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FIRST DATE Musical Heading to Broadway's Longacre Theatre This July!


Tony Award-winning producer Junkyard Dog Productions (Memphis) has just announced First Date, Broadway's new musical comedy, has set the date to open at The Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), Sunday, August 4, 2013. With a book by Austin Winsberg ("Gossip Girl"), music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions, Twice Charmed), choreographed by Josh Rhodes (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella) and directed by Bill Berry (Producing Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre), First Date begins performances Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Casting will be announced at a later date.

FIRST DATE is Broadway's new musical comedy about the most dangerous human endeavor in existence, the dreaded blind date. When tightly wound Aaron is set up with cool girl Casey, a quick drink turns into a hilarious dinner served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, a slew of bad boy and uptown girl exes, and some seriously saucy chemistry. Set in a jaded city full of missed connections, their unpredictable evening unfolds in real time. Can this mismatched pair turn what could be a dining disaster into something special before the check arrives, or end up at another table for one?

Scenic design is by David Gallo, costume design by David Woolard, lighting design by Mike Baldassari, and sound design by Kai Harada. Musical supervision, vocal and incidental arrangements are by Dominick Amendum, and August Eriksmoen will orchestrate. Casting is by Telsey + Co. First Date is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff, Sue Frost), in association with Stem Productions, Susan W. and James C. Blair Family LP, Alex and Katya Lukianov and Linda and Bill Potter.

FIRST DATE was originally co-produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre (David Armstrong, Executive Producer and Artistic Director; Bernadine Griffin, Managing Director, Bill Berry, Producing Director), and A Contemporary Theatre Seattle, WA (Kurt Beattie, Artistic Director and Carlo Scandiuzzi, Executive Director) from March 10 to May 20, 2012. Variety called First Date "Flat-out ingenious!" and The Seattle Times said First Date is "Terrific - snappy and irreverent!" The production was awarded four Footlight Awards, including best musical.

Tickets for First Date are available on Monday, March 18, 2013 through Audience Rewards and go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 1, 2013. The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm and 7pm. After August 4, 2013 the performance schedule is Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets range from $35 to $137, and can be purchased at (212.239.6200).

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