Mara Davi, Steve Blanchard, et al. Set for SOMEWHERE IN TIME Reading, 3/31


On Saturday, March 31, 2012, producer Ken Davenport (Godspell) will present a private industry reading of the new musical SOMEWHERE IN TIME, based on the 1980 Universal Motion Picture of the same name by Richard Matheson.

Directed by Scott Schwartz (Golda's Balcony, Jane Eyre), SOMEWHERE IN TIME features a book by Richard Matheson, music by Doug Katsaros (A...My Name is Alice, Moby Dick) and lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz (The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The History of War).

SOMEWHERE IN TIME is the story of Richard Collier, who falls in love with the portrait of a woman, and travels back in time to be with her.

"I've been working on SOMEWHERE IN TIME for a few years now, and I'm so excited to have finally assembled such a wonderful team of artists for this beloved property," said Davenport. "Like the story's lead character, we're about to embark on a wonderful journey. And I can't wait to see where it takes us."

The March 31 presentation of SOMEWHERE IN TIME features Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific) as Richard, Mara Davi (The Drowsy Chaperone) as Elise and Steve Blanchard (Beauty and the Beast) as Robinson, with all other roles played by Liz Bachman, Carolee Goodgold, Michael Hance, Michael Pesce, James Sasser, Tina Stafford, Jessica Vosk and Jim Walton.

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RICHARD MATHESON (Book). The New York Times bestseller Richard Matheson is the author of many classic novels and short stories of suspense, fantasy, horror and science fiction, including I Am Legend, Somewhere in Time, The Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, Duel and What Dreams May Come. His latest novel is Other Kingdoms. Many of his works have been produced for feature and television films, often based on his own adaptations. Matheson also wrote fourteen of the original "Twilight Zone" episodes. A Grand Master of Horror and past winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement, Matheson is also the recipient of an Edgar, Hugo, Golden Spur, and the Writer's Guild Awards. He lives in Calabasas, California.

Doug Katsaros (Music) B'way: Conductor for Footloose, Arranger for The Life, The Rocky Horror Show, Welcome to the Club. Off-B'way: Conductor for Toxic Avenger, Arranger for Altar Boyz. Composer for Moby Dick, Elizabeth & Essex, Abie's Island Rose, A...My Name Is Alice, Diamonds. Gold and Platinum CDs: Frank Sinatra, Gloria Estefan, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Kiss, Aerosmith, Richie Havens, Judy Collins, Peter Paul & Mary, Todd Rundgren, Michael Bolton, Cher, Sinéad O'Connor, Bon Jovi, etc. TV Scores: "The Tick," "Mancuso FBI," "The Jim Henson Hour," "Sesame Street."

Film Scores: If Lucy Fell, Star Crystal, Me and the Mob. Other: Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, Macy's Fourth of July & Thanksgiving Day parade.

Amanda Yesnowitz (Lyrics) was the first individual lyricist to win the Jonathan Larson Foundation Award. Works include: By the Numbers (Dramatists Guild Fellowship, ASCAP Showcase, TRU Producing Series); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Hangar Theatre); The History of War (NYMF); Building a Wing (Best Musical at Short, Sweet & Song in Sydney); New York Movie and Polishing the Frame (both for Prospect Theater); 4-Letter Words (York Theatre); Somewhere in Time (Davenport Theatrical). A four-time MAC Award nominee (2010-2012) and Wallowitch Award finalist (2011), Amanda's work has been performed by Broadway's best as well as Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on New Year's Eve at Symphony Hall. She has collaborated with many illustrious composers including Larry O'Keefe, Skip Kennon, Deborah Abramson, Brad Ross, and Jason Robert Brown. Recordings: "Gotta Start Small" on Stephanie J. Block's This Place I Know (PS Classics) and the title track of Steve Marzullo's Show Some Beauty (Yellow Sound Lab). Amanda holds degrees from Tufts University, The Boston Conservatory, and NYU (where she teaches full-time as a Lecturer in Art and Public Policy), and is a nationally ranked crossword puzzle solver.

Scott Schwartz (Director) directed the Broadway productions of Golda's Balcony and Jane Eyre (co-directed with John Caird). His Off-Broadway work includes Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), tick, tick...BOOM! (Outer Critics Circle, Outstanding Off Broadway Musical; Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), Rooms: A Rock Romance, The Foreigner starring Matthew Broderick (Roundabout Theatre Company), Kafka's The Castle (Outer Critics Circle nomination, Outstanding Director of a Play), Miss Julie and No Way to Treat a Lady. He also directed Golda's Balcony on tour, in London, in Los Angeles at the Wadsworth Theatre and in San Francisco at American Conservatory Theater. He directed the World Premiere of Séance on a Wet Afternoon at Opera Santa Barbara and subsequently at New York City Opera. Schwartz's other recent credits include A Room with a View (The Old Globe), Arsenic and Old Lace starring Tovah Feldshuh and Betty Buckley (Dallas Theater Center), Othello and Much Ado About Nothing (Alley Theatre), My Fairytale (PCPA), Reckless (The Denver Center for the Performing Arts) and a re-envisioning of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Paper Mill Playhouse, Theatre Under The Stars, Theatre on the Square and North Shore Music Theatre; 2008 IRNE Award, Outstanding Director of a Musical). Schwartz is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an Associate Artist at the Alley Theatre and a graduate of Harvard University.