OB's Smart Traveler Migrates To Midtown's Ibis, Nov. 16

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Off-Broadway's Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know is going to do some traveling of its own. The musical, which celebrated its one year anniversary with a gala performance Oct. 30, moves from the Triad Theatre on 72nd Street to midtown's Ibis Theatre on West 44th Street. The show closed at the Triad Nov. 8 and reopens at Ibis Nov. 16 for an open run, according to spokespersons from the Tony Origlio press office.

Off-Broadway's Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know is going to do some traveling of its own. The musical, which celebrated its one year anniversary with a gala performance Oct. 30, moves from the Triad Theatre on 72nd Street to midtown's Ibis Theatre on West 44th Street. The show closed at the Triad Nov. 8 and reopens at Ibis Nov. 16 for an open run, according to spokespersons from the Tony Origlio press office.

[The Triad won't be vacant for long, however. Starting previews Nov. 27 is A Couple of Blaguards, reminiscences penned by Frank and Malachy McCourt about their experiences growing up impoverished in Limerick, Ireland. Shay Duffin and Mickey Kelly star in the piece, which opens at the Triad Dec. 14.]

Based on Wendy Perrin's Fodor's travel guide of the same name, Smart Traveler covers the globe in 100 minutes with 20 original songs and sketches that take the audience to 40 different countries. Produced by Perrin's brother Scott, Traveler inspired a slew of revue writers including Douglas Bernstein, Francesca Blumenthal, Michael Brown, Barry Creyton, Lesley Davison, Stan Freeman and songwriters Dave Frishberg and Murray Grand.

As well as serving as entertainment, the production also offers travel discounts, prizes and sometimes even advice. Author Perrin has appeared via satellite for question and answer periods from locations as far flung as Ireland, China, the Grand Canyon and the Bahamas.

Patrick Quinn, a veteran of another revue Forbidden Broadway, directed with musical direction by Stan Freeman. The current cast features Ray DeMattis, MariBeth Graham, Denise Nolin and Nick Santa Maria. Charlie Alterman accompanies the four on piano with Jay Leonhart on bass.

Asked about the move from the Triad to Ibis, producer Scott Perrin told Playbill On-Line, "It's a much better location for the show, especially because it's bigger. The Triad seats 130, Ibis seats 200. By Broadway standards it's piddly, but by our standards it's substantial. We started at the Triad to follow in the footsteps of Forever Plaid. We had the same number of folks in the cast, did our licensing through Music Theatre International, etcetera. But now it's time to move our success to the theatre district."

Strangely, Secrets has yet to record a cast CD. Perrin explains, "It took us awhile just to get the show coordinated. We had fifteen writers, and they all had to be brought to New York to see the show and help perfect it. We're just now starting to address the regular issues a normal show would address."

Producer Perrin did note that Traveler is starting to travel even further than a few blocks downtown. A college production of the show opens Nov. 6 at Oberlin College (OH), and a legit mounting is due for Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, NY, opening Nov. 17. Months away, two productions are planned for Florida, one of them in Key West. "It's one set, small cast and simple to produce -- an attractive commodity," said Perrin about the production.

For tickets ($47.50-$20) to the New York Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, call (212) 799-4599. The Triad Theatre is located at 158 West 72nd Street. Ibis Theatre is at 321 West 44th Street.

-- By David Lefkowitz and Christine Ehren

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