Bruni Will Stage NYC Premiere of Gwon's Ordinary Days Musical for Roundabout

News   Bruni Will Stage NYC Premiere of Gwon's Ordinary Days Musical for Roundabout Ordinary Days, award-winning composer-lyricist Adam Gwon's musical about four young New Yorkers, will make its Manhattan debut Oct. 2 in an intimate production by Roundabout Theatre Company.

The musical, directed by Marc Bruni, will be part of the Roundabout Underground initiative meant "to introduce and cultivate artists" in the 62-seat Black Box Theatre below the Laura Pels Theatre within the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on West 46th Street.

This production — opening Oct. 25 — will mark the first musical presented in the Black Box Theatre. This will be a limited engagement through Dec. 13, 2009.

Cast and design team members will be announced shortly. Bruni has been an associate director on the commercial Broadway-style production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas since its inception.

Here's how Roundabout characterizes the show: "From the bustling streets to the quiet rooftops, Ordinary Days tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives are unexpectedly interconnected by circumstance. The series of funny and fortuitous events in this intimate, fast-paced musical proves that ordinary days can be simply extraordinary."

* Ordinary Days is the third production of Roundabout Underground, an initiative launched in 2007 to introduce and cultivate artists in Roundabout's 62-seat Black Box Theatre, at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W. 46th Street). Prior productions include Speech & Debate (2007) and The Language of Trees (2008).

All tickets for Roundabout Underground productions are $20, general admission.

Fresh out of college in 2001, Adam Gwon began an internship at Roundabout Theatre Company and went on to become an associate in the development office. He continued to write musicals while working at Roundabout, and he is currently a teaching artist with the company. Gwon is the winner of the 2008 Fred Ebb Award for Excellence in Musical Theater Songwriting. Bruni was an associate director on the Tony Award-winning Roundabout productions of The Pajama Game and The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Ordinary Days recently enjoyed a sold-out run at the Finborough Theatre in London, after making its world premiere at Pennsylvania Centre Stage and appearing in the 2008 NAMT Festival of New Musicals and the 2008 ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop. It will play a summer run at the Adirondack Theatre Festival.

Gwon's other musicals include Bernice Bobs Her Hair (with librettist Julia Jordan) and Ethan Frome. His work has been seen at Primary Stages, the York Theatre, New Dramatists, the Flea Theater, American Music Theatre Project, NYMF, Symphony Space, and many others. He's currently at work on an original musical with playwright Sarah Hammond, commissioned by Broadway Across America; a musical commission from South Coast Rep for a project with Octavio Solis; and an adaptation of Joe Meno's "The Boy Detective Fails," commissioned by Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, as part of its American Musical Voices Project: The Next Generation.

Gwon was a 2006-07 musical theatre fellow at the Dramatists Guild and is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Visit www.adamgwon.com.

Ordinary Days will play Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7 PM with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 PM.

Tickets will be available in August 2009 by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, online at www.roundaboutunderground.org.

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