PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Todd Graff, Writer and Director of Cult Film "Camp," Picks Influential Show Tunes

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02 Oct 2013

Todd Graff
Todd Graff

The 2003 musical film "Camp," the movie based on real-life experiences at famed theatre camp Stagedoor Manor that became a cult classic, will be screened at 54 Below Oct. 4 in celebration of its tenth anniversary. Todd Graff, the film's writer and director, picks show tunes that influenced his childhood as part of's Playbill Playlist.

Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesus, Sasha Allen, Steven Cutts, Brad Simmons, Joanna Chilcoat, Stephen Dimenna and Brittany Pollack will be part of the screening and reunion, which will begin at 11 PM at 54 Below.

"The movie, about a summer camp based on Stagedoor Manor for the performing arts, has become iconic among theatre aficionados. 'Camp' is filled with teen angst, references to Stephen Sondheim, and excellent performances of songs from musicals including Company; Promises Promises; The Gospel at Colonus; Follies; and Dreamgirls," according to 54 Below.

Graff will offer a pre-screening talkback with Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Rocky), who contributed lyrics for several songs featured in the film.

In anticipation of the "Camp" reunion — featuring the film about a handful of angst-ridden teenagers who spend their summer competing for lead roles at a prestigious theatre camp — asked Graff to pick show tunes that influences his childhood and tell us why they made his list.

For more on the experience at Stagedoor Manor (and French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts), read the feature story, "A Moment in the Woods," here.

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