Nobody Loves You, a Musical About Reality TV, Begins at Old Globe May 9

By Kenneth Jones
09 May 2012

Jenni Barber and Adam Kantor
Jenni Barber and Adam Kantor
Photo by Henry DiRocco

The Old Globe's world-premiere production of the pop-flavored Nobody Loves You — a musical comedy set in the world of reality television, with music and lyrics by Gaby Alter and book and lyrics by Itamar Moses — goes live and in color starting May 9. Its cast includes Jenni Barber, Alex Brightman, Heath Calvert, Kate Morgan Chadwick, Adam Kantor, Kelsey Kurz, Nicole Lewis and Lauren Molina.

Michelle Tattenbaum directs the production, to run to June 17 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in San Diego, CA. Opening night is May 17.

The staging has music direction by Vadim Feichtner and choreography by Mandy Moore.

A former Globe Playwright-in-Residence, Moses is known for his plays The Four of Us and Back Back Back, which also had their world premieres at The Old Globe. Alter is a co-writer of the new musical Band Geeks!



Nobody Loves You "takes audiences on a hilarious behind-the-scenes ride through reality television and into real life," according to The Old Globe. "When Jeff (Kantor, of Broadway's Rent and Next to Normal), a philosophy grad student, joins a dating show to win back his ex, he breaks all the rules and tries to blow the game wide open . . . until he meets Jenny (Barber, of Old Globe's Some Lovers). In a world where every kiss is staged for the cameras, can two people find a real connection?"

The creative team includes Michael Schweikardt (scenic design), Emily Pepper (costume design), Tyler Micoleau (lighting design), Paul Peterson (sound design), Stephanie Klapper, CSA (casting) and Peter Van Dyke (stage manager).

Alter wrote music and lyrics for Band Geeks! (with Tommy Newman, Mark Allen and Gordon Greenberg), which premiered at Goodspeed Musicals and will be produced this summer at The Human Race Theatre Company. His other shows include 29, a pop-rock song cycle (New York University), Young Zombies in Love (New York International Fringe Festival), The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy with Negin Farsad (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Vapor Tales with Dominic Mah. A 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient, Alter has won awards from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and the New York International Fringe Festival for his scores.

Moses' plays include Outrage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjackets, Back Back Back and Completeness, the musical Fortress of Solitude (with Michael Friedman and Daniel Aukin) and the evening of short plays Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used To It).

Brightman, who is making his Globe debut, appeared as Boq in Wicked on Broadway; Calvert (Globe debut) was in Love's Labours Lost (The Public Theater), Romy and Michele's High School Reunion and Suprema (The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center); Chadwick appeared as Frenchy in the Broadway national tour of Grease and was Ali in Mamma Mia! in Las Vegas; Kurz was featured at the Globe last year in Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show and was in The Public Theater's The Merchant of Venice on and Off-Broadway; Lewis (Globe debut) appeared in Broadway's Hair, Rent and Lennon; Molina was Johanna in John Doyle's Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd and was Cunegonde in the regional Candide, directed by Mary Zimmerman, for which she won the Helen Hayes Award.

Nobody Loves You is supported in part through a gift from Production Sponsors Paula and Brian Powers. Nobody Loves You is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award and is supported in part by the National Fund for New Musicals, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

For more information about Nobody Loves You, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.