The latest volume of musicals created by six teams of writers within a one-day period will be performed by Emy Baysic, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Kevin Daniels, Natalie Douglas, Ryan Duncan, Lawrence Feeney, Brian Geraghty, Eric Michael Gillett, Blythe Gruda, Cady Huffman, Timothy Johnson, Donovan Patton, Thom Sesma, Tracie Thoms and Melanie Vaughan.
Those who will pen the new 15-minute musicals include writers Michael Lazan, Stephen O'Rourke and Erica Silberman; lyricist-composers Gaby Alter, Brian J. Nash and Brandon Patton; and directors David Brind, Edie Cowan, Michael Duling and Mark Lonergan. Also involved will be Alec Berlin (musical director), Andrea "Spook" Testani (production supervisor), Andrew Donovan (original scenic designer) and Carol A. Sullivan (production stage manager).
TheAtrainplays, which are a celebration of New York, are created, according to press notes, by "six teams while traveling the entire route of the A train, from 207th Street & Broadway to Far Rockaway and back. On Tuesday evening, June 19th, four librettists will hop on the A train at 207th Street and begin writing the books for four 15-minute musicals, all set on the A train. Before each of the teams begins their journey, they pick a number between 3 and 5 to set the number of characters, then they choose headshots from a blind draw to determine who is in each piece. When the librettists reach the Far Rockaway stop, they randomly select, through another blind draw, their collaborative lyricists, composers, directors and choreographers, who have been awaiting their arrival at a nearby McDonald's with two playwrights joining them and just beginning their journey. Two directors will meet the creators of the now finished plays at 207th Street and they all proceed to Columbus Circle where they meet the pre-selected pool of actors, decipher their scribbles, copy the scripts and begin rehearsals. They have until show time the next day . . . to develop these works into six exciting new musical experiences to be shared with the audience at New World Stages."
New World Stages is located in Manhattan at 340 West 50th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Tickets — priced $50 for the performance, $100 for premium seats and $20 for the post-show benefit party with the cast and creative team — are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.