Above Board Theatre to Present World Premiere of NIGHT AND DAY

Above Board Theatre to Present World Premiere of NIGHT AND DAY San Diego's innovative new Above Board Theatre Company is excited to announce the World Premiere of Night and Day, a debut production with music and lyrics by Joe Jackson. Based on Jackson's 1983 Grammy-nominated album of the same name, Night and Day will be mounted for the first time at the 2017 San Diego International Fringe Festival. The album was written during the British rocker's extended stay in chaotic early 1980's Manhattan. Night and Day contains nine songs of sharp wit, paranoia, anxiety and brilliant songwriting. After the album's release, The New York times said that it "...captures the flavor and tempo of contemporary Manhattan very evocatively." Weaving pop, salsa and Afro-Cuban beats, the album spawned two chart-topping hits, the popular "Steppin' Out" and "Breaking Us In Two," well-known anthems of the decade.

The new musical, Night and Day, brings to the stage universal themes of the time that are relevant today. Jackson's vibrant lyrics and arrangements amplify feelings of isolation from society, homophobia, and nonconformity. Writer and director, Nick Williams, has created a vivid love story with a cast of local actors, singers, and dancers. The fast-paced musical has very few spoken words and uses each of the nine songs in the exact order they appear on Jackson's album.

The storyline follows a struggling musician who moves to Manhattan from a small town. He quickly gets lost in a wild place full of distractions and pitfalls. While seeking his own musical voice, the protagonist finds love and self-acceptance, helped by the thriving gay community of Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

Night and Day, A New Musical

Music and Lyrics by Joe Jackson

Written and Directed by Nick Williams

Produced by Jessica Brandon

Choreography by Johnny Gaylord

The cast includes Jessica Abbott, John Garcia, David Gentry, Kennedy Jean, Lorenzo Martinez, Jovi Olivas, M.G. Perez, Erin Roberts, and Sabrina Summers

Performance Information:

San Diego International Fringe Festival

The Geoffrey Off Broadway 923 1st Avenue, San Diego

6/23 - 2:30 pm, 6/25 - 7:30 pm, 6/26 - 9:00pm, 6/28 - 7:30pm, 7/1 - 2:30pm

Above Board Theatre is a San Diego-based company dedicated to the love of theatre, life-long friendships and advancing opportunities to create theatre without walls or limitations. Above Board is also a member of the San Diego Theatre Connection, committed to promoting quality entertainment and raising donations and awareness for local charities. During the rehearsals and run of Night and Day, the company is collecting money for the Doors of Change organization which provides music lessons and other support to homeless youth. Online donations can be made at www.doorsofchange.org.

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