By Michael Gioia
11 Jun 2013
Directed and staged by Donald Brenner (NYMF's The Most Ridiculous Thing You Ever Hoid, Off-Broadway's Critical Mass) and produced by Jules Darg, the cast features Leasen Beth Almquist (Annie Get Your Gun, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Cole Canzano (PBS's "Sesame Street"), Laura Daniel (NYMF's The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun), Ryan Dietz (A Wonderful Life, Chess), Chris Gleim (Jesus Christ Superstar, Junk: A Rock Opera), Leslie Henstock (A Christmas Story, The Musical, The Light in the Piazza), T. J. Mannix (Radio City Christmas Spectacular, NYMF's Howe and Hummel), Don Meehan (Off-Broadway's Play Dead, Vieux Carre), Patrick John Moran (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Laura Oldham (Moby Dick: The Musical!), Jonathan Silver (NYMF's The Most Ridiculous Thing You Ever Hoid) and Billy Clark Taylor (Next to Normal; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change).
Here's how the new musical is billed: "Bigfoot exists – but he's a lot different than you think. Arthur the Sasquatch is an intelligent, gentle and dignified creature. When he becomes lost in Columbia National Park, he is befriended by young Sam. Together, they encounter quirky locals and elude a ruthless TV crew investigating 'Bigfoot.' Exciting twists and turns, hilarious social commentary on human-Sasquatch relations and a fun, freewheeling rockin' score make Sasquatched! The Musical no ordinary romp in the woods!"
The creative team includes scenic, lighting and prop designer Andrew Lu, costume designer Kima Baffour, music director Joshua Zecher-Ross, dramaturg Mark Dundas Wood, stage manager David Cohen and assistant music director Gordon Green.
Performances will be offered July 9 at 8 PM, July 10 at 1 PM, July 13 at 4:30 PM, July 13 at 8 PM and July 14 at 11 AM at the PTC Performance Space located at 555 West 42nd Street in New York City.
NYMF is the flagship program of The National Music Theater Network. Now entering its tenth year, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to "revitalize musical theatre culture by discovering and promoting new musical theatre artists, producers and projects; nurturing a vibrant and innovative artistic community; and connecting one of America's greatest art forms with a diverse, contemporary audience."