New Musicals HOW THE WESTONS WON And TILL SOON, ANNE Headline New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series
The eleventh season of New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series continues on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 with pre-premieres of 2 new musicals: How the Westons Won and Till Soon, Anne.
The new musical How the Westons Won, with book and lyrics by R.C. Staab, music by Aaron Latina, and additional music by Dave Ogrin, tells the story of two teenagers left with their uncle on his lonely ranch on the outskirts of Tucson, who accidentally bring a Wild West toy diorama to life with Buffalo Bill, General George Custer, Geronimo, Calamity Jane, and a young Native American woman. A game of Cowboys and Indians turns into a mix of comedy and drama as the family learns from characters of the past to deal with present problems so they can have a future together. Previously developed at the cell theatre in 2017 and at the New York Film Academy's Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre in 2018, How the Westons Won will have an immersive New York production produced by Out of the Box Theatrics from December 14-23, 2018 at the Jefferson Market Library. The presentation is directed by Joe Barros (The Evolution of Mann, Bastard Jones), music direction by Cody Dry, and cast that includes Danny Bevins, Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), Jen Olivares, Sydney Shuck (Annie, National Tour), and Jonathan Steffins.
Inspired by true events, Till Soon, Anne, with book and lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson and music by Bobby Cronin (Theatre Calgary's Mary and Max), tells the story of a young woman at the end of her journey with brain cancer who throws her family and closest friends a perfect final weekend, determined to celebrate the life we're given--and the art of letting go. Till Soon, Anne was developed during independent residencies at the National Theater Institute, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in 2016 and 2017 (Preston Whiteway, Executive Director). The presentation has music direction by Anna Ebbesen and features Erin Mackey (Wicked, Amazing Grace, In Transit) and Wade McCollum (Ernest Shackleton Loves Me).
Additional casting and creative team members will be announced soon. The line producers are Sam Strumm and Heather DiPietro, and casting is by Eisenberg/Beans Casting? (Daryl Eisenberg,CSA?; Ally Beans, CSA).
The December 3rd installment includes presentations of both new musicals at 7PM and 9PM at The Cell, located at 338 West 23rd Street in New York City. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and can be purchased on New York Theatre Barn's website: www.nytheatrebarn.org. Through an education initiative sponsored by Theatre Barn's board of directors, a limited amount of complimentary tickets are available to high school students. To request a student ticket, email Education Director Tim Aumiller: firstname.lastname@example.org. To sponsor a student ticket, visit Theatre Barn's website: www.nytheatrebarn.org.
Under the artistic direction of Joe Barros, New York Theatre Barn is a Manhattan-based non-profit theatre company, founded in 2007, dedicated to incubating and producing new musicals that tell untold stories. Inspired by the lives of real people and actual events, our stories promote inclusion, diversity, and positive social change. Theatre Barn's core program is the New Works Series presenting "pre-premieres" of new musicals in the early stages of development. With each installment, 2 new musicals are showcased before a live audience and a worldwide virtual audience. Since the series' inception, Theatre Barn has presented more than 400 writers in 100 pre-premieres, and have amassed a catalogue of nearly 2,000 videos with a million views. For more information: www.nytheatrebarn.org.