The musical first debuted at Luna Stage in late 2010 and later played San Diego's Diversionary Theatre in winter 2011. Cearley earned awards for his performance. …And Then I Wrote a Song About It was also presented as part of the "Bound for Broadway" series at the Merkin Concert Hall in September.
Director Igor Goldin, who staged the previous engagements, returns for the 3 PM Dec. 7 industry presentation at Theatre 80. One Man Musical, LLC is behind the presentation. The creators are testing the work in anticipation of a New York run.
Like You Like It songwriters Acquisto (music) and Buck (lyrics) collaborated with Drama Desk-nominated Wanda's World book writer Eric H. Weinberger on the new musical about a young performer finding his way in life in the early 1980's.
Cearley most recently appeared in the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati's regional debut of the Tony-winning musical Next to Normal. His credits also include the national tour of All Shook Up and regional productions of Pageant, Altar Boyz and The Great American Trailer Park Musical.
Here's how the creators describe the musical: "Set to the rhythm of the disco era and beyond, this earnest yet uproarious musical breaks new ground with its tour-de-force cast of one. The musical follows the adventures of a perspiring actor-singer-songwriter-dancer-secretary as he searches for love and fame in the early 1980s." According to Weinberger, "The genesis of the show is that I wanted to write something for Nick, because I think he’s such an extraordinary talent. I went back to prehistoric times, when I was in my late 20s and early 30s, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and trying to find myself. I approached Dan and Sammy about writing the score because I had gotten to know and like them and admire their work – I am so delighted to have had the experience of working with them."
…And then I Wrote a Song About It has original choreography by Antoinette DiPietropolo. Thomas Hodges is conductor.
Acquisto and Buck's musicals include The 7-Year B*tch, The Frog & the Witch, Matthew Takes Mannahatta (book by Aurin Squire), Barry the Hatchet, and the NYMF-commissioned dance piece Andy Warhol Was Right. They are also creating The Ugly Swan and are contributing writers for the Rent-inspired musical Speargrove Presents.
Weinberger's works include Class Mothers ’68, Six Hands, The Nightwatchman.
For information on the industry presentation e-mail Stevelitwitz@gmail.com. Visit www.andtheniwroteasongaboutit.com.