By Adam Hetrick
11 Oct 2012
The New York Theatre Barn's monthly concert of material by emerging theatre writers will begin at 7:30 PM.
The evening will commence with songs from the new musical Academia Nuts, featuring music by Julian Blackmore and book and lyrics by Becca Anderson and Dan Marshall. Performers include Alyse Alan Louis (Mamma Mia!), Grasan Kingsberry (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Cinderella), Charissa Bertels (A Christmas Story), Julianne Wick Davis (Southern Comfort), Emily Afton (Hair), Sean Patterson, James LaRosa, Raja Burrows and Nina Ablan. Sam Pinkleton directs.
Here's how it's billed: "Academia Nuts is a nerd-off of epic proportions that raises questions about the ways we learn and how we choose to value our learning and ourselves. Meet Maggie McCutter, an über-brainy home-schooler from Weiner, Arkansas. Maggie, along with her creepy siblings Mary and Joseph, and her ferociously evangelical mother Chrystal, are primed to win The National High School Quiz Bowl Championship at MIT. The top prize, a life-changing scholarship, will give Maggie a chance to break away from her extremist family and live the life of her dreams! However, all of this changes when Maggie falls, and falls hard for Tyler O'Neil, a football-loving slacker and member of the opposing team.
Also offered will be We Wrote That: The Songs of Samsel and Anderson, featuring new material from their musical Camp Wish-No-More and other upcoming projects. Performers include Natalie Charlé Ellis, Martin Landry (Dear Edwina), Raquel Hecker, Elizabeth Hagstedt (Sweeney Todd), Melissa Weisbach, Jonathan Monro, Dave Christensen, Michael Shapiro and Caitlin McCarthy. Elyssa Samsel will be the accompanist.
Camp Wish-No-More is billed as "a new musical about a rehab camp for girls and boys who believe they are magical characters from various fairy tales."
There is a $10 cover, plus a two-drink minimum. The DR2 is located at 101 East 15th St.