NYMF's Go-Go Beach Announces Cast & Creative Team
New York City: The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Kevin F.
Harrington's Plaza Theatrical Productions Inc. will present the world
premiere of an original new musical, GO-GO BEACH, at 37 ARTS THEATRE
from September 14th - 23rd. GO-GO BEACH is an official juried Next Link
selection of the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival, one of only 15
shows chosen from over 350 submissions.
GO-GO BEACH is a new
musical fable told in the style of the popular beach party movies of
the 1960s. It's a coming-of-age story about a surfer who gets into
trouble with his girlfriend when he falls for a runaway teen pop star,
and the flower child who helps him discover the true meaning of life.
GO-GO BEACH features an original score inspired by the surf sound, girl
groups, go-go music, and a little flower power as well.
BEACH has book and lyrics by John Wimbs, the playwright who won
Canada's top theatre honor (Dora Mavor Moore Award) for Outstanding New
Play and Outstanding Production for Molly Wood; and music by composers
Michael Shaieb and Brent Lord, both alumni of the NYU Tisch Graduate
Musical Theatre Writing Program, whose work is currently represented in
the Vh1 documentary "Last Days of Left Eye."
Direction is by
John Simpkins, a member of the music theatre faculty at NYU, who has
directed many regional productions including Cabaret (Sacramento Music
Circus), tick tick...BOOM!, Godspell and Chicago; and who has recently
directed Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis at Ars Nova.
is by Michele Lynch, the choreographer for the upcoming Jason Robert
Brown/Dan Elish musical 13 at the Mark Taper Forum this winter directed
by Todd Graff; Associate Choreographer for Hairspray!; and Assistant
Choreographer for The Full Monty and Urinetown on Broadway.
designer is Michael Schweikardt (James Taylor's One Man Band tour, and
Ella, an upcoming musical based on the life of Ella Fitzgerald);
costumes designed by Philip Heckman (Shout! The Mod Musical); lighting
by Chris Dallos (Off-Broadway Mrs. Klein, Kiki & Herb); sound by
Ken Travis (The Threepenny Opera, Hurlyburly, Kiki & Herb: Coup de
Theatre); music direction by Karl Mansfield (Assoc. Conductor B'way
Dracula, Off-Broadway Grey Gardens); wigs, hair and makeup by ROBERT
MORGAN. Casting by Stuart Howard Associates.
Austin Miller, who
created the role of Link Larkin for the 1st National Tour and Las Vegas
productions of Hairspray! creates the role of California surfer Woody,
opposite his three leading ladies: Erin Leigh Peck (I Love You, You're
Perfect…, Dance of the Vampires, Grease) as J.J., the Annette
Funicello-inspired girlfriend; Coleen Sexton (Broadway Jekyll and Hyde,
National Tour Chicago) as runaway teen pop star Mindy Chinchilla; and
Chandra Lee Schwartz (Penny Pingleton in the 1st National Tour and Las
Vegas productions of Hairspray!, 2005 NYMF citation Best Leading
Actress in But I'm a Cheerleader!) as flower child Bulldog. TIMOTHY
SMITH, recently on Broadway in Sweet Charity and Dirty Rotten
Scoundrels, as B-movie producer Sammy Leech Jr.
The cast also
includes some of the hottest new talent in musical theatre: DAVID A.
AUSTIN (I Love You Because…) as Fingers, Michael Buchanan (Kennedy
Center's Mame) as Einstein, Amy Goldberger as the Ann-Margret-inspired
Kitten, newcomer Colt Prattes as muscle-bound Rip, Shelley Thomas
(Zanna, Don't!) as Honey, and Savannah Wise as Baby.
was first presented in New York as a staged reading in June 2001. It
was staged at the Kennedy Center by the CAPPIES (a national youth
theater organization), and won the Audience Choice Award at Toronto's
SummerWorks Festival in 2003. The show was further developed at
University of Northern Colorado, and was given a commercial
Korean-language production at the National Arts Center in Seoul.
F. HARRINGTON, president of Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc., has
been producing and directing for over 25 years throughout the tri-state
area. In partnership with his wife, Phyllis, the Plaza organization
presents over 250 live performances a year. Co-producer JONATHAN
SCHWARTZ has had a long association with GO-GO BEACH, having produced
several developmental productions since its inception in 2001.
GO-GO BEACH will be performed at 37 ARTS THEATRE, 450 West 37th Street (between 9th & 10th), for six performances only:
Thurs. Sept. 14th at 8:00 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 16th at 1:00 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 17th at 4:30 p.m.
Mon. Sept. 18th at 1:00 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 22nd at 8:00 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 23rd at 1:00 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on-line at www.nymf.org or by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information, please visit www.nymf.org and www.gogobeach.com
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