Beginnings: The Music of Brett Kristofferson, a revue of the young New York composer-lyricist's work, gets its debut at Don't Tell Mama in Manhattan on four consecutive Mondays beginning Oct. 15.
The new show, with Scott Coulter among the performers, is presented by The Storefront, a new producing group devoted to cabaret, musicals, plays, revivals, solo performance pieces and more.
Kristofferson's music was first introduced to New York with This Love, a revue that had an extended run in Greenwich Village in 1999. Since that time, his songs have filtered into a variety of performers' cabaret shows in New York. He is also a musical director of such shows as Bed, Boys and Beyond and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. He penned the original musicals, The Red House, Anything for Jimmy and Insanities, and is a member of the Advanced BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
The cast for Beginnings includes Phil Geoffrey Bond, Rebecca Burton, Scott Coulter, Eric Forand, Britta King, Robin Lyon, Karen Mack, Marina MacNeal, Nancy O'Keefe, Angela C. Shultz, Walker Vreeland, Danny Wiseman and Marcus Woollen. The production will be directed by David Leidholt, a member of the Lincoln Center Director's Workshop and acting teacher at the Professional Performing Arts School and The Actor's Institute.
The Storefront, founded in 2000, previously produced Taking the Wheel: The Music of John Bucchino and It's An Art: The Music of Stephen Schwartz in Manhattan. In the wake of the World Trade Center disaster, the company presented a special benefit for the WTC Disaster Relief Fund, which featured artists including David Friedman, Anne Runolffson, Alison Fraser, Stephen Schwartz and John Bucchino. Visit storefronttheatre.com. Performances are 9:30 PM Oct. 15, and 7 PM Oct. 22 and 29 and Nov. 5. There is a $12 cover, and a two-drink minimum. Don't Tell Mama is located at 343 West 46th St. For reservations, call (212) 757-0788.
— By Kenneth Jones