New Musical TAKE ONE to Premiere at New York Fringe

Producer Tim Hurley will present the world premiere of the new musical TAKE ONE by Jeff Ward, directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Nathan W. Perry. TAKE ONE will begins performances on Sunday, August 21and run through Saturday August 27 at Flamboyan Theatre at the Clemente (107 Suffolk Street, NYC). Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by visiting

Michelangelo, Richard Rodgers and God light up the musical stage in this story of the botched first versions of their greatest works! Sweeping in historical scope and thrillingly tuneful, TAKE ONE shows that the act of creation is always messier and more hilarious than we've been led to believe - even for the gods.

The cast includes: Corrado Alicata (NYC: I'll Say She Is: The Lost Marx Brothers Musical), Rob Brinkmann (NYC: The Red Room), L.R. Davidson (NYC: Death For 5 Voices), Carl Howell (National Tour: Peter And The Starcatcher), Tom Alan Robbins (Broadway: The Lion King (Original Cast), Sunset Boulevard, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Threepenny Opera), Caroline Schmidt (Royal Caribbean's Night Fever), Keith Varney (I Got Fired (Best Actor In A Musical - DIMF)). Creative team includes: Lauren Page Russell (Sets & Props), Betsy Rugg-Hinds (Costumes), Coby Chasman-Beck (Lighting), Brianna Poh (PSM).


By Jeff Ward, directed by Michael Schiralli

Flamboyan Theatre at the Clemente is located at 107 Suffolk Street, NYC).

Performances: Sunday, August 21 at 8:30 pm; Monday, August 22 at 9:45 pm; Thursday, August 25 at 2:00 pm; Friday, August 26 at 9:45 pm; Saturday, August 27 at 4:30 pm

Running time: 90 minutes

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by visiting

For more information on TAKE ONE, please visit

Jeff Ward (Book, Music & Lyrics) is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and the winner of two festival prizes for short musicals. His Take One will be featured in the MID Stage Production Series of the 4th Wall Theatre in Bloomfield, NJ, next March. Jeff wrote for Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" from mid-Colin Quinn through mid-Tina Fey, and writes music and comedy for National Public Radio and the comedy group Euphobia. He appeared in Nico: Underground (NY Times Critics' Pick) at Theatre for the New City and L.A.'s Bootleg Theatre and Largo, and Born Again Again! at Joe's Pub. His short stories are published in May Contain Nuts (Harper Perennial), Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit (Crown), and The Lowbrow Reader Reader.

Michael Schiralli (Director) is the Artistic Director of Half Moon Theatre at the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America, where he has directed Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, A Christmas Carol, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, The Fantasticks, It's a Wonderful Life, The World Goes Round, two Ten-Minute Play Festivals, and Side By Side By Sondheim. Some recent Off-Broadway credits include: Nico: Underground (NY Times Critics' Pick), A Chanukah Charol (New World Stages) and David Simpatico's Prom Queen (Playwrights Horizon). Other notable productions: Sleepless Variations with Mary Testa & Michael Starobin (Barrington Stage), Jackie Hoffman's solo shows, including The Kvetching Continues (Time Out Award) and The Tragic And Horrible Life of the Singing Nun (NYMF, 3 awards), Varla Jean Merman shows and videos, including Enough About Me: An Unauthorized Biography, Coco Peru shows, including Undaunted (GLAAD Award), The Vendler Television Playhouse (Guiding Light TV Cast), Bob&Carol&Ted&Alice with David Rackoff (Culture Project), Born Again Again! with Tammy Faye Starlite, Valentine's Day Massacre (Drama Dept.), Nothin's Easy and Nobody's Happy with Colette Hawley, Gas, Food, Talent (West Bank), Darlene Love's True Love (N.Y., L.A.), Songs for a New World (with Beth Leavel and Jason Robert Brown), Damaged Care (U.S. House of Congress), Everything's Coming Up Moses with Seth Rudesky, MTW's Holiday Extravaganza with Kristin Chenowith, Free & Equal (Yip Harburg Foundation) and the feature film "Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads."

NATHAN W. PERRY (Music Director) is a pianist and conductor for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows (School of Rock, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, NEWSical, The Fantasticks), national tours (We Will Rock You, 'S Wonderful, The Pajama Game, Ring of Fire), regional theaters (Gateway, Harbor Lights, Allenberry) and, when it can't be avoided, cruise ships. Originally from Rochester, he holds a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, which immediately landed him a job delivering pizzas. He lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley with his wife, dog, two cats, and accordion.

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