Tony Sheldon and More to Star in Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley's MIDTOWN MARCH MEDLEY, 3/6-31
Recently married couple Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley are set to premiere four original plays in rep this March. "Midtown March Medley," as the series is called, will feature a comedy musical act, a two-hander, a caper and a family drama. There's plenty of classical music, comedy, incest, strokes and murder. As Seth and James say, "Something for everyone!"
The Daring Duo centers around about-to-be-married couple, Jake (Rudetsky) and Jonathan (Turner), both touring classical musicians, who agree to perform at the luxurious apartment of notorious gangster, Bruno Sterling (Bolton). After some Chopin, Bizet and Gershwin, their gig turns into a terrifying but hilarious caper where they're both on the run from the police and a murderer! Filled with live classical music performances and fascinating, little-known music history facts (AKA, upon his death, Chopin had his heart removed and buried in Poland!), The Daring Duo, directed by Paul Castree (9 to 5, Saturday Night Fever) is described as a comedic version of The Da Vinci Code with a classical music twist! 16 performances only.
Rudetsky and long-time comedy collaborator Kristine Zbornik* (Into the Woods, A Catered Affair) will reunite in Seth and Kristine: Together Again! The two musical comedians spent many years performing together/arguing on stage at clubs all over New York and they've decided to resurrect (AKA rehash) their funniest material. The evening will offer such tidbits as their classic requests-from-the-audience segment plus Zbornik's washed-up Anita Lomax character ("This business is sexist! A man who's graying at the temples is called sexy, right? I drink a case of vodka, I'm an alcoholic...") Each performance promises to be (a little bit) different! 6 performances only.
Unbroken Circle written by James Wesley, stars Suzanna Hay* (Dance of Death), Eve Plumb* (Love, Loss and What I Wore, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating), Anika Larsen* (Xanadu, Avenue Q), Lori Hammel* (Forbidden Broadway, Mamma Mia), Stacey Bone-Gleason (recent NYU grad), James Wesley* and Juli Wesley (James and Seth's 12-year-old daughter). Set in 1970 Galveston, Texas, a family is brought together for the first time in years on the day of its patriarch's funeral. As the day turns into night, the man's impact on his family unfolds in unexpected and surprising ways. Directed by Jason St. Little, Unbroken Circle is at turns hilarious and disturbing and explores how abuse and family secrets affect every person in each generation differently. 16 performances only.
Art and Science, also written by Wesley and directed by Antoinette DePietropolo, stars Tony nominees John Tartaglia* (Avenue Q, Shrek) and Tony Sheldon* (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert). An estranged student, Adam (Tartaglia), visits his former voice teacher, Robert (Sheldon), to find he's had a stroke and is partially paralyzed. In spite of Adam's urging, Robert refuses to go to the hospital and seek medical attention because he's a Christian Scientist. Reluctantly, Adam feels he has no choice but to stay and help Robert. As the play unfolds, they both discover and address their long-held resentments towards each other and struggle to find acceptance. At times quite funny and ultimately moving, Art and Science is based on a real-life event that happened between the playwright and his elderly voice teacher. 16 performances only.
"Midtown March Medley " runs from March 6 through March 31 at the Bridge Theatre at Shetler Studios at 244 W. 54th Street, 12th Floor. Ticket are now on sale at brownpapertickets.com for $18 each. For more information, visit the Facebook page at Facebook.com/MidtownMarchMedley or email MidtownMarchMedley@gmail.com. Each show is an Equity approved showcase. The AEA stage managers are: Samuel-Moses Jones, Karen Evanouskas, Christopher Munnell, and Michael Friedlander.
*Denotes Actors' Equity Member
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