PHOTO CALL: A Sneak Peek at Off-Broadway's Last Smoker in America Musical

By Matthew Blank
22 Jun 2012

The cast of The Last Smoker in America, a new musical comedy that will make its New York premiere July 11 upstairs at the Westside Theatre, offered a sneak peek at a June 21 open rehearsal.



The four member cast will comprise Drama Desk nominee Farah Alvin (The Marvelous Wonderettes) as Pam, Natalie Venetia Belcon (Avenue Q) as Phyllis, John Bolton (A Christmas Story, “Gossip Girl”) as Ernie and Jake Boyd (MCC’s Carrie) as Jimmy.



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Farah Alvin
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN, photographed at New 42nd Street Studios



The musical features book and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Bill Russell (Side Show) and music by Drama Desk nominee Peter Melnick (Adrift in Macao). Tony Award-winning producer Andy Sandberg (Hair; Gore Vidal’s The Best Man) will direct the production with choreography by AC Ciulla (Footloose).

"In a world where smoking has recently been outlawed and the penalties are growing stricter by the minute, Pam is having an impossible time trying to quit," according to Smoker press notes. "Her husband Ernie dreams of being a rock star and relentlessly practices his guitar in the basement, while their videogame-addicted son Jimmy listens to so much rap music he thinks he's black. As if Pam isn't pushed to the edge of reason already, her nosy, anti-smoking zealot neighbor Phyllis is on a mission to catch transgressors mid-puff. Will Pam kick the habit or fight for her right to light up?"

The musical received a developmental workshop production at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in fall 2009. In fall 2010, The Last Smoker in America received its world premiere at CATCO (Columbus, OH).

The creative team includes Fred Lassen (music supervision), Charles Corcoran (sets), Michael McDonald (costumes), Jeff Croiter and Grant Yeager (lights), Bart Fasbender (sound) and Jay Binder (casting). Roger Alan Gindi is the general manager, and Pamela Edington is the production stage manager.

The Last Smoker in America will be produced in Manhattan by Sandberg, Whitney Hoagland Edwards, Michael Palitz and Stephanie Rosenberg.

Show times will be Monday at 8 PM, Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday at 2:30 PM and 8 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM and Saturday at 2:30 PM and 8 PM.

Tickets priced at $85 are available through Telecharge.com, or by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information visit www.lastsmoker.com.