By Carey Purcell
07 Jun 2013
A History of Summer features a book by Adam Mathias (See Rock City) and music and lyrics by Jonathan Monro (Variations on a Nervous Breakdown).
With music direction by Monro, the cast includes Lisa Brescia (Mamma Mia!, Ordinary Days), Elizabeth Hagstedt (Sweeney Todd), Elyssa Samsel, J.D. Daw, Leo Ash Evens (Jesus Christ Superstar), Quinn VanAntwerp (Jersey Boys), John Michael Dias (Jersey Boys), Dustin Sullivan and Randy Redd (Million Dollar Quartet, Parade).
"A History Of Summer, a new original musical, surveys the last century of summers of America's earliest established gay communities — Cherry Grove and the Fire Island Pines — and explores the residents' lives and loves, hopes and heartbreaks," press notes state. "From Fire Island's spark in popularity at the beginning of the 1900's, through the devastating Hurricane of 1938, through World War II, Post-war boom and police raid busts, joyous drag queen invasions and a horrific epidemic that threatened to end it all. Over the course of a century, a community — once in the shadows — finds its voice and takes its place in the sun."
The evening will also feature excerpts from Pooch, a new musical comedy by Scott Eyerly, sung by Kevin Duda (The Book of Mormon), Natalie Charlé Ellis (Forbidden Broadway), Greg Horton, Todd Alan Johnson (Iron Curtain), Christy Morton (The Addams Family) and Jared Zirilli (Fat Camp, Lysistrata Jones).
"In Pooch, an out-of-work opera singer, a clueless C.E.O., and a dog, cross paths – as only they could in New York — in search of love, success — and Puccini," press notes state.
Pooch will be directed by Joe Barros, with music direction by Mark Mitchell (The Mystery of Edwin Drood). The stage manager for both sets is Mackenzie Meeks.
A History of Summer and Pooch are presented as part of New York Theatre Barn's new musical development platform NYTB in the D-Lounge, executive-produced by Laura Brandel and Jason Najjoum.
More information can be found by visiting NYTheatreBarn.org.