Musical [title of show] to Return to Off-Broadway for Commercial Summer Run; CD Also Planned

News   Musical [title of show] to Return to Off-Broadway for Commercial Summer Run; CD Also Planned
 
Off-Broadway's popular new musical comedy [title of show] — which ends April 30 — will return to the Vineyard Theatre this summer for a commercial run, producers announced April 28. An original cast album is also in the works.

Kevin McCollum, Laura Camien, and the Vineyard Theatre will present the return 8 week limited engagement (starting July 14) of the work which closes this weekend at the downtown stage. Next on the Vineyard boards will be Stopping Traffic written and performed by Mary Pat Gleason and directed by Lonny Price (May 24-June 25).

In other [title of show] news, the production will get an original cast album which will be recorded by Ghostlight Records — a division of Sh-K-Boom Records — in early May. A release date will be announced later.

Previews for the current run of [title of show] began Feb. 15 prior to a Feb. 26 open for a run originally scheduled through March 26. The musical extended its engagement to April 9 following "strong audience and critical support, and record ticket sales following its Feb. 26 opening" and then again to April 23.

Previously seen at the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), the new run of the Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell creation reunites the original cast and creative team. [title of show] — which follows two young writers (Jeff and Hunter) as they "race to write and submit a show to the theatre festival" weeks before the deadline — was born out of just that: Bowen and Bell's race to complete an entry for the aforementioned festival.

The musical — which features added material (continuing the musical's own journey following its previous run) — also includes two of the scribe's friends who were enlisted for this journey. Bowen (The Who's Tommy) and Bell (Oh, Boy!) star with Susan Blackwell (The Heidi Chronicles) and Heidi Blickenstaff (The Full Monty). Tony Award nominee Michael Berresse (The Light in the Piazza, Kiss Me Kate) leads the original creative team as the director-choreographer and Larry Pressgrove (Cats, Children's Letters To God) who provides musical arrangements and direction.

They are joined by the design team which features Neil Patel (set), Chase Tyler (costume), Ken Billington and Jason Kantrowitz (lighting) and ACME Sound Partners (sound).

Producer McCollum is currently represented on Broadway by the new musical The Drowsy Chaperone as well as Tony Award-winning Rent and Avenue Q. Other works include Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme and next season's High Fidelity.

Tickets for the new run of [title of show] at the Vineyard Theatre, 108 East 15 St. are on sale through (212) 279-4200. For more information, visit www.vineyardtheatre.org or www.titleofshow.com.

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