Photo Flash: NYMF Presents TRAILS

TRAILS, starring Nick Dalton (Legally Blonde National Tour, Hairspray Las Vegas), Matt Lutz (Bringing Down the House, starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah, A Walk to Remember starring MAndy Moore), and Broadway's Vanessa Ray (the recent Tony-Award winning revival of HAIR) began its 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival run at the Barrow Group Theatre last Friday, October 8th and will run thru October 16th.?

With music and lyrics from the Jonathan Larson Foundation Grant winners Jeff Thomson and Jordan Mann and a book by Christy Hall, TRAILS is directed at NYMF by Jen Bender (resident director of Broadway's The Lion King, assistant director: The Wedding Singer, Avenue Q, and Steel Magnolias on Broadway) and produced by Samantha Saltzman, Fakston Productions (Ken Fakler and Dan Stone), Alina Gutiérrez, Robert Intile, Jr., and Ashley Mas.?

Colgate Palmolive is an official sponsor of TRAILS, and due to ticket demand, the production added a performance on Friday, 10/15 at 1pm to its NYMF run.?

In TRAILS, two friends, adrift in their lives, reconnect after ten years and set out to fulfill a childhood promise: to hike the Appalachian Trail together from beginning to end. Over the six months, 2000+ mile journey, past and present intertwine as the two face both the elements and the ghosts that haunt their memories. As they sift through the ashes of their tumultuous history, a bond of brotherhood struggles to be reborn.?

TRAILS, which features an all-acoustic band, has a contemporary musical theater score with influences from Appalachian folk music, and some song titles include "Blaze a Trail," "Miles of Time," "Stories in the Sky" and "Journey's End." Joining Dalton, Lutz, and Ray in the cast are David Atkinson, Kate Kearney Patch, and Hollis Scarborough. The creative team for TRAILS includes Zach Blane (Lighting Designer), Aaron Jodoin (Music Director), Michael P. Kramer (Set Designer), David Kaley (Costume Designer), Samantha Saltzman (Assistant Director), and Benton Whitley (Casting Director).?

TRAILS runs at the Barrow Group Theatre at 312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor (between 8 th and 9 th Ave), with remaining performances on Tuesday, October 12th at 5pm, Thursday, October 14th at 4:30pm, Friday, October 15th at 1pm and Saturday, October 16th at 5pm.?

Tickets, priced at $20, are available for purchase by phone at (212) 352-3101 or online at

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