Hunter Foster Is One of Four in NYC Premiere of Musical Ordinary Days

News   Hunter Foster Is One of Four in NYC Premiere of Musical Ordinary Days
 
Lisa Brescia, Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster, Jared Gertner and Kate Wetherhead will star in the New York City premiere of songwriter Adam Gwon's Ordinary Days — a musical about four New Yorkers connected by circumstance — this fall in Roundabout Theatre Company's Roundabout Underground season.
Composer-lyricist Adam Gwon
Composer-lyricist Adam Gwon Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Performances will begin Oct. 2. Opening is Oct. 25. This will be a limited engagement through Dec. 13.

Ordinary Days is the third production (and the first musical) of Roundabout Underground, an Off-Broadway initiative launched in 2007 to introduce and cultivate artists in a 62-seat Black Box Theatre within the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on West 46th Street.

Featuring music and lyrics by Gwon, and directed by Marc Bruni, Ordinary Days is billed this way: "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."

Out of college in 2001, 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. He is the winner of the 2008 Fred Ebb Award for Excellence in Musical Theater Songwriting.

Brescia will play Claire, Foster is Jason, Gertner is Warren and Wetherhead is Deb. The Ordinary Days creative team includes Vadim Feichtner (music direction), Lee Savage (sets), Lisa Zinni (costumes), Jeff Croiter (lights) and Danny Erdberg (sound).

All tickets for Roundabout Underground productions are $20. All tickets are general admission passes for first-come, first-served seating on the show date.

Brescia has appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked, starred as Cleo in Twyla Tharp's The Times They Are A-Changin' and was seen as Marion Halcombe in The Woman in White when she stepped in for British star Maria Friedman. She played Amneris in Aida on Broadway for the last year of its run and was seen in the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Foster's Broadway credits include Leo Bloom in The Producers, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic nominations), Bobby Strong in Urinetown (Outer Critic nomination), Les Miserables, Grease, Footloose and King David. Off-Broadway he appeared in Happiness (Drama Desk nomination), Frankenstein, Dust, Modern Orthodox, Urinetown (Lucille Lortel nomination).

Gertner was featured in Broadway's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for the last year of its run and also played Barfee in the San Francisco Company and The Boston Company of Spelling Bee.

Wetherhead's Broadway credits include Legally Blonde and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway she appeared in Wood, Sarah, Plain and Tall, Cam Jansen, Tatjana in Color and Summer of the Swans.

Gwon's 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. His other musicals include Bernice Bobs Her Hair (with librettist Julia Jordan) and Ethan Frome. Visit www.adamgwon.com.

Bruni won the New York Musical Theatre Festival Directing Award for his production of Such Good Friends, and his production of Glimpses of the Moon just concluded a sold-out run at the Algonquin Hotel Oak Room. He is currently the associate director of Legally Blonde (tour/London) and appeared on MTV's "Search for Elle Woods," and is an associate director with the White Christmas commercial franchise in North America.

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

Tickets to Ordinary Days are now on sale at (212) 719-1300, online at www.roundaboutunderground.org or at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre box office (111 West 46th Street).

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Roundabout Underground "is an initiative to showcase new plays that will either allow an experienced director to go back to his/her creative roots or give a debut production to an emerging writer or director." Robyn Goodman (artistic consultant to the Roundabout), who has significant artistic development experience, "is curating the initiative that continues to be a creative breeding ground for nurturing new talent."

The 62-seat Black Box Theatre, below the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, "allows Roundabout to take artistic risks that are better suited for a more intimate space."

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