O'Malley, Strole, Ayers and More Will See Rock City in NYC Workshop Starting June 6

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Off-Broadway's Transport Group Theatre Company, the winner of a special 2007 Drama Desk Award, presents a Manhattan workshop of the Richard Rodgers Award-winning musical See Rock City & Other Destinations, with music by Brad Alexander and book and lyrics by Adam Mathias, June 6-13 at The New 42nd Street Studios.
Kerry O'Malley and Phoebe Strole
Kerry O'Malley and Phoebe Strole Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The cast includes Kerry O'Malley (Drama Desk nominee for Into the Woods); Jonathan Hammond (Kennedy Center's Ragtime); Stanley Bahorek (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee); Phoebe Strole (Spring Awakening); Ryan Hilliard (Grey Gardens); Heather Ayers (Young Frankenstein); and Josh Young (Les Miserables).

Musical direction and orchestrations are by Justin Hatchimonji.

The workshop, directed by Transport Group artistic director Jack Cummings III, is being presented for an invited audience. For industry inquiries and more information, phone (212) 564-0333 or e-mail lori@transportgroup.org.

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See Rock City & Other Destinations had its world premiere in summer 2008 in a production by Barrington Stage Company. Winner of the 2008 Richard Rodgers Award for Staged Reading, administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the BMI Foundation's 2007 Jerry Bock Award, See Rock City & Other Destinations is a contemporary pop-rock musical about everyday travelers at tourist destinations across America. In it, according to Transport Group notes, "A wanderer believes his destiny is written on rooftops along the North Carolina Interstate. A young man yearns to connect with intelligent life in Roswell, New Mexico. A woman at the Alamo steps out of the shadow of her grandparents' idealized romance to take a chance on love. Three estranged sisters cruise to Glacier Bay to scatter their father's ashes. Two high school boys face unexpected fears in the Coney Island Spook House. A terrified bride-to-be ponders taking the leap...over Niagara Falls. Each story builds on the last to create a vivid travelogue of connections missed and connections made."

Presentations of the workshop will be June 6 at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM; June 12 at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM; and June 13 at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM.

Brad Alexander is a New York City-based songwriter whose music has been featured on Sony Records, Select Records, Showtime, VH1 and at theatres across the country. He wrote the music for Theatreworks USA's Just So Stories, Lilly's Big Day, and the upcoming Click Clack Moo, directed by John Rando. Alexander and collaborator Adam Mathias won the 2008 Richard Rodgers Award and 2007 Jerry Bock Award for their full-length musical See Rock City & Other Destinations, which premiered at Barrington Stage Company. He is a member of The BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, The National Academy of Popular Music, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre and The Dramatists Guild of America.

Adam Mathias' musicals include The Passion of George W. Bush (book and lyrics by Adam Mathias & John Herin, music by Alden Terry), which premiered at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival and was performed in an election-eve concert version presented at Joe's Pub. His work has been performed at Birdland, The Triad, The Duplex, The Laurie Beechman, Raw Impressions, Prospect Theater Company, Chicago Dramatist Workshop, and Musicals Tonight by artists including Anthony Rapp, Sarah Ramirez, Gavin Creel, Christian Borle, Hunter Foster and Malcolm Gets. He is a graduate of The Theatre School of DePaul University and the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. He is a proud member of the BMI Lehmann Engel Musical Theatre Workshop (2005 Jerry Harrington Award) and the Dramatist Guild.

Founded in 2001, Transport Group, under the leadership of Jack Cummings III, artistic director, and Lori Fineman, executive director, is a not-for-profit theatre company "that develops and produces work by American playwrights and composers with the aim of exploring the American consciousness in the 20th and 21st centuries."

Visit transportgroup.org.

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