20 at 7:00pm at the Main Street Theatre &Dance Alliance on Roosevelt Island.

Each evening begins at 6:30pm with a party in the lobby before the eighty-minute presentation. The line-up:

Droning On (Book and lyrics by Emily Roller, music by Jonathan Fadner)
An enraged mother seeks justice after her very special but otherwise ordinary son is shot down by a drone.

How Love Feels (Book and lyrics by Marella Martin Koch, music by Jonathan Fadner) The man on the moon falls in love with Helen... who is engaged to Stan.

Make Your Mark (Book by Marella Martin Koch, lyrics by John Blaylock, music by Jonathan Fadner) Why would a straight-A student obsessed with following the rules draw a penis on the board and then just leave? Felicia's friends are asking themselves the same question.

Silver Water Avenue Book Club (Book and lyrics by Sarah Fiete, music by Jonathan Fadner)
"Future on Fire", the latest book in a popular dystopian series, has just come out - and the Silver Water Ave Book Club could NOT be more excited. But when Impogene brings her brother Tristan to a meeting, the book club must face a villain of their own.

"Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance is thrilled to host Common Man Musicals at the Howe Theatre in the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center. When our youth music director Jonathan Fadner proposed this collaboration, we were excited at the opportunity to bring in original, new works to be performed in our community. We can't wait to see this talented young group take the stage!"

- Kristi Towey, Executive Director at MSTDA

"We are so grateful for the generous partnership of Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, who have given us the opportunity to share new musical theatre by and for the Common Man and Woman, on an island right in the heart of NYC, to boot!" - Kimbirdlee Fadner, Producer and Actor at CMM

Common Man Musicals' inaugural production is music directed by Jonathan Fadner, directed by Timothy Koch (Asst. Dir. Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Assoc. Dir. The Cripple of Inishmaan on Broadway), Ben Liebert (played Boq in Wicked on Broadway, Ordinary Days revival & director of Viper plays Top

Gun) and Marella Martin Koch (The Sonnet Project), and features performances by Kaitlyn Abdul, Laura Barati (Cold Basement Dramatics), Ross Baum (RANGE a cappella), Kimbirdlee Fadner (DeLaMuse the band), Jonathan Fadner, Meagan Lee Hodson (Comfort Women Off-Broadway), Dave Mahokey, Tom Slater

(Producers Broadway tour), Harriet Taylor, Kevin Thiel, Erica Wilpon (Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway tour), and Jennifer Zahlit.

Performances: June 17, 18, 19 & 20 at 7pm at Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance on Roosevelt Island. (548 Main Street, New York, NY 10044) Tickets: $15 ($10 students, seniors) Run time: 80 minutes. For more

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Common Man Musicals is a collective of fresh new NYC writers brought together by one common man

denominator, composer Jonathan Fadner.

The company is dedicated to bringing audiences together to form communities in the positive, educational and inspiring atmosphere of live musical theatre.

Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance strives to nourish creativity by providing high quality theatrical and dance training as well as performing opportunities to everyone in our diverse community. We believe that every person, child or adult, should have the opportunity to participate in the arts, regardless of cultural, socio- economic, ethnic background or age.

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