Cast & Creative Team Announced for SOUND BITES 5.0

By: May. 18, 2018

Cast & Creative Team Announced for SOUND BITES 5.0

Theatre Now New York is pleased to announce the complete casting and creative teams of the ten musicals featured in SOUND BITES 5.0, the Fifth Annual 10-Minute Musical Festival. This one-night only event showcases ten new musicals of up-and-coming musical theatre writing teams.

SOUND BITES 5.0 will feature numerous Broadway names in the casting and creative teams. Rachel M. Stevens (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) will direct Bystander. Aaron Simon Gross (13, Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Featured Actor in a Musical) will direct Dead Flowers. Jonathan Stuart Cerullo (Say Goodnight, Gracie, Band In Berlin, Anna Karenina, The Three Musketeers) will direct and choreograph JABEZ and The P.P. Gang. Angelique Ilo (original Broadway production of A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Contact, Steel Pier, The Wedding Singer) will direct Run This Town. Laura Shoop (She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof '04 revival, Oklahoma! '02 revival) will join the cast of Welcome to Ridgington. Richie Abanes (original Broadway production of Dreamgirls) will join the cast of JABEZ and The P.P. Gang. Additionally, Off-Broadway's Jim Brochu (Zero Hour, 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance) will join the cast of Dead Flowers.

The festival will take place on May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day) at 7:00pm on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036. Tickets are $25, $35, and $45. Tickets can be purchased on or by phone, 855-254-SHOW [7469]. The proceeds of SOUND BITES 5.0 will go to the creation and development of new musicals.

After a record-breaking amount of submissions this year, the SOUND BITES 5.0 Adjudication Committee chose the top ten musicals. The finalists will compete for top festival honors, including Best Musical, Best Director, Best Book, Best Choreography, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Music, and Best Lyrics. The audience will also vote for their favorite musical, which will earn the coveted Audience Choice Award.


Book & Lyrics by Ed Levy

Music by Eric Grunin

Directed by Rachel M. Stevens+
Music Direction by Adam Wiggins

Cast: Danny Kornfeld, Neda Lahidji, Kristen Kress Parness, Mikki Sodergren

On a late-night subway, a passenger accuses a young woman wearing a hijab of terrorism, which puts the only other rider in a precarious situation.

Cooking For Two

Book & Lyrics by Charlie O'Leary

Music by Karl Hinze

Directed by Tasha Gordon-Solomon
Music Direction by Karl Hinze

Cast: Stephan Amenta, Robert Berliner*, Bettina Bresnan

It's the first season finale of Food Network's latest, Tasty Time with Jenny and Brett - but as the cameras roll, the eponymous couple's cheery facade starts to crack. When Jenny tries to end the show in a desperate bid to save their marriage, Brett must confront a terrifying choice: relationship or career?

Dead Flowers
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Michael Finke

Directed by Aaron Simon Gross+
Music Direction by David Aaron Brown
Choreographed by Rosie Jo Neddy
Stage Managed by Krissy Delahanty

Cast: Jim Brochu*, Corey Desjardins*, Andrew Lee, Heidi Stallings*, Daniel Bender Stern, Robbie Torres*, Sheilagh Weymouth*, Ben Yahr*

At age 82, Polly Patolsky believes she is meant to spend the rest of her days with her unfaithful and manipulative husband, Charlie. But on the worst day of her life (and her marriage), Polly reaches a breaking point and finds strength and courage in a strange place with an unlikely new friend.


Book, Music, & Lyrics by Zach Spound*

Directed by Rebecca Kenigsberg
Music Direction by Jane Cardona
Stage Managed by Erin Page
Additional Music by VENMC

Cast: Emily Gardner Hall*, Tristan J. Shuler*, Zach Spound*, Brooke Wetterhahn

How do you spark up a conversation with a stranger? Meet Ben. He has no idea.

End of the Line

Book by Howard Ho

Lyrics by Chris Edgar

Music by Kristen Rea

Directed by Kristen Rea
Music Direction by Meggan Herod

Cast: Elyse Beyer*, David Curtis Scott, Kalia Lay, Patrick MacLennan

Four worker ants set out on a routine mission to retrieve tasty morsels for their colony and end up on the quest of a lifetime. When faced with a fork in the road, will they return home empty handed or receive a hero's welcome for discovering the "legendary stuff" long prophesied by their ancestors?

Hospital Kids

Music by Jake Chapman

Book & Lyrics by Lisa Mongillo

Directed by Alex Shaw
Music Direction by Jake Chapman
Choreographed by Whitney Brandt

Cast: Jahbril Cook, Liz Damuth*, Katie Emerson*, John Fisher*, Luke Holloway*, Hannah Solow*

A hilarious, madcap, heartwarming romp of a musical that follows three young cancer patients as they embark on a quest to meet their idol, the flawless Hollywood hottie Ryan Reynolds. These kids won't let anything - not illness, not nurses chasing them through halls, not doctors trying to send them home, not constant nagging from their least favorite celebrity Ryan Gosling - stand in the way of their dream.

JABEZ and The P.P. Gang

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Tom Hyndman

Directed & Choreographed by Jonathan Stuart Cerullo+
Music Direction by Lulu Picart
Executive Producer & Assistant to Director, Peter Petkovsek
Assistant to Choreographer, Sam Given*

Cast: Richie Abanes*, Sam Given*, Justy Kosek*, Daren Liff, Brian Losoya, Danielle Louise Mendoza, Danelle Rivera, Eddie Rodriguez Jr., Kegan Witzki

While on the lam, a teenage Mexican boy and his outspoken "Pet" cockatoo encounter a former Mariachi cover band turned Banditos, a posse of hostile Texas Rangers, a beautiful señorita and trouble in Old Mexico.

Run This Town

Music by Assaf Gleizner

Book & Lyrics by Cindy Sideris

Directed by Angelique Ilo
Music Direction by Assaf Gleizner

Cast: Taylor Coriell, Matt Giroveanu, Tegan Miller, Patricia Sabulis, Alan Trinca, Jordan Wolfe

A jazzy comedy about a gangster in the 1920s who is frustrated with his friends and accomplices, and wants to work with and learn from a pro. However, he soon realizes people aren't always who they seem to be, and sometimes your friends are your best partners.

The Almost In-Laws

Book & Lyrics by Greg Edwards

Music by Andy Roninson

Directed by Erin Thompson
Music Direction by Andy Roninson

Cast: Nicholas Alexiy Moran*, Rebecca Odorisio*, Kyle Olsen*, Adrien Swenson

Des has to introduce his fiancée to his parents, and they're, well... elves.

Welcome to Ridgington

Music by Luke Steinhauer

Book & Lyrics by Jordan Silver

Directed by Andrew Rasmussen+
Music Direction by Luke Steinhauer

Cast: Greg Carter*, Barrett Riggins*, Kristin Serafini*, Laura Shoop*

The perfect town of Ridgington, everyone follows a strict regimen of routines, rituals, and traditions. Today is Cleansing Day, the only time when each family has the right to tell each other the truth that's been pent up all year. Every other day, they must smile and nod, just as they do in public to hold their lives and families together.

*indicates member of Actors' Equity Association
+indicates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

Producing SOUND BITES 5.0 is Theatre Now New York Artistic Director, Thomas Morrissey, who has helped develop and produce new plays and musicals, including the East Coast Premiere of Kingdom, the world premiere of The Last Sunday in June, and the East Coast Premiere of The Break-Up Notebook, Chris Giordano, Theatre Now New York Managing Director, who co-produced last year's SOUND BITES 4.0 and TNNY's Rotating Rep Series, which included musicals: We Have Apples, Kragtar: An American Monster Musical, and Thicket & Thistle's What's Your Wish, and Stephen Bishop Seely, Theatre Now New York Literary Manager, who has helped develop several Off-Broadway and Broadway shows including Disney's Tarzan, Rock Wilk's Broke Wide Open, Rock Wilk's Brooklyn Quartet, and 8 Million Protagonists.

The mission of Theatre Now New York is to facilitate the creation and development of new theatrical works, the reimagining of previously produced known titles and the reinterpretation of classic works through readings, productions, workshops and work-in-progress presentations, and to promote the understanding and appreciation of live theatre and its process by the general public. TNNY provides opportunities for emerging, mid-career and established theatre professionals in their ongoing creative process. In keeping with this mission, SOUND BITES' goal is to seek out and cultivate new writers and composers and develop new musicals.

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