Jeff Blumenkrantz and Anne L. Nathan To Star in REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING at 54 Below
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street), Broadway's Supper Club, presents Broadway veterans Anne L. Nathan and Jeff Blumenkrantz in Lauren Taslitz (Book/Lyrics) and Danny Ursetti's (Music) original song cycle REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING. Performed one night only on Thursday April 12, 2018 at 9:30PM.
REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING combines humor, honesty, and compassion to deliver a seldom-seen musical look at love and family life from the perspective of late middle age.
Writers 50-something Taslitz and 30-something Ursetti met in 2015 as MFA classmates in New York University's Tisch School for the Arts Musical Theater Writing program, and REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING marks their first major collaboration. Two-time Tony Award winner William Finn describes it as "Outrageous, wise, and honest. Anyone who cares about the future of musical theatre would be well advised to see this."
"The cast calls it 'The Last 25 Years'," laughs Taslitz. "Even though most theatre tickets are purchased by older people like me who've been through a long marriage and raising kids, that kind of love story doesn't get told very often. But those themes are complex, emotional, and with some life perspective, highly entertaining. It's perfect material for a musical."
REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING stars Jeff Blumenkrantz as Clay Cabbage and Anne L. Nathan as Anne Stein, with narration by Lauren Taslitz (Book/Lyrics), additional narration, guitar and drums by Danny Ursetti (Music), and Musical Direction by Benji Goldsmith. Also featured are Emily Chiu (Orchestration/violin, bells, uke) and Jacob Fjeldheim (Orchestration/cello, keys, melodica), with Amy Weintraub (Vocals). Also appearing are Cori A Jaskier, Kennedy Kanagawa, Ronald Alexander Peet, Christian Probst, and Destinee Rea, and Shannon Tyo.
REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING plays Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 9:30PM. Tickets are $30-$40 (9 tickets max per order), with a $25 food/beverage minimum. Visit www.54Below.com for more show information or to purchase tickets online. Day of Performance tickets purchased after 4PM are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.
About the REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING artists and creative team
Jeff Blumenkrantz (Clay Cabbage) - Broadway credits include Into the Woods, Threepenny Opera, Damn Yankees, How to SucceeD..., A Class Act, and Bright Star. Off-Broadway: Murder for Two (Lortel nomination), Forever Plaid, and The Golden Apple, and Anyone Can Whistle and God Bless You Mr. Rosewater for City Center Encores. Regional work includes La Jolla, Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, Kennedy Center, Long Wharf, and Asolo. Film includes Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Big Sick, and The Thirteenth Floor. TV credits include The Detour, Difficult People, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Ugly Betty, Just Shoot Me, Caroline in the City, Will and Grace, Law & Order, and the PBS concert telecasts of Candide and Sweeney TODD.
Anne L. Nathan (Anne Stein) - Broadway credits include Ragtime, It Shoulda Been You, Once, Sunday in the Park..., Assassins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Chicago. Off-Broadway: Once, Wings, Swingtime, Canteen, Music In The Air, Sundown, Yellow Moon, Taming of the Shrew, and Road Show. National tours: Chicago (Carbonell Award), Les Mis, and Aspects of Love. Regional work includes Barrington Stage, Blue Heron, Huntington Theatre, La Jolla, Kansas City Rep, George Street Playhouse, and Asolo. Film/TV credits include Baby Mama, King of California, The Good Wife, Dirt, Veronica Mars, What I Like About You, Bull, Law & Order Trial by Jury, Law & Order Special Victims Unit, and Law & Order Criminal Intent, three Tony Award telecasts, Late Night With David Letterman, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and The Today Show.
Lauren Taslitz (Book/Lyrics) - Lauren received her Musical Theater Writing MFA from Tisch in 2017. She also attended the Second City Writing Program, and holds degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Her Join the Club (Lyrics/Co-writer Book) has been produced twice in Chicago, and After They've Gone/Emptynesterhood, with music by two-time Richard Rodgers Award winner Paul Libman, was presented in concert at NYTB at the Cell. You Gave Me A Sheep, with music by Emily Chiu, was awarded a staged reading by the National Asian Artists Project's 2016 "Discover: New Musicals" series, and her 10-minute musical The Qualms was produced at Barrington Stage, where her songs were also featured in William Finn's "Songs By" series. Her thesis project, The Quantification of Relative Human InsignificanCe, with music by Jacob Fjeldheim, was a finalist for the Sigworks Musical Theater Lab. Most recently, A STATUE OF STATURE, with music by Danny Ursetti, was part of Prospect Theater Company's 2018 Musical Theater Lab. Lauren and Danny are currently developing the Elon Musk-inspired A GAME TO SAVE THE WORLD.
Danny Ursetti (Music) - Musical theater compositions include A STATUE OF STATURE (Prospect Theater Company Musical Theater Lab), REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING (Barrington Stage), I WANT TO EAT BRAINS (Fresh Grind Fest), YOUR BRAND-NEW INCURABLE DISEASE (NYU Tisch New Studio), and the in-development works CHARLIE BUILDS A FLYING MACHINE TO THE AFTERLIFE, and A GAME TO SAVE THE WORLD. Conducting work includes Asst. Conductor on Capitol Records' The David Rose Centennial Recordings and Principal Conductor on Remembering The Platters: Songs Of My Father. He served as Music Assistant to William Finn on the Broadway revival of FALSETTOS, and his songs have been featured at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Barrington Stage, The 52nd St. Project, Green Room 42, and The Sidewalk Cafe. His arrangements & orchestrations have been performed by The New York Philharmonic, Pasadena Pops, Master's College, and California State University Northridge. He received an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from Tisch in 2017, and holds a BM from California State University, Northridge School of Music.
About the REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING artists and creative team (con't)
Benji Goldsmith (Music Direction) - Musical Direction includes BUTTERFLIES with Donna McKechnie and REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING (Barrington Stage), CROSSING OVER (New York Theatre Barn), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE and HAIR (The Yale Dramatic Association), and the acappella groups The Yale Whiffenpoofs and The Duke's Men of Yale - with whom he produced Busted (co-winner RARB 2012 Best Album). Musicals (music and/or lyrics) include DEADLINE (NYU), SCORCHED (American Theatre of Actors), THE AVERAGE ACHIEVERS (June Havoc Theater), and SWAMPLANDIA! (Yale University). Awards include NMI's New Voices Project, Yale's Beekman Canon "Friends of Music" Prize, and multiple ASCAP Foundation awards. He holds a BA in Music from Yale, and an MFA from the Musical Theater Writing program at NYU Tisch.
Emily Chiu (Orchestration/violin, bells, uke) - violin/instrumental credits include NEXT TO NORMAL (The JED Foundation), THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: THE CONCERT (54 Below), and RIDICULOUSLY TALENTED and REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING (Barrington Stage). Musicals include APOLLO (Tisch New Musicals Workshop), YOU GAVE ME A SHEEP (National Asian Artists Project), and UNSHELVED. She holds a BA in Music from Brown, and a Musical Theater Writing MFA from Tisch.
Jacob Fjeldheim (Orchestration/cello, keys, melodica) - Music credits include THE QUANTIFICATION OF RELATIVE HUMAN INSIGNIFICANCE, with lyrics by Lauren Taslitz, and the Nat'l Tour of ULTIMATE STORYTIME (also Orchestration/Lyrics/Music Direction). Other credits include the Nat'l Tour of AROUND THE WORLD (Orchestration, Dance Arranging), Barrington Stage Company's REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING (Cello, Keyboard), William Finn's RIDICULOUSLY TALENTED series (Piano, Cello), and the workshop for Jahn Sood's THE DISAPPEARING MAN (Music Direction). He holds an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program at NYU Tisch.
Amy Weintraub (Vocals) - A recent graduate, Amy holds a BA in theatre and a vocal performance BM from Oberlin, where her musical theater work includes Spring Awakening, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dessa Rose, and Family Happiness, and her opera work includes Le Nozze di Figaro, Cendrillon, and Les mamelles de Tirésias. Regional work includes Man of La Mancha and His Girl Friday for Barrington Stage, where she also appeared in RIDICULOUSLY TALENTED and the debut production of REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING.
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