Fudge Theatre Honored With Three IRNE Award Nominations


The Nominating Committee of the Independent Reviewers of New England has honored the F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company with three Award Nominations for their successful New England Premiere of the Broadway musical "Glory Days" which opened at The Arsenal Center for the Arts on April 30th, 2010.

The Nominations are for BEST MUSICAL, BEST DIRECTOR (Joe DeMita, Founder, President & Artistic Director of F.U.D.G.E.) and BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL (Ronny Pompeo).

Written by James Gardiner (Book) and Nick Blaemire (Music & Lyrics) "Glory Days" opened on Broadway on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 at the Circle in the Square Theatre where it closed immediately following its Opening Night performance.

Director Joe DeMita re-imagined, re-worked, re-interpreted, re-staged and re-choreographed the highly energetic work that tells the story of four best friends who reunite a year after high school graduation, only to find how much they have grown apart. As they attempt to understand each other's differences, they soon realize that NOTHING can compare to the Glory Days when life was simpler.

"Glory Days" is a witty and unflinching look at four guys who refuse to be defined by generational stereotypes as they struggle to find their place in this world.

Mr. DeMita's New England production received unanimous critical acclaim.

JASON WHITING provided Musical Supervision and Direction.

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards, founded by Beverly Creasey of The Journal Newspapers and Larry Stark of TheaterMirror in 1997, recognize the extraordinary wealth of talent in the Boston theatre community.

IRNE Reviewers include among others David Brooks Andrews, Sheila Barth, Jules Becker, Kay Bourne, Beverly Creasey, Shirley Esthimer, Richard Fahey, Guy Giampapa, Norm Gross, Rudy Kikel, Beatrice Lee, Kilian Melloy and Larry Stark.

The IRNE Award ceremony will take place on Monday, April 25, 2011 at the Boston Center for the Arts.


JOE DeMITA (Director) is one of the founders of The F.U.D.G.E Theatre Company, Inc. Directing credits include Jake's Women (Stonehill Theatre Company), Company (Winthrop Playmakers), and the F.U.D.G.E. productions of Once On This Island, Working, Rumors, Urinetown, Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, I Sing!, The House of Blue Leaves, Into the Woods, Bat Boy, I Love You Because (Boston Premiere), Fuddy Meers, and bare (Boston Premiere). Joe has also served as the directing intern to Rob Ruggiero at TheatreWorks Hartford on productions of The Exonerated (featuring TV/Film star Kim Fields) and the world premiere musical Ella: Off the Record (starring Broadway's Tina Fabrique). In the Boston area, Joe served as the assistant director to Adam Zahler on the Lyric Stage's production of Talley's Folly. His work on the Company's production of "Nevermore" received unanimous critical acclaim. He most recently directed the F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company's World Premiere of Charles Antin and Ryan Cunningham's romantic comedy, Half-Married.


RONNY POMPEO'S acclaimed performance as Jack in Glory Days was his second with the F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company where he also starred as Edgar Allan Poe in the critically heralded New England Premiere of the musical Nevermore. Other credits include Clifford in Sideman (Burlington Players), Nick in Over the River and Through the Woods (Burlington Players), Whizzer in Falsettos for which he earned a 2009 IRNE nomination (TLP), Tony in West Side Story (Concord Players) and Man #2 in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (AFD). Mr. Pompeo holds a BFA in musical theatre from Emerson College.


The F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company, Inc. provides quality and affordable theatre productions to the people in the greater Boston area, cultivating an appreciation for and understanding of the arts. A concept to which Founder and Artistic Director Joe DeMita is completely committed!

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