Bright Lights Composer Goodman Illuminates Rooms, a New Musical in NYMF, Sept. 13-23

News   Bright Lights Composer Goodman Illuminates Rooms, a New Musical in NYMF, Sept. 13-23
 
Rooms, a "rock romance" co-written by Paul Scott Goodman, who musicalized Bright Lights Big City, will play in the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival from Sept. 13-23 at the 45th Street Theatre.

Scotsman Goodman penned music and lyrics for the new two-actor project and co-wrote the book with Miriam Gordon. The writers are married, and the musical is inspired by some experiences in their lives.

Scott Schwartz (The Foreigner, Bat Boy, Golda's Balcony) directs the production, which stars Jeremy Kushnier (Footloose) and Natascia Diaz (Bright Lights Big City).

"Rooms centers on songwriting partners Monica Miller and Ian Wallace, who meet in Glasgow, Scotland in 1977," according to production notes. "Monica is a middle-class Jewish girl interested in the bright lights of Broadway while Ian is a working-class rock-and-roll Catholic boy. Nevertheless, opposites attract and the two form an instant bond. Their music takes them from Glasgow to London to New York. Though Monica longs to see every room in the world, Ian is happy with four walls, a window, his music and a scotch. This rock romance explores their musical journey around the world and through time."

Born in Scotland, Paul Scott Goodman wrote the book, music and lyrics for Bright Lights Big City, which was presented at The Guggenheim Museum and produced by New York Theater Workshop (directed by Michael Greif). It is currently scheduled for production at the Prince Music Theater for June 2006.

His other musicals include Him & Her (New York International Fringe Festival 2002 Best Performance Award), ROOMS (University of Michigan), God Save the New Wave (Bottom Line, West Bank Theater); Just East of Broadway (The Duplex). Miriam Gordon co-wrote the book and directed Him & Her (NYCFringe 2002 Award, Musical Theater Works), Tiny Dancer (New End Theater, London), ROOMS (Theater on 2, NYC) and God Save the New Wave (Bottom Line, West Bank Theater). She directed I've Got to See You Again and Marathon (NYTW), When Heaven and Earth (Circle Rep East), In Audela (Cherry Lane Theatre). Gordon is the recipient of the Allan S. Gordon Foundation Performing Arts Program Award for The Kid Who Ran for President (writer/director) and a Stella Adler Talent Award.

Rooms is presented by G3 Productions, a new company "devoted to developing and nurturing new musicals for the stage and screen." The 45th Street Theatre is located at 354 W. 45th Street.

The performance schedule is Sept. 13 at 8 PM, Sept. 16 at 1 PM, Sept. 18 at 4:30 PM & 8 PM, Sept. 21 at 8 PM, Sept. 23 at 8 PM.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (212) 352-3101. For more info, visit www.NYMF.org.

From Left: <i>Rooms</i> stars Natascia Diaz and Jeremy Kushnier.
From Left: Rooms stars Natascia Diaz and Jeremy Kushnier. Photo by Bruce Gilkas
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