Bill Russell-Peter Melnick Musical Last Smoker in America Will Play Westside Theatre Beginning July 11

News   Bill Russell-Peter Melnick Musical Last Smoker in America Will Play Westside Theatre Beginning July 11 The Last Smoker in America, a new musical comedy, will make its New York premiere July 11 upstairs at the Westside Theatre with an official opening Aug. 2.

John Bolton and Natalie Venetia Belcon in the 2010 CATCO production
John Bolton and Natalie Venetia Belcon in the 2010 CATCO production Photo by David Alkire

The musical features book and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Bill Russell (Side Show) and music by Drama Desk nominee Peter Melnick (Adrift in Macao). Tony Award-winning producer Andy Sandberg (Hair; Gore Vidal’s The Best Man) will direct the production with choreography by AC Ciulla (Footloose).

Casting will be announced shortly.

The Last Smoker in America, according to press notes, is a "raucous and irreverent four-character musical comedy about a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in a world where smoking has recently been outlawed. Pam is having an impossible time trying to quit. Her husband Ernie dreams of being a rock star and relentlessly practices his electric guitar in the basement. Their teenage son Jimmy listens to so much rap music he’s convinced he’s black. Their nosy, anti-smoking zealot neighbor Phyllis lurks around trying to catch transgressors mid-puff. Will Pam kick the habit or fight for the right to light up as The Last Smoker in America?"

The musical received a developmental workshop production at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in fall 2009. In fall 2010, The Last Smoker in America received its world premiere at CATCO (Columbus, OH).

The creative team includes Fred Lassen (music supervision), Charles Corcoran (sets), Michael McDonald (costumes), Jeff Croiter and Grant Yeager (lights), Bart Fasbender (sound) and Jay Binder (casting). Roger Alan Gindi is the general manager, and Pamela Edington is the production stage manager. The Last Smoker in America will be produced in Manhattan by Sandberg, Whitney Hoagland Edwards, Michael Palitz and Stephanie Rosenberg.

Show times will be Monday at 8 PM, Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday at 2:30 PM and 8 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM and Saturday at 2:30 PM and 8 PM.

Tickets priced at $85.00 go on sale May 24 through Telecharge.com, or by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information visit www.lastsmoker.com.

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