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Hunter Foster Directs THE OTHER JOSH COHEN Off-Broadway This Fall

Hunter Foster Directs THE OTHER JOSH COHEN Off-Broadway This Fall

The critically-acclaimed musical comedy THE OTHER Josh Cohen will open Off-Broadway at The Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street) this fall.

The musical - nominated for six Drama Desk Awards and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical - features Book, Music and Lyrics by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen, who will co-star in the title roles, under the direction of Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster. Previews begin Friday, October 26, 2018, with an official opening night of November 12, for a limited engagement of seventeen weeks through February 24, 2019.

Presale tickets are available exclusively to Audience Rewards members beginning tomorrow, Friday August 17 at 10:00AM EST. Visit www.AudienceRewards.com to purchase or sign up for free membership. General tickets will go on sale for the musical on Friday, August 24 at 10:00AM EST through Telecharge.com.

Josh Cohen just can't get a break. He's single, broke and to top it all off, his apartment's been robbed of everything but a Neil Diamond CD. Soon, though, his luck takes a turn when a mysterious envelope arrives that changes his life forever. The Other Josh Cohen is a hilarious romantic comedy that was declared a "Critic's Pick!" by The New York Times, praising it as "Superb and sweetly funny, with an infectious score! ...The Other Josh Cohen is that precious rarity: an original musical with a life-affirming message and songs worth remembering." Backstage Magazine raved, "Ingenious and Uproariously Witty! The Other Josh Cohen is a hilarious and smart new musical. Imagine Seinfeld-meets-Rodgers & Hart."

Originally developed at New York Musical Festival, THE OTHER Josh Cohen premiered in 2012 at the SoHo Playhouse, presented by Amas Musical Theatre, starring Rossmer and Rosen. In February 2014, the musical played a sold-out engagement at Paper Mill Playhouse as part of the theater's 75th Anniversary Season, which was followed by a limited engagement in Rochester, NY, in January 2018 at Geva Theatre Center. Geva serves as associate producer for this Off-Broadway production at Westside Theatre.

David Rossmer and Steve Rosen met as teens at French Woods Summer camp in the Catskill Mountains. In addition to writing and performing THE OTHER Josh Cohen, Rossmer and Rosen co-created the hit comedy variety show Don't Quit Your Night Job, which began at Joe's Pub before moving to a successful run Off-Broadway. For Don't Quit, Rosen and Rossmer wrote special material for the likes of Sting, Sutton Foster, James Corden, Julianna Margulies, Andrea Martin and David Hyde Pierce, to name a few. Their work has been performed at Joe's Pub, Ars Nova and at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (to benefit The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation).

The design team for THE OTHER Josh Cohen includes Scenic Designer Carolyn Mraz (Beardo, {my lingerie play}), Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher), Sound Designer Bart Fasbender (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and Costume Designer Nikki Moody (Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls at Bucks County). Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting (Kaitlin Shaw, CSA). General Management is by Brierpatch.

Additional cast for THE OTHER Josh Cohen will be announced at a later date.

The regular playing schedule for THE OTHER Josh Cohen is Tuesdays at 7:00pm and Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, with 2:00PM matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and 3:00PM matiness on Sundays. Tickets are $59-$110, and will be available for purchase by Audience Rewards members beginning tomorrow, August 17 at 10:00AM (www.audiencerewards.com). Tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, August 24 at 10:00AM through Telecharge (212-239-6200 or www.Telecharge.com)

David Rossmer (Book, Music & Lyrics/Narrator Josh) co-wrote Rated P, which began Off-Broadway, was developed for TV by Kelly Ripa's Milojo Productions, and bought by ABC Studios. With Dan Lipton, Rossmer is currently writing the Broadway show Monopoly for Hasbro, in collaboration with 3-time Tony Award nominee Rick Elice (Jersey Boys). Rossmer and Lipton's original comedy The Blonde Streak is being produced by Grove Entertainment, and their futuristic parable The Perfect Mate was just commissioned by Pittsburgh CLO. They wrote "They Don't Let You in the Opera (If You're a Country Star)" featured on Kelli O'Hara's Always album, and performed by the Tony winner in concerts across the country, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Rossmer was recently announced as part of the inaugural class of Audible playwrights, commissioned by Amazon. As a performer, he has appeared on Broadway in: Titanic, Fiddler on the Roof, Peter and the Starcatcher (originated role of Teddy) and Thenardier in Les Miserables. On television he has appeared on SVU, Vinyl, Blue Bloods, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Good Fight.

Steve Rosen (Book, Music & Lyrics/Josh Cohen) is currently co-adapting the Universal film The Secret of My Success for the stage. This Broadway-bound musical just completed a successful workshop in NYC starring Christian Slater. Rosen also wrote (with Gordon Greenberg) a unique comic take on A Christmas Carol entitled Ebenezer Scrooge's Big (Your Town here) Christmas Show. A smash hit this past holiday season at Bucks County Playhouse, the show is slated for an annual return there, as well as other theaters across the country. Steve was also recently commissioned to create an evening of original material for the prestigious Washington University of St. Louis Law School's 150th anniversary celebration. As a performer, Rosen originated principal roles in the Broadway productions of Monty Python's Spamalot, The Farnsworth Invention, and played Benny Southstreet in the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls. For his acting work Off-Broadway, he has been nominated for Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards. On television he has appeared on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Nurse Jackie, Masters of Sex and is currently playing recurring roles on NBC's Law and Order: SVU and Fox's The Resident.

Hunter Foster (Director) An Artistic Associate at the Bucks County Playhouse where he has directed: 42nd Street, Clue, Guys and Dolls, Company, Ain't Misbehavin', The Buddy Holly Story (2016 & 2017), National Pastime, The Rocky Horror Show (2013, 2014, 2016 & 2017), Summer of '42, Million Dollar Quartet and It's a Wonderful Life. He most recently directed the world premier of two new musicals, One Hit Wonder, for the University of Michigan, and A Connecticut Christmas Carol for Goodspeed Musicals. Other directing credits include: The Other Josh Cohen (Geva Theatre), Our Town (Theatre Aspen), Cabaret, My Fair Lady, The Foreigner (Cape Playhouse) Grease (North Carolina Theatre), Spamalot (Casa Manana), and has directed productions of the Million Dollar Quartet for The Paper Mill Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Center Rep, Maine St., The Fulton Theatre and the Westchester Broadway Theatre. As a book writer he has written the books to musicals, Jasper in Deadland, Summer of '42, The Circus in Winter, Clyde and Bonnie: A Folktale, The Hollow and The Big Boom.

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