By Michael Gioia
22 Feb 2012
Directed by Davenport, the cast of Garage Band includes "Monkees" band member Micky Dolenz (Grease), Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Alex Gemignani (Sunday in the Park With George), Andy Karl (Wicked), Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams), Al Calderon (13), Amy Spanger (Chicago), Kelsey Fowler (Bonnie & Clyde), Jay Klaitz, J. Elaine Marcos (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Brandon Williams, Fred Berman (The Lion King), Emily McNamara, Kathy Searle, Jennifer Frankel (Catch Me If You Can), Erica Dorfler (Memphis), Ryan Duncan, Tad Wilson (Bonnie & Clyde) and Donnie Kehr (Billy Elliot). Gillian Berkowitz is the musical director.
Garage Band features a book by The Grundleshotz, a group of performers and writers composed of Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Berman, Michael Hirstreet, Jenna Coker Jones, Craig Jorczak, Nathan Kaufman, Jay Klaitz, McNamara, Jennifer Miller, Bhavesh Patel, Sarah Saltzberg and Fletcher Young. The group developed the new musical through a series of improvisational rehearsals.
Here's how Garage Band is described: "When Mitch Shapiro gets fired from his Wall Street job on his 40th birthday, he has no choice but to move back in with his mom... in New Jersey. On his first day back, his best friend from high school suggests that they 'put the band back together!' Mitch thinks his buddy is crazy. But when Tygen Billows, a local real estate mogul and the town douchebag threatens to foreclose on Mitch's mom unless Mitch agrees to a re-match of their infamous battle of the bands, Mitch realizes he may have no choice."