NOW.HERE.THIS. Performance to Benefit Vineyard Theatre, 6/19


The Developmental Lab Production of NOW.HERE.THIS. - the newest work from the creators and cast of the legendary musical [title of show] which begins performances on Saturday, June 4 at the Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) - will have a special performance to benefit the non-profit theatre company on Sunday, June 19th at 7:00pm followed by an afterparty with the artists. The special performance has been announced today by Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director of The Vineyard, where [title of show] had its Off-Broadway debut in 2006 prior to its Broadway engagement in 2008.

Tickets for the Sunday, June 19th benefit performance are $125 and include admission to an afterparty with the artists. Premium tickets are available for $175 and include preferred seating at the performance, admission to the afterparty and a pre-show toast. Also available are a limited number of $1,000 "co-host packages," which include 4 premium tickets to the pre-show toast, performance and afterparty, as well as a program credit as "event co-chair," and recognition live at the theatre. Tickets are available to purchase online at; by phone at 212-353-0303; or at the Vineyard Theatre Box Office - 108 East 15th Street.

A limited number of $60 performance-only tickets are also available by calling 212-353-0303.

NOW.HERE.THIS. is written by Hunter Bell and Susan Blackwell, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen. NOW.HERE.THIS. is based on a collaboration by Hunter Bell, Michael Berresse, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jeff Bowen and Larry Pressgrove. Musical direction and arrangements are by Larry Pressgrove. NOW.HERE.THIS. is directed by Michael Berresse, who along with Mr. Bowen and Mr. Bell won Village Voice Obie Awards for their work on [title of show].

It has been a thrill for The Vineyard to have the cast and creative team behind [title of show] - which The New Yorker called "a joy from start to finish" - return to The Vineyard to develop and launch their newest collaboration, NOW.HERE.THIS. - an original "theatri-concert" that investigates and celebrates living in the present, featuring autobiographical stories, songs, and a multi-piece band. According to Hunter, Jeff, Susan, Heidi, Michael and Larry, "the piece explores what goes down in the space between the past and the future, and how the universe conspires to bring people together." NOW. HERE. THIS. also promises to solve the mysteries of JCPenney plain pocket jeans, middle school talent shows, and the space time continuum.

Vineyard Theatre Labs are developmental productions which are not open for review.

[title of show] -- an enormously popular musical called "delectable entertainment" by The New York Times -- made its Off-Broadway debut at The Vineyard on February 15, 2006, and extended three times before reopening in a commercial Off-Broadway production at The Vineyard from July to October of that year. Two years later, [title of show] realized the dream come true depicted in the musical itself and moved uptown, opening on Broadway in July 2008.

Hunter Bell earned an OBIE Award, a Drama League nomination, and a 2009 Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical all for the original Broadway musical [title of show]. Other credits include the books for SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, BELLOBRATION! (137th Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus), and VILLAINS TONIGHT! (Disney Cruise Lines). Hunter is a co-creator of the web series the [title of show] show and has developed new works with ABC television, at the O'Neill Center and Ars Nova.

Susan Blackwell's credits include [title of show] - on Broadway and Off-Broadway at Vineyard Theatre; THE KID (The New Group); SPEECH AND DEBATE (The Roundabout); ANON (The Atlantic Theatre Company), Working Title and VILNA'S GOT A GOLEM (American Jewish Theatre), as well as playing Peter Patrone in THE HEIDI CHRONICLES. Television appearances include 'The Sopranos', 'Third Watch', 'All My Children' and various 'Law & Orders'. Films include Margin Call, P.S.: I Love You, Margot at the Wedding, Bun Bun, Changing Lanes, and Night Int. Trailer for the feature film Ten Minutes Older.

Jeff Bowen wrote the music and lyrics for and starred in the Broadway musical [title of show] for which he won an Obie Award, as well as a GLAAD Media nomination and a Drama League nomination. He was awarded the Jim Owles Human Rights Award and was named one of the 100 most influential people in OUT MAGAZINE. He has written music and lyrics for VILLAINS TONIGHT! for the Walt Disney Company , numerous BC/EFA events, the Easter Bonnet competition for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Actors Fund 125th Anniversary Gala, the Vineyard Theatre's 25th Anniversary Gala, the 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards, Broadway in South Africa, and Broadway Bares 18: Wonderland. He has composed music for several shows at P.S. 122 including AVANT-GARDE-A-RAMA IN SPARKLEVISION, HELLO, MY NAME IS AVANT-GARDE-A-RAMA; SPARKLEFEST 2000 at Dixon Place; THE A-TRAIN PLAYS; and the film Boat Mime.

Heidi Blickenstaff's Broadway credits include THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Alice Beineke), [title of show] (Heidi), THE LITTLE MERMAID (Ursula), and THE FULL MONTY. Off-Broadway: [title of show] at the Vineyard Theatre, and MOSIAC (Ruth) with Primary Stages. Regional productions include FIRST YOU DREAM: THE MUSIC OF KANDER AND EBB at Signature Theatre, MEET JOHN DOE (Ann Mitchell) at Ford's Theatre (Helen Hayes Award) and the West Coast premiere of BAT BOY (MerEdith Parker) at Theatreworks in Palo Alto. Heidi has performed in concert at Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Merkin Hall and Joe's Pub.

Michael Berresse is a Tony, Olivier (London), Outer Critics' Circle and Astaire Award nominated actor and an Obie Award winning, Lortel nominated director and choreographer. Broadway productions: [title of show], A CHORUS LINE, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, KISS ME KATE, CHICAGO, DAMN YANKEES, FASCINATING RHYTHM, GUYS & DOLLS, CAROUSEL, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Off-Broadway: [title of show], THE COCOANUTS, FOREVER PLAID, NO, NO, NANETTE, A WONDERFUL LIFE (concert). Michael's film work includes Stephen Spielberg's A.I. and most recently, as Robert Bingham in State of Play. TV: "Law and Order ", "Law and Order: SVU," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Great Performances," "Live from Lincoln Center." As a writer, Michael recently co-developed a new script for ABC.

Larry Pressgove - who served as musical director of [title of show] and played the role of "Larry" - was music director for CATS both on Broadway and the National Tour, LES MISÉRABLES (National Tour) and conducted Colm Wilkinson's last performance of LES MIZ at the National Opera Theatre in Shanghai, China. He was assistant conductor on THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tour and has music directed various productions at the Ford's Theatre, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. With collaborator Rachel Lampert, he composed the scores for THE ANGLE OF THE SUN (NYMF 2007) and BED NO BREAKFAST and COMFORT FOOD (Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca NY). For two years, he was artistic director of Metro Theater Company in St. Louis.

One of the nation's leading non-profit theatre companies dedicated to new plays and musicals and bold programming, The Vineyard has consistently premiered provocative, groundbreaking works including the Pulitzer Prize-winning productions of Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN and Paula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, Tarell Alvin McCraney's WIG OUT!, The Civilians' THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY, Nicky Silver's PTERODACTYLS and RAISED IN CAPTIVITY, the Laura Nyro musical ELI'S COMIN', A BOY AND HIS SOUL, written and performed by Colman Domingo, Adam Rapp's THE METAL CHILDREN, Will Eno's MIDDLETOWN, and most recently the acclaimed production of Christopher Shinn's PICKED, which the New York Times praised as "a thoughtful new work, drawn with subtlety and sympathy...impeccably observed."

Vineyard Theatre is the recipient of the Tony Award for the musical AVENUE Q and continues as producer of the musical's current production at New World Stages in New York. The Vineyard produced the world-premiere of the musical THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS - recently nominated for 12 Tony Awards - with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson, with direction and choreography Susan Stroman - in March 2010 and on Broadway. The Vineyard also produced the musical [title of show] both off and on Broadway.

Mr. Aibel is Artistic Director of the Vineyard Theatre; Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell is Executive Director.

Performances of NOW.HERE.THIS. run June 4th through June 19th Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:00pm; Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays at 5:00pm and 9:00pm; and Sundays at 3:00pm. On Sunday, June 5 there will be an additional performance at 7:00pm. For more information or to purchase tickets visit, call 212-353-0303, or visit the Vineyard Theatre Box Office (108 East 15th Street) Tuesdays through Fridays from 1pm to 6pm.

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