By Michael Gioia
08 Feb 2013
Joining Shindle (Legally Blonde, Wonderland), Canonico (Bare, American Idiot) and Gotay (Bring It On) at the 8 PM concert will be Anne Brummel (Wicked), Nick Dalton (Legally Blonde), Marissa Rosen (Bedbugs), Mallory Bechtel (Home) and cast members of the 2012 Alec Baldwin Fellowship winner 'Til Death Do Us Part, including Ward Billeisen (Anything Goes, Curtains), Jackie Vanderbeck, Lizzie Hagstedt (Southern Comfort), Jenn Furman (Wicked), Brett Teresa, Jodi Bluestein, Brett Dameron, Erik Sisco, Michael Armstrong Barr and Candice Oden.
William Demaniow (Daybreak, 'Til Death Do Us Part) will musically direct arrangements by Michael Haslam, Drew Overcash, Cronin and RJ Tancioco.
With music and lyrics by Cronin, a book by Cronin and Skillman, additional material by Teresa, and musical direction and arrangements by Haslam, The Concrete Jungle recording will be available on iTunes and Amazon in early March.
The Concrete Jungle, according to press notes, "is a contemporary take on the Cyrano de Bergerac story, with a female twist. Set within the hustle and bustle of New York City, the romantic comedy follows Abby, a nearing-thrity poet who is the head bartender at The Concrete Jungle Bar & Grill on the Upper West Side, where her friends (and foe, Vanessa) hang out, searching for love. When Abby receives a random phone call, her life is changed forever as hilarity and mistaken identity infiltrate The Concrete Jungle. Can Abby find the strength to tell her romantic interest the truth or will she continue sleeping sideways in her lonely bed, letting her soul mate say 'I love you' to the wrong woman?"
Cronin's other works include Welcome to My Life (W2ML) (with co-book writer Alicia Dempster) and 'Til Death Do Us Part. Skillman is the author of Cut, Vigil or the Guided Cradle and Birthday & Nobody, among others.