Photo Flash: ACAPPELLA Celebrates Opening Night at NYMF
ACAPPELLA, a musical about finding your own voice, conceived by Greg Cooper, with book by Vynnie Meli, music and lyrics by The Acappella Company, direction by Lee Summers and musical direction and arrangements by Evan Feist as an Invited Selection of the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival. The show opened last night, July 7, and continues at July 10, 11, 12 and 14 at the PTC Performance Space. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below!
ACAPPELLA, is a groundbreaking piece of theater melding two exciting art forms together. Musical theatre meets acappella in this romantic musical comedy for all ages. A gospel singer leaves home, going from the 'music of praise' to the 'music that pays'. A jaded roadie rushes him away from an arena full of screaming fans while a forgotten and ignored old man on a street corner belts some beautiful blues just because it feeds his soul. Jeremiah realizes that somewhere along the way, it became more about the money than the music. He goes back - to family, to friends, to the woman he left behind, but can he? Is it love or just nostalgia? He returns to the place where everything is familiar, except that nothing is. He learns that he has to find his own way home.
The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Greg Cooper Productions, LLC welcome Virginia Woodruff (Violet, Leap of Faith, The Color Purple, All Shook Up, Smokey Joe's Cafe), Cheryl A. Freeman (The Who's Tommy , Disney's Hercules), Tyler Hardwick, Anthony Chatmon II, Miche Braden and Darilyn Castillo in ACAPPELLA. Rounding out the company are Katrina R. Dideriksen, Gavyn Pickens, Emily Goglia, Rachel Gavaletz, Janelle McDermoth, Darryl Williams, Alex Koceja and Garrett Turner.
The production team include scenic design by Kyu Shin, lighting design by Sarah Johnston and costume design by Janell Berté. Chris Clark is the production stage manager.
The NYMF PASS is currently on sale at nymf.org/tickets. NYMF Pass holder ticket booking begins June 1st at 11:00 am. Individual tickets go on sale June 15th at 11:00 am. The PTC Performance Space is located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues on the South Side of 42nd Street). For reservations and information call (212) 352-3101 or visit nymf.org/acappella. For more, go to www.acappellathemusical.com.
Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Standing ovation for ACAPPELLA's opening night curtain call at NYMF. Pictured: Gavyn Pickens, Cheryl Freeman, Janelle McDermoth, Anthony Chatmon II, Tyler Hardwick, Darilyn Castillo and Garett Turner.
Tony winner Michael Cerveris congratulating ACAPPELLA producer Greg Cooper at the NYMF opening party.