Extraordinary Ordinary Musical Will Feature Courtney Balan, Kristoffer Cusick and More

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22 Oct 2010

Casting has been announced for the Off-Broadway world premiere of The Extraordinary Ordinary, the new musical about a group of friends and lovers feeling their way into middle age.

Performances will run Nov. 29-Dec. 18 at The Clurman Theatre in Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). Opening night is Dec. 1.

Dreamlight Theatre Company in association with Third Coast Creative is producing the work by composer Paul Loesel and lyricist-librettist Scott Burkell. The show has its seeds in their earlier work, Six of One, which was recrafted into the The Extraordinary Ordinary.

Dreamlight artistic director Chip Klose will direct a company that includes Courtney Balan (Broadway's Cry-Baby, In My Life), Pamela Bob (Off-Broadway's People Like Us, Gay Divorce), Kristoffer Cusick (Broadway's Wicked, Saturday Night Fever), Patrick Oliver Jones (New York debut), Kelly McCormick (national tours of Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Jonathan Parkey (national tour of Duck for President).

According to Dreamlight, "The Extraordinary Ordinary follows a group of friends as they face the challenges of life in Manhattan and reveals how one life-altering event forces each of them to discover the extraordinary beauty in the most ordinary of days."



Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel's songs have been performed at Carnegie Hall ("Michael Feinstein: Now and Then" Series), Lincoln Center (American Songbook Series), Joe's Pub, Birdland, Symphony Space, The Kennedy Center, and the Chicago Humanities Festival. Their songs have been premiered by Kristin Chenoweth, Rebecca Luker, Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Stephanie J. Block, Susan Egan and Liz Callaway. Recordings of their work appear on Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley's "Opposite You," Stephanie J. Block's "This Place I Know" and Rebecca Luker's "Greenwich Time." Their musical, Six of One, received a Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Grant, an ASCAP workshop, a CAP21 workshop, and a production in the 2007 Philly Fringe Festival. Musical revues include Love Songs and Other Crap (MAC Award nomination) and Sorta Love Songs (Birdland). Their musical, Ella Minnow Pea received a production at the University of Michigan. Paul Loesel is the most recent recipient of the Burton Lane Award. Three songs from The Extraordinary Ordinary are featured on the upcoming Sh-K-Boom CD "Sorta Love Songs." Visit www.ScottandPaul.com.

The creative team includes Andrew Resnick (music director), Lynne Shankel (music supervisor/orchestrations), Jo Winiarski (sets), Kurt Alger (costumes), Jeff Croiter and Grant Yeager (lights), and Andy Leviss (sound). Kat West is production stage manager.

Performances are Monday through Wednesday at 7 PM and Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Tickets are $26.25 and available at www.TheExtraordinaryOrdinary.com or Telecharge.com.

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The Drama Desk Award-nominated Dreamlight Theatre Company is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a home for musical theatre. Under the direction of Chip Klose (artistic director) and Dean A. Carpenter (executive producer), "it strives to provide a place where artists and audiences alike will find an unparalleled dedication to artistry and storytelling." Visit www.DreamlightTheatre.org.

Third Coast Creative is a Houston-based production company "established to pursue uniquely talented stage and film artists and support them in creating and producing new works. Third Coast Creative, seeks out talented writers, musicians, performers and directors across the country and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their work."