World Premiere of Kooman and Dimond Courtroom Musical Comedy Judge Jackie Justice Opens Jan. 30 at Pittsburgh CLO

By Michael Gioia
30 Jan 2014

Pittsburgh CLO presents the world premiere of Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond's Judge Jackie Justice – A New Musical Comedy beginning Jan. 30 for a run through April 27 at the CLO Cabaret Theater.



The musical, commissioned for the CLO's Cabaret Theater with dramaturgy by Mary Jane Brennan, is conceived and directed by Pittsburgh CLO executive producer Van Kaplan with choreography by Kiesha Lalama and musical direction by Michael Moricz.

"We are truly excited to be creating another new musical," said Kaplan in a statement, "especially one created for our enthusiastic cabaret audience. Judge Jackie Justice has zany humor and some 'breaking the fourth wall' moments in store. I consider the CLO Cabaret to be our 'Off-Benedum' venue, like Off- Broadway, though lots more fun because you can eat and drink during the show."

The cast includes Maggie Carr, Jason Coll, Connor McCanlus, Kara Mikula, Jonathan Visser and understudies Caroline Nicolian and Quinn Shannon.

Here's how Judge Jackie Justice is billed: "Behold 'real' cases involving zombies, spaceships, furries and more! TV’s hottest Judge relishes in ruling on the personal affairs of people just like you, but what happens when the tables are turned? You won't 'object' to this brand new musical comedy with a book and music by award-winning songwriters Kooman and Dimond, conceived and directed by Van Kaplan."

Kooman (music) and Dimond (book and lyrics) received the 2010 Jonathan Larson Grant and are the first recipients of the Lorenz Hart Award. Between them, they have received the Burton Lane Award, the Harold Adamson Award, the KC/ACTF Musical Theatre Award, a NYFA Fellowship, an Anna Sosenko Grant, and numerous ASCAP Plus awards. They are currently working on the original musicals The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (developed at the O'Neill Music Theater Conference and the Village Theater) and Orphie & the Book of Heroes (commissioned by the Kennedy Center and set to premiere in February). Their first collaboration, Dani Girl (licensed by Samuel French), has been workshopped at the Kennedy Center, American Conservatory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, the Festival of New American Musicals, and was featured in the 2011 NAMT Festival of New Musicals.

Read more about the duo in Playbill.com's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know.

For more information and tickets, call (412) 456-6666 or visit CLOCabaret.com.