Sidelined Underdogs Are Heroes of Band Geeks: A Halftime Musical at FringeNYC

News   Sidelined Underdogs Are Heroes of Band Geeks: A Halftime Musical at FringeNYC "Are you, like, a geek? Or a nerd? A queerball drama fag?" asks Band Geeks: A Halftime Musical, which makes its New York stage debut as part of The New York International Fringe Festival.

Producer Steve Hickson and Single Box Turn Productions presents the New York City premiere of the underdog tale penned by co-librettist Becky Eldridge and Amy Petersen with composer-lyricist Andy Eninger (the team behind 2005 FringeNYC musical comedy, Little House on the Parody). Eninger also directs the work, which plays Aug. 21-26 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

"It's 1989 … and in the industrial town of Elyria, Ohio, football is king and the high school marching band is an after-thought," reads show materials. "But this is the year… the band is going to march at the half-time show of the Cleveland Browns Monday Night Football Game and be featured on NATIONAL TV!"

The story follows an eager band director who must motivate his kids, find funds and battle a domineering school superintendent hell-bent on getting rid of the band altogether.

The '80s-flavored musical with "original music, original marching and big, big hair" is for "anyone who ever felt misunderstood in high school [whether you were a] dweeb, burnout, dork, prep, slut, cheerleader, jock, choir hussy or art freak."

The cast features Jarrad Apperson, Joseph Cranford, Elisabeth Dunson, Becky Eldridge, Ross Foti, Cynthia Francesconi, Dori Goldman, Ed Jones, Matthew Lane, Sean McGarry, Marcos Mateo Ochoa, Amy Petersen, Amy Starks, Max Stewart and Brian Vogler. The creative team includes set designer Jeanette Thompson, costume and prop designer Cynthia Francesconi and musical director Jeremy Ramey. Paula Stein Kroening serves as choreographer and stage manager. Marching consultant is Mik Erwin and Beka Cloninger is the stylist.

Tickets to Band Geeks at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St. are available by phone at (212) 279-4488 or visit www.bandgeeksmusical.com and fringenyc.org.

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