MISSED CONNECTIONS: A CRAIGSLIST MUSICAL Comes to New Ohio Theatre Tonight
This September, MISSED CONNECTIONS: A CRAIGSLIST MUSICAL will have its U.S. debut at the New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street, NYC) beginning tonight, September 10, opening on September 15 and will run through September 25. The musical is directed by Phillip George (Forbidden Broadway), choreographed by Amy Hall Garner.
MISSED CONNECTIONS: A CRAIGSLIST MUSICAL is a musical based on real Craigslist ads, written by Canadian humorist Bill Richardson, indie folk artist, Veda Hille and award-winning playwright/director Amiel Gladstone. Tickets are $45.00 and can be purchased by visiting MissedConnectionsMusical.com or calling (866) 811-4111.
"A few years ago, with not much more than fun in mind, we hauled some Craigslist ads free of their moorings. Veda Hille set them to music. With Amiel Gladstone, she put together a cast of Vancouver singing actors and performed the show as a 20-minute musical. It was meant to end there. What we didn't count on was that, even in that hurried first go-around, we would find the evidence of so much tenderness, folly, and longing. There was more there than we suspected or knew. It was funny, but it was compelling. So, we kept on working, adding, subtracting, rearranging, as one does."- writer, Bill Richardson
Cast includes: Jane Bruce (National Tour: Elf. Film: Noah and the Band), Brandon Ellis (Broadway: Once, Company) Morgan Siobhan Green (Regional: Li'l Abner), Jamie Pittle (Regional: Million Dollar Quartet, Buddy), Shawn Platzker (Regional: Grease. Film: Prom Night), Debbie Tjong (International: Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables). Creative team includes: Solomon Weisbard (Lighting Designer), Grier Coleman (Costume Designer), Josh Iacavelli (Set Design), Jeanne Wu (Sound Designer), Aaron Jodoin (Musical Supervisor), Patrick Sulken (Associate Musical Supervisor), Brian Rardin (Production Stage Manager), Miriam Salzman (Assistant Stage Manager), Jason Styres, CSA (Casting), Perry Street Theatricals (General Management). MISSED CONNECTIONS: A CRAIGSLIST MUSICAL is produced by BeeBar LLC.?
The show was developed as Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata and premiered at the Arts Club Theatre (Vancouver, BC, 2012).? Craigslist was originally produced in a 20-minute version by Theatre Replacement as a co-commission with PuSh and Theatre Conspiracy (Vancouver, BC, 2009).? It has since had productions in Toronto, ON; Calgary, AB; and Edmonton, AB. Its previous incarnations have garnered the piece a Jessie Award for Outstanding Composition and Original Script, and a Jessie Award Nomination for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in an Original Musical.
During its previous productions, the show was hailed as "... intoxicating, wildly creative, wonderfully witty and just downright fun." - The Scene in Toronto; "TERRIFIC! Two-parts absurd hilarity and one-part potent loneliness" - Georgia Straight; "Must-see theatre...one of the most unique and entertaining theatrical concoctions this town has seen in many a year" - The Province.
MISSED CONNECTIONS: A CRAIGSLIST MUSICAL
by Bill Richardson, Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone
Performances begin on September 10; open on September 15 and run through September 25.
Tuesday - Saturday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & Sunday at 3pm
NOTE: September 23, Performances are 7:00pm and 10:00pm
Running time is 75 minutes no intermission
New Ohio Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, NYC.
Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by visiting
www.MissedConnectionsMusical.com or by calling (866) 811-4111
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Phillip George (Director) Off-Broadway:?Shout!, Forbidden Broadway Alive and Kicking, Forbidden Hollywood, Whoop-Dee-Doo?(Drama Desk Award, Best Musical Revue),?The Road to Qatar?(York Theatre Company),?Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back, Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey?(Drama Desk Award, Best Musical Revue),?The Remarkable Ruth Fields?(1993 Bistro Award, Best Musical Best Director),?When Pigs Fly?(as Assoc. Director to Mark Waldrop),? Blackout? (Amas),? Bring Me a Dwarf, Miss Pretty Hard?(Dance Theater Workshop),Forbidden Broadway?1988-1993. London:?Kean?(nominated for Evening Standard Award, Best Musical),?Forbidden Broadway (The Albery, West End & Menier Chocolate Factory),?Shout!, Frankly Scarlet?(co-author with Peter Morris); Listen to the Wind, Much Revue About Nothing, Forbidden Broadway, The Famous Five, The Arcadians, Escape from Pterodactyl Island?(1999 Michael Steward Award). Regionally:?Forum?(5th Ave Theatre, Seattle),?Best Little Whorehouse, Footloose, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Annie Get Your Gun, The Secret Garden?(Paper Mill). As a playwright he is currently hard at work on?Thrilling Pulp!
Amy Hall GARNER (Choreographer) is emerging as one of America's unique and diverse creative talents. Mrs. Garner has choreographed, coached, and worked as a creative consultant on such projects including Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Dave Chappelle's Show, and Kidz Bop Live! (Nat'l tour and OVC telecast). She had the pleasure of coaching Grammy award-winner Beyoncé and providing additional choreography for The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Mrs. Garner has created numerous works for Ailey II, The Juilliard School (summer intensive), Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Ailey School, The Joffrey Ballet (trainees), and Columbia Ballet Collaborative. Mrs. Garner was one of the first recipients of the Joffrey Ballet's Choreography of Color Award. Her theatrical choreography includes The Color Purple for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the new Off- Broadway musical Invisible Thread directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, where she serves as associate choreographer. Mrs. Garner is a native of Huntsville, Alabama and a graduate of The Juilliard School.
VEDA HILLE (Composer/Playwright) has been writing songs, making records, composing for theatre and dance, and playing shows all over since 1992. 2016 saw the release of her 20th album Love Waves and the premiere of a new musical Onegin, written with Amiel Gladstone and based on the Russian classic. New projects include theatre pieces King Arthur's Night (Neworld Theatre) and The Bakkhai (Stratford).
AMIEL GLADSTONE (Playwright) is a West Coast-based writer and director. As a director, his productions have been both site-specific in unusual venues and in traditional theatres including numerous world premieres for companies such as Alberta Theatre Projects, Acting Up Stage Company, Arts Club Theatre Company, Belfry Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, Factory Theatre, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Pacific Opera Victoria, Theatre SKAM, Theatre Replacement, Touchstone Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse and Vancouver Opera. As a playwright, his plays have been produced by the National Arts Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, the Belfry Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, Solo Collective, Western Edge Theatre, and Theatre SKAM.
Bill RichardsON (Playwright) is a writer and broadcaster. His books include Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast, winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor; and After Hamelin, a novel for children that won the Silver Birch Award. His radio documentaries have twice been award winners at the New York Radio Festival. House of Anansi published his new book, "The First Little Bastard to Call Me Gramps," in the fall of 2015. He lives in Vancouver, B.C. (population 605,000) and Holmfield, Manitoba (population 14).