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'Glimpses of the Moon' Returns to the Oak Room 10/20 With Hurlbert and Peluso

Sharon Carr ASSOCIATES, LTD announces the return engagement of GLIMPSES OF THE MOON, a Jazz Age musical with book & lyrics by Tajlei Levis and music by John Mercurio, directed by Marc Bruni. GLIMPSES OF THE MOON is back by popular demand for an ongoing run at Off-Broadway’s Oak Room in the Algonquin Hotel (59 West 44th Street, between 5th and 6th Ave.). Performances begin Monday, October 20. Press night is Monday, November 3 at 8 pm.

Hailed by critics and audiences in January 2008, GLIMPSES OF THE MOON is the first original musical created specifically for the intimate wood-paneled Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel.  Set in 1922, GLIMPSES OF THE MOON follows the jazzy whirl of Manhattan society, from champagne-soaked dinner parties, to luxurious vacation cottages and back to New York's elegant hotels.

A charming romantic musical, based on one of Edith Wharton's rare comedies, GLIMPSES OF THE MOON is not without its share of heartaches. Popular but penniless, Susy Branch and her friend Nick Lansing devise a clever scheme: to marry and live off the wedding presents, while they help one another find suitable millionaires. The plan works perfectly-- until they fall in love.

GLIMPSES OF THE MOON stars Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde) as Susy, and Chris Peluso (Lestat) as Nick, also starring is Jane Blass (Hairspray Nat’l Tour) as Ellie, Laura Jordan (Cry Baby and In My Life) as Coral, Daren Kelly (Crazy for You, Woman of the Year, Deathtrap, South Pacific) as Nelson and Glenn Peters as Streffy. Additional casting will be announced soon.

The production features Lighting Design by Richard Winkler (Original A Chorus Line and 25th anniversary national tour of Evita), Costume Design by Lisa Zinni (Associate Costume Designer: Rent), Choreography by Denis Jones (Associate Choreographer: Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Scenic Consulting by Ted LeFevre (Broadway Associate: The Country Girl, Rock 'n' Roll, Grease, Coram Boy, Sweeney Todd). General Management is by Brierpatch Productions - Laura Janik Cronin/Scott Newsome, casting is by Geoff Josselson and the Stage Manager is Carlos Maisonet.

GLIMPSES OF THE MOON plays every Monday at 8 pm. Doors open at 6:00 PM and seating is general admission.  Final seating for dinner service is at 6:30 PM. Doors close at 7:30 PM and there is no late seating permitted. Begin the evening with an elegant dinner or cocktails in the Oak Room at 6:00 PM before the 8:00 PM show.

Tickets are $65 plus a $30 food and beverage minimum. (A prix fixe dinner is available for $60.)

Tickets are now available online at www.ticketweb.com or by calling 1.866.468.7619.

For more information please visit GlimpsesOfTheMoon.com

BIOGRAPHIES

Laura Jordan (Coral) Broadway: Cry-Baby & In My Life; NYC: most recently appeared as Kathy Griffin in the hit musical Perez Hilton Saves the Universe! (Winner Outstanding Musical, NYC Fringe 2008), workshops of Prairie (with Patrick Swayze & Melissa Gilbert) and In My Life; Vrrrooommm!!! (SPF 2007); .22 Caliber Mouth (Ohio Theater); Oedipus for Kids! and Such Good Friends (NYMF 2006/2007).  Regionally:  Portland Stage, Northshore Music Theater, Hartford Stage, Nashville Repertory, and Wilma Theater. Origins: Saginaw, MI.  Next up - workshop of the new musical Lucky Break, directed by Tony Award winner, John Caird.

Autumn Hurlbert (Suzy) is thrilled to be part of Glimpses of the Moon and she recently made her Broadway Debut in Legally Blonde at the Palace! 1st National Broadway Tour: Beth March in Little Women. Most recent regional work: Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Northern Stage), Eponine in Les Miserables (Pioneer Theater). NY Readings/Workshops: Catch Me If You Can, Calligula, VOTE!, Up In The Air.  TV: “Guiding Light” and MTV's “Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search For Elle Woods”. She is a proud member of AEA and also a singer/songwriter. www.AutumnHurlbert.com

Daren Kelly (Nelson) is ecstatic to be reunited with the Oak Room’s triumphant Glimpses of the Moon team. Since last winter, he was featured in Shakespeare New Jersey’s production of Amadeus starring Robert Cuccioli, and then reprised his favorite role of John Barrymore in Ohio Shakespeare’s production of I Hate Hamlet. As a member of New York’s Invictus Theater Co, he essayed the role of Ron in their acclaimed revival of The Baby Dance.  Last season, he realized his dream of portraying Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. At Yale Rep last fall, he was featured in the revival of Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind. Broadway Credits: Crazy for You, Deathtrap, Woman of the Year, and South Pacific (NYCO). Tours: Julian Marsh in the Nat’l revival of 42nd Street, and the Rev. Moore in Footloose. TV:  “Law & Order”,  “Law & Order: C. I.”,  “L&O: SVU”, “M*A*S*H”, “Kate and Allie”, and “Tales from the Dark Side”. Regional Rep: Manders in the world premiere of Landford Wilson’s version of Ibsen’s Ghosts,  Lovborg to Harriet HarrisHedda Gabler, Children with Sada Thompson, and Malvolio in Ohio Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Other regional appearances include Long Wharf, South Coast Rep, Center Stage, GEVA, Syracuse, Asolo, Westport and Cape Playhouse.

Glenn Peters (Streffy) Off-Broadway: The Turn of the Screw, Murder by Poe, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard III (Acorn Theatre), American Dreams: Lost and Found  (Lucille Lortel). Other New York Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sonnet Repertory), The Shaughraun (Storm Theatre), Sympathy Jones (Julia Miles Theatre/NYMF), Alice in War (Beckett Theatre/SPF), West Moon Street (Prospect Theater), Murdering Marlowe (Access Theatre), The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World (Beckett Theatre/NYMF). Regional: I Am My Own Wife (Zachary Scott Theatre), Mere Mortals (Two River Theater). Three year alumnus of The Acting Company.
  
Marc Bruni (Director) won the NYMF Directing Award for his production of Such Good Friends. He is currently the Associate Director of Legally Blonde (Bway and tour), appearing on MTV's “Search for Elle Woods”.  He has been associated with Jerry Zaks, Kathleen Marshall, Walter Bobbie and Jerry Mitchell on twelve Broadway productions including Tony winning revivals of The Pajama Game and La Cage Aux Folles, Grease, High Fidelity, Wonderful Town, Sweet Charity, and Little Shop of Horrors (also staging the National Tour). Marc also stages Irving Berlin’s White Christmas annually for Walter Bobbie, this coming year on Broadway as well as in Detroit and St. Paul. He directed My One and Only and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for the MUNY, and he has worked at City Center Encores! on No, No Nanette, Applause, Bye Bye Birdie, and 70, Girls, 70. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Sharon Carr, (Producer) reinventing herself in the new millennium, is now fulfilling a life-long passion to present live theater. She began in 2006 as Co-Producer of I Love You Because (winner Best Off-West End Musical 2007, London), followed by 10 months 'on the road' with GFOUR Productions as an independent Associate Producer, presenting RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women in Cleveland (September 2006), Boston (October 2006) and Atlanta (March 2007) as well as Menopause the Musical in Minneapolis.  In October 2006 she also produced the cabaret show: You Don’t Know Jac, starring Jac Huberman (Winner, 2006 Broadway Idol).  Sharon is a Producing Associate on How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Holiday 2006, 2007), Legally Blonde (Spring, 2007) and Dirty Dancing (Toronto, Fall 2007 and the US Pre-Broadway Tour 2008-2009).  She was an Associate Producer on Masked, off-Broadway (August 2007).

Ms. Carr is stepping up this coming year as General Partner/Lead Producer on Idaho! A Comedy Musical Love Story (NYMF, Fall 2008) which she hopes to bring to Broadway -- and (along side Nelle Nugent/Foxboro, Inc.) on the upcoming revival of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (Broadway and US Tour, Fall 2009). Two projects in development: Mom Is Not My Real Name (based on music by Tina deVaron) and an animated film: a family musical comedy about the story of Purim: Queen Esther.

TAJLEI LEVIS (Book & Lyrics) previously wrote book and lyrics for the musical A Time to be Born, based on Dawn Powell’s 1942 novel (with composer John Mercurio).  A Time to be Born had a sold-out run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre as part of the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival. Tajlei is a graduate of Columbia College and NYU Law School. She was a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and the Commercial Theatre Institute.

John Mercurio (Music) is the recipient of an award from both the Jonathan Larson and the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theater Foundation for his work in musical theatre. This past summer his musical Myth for which he wrote book, music and lyrics was developed at the Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference where it received the Georgia Holof Award for lyric writing.

He wrote the score and co-wrote the book to Diva Diaries, which ran for three months at the Lakeshore Theatre in Chicago. Before that, it played at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. With collaborator Tajlei Levis, he wrote Glimpses of the Moon as well as the music for A Time to Be Born, based on the novel by Dawn Powell, which played at the Lucille Lortel theatre as part of the New York Fringe Festival.  This fall his musical Academy will be premiered at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre funded by a MacArthur grant.  John also wrote the score for 1001 Nights (workshop at the George Street Theatre), The Riverhaven Book Club, (Lyric Theatre) and currently, the songs for the play Arturo’s Window, which tells the fascinating true New York story of John Jerome.  John has also just finished his first young adult novel, “The Lost Place.”

He received degrees from the Eastman School of Music and NYU and was a member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop. (www.johnmercurio.com)

BRIERPATCH PRODUCTIONS (General Management) combines the expertise of Laura Janik Cronin and Scott Newsome, offering general management services for theatrical productions, tours, and special events.

Laura Janik Cronin has over 12 years of theatrical management experience on and Off-Broadway, including The Lion King, Chicago, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, August: Osage County, November, The Look of Love, Jackie Mason: Prune Danish, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Triumph of Love, Hamlet with Ralph Fiennes, Beauty and the Beast, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well…,Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, 25 Questions For A Jewish Mother, Don’t Quit Your Night Job, and My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy.  Laura has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Mount Holyoke College, and holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.

Scott Newsome has managed Off-Broadway productions for over eight years.  His productions include Dinner With Friends, Menopause The Musical, Harmony (Broadway out of town), Once Around The Sun, I Love You Because, Shout! The Mod Musical, and My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m In Therapy.  Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Houston.

Photo Credit Walter McBride/Retna Ltd


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