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Songs of Lowdermilk and Kerrigan with Arden, Fraser, Gonzalez, Shindle and more 12/12

Under-Exposed Presents, a continuing series that introduces audiences to the next generation of talented musical writers, offers its newest installment on December 12th at 7:00pm. Featuring two of New York City's hottest new writers, Brian Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan, this special evening will include the premiere of their new ten-minute musical, The Kid Who Got a D in Gym.

Under-Exposed Presents is the brainchild of producer David Leidholdt, who was responsible for creating Upstairs @ Red, a cabaret theatre in Hell's Kitchen. Mr. Leidholdt is known for his development of new works with the New York Musical Festival, Genesius Guild and Midtown International Theatre Festival. Under-Exposed Presents is being produced in collaboration with Opia's Lionel Casseroux.

"The Under-Exposed Presents series introduces audiences to the next ground-breaking composers, lyrists and songwriters who push the boundaries of traditional cabaret and musical theatre, with talents like Brian Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan; we are consistently achieving that goal. Now with the premier of Brian and Kait's new ten-minute musical The Kid Who Got a D in Gym, we get to take the series into a new level." says Leidholdt.

Brian Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan created a buzz amongst critics and audiences alike with the premiere of The Woman Upstairs in the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Brian Lowdermilk has studied at Harvard and New York University; he was the 2003 recipient of the Alan Menken Award. Kait Kerrigan is a graduate of Barnard College and her work has premiered at Columbia University and at Live Girls in Seattle, Washington. They are both members of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop and, as a team, recently received the Dramatists Guild Jonathan Larson Memorial Fellowship.

The evening will be directed by Michael Cassara and will feature some of Broadway's most well-known names: Alison Fraser (two-time Tony-nominee, The Secret Garden and Romance, Romance), Michael Arden (Bare, Big River, Pippin concert), Kate Shindle (Cabaret, Jekyll & Hyde, Miss America 1998), Mandy Gonzalez (Dance Of The Vampires, Aida), Sara Chase (Boston's Bat Boy), Rodrick Covington (The Lion King, Fosse), Michael Hunsaker (Ragtime), Randy Redd (Parade), Pearl Sun (Irrationals), Natasha Y'Vette Williams (Parade, Ain't Misbehavin') and Josh Young (Les Miserables).

Opia is located on 103 East 57th St. off of Lexington Ave. Tickets are $15.00 cover plus a $15.00 food or drink minimum. $5.00 discounts will be offered to anyone who brings a toy or makes a donation to TOYS FOR TOTS. For reservations, call 212-688-3939 or visit www.liveatopia.com for more information.



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