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[title of show] Extends 2 Weeks thru April 9 at Vineyard Theatre

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[title of show] -- the new hit musical by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell -- extends its Off-Broadway premiere through April 9 at the Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street), it has been announced by Vineyard Theatre's Artistic Director Douglas Aibel.

Initially scheduled to run through March 26, [title of show] extends its engagement in response to strong audience and critical support, and record ticket sales following its February 26 opening.

As it did in 2003, the Vineyard has partnered with Kevin McCollum, one of the producers of AVENUE Q. Mr. McCollum, along with Laura Camien of Bridge Club Productions hold the commercial rights to [title of show]. Mr. McCollum first encountered the Bowen and Bell musical at the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

[title of show] is the hilarious and bittersweet tale of two struggling writers named Jeff and Hunter who race to write and submit new musical to a theatre festival -- with the deadline just weeks away.

"Have I got a show for you!" wrote Charles Isherwood in The New York Times, calling [title of show] a "postmodern homage to the grand tradition of backstage musicals like 'Babes in Arms,' 'Kiss Me Kate,' and 'A Chorus Line.'" Chronicling the story of its own creation, [title of show] is a completely original backstage glimpse into just what it takes to get a new musical from conception to opening night. "Don't miss!" declared Time Out New York of [title of show], which has been called a "backstage crowd-pleaser" by Marilyn Stasio (Variety) and "deliciously silly… a genuine treat" by Michael Sommers (Star-Ledger). Michael Kuchawara of the Associated Press said [title of show] is "Expert, a delightful, cheeky musical comedy with a peppy score and a clever book."

Co-creators Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell star. Tony-nominee Michael Berresse (THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA) directs and choreographs, with musical arrangements and direction by Larry Pressgrove. Rounding out the cast are Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff.

Jeff Bowen (Music and Lyrics) has composed music for the Avant Garde-Arama series at PS 122, Sparklefest 2000 at Dixon Place, and the film, "Boat Mime." Onstage credits include THE WHO'S TOMMY, THE DIVINERS, and THE DOCTOR IN SPITE OF HIMSELF, among others. Hunter Bell (Book) was a 2003 finalist in Warner Brother's Comedy Writers' Workshop. He has helped develop new works at the Dramatists Guild, Irish Rep, PS122, Goodspeed/Chester, and MTC. As an actor, he has performed at the St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, The MUNY, Alliance Theatre, Coconut Grove, and Papermill Playhouse.

[title of show] features set design by Neil Patel; costume design by Chase Tyler; lighting design by Ken Billington and Jason Kantrowitz; and sound design by ACME Sound Partners.

Now in its 24th season, the Vineyard Theatre won its first Tony Awards with AVENUE Q, winner of three 2004 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Past productions of note include two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN and Paula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE. The Vineyard Theatre -- which opened its 2005-2006 season with the world premiere of Kirsten Childs' musical MIRACLE BROTHERS -- received three OBIE Awards last season for its productions of AFTER ASHLEY by Gina Gionfriddo and WHERE DO WE LIVE by Christopher Shinn. Douglas Aibel is the Artistic Director of the Vineyard Theatre; Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell is Executive Director.

Performances of [title of show] run through April 9; Mondays at 8pm; Wednesdays-Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 5 and 9pm; and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $55. For reservations, please call the box office at 212-353-0303 or log on to http://www.vineyardtheatre.org


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