By Andrew Gans
17 Sep 2012
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
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The four-member cast comprised 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.
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) directed the production with choreography by AC Ciulla (Footloose).
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 included 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 was produced in Manhattan by Andy Sandberg, Whitney Hoagland Edwards, Michael Palitz and Stephanie Rosenberg.