Once Upon a Time in New Jersey Opens in NYC Oct. 2

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02 Oct 2010

Catherine LeFrere and Jonathan Gregg in rehearsal
Catherine LeFrere and Jonathan Gregg in rehearsal

The New York premiere of Susan DiLallo and Stephen Weiner's musical comedy Once Upon a Time in New Jersey officially opens Oct. 2 at the Hudson Guild Theatre.

The Prospect Theater Company presents the musical under the direction of Cara Reichel. Featuring book and lyrics by DiLallo and music by Weinder, Once Upon a Time in New Jersey will run through Oct. 31.

The cast includes Jeremy Cohen, Jason Collins, Denise DeMirjian, Mishaela Faucher, Jonathan Gregg, Briga Heelan, Jason Kappus, Theresa Kloos, Alex Krasser, Catherine LeFrere, John Mervini, Samia Mounts, David Perlman, Darcy Yellin and Noah Zachary.

Once Upon a Time in New Jersey, is described as "an Italian-American fairy tale set in 1956 Hoboken. Vinnie LoBianco (Perlman), an unassuming sandwich-maker, is in love with counter girl Angie Moscato (Heelan). But Angie’s got it bad for Rocco (Cohen), the local hunk, whose sights are set on sexy dance teacher Celeste (LeFrere). When Rocco runs afoul of Celeste’s husband Billy (Gregg), the result is a series of hilarious misunderstandings and madcap misadventure."

Remy Kurs musical directs with choreography by Christine O'Grady. The creative team includes scenic designer Jen Price Fick, lighting designer Isabella F. Byrd, sound designer Asa F. Wember and costume designer Sidney Shannon. Orchestrations and vocal arrangements are by Dimitri Nakhamkin.

Once Upon a Time in New Jersey originally premiered at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre in 2006. The work was first developed at Muhlenberg College Summer Music Theater Festival, and has been produced at the Village Theater, the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

For tickets, phone (212) 352-3101 or visit ProspectTheater. The Hudson Guild Theatre is located at 441 West 26th Street.