Watching the Musical Meter: Taxi Cabaret Charts Lives of Newcomers to Big Apple in NY Musical Fest Sept. 21-Oct. 3

News   Watching the Musical Meter: Taxi Cabaret Charts Lives of Newcomers to Big Apple in NY Musical Fest Sept. 21-Oct. 3 The Taxi Cabaret, songwriter Pete Mills' loosely plotted musical revue set in modern-day New York City, gets a run The New York Musical Theatre Festival Sept. 21-Oct. 3.

Conceived and directed by Cara Reichel, with book, music and lyrics by Mills, the show has been heard in Manhattan before and has a loyal fan base. The musical "follows the lives of six twentysomethings," played by Sebastian Arcelus, Alison Cimmet, Leo Ash Evans, Amy Justman, Jason Mills and Simone Zamore, "during their first year living in the Big Apple."

The Taxi Cabaret opened Feb. 2, 2000, at the Duplex Cabaret, had a subsequent reading at the Berkshire Theater Festival, and was revived with new material by Prospect Theatre Company (which is again producing this run) in November 2004 for eight performances at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center.

Songs include "Cautiously Optimistic," "Seventy-Second and Third," "Way Ahead of My Time" (a.k.a. "The Caveman Song") and "Sixteen Bars." The musical will be published by Samuel French, Inc. to become available for licensing.

Choreography is by Marlo Hunter, costume design is by David Kaley, and graphic and set design is by Jaime Vallés.

Performance dates and times at The 45th Street Theater (Primary Stages) are Sept. 21 at 8 PM, Sept. 29 at 8 PM, Oct. 1 at 8 PM, Oct. 2 at 1 PM and Oct. 3 at 1 PM and 4:30 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, and can be purchased at (212) 352-3101.

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Peter Mills holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theater Writing from New York University's Tisch School for the Arts. His work has been recognized by the 2003 Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award from the ASCAP Foundation, and the 2002 Jonathan Larson Foundation Award. With Cara Reichel, he created the musical The Flood, which premiered May 2001 at the Flamboyán Theatre in New York; and The Alchemists, which premiered in May 2003 at Theatre for the New City. The Flood was selected for the 2001 ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop. He also wrote book, music, and lyrics for Illyria (adapted with Reichel from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night) which premiered at the Hudson Guild Theater in the spring of 2002 and will be produced in December 2004 by the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

His most recent project with Reichel was the new musical revue Lonely Rhymes, which debuted in May 2004.

Cara Reichel attended the M.F.A. Program for Directing at Brooklyn College, and received the 2002 Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women for her work as producing artistic director of Prospect Theater Company. She has recently directed productions for Prospect Theater Company including The Merry Wives of Windsor, Lonely Rhymes, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Alchemists, Danton's Death, Twelfth Night, The Flood and Illyria, which she will direct at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey this fall.

For more information, please visit www.prospecttheater.org.

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