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James A. Stephens Joins MMTL's Good Girl Cast 10/28

Bick Goss and Frank Evans, Producing Artistic Directors of Musical Mondays Theater Lab, Inc, have announced the first two previews of new musicals for their 2010-2011 season of Musical Mondays on Theatrical Thursdays productions. The first show, THE GOOD GIRL, will premiere on Thursday, October 28th at 6:30 PM at the Jerry Orbach Theater in the Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street.

Both new musicals are being developed in the Tony® Honored BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, birthplace of Tony winning Avenue Q and the Pulitzer and Tony Winning Next to Normal.

THE GOOD GIRL tells the story of a conscientious, middle-aged, middle-school math teacher who finally jumpstarts her long-idled love life moments before her mother drops dead, leaving her to care for her father. And then her mother sings to her from a jazz club in the great beyond.
Music & Lyrics are by Mary Liz McNamara (a MAC-award-winning songwriter and solo performer whose songs are sung by theater and cabaret artists across the country. Mary Liz is a recent winner of the Dottie Burman songwriting award). The book is by Mary Liz and Arden Kass (an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who divides her time between Philadelphia and New York). The director is Lucie Tiberghien (A Small, Melodramatic Story-LAByrinth) and the Musical Director is Annie Lebeaux (Split Ends).

Veteran Broadway, West End, Film and Television actor James A. Stephens who joins the cast has appeared with the Old Vic, in Sir Peter Hall's production of The Importance of Being Earnest in LA and BAM, on Broadway in Neil Simon's 45 Seconds From Broadway, in Alan Ayckbourn's House and Garden at Manhattan Theatre Club and on HBO's "In Treatment."

Joining him are Raissa Katona Bennett (Christine in Broadway's Phantom of the Opera), Carl Danielsen (Enter Laughing, The Big Voice: God or Merman), Ritt Henn (MAC Award, Backstage Bistro Award Winner) composer Mary Liz McNamara, Sierra Rein, (MAC Award winner for Marquee Five) and Tracy Sallows (HBO's "Boardwalk Empire").
Under the guidance of Artistic Directors Bick Goss and Frank Evans, Musical Mondays Theatre Lab is celebrating its 11th anniversary presenting a first look at new musicals. Previous shows include Next to Normal under the title of Feeling Electric, as well as the incoming musical Wanda's World. Previous seasons introduced Off-Broadway's See Rock City, Cupid and Psyche, Abie's Island Rose, regional productions of Calvin Berger as well as new work by Amanda Green, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx.
Musical Mondays Theatre Lab is also pleased to announce the naming of its first Board of Directors, including Stephen Hanks (President), Susan Heart (Vice President), Phyllis Weiss Haserot (Secretary), Linda Burson (Treasurer), and Anne L. Bernstein, Jeffrey Liberty Simno, Terry Pierce Feazel, and Brad Bond (Board Members).

Musical Mondays' next new musical preview will be YO, VIKINGS! on Thursday, November 18, 6:30PM, based on the book by best-selling author Judith Byron Schachner, and the real-life adventure that inspired it with music by Sam Willmott and book and lyrics by Marcus Stevens.
Single admission is $15.00. (Season Subscription of four shows is $45.) For reservations, call 212 989-6706 or email

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