Passage Theatre's 20th Anniversary season will get underway on October 27 with a production of "Move It and It's Yours," a hilarious and genuinely moving musical-comedy about a man, his midlife crisis and his piano.The show runs Thursdays through Sundays from October 27 to November 20, 2005. Press opening is Saturday, October 29, at 8pm.
"Move It and It's Yours" tells the story of Charles Ross, a former songwriter about to get married for the third time. Before he can vacate his apartment, he has to get rid of his prized baby grand piano. When movers tell him it will cost about a thousand bucks, Charlie has a better idea. He has his fiancée post fliers around his New York City neighborhood declaring Move It and It's Yours!—which immediately attract a wild array of unusual and endearing characters. Audiences will love the memorable songs delivered by the wacko parade of prospective piano-takers and by Charlie, who is forced to dust off his piano skills. The question quickly becomes: Will Charlie really be able to let his piano ― and his lifelong dream ― be hauled out the door?
Passage Theatre produced the world premiere of "Move It and It's Yours" in 1998; and the show received universal acclaim, as well as the Best Musical New to New Jersey award from The Star-Ledger. Producing Artistic Director June Ballinger has always loved the musical's themes of following your dreams and the importance of community. "But now the creative team has made such wonderful adjustments and enhancements to the show that every regional in the country will want to do this production," she says. "I am determined to launch 'Move It' into the canon of American musical theatre!"
"Move It and It's Yours" is written by the award-winning cabaret and comedy trio of Trenton native David Finkle, Bill Weeden and Sally Fay. In their 20-plus years of performing and writing together, the group has been acclaimed by New York nightclub critics, seen Off-Broadway performing two original shows at Playwrights Horizons and profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal for musical-comedy sales pitches they wrote and performed for numerous Fortune 500 companies.
Featured in the cast are Dann Fink, Natalie Joy Johnson, Patti Mariano, David Mathews, John Paul Skocik, Jeffery V. Thompson, Eddie Varley, and Amanda Weeden.
The show is directed by Jeff Cohen, founder and artistic director of New York's Worth Street Theatre. Cohen also created and directed the Drama Desk Award–winning Stage Door Canteen series at the Tribeca Playhouse in the aftermath of September 11.
For tickets and more information contact The Passage Theatre Company at Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 W. Front St., Trenton, NJ 08611, Box Office- (609) 392-0766. On the Web: www.passagetheatre.org