New Musical MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET to Premiere at Don't Tell Mama, 4/6-14
Manhattan cabaret institution Don't Tell Mama will host the premiere staging of the new musical MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET by Mark Sonnenblick, starring Sam Bolen, and directed by Associate Director of Programming Max Friedman.
"Before he shot to fame as one of America's most beloved songwriters, Arthur Brightman cribbed Porter, Berlin, and Gershwin in a queer nightclub act starring his lover, Trevor Copeland. But they needed more than love songs to escape the increasingly radical politics of 1965 Greenwich Village. Now, on the night of Brightman's death, Copeland returns to the stage to relive the story of their romance through the music it inspired.
Featuring an original score fashioned after the American Songbook, MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET imagines two men who never existed in a time that very much did."
DON'T TELL MAMA is located at 343 West 46th Street (Restaurant Row, between 8th and 9th Aves). There is a $15 cover charge plus a two beverage minimum, payable in CASH ONLY. Seating is strictly limited. Please call (212) 757-0788 or visit www.donttellmamanyc.com/ shows to reserve.
MAC and Equity members will receive a discounted cover charge of $10. Please alert your server of your member status prior to the show to receive the discount. No discounts will be granted to patrons without reservations.
Midnight at The Never Get was previously developed at Musical Theater Factory. The cast and creative team will offer a preview of the show at MTF's Salon at The PIT Underground on Wednesday March 30th at 8pm. Visit mtf.nyc for more information.
SAM BOLEN is an actor and a singer living in Brooklyn. He was recently named Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of the Pope in POPE! AN EPIC MUSICAL at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival. New York: IRMA LA DOUCE, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, IT'S...SUPERMAN! (Encores!); TWELFTH NIGHT, HAMLET (Old Hat Theatre Co.); STREEPSHOW Episodes I, II, & III (Ars Nova, Dixon Place). Regional: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, THE MOUSETRAP, FOREVER PLAID (New London Barn Playhouse); JOHN & JEN (Red House Arts Center). Sam is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a Whiffenpoof and a Spizzwink. He trained with Bill Esper at the William Esper Studio. www.sambolen.com
MARK SONNENBLICK is a composer, lyricist, and scriptwriter, although not always at the same time. Collaborations include INDEPENDENTS ("Best Production" FringeNYC, "Critics' Pick" New York Times, Huffington Post's Top Ten Shows of 2012), SHIP SHOW (Yale Institute for Music Theatre, dir. Mark Brokaw), STOMPCAT IN LAWNDALE (Ars Nova Ant Fest), WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), THE DINOSAUR HUNTERS (touring children's show), RODMAN IN NORTH KOREA (Houghton Lyric Theater), and BUNKERVILLE (Yale DRAMAT). Larson Grant and Kleban Prize finalist, MAC Award nominee, special merit award winner (New Musicals, Inc.). Composer fellow at the John Duffy Institute (Virginia Arts Festival), alumnus of the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project and Writers Colony, librettist fellow with Composers and the Voice (American Opera Projects), commissioned by the American Opera Initiative (Washington National Opera, Kennedy Center) and Lincoln Center Originals. www.marksonnenblick.com
MAX FRIEDMAN is a director of theatre, concerts, and cabaret. Friedman is currently in residence as the Associate Director of Programming of the legendary cabaret institution Don't Tell Mama where he has helmed over a dozen original cabaret acts and a series of developmental presentations of new musicals including SONGS FOR SLUTTY GIRLS by Kailey Marshall & Nessie Nankivell and THE SHOWMEN by Noel Carey & Ryan McGovern. Other NYC credits include CHARLIE ROSEN'S BROADWAY BIG BAND (2016 MAC Award Nomination, Show of the Year), THE WORST PEOPLE YOU KNOW by Natalie Tenenbaum & Kevin Waznor (54 Below), RUBY MANGER LIVE! THE FAREWELL ENGAGEMENT by Julia Mattison & Noel Carey (54 Below), THE BLUEST INK (Sondheim Jazz Revue, le poisson rouge), and 6 by Zack Zadek (NYMF 2012). Regional credits include MURDER BALLAD (NJ Premiere) and THE LONGING AND THE SHORT OF IT by Daniel Mate? (5 Carbonell Award Nominations, including Best Director). As an Assistant Director, projects include IMAGINE HARRY (NAMT), JASPER IN DEADLAND (Prospect Theater Company, dir. Brandon Ivie), THE OTHER JOSH COHEN (Soho Playhouse, dir. Ted Sperling), UNCOOL THE PARTY, 35MM, and many projects with Joe Iconis and Family including THINGS TO RUIN, BLOODSONG OF LOVE, and THE ANNUAL JOE ICONIS CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR (dir. John Simpkins). Instagram/Twitter: @maxbfriedman www.maxfriedmandirector.com
Established in 1982, DON'T TELL MAMA is celebrating over 30 years as a world famous entertainment destination. Located on Restaurant Row in the heart of New York's theater district, Don't Tell Mama is one-of-a-kind: a veritable nightlife mall with four individual spaces: a piano bar, a restaurant and two separate cabaret showrooms: a cineplex of cabaret! It has been both a launching pad and a home for artists as diverse as Karen Mason, Jason Robert Brown, Billy Porter, Gavin DeGraw, KT Sullivan, Marcy Heisler & Zina Goodrich, and the late Nancy LaMott to name only a few. Don't Tell Mama thrives as an institution of cabaret thanks in large part to beloved booking manager Sindey Myer. Instagram/Twitter: @DontTellMamaNYC