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POOL BOY Receives NY Premiere Workshop at NYU Steinhardt, 3/22-25


The NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions will present a workshop production of the new show Pool Boy at the Provincetown Playhouse March 22 – 25. Directed by Steinhardt professor of musical theater, John Simpkins, the show features music and lyrics by Niko Tsakalakos, with book and lyrics by Janet Allard.

Through a writer's residenCy Grant from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, this production is part of The Steinhardt School's Program in Vocal Performance's commitment to the development of new musicals. Pool Boy received a world premiere staging at Barrington Stage Company's Musical Theatre Lab in 2010. The musical, based on Tsakalakos's work as a pool boy at the Hotel Bel-Air was further developed last summer in the inaugural season of the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat.

"Working on new musicals is a very specific skill for young actors that can be taught and developed while we are in production for Pool Boy," said Simpkins. "The kinds of questions that talented actors ask of emerging characters in new musicals can be invaluable to the development of any new show. It is our hope that at NYU Steinhardt each spring, we can both help our students understand this unique acting task and aid in the development of new musicals."

A young singer-songwriter from New Jersey lands a job as a pool boy at the Hotel Bel-Air. Trying to parlay his interaction with celebrities into his own dreams of fame and fortune, he encounters people who see him only as a servant – a lightweight – a pool boy. As he learns "the game" and the lifestyle around him, he falls for the one other "real" thing poolside - a girl named April. Nick must ultimately choose between ambition and love. He struggles with how this fake, material world might even give him what he never knew he needed, something to write about.

Performances are March 22-24 at 8:00 p.m. and March 24 and 25 at 3:00 p.m. For tickets, visit call 212.352.3101. For additional ticket information, visit Ticket Central at 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square). Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. The Provincetown Playhouse is located at 133 MacDougal Street. Subways: A, C, E (W.4th St.) and 1 (Christopher St.). For press inquiries, please contact Courtney Bowe in the NYU Office of Public Affairs at 212.998.6797 or

Pool Boy marks the 12th annual spring "new musical," with past productions going on to further development at the Eugene O'Neill Center, Barrington Stage Company, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), and Kansas City Musical Theatre Festival.

Writers that participate in the workshop productions, many of whom are NYU alumni, have won musical theatre awards, including the Jonathan Larson Award, Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre Writing, Daryl Roth Award, and Ed Kleban Award.

This production is under the musical supervision of Brian Usifer with choreography by MK Lawson. Rounding out the creative team are music director Greg Kenna, scenic designer Michael Schweikardt, costume designer Michelle Humphrey, lighting designer Craig Stelzenmuller, and sound designer Kristyn R. Smith.

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