PHOTO CALL: Justin Guarini, Lindsay Mendez, Teal Wicks and More Sing Drew Gasparini
By Matthew Blank
Singer-songwriter Drew Gasparini offered a concert featuring material from his award-wining musical Crazy, Just Like Me Jan. 22 at Joe's Pub.
The concert also featured music from his new musical Circles, as well as songs and pop singles written for television.
The evening included performances from Marc Summers ("Double Dare"), Justin Guarini ("American Idol," American Idiot), Lindsay Mendez (Godspell, Everyday Rapture), Teal Wicks (Wicked), Andrew Kober (Hair), Alex Brightman (Wicked), Brandon Ellis (Company), F. Michael Haynie (Carrie), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!), Mykal Kilgore (Hair), Lexie Papedo, Tracy McDowell (Rent), Alex Wyse (Lysistrata Jones), Emily Kay Shrader, Carla Stewart, Kasie Gasparini and Chloe Gasparini, among others.
Gasparini was featured on piano with Adam Stoler on guitars, Ellis on bass and cello and Jeremy Yaddaw on drums.
The concert was directed by Stephen Agosto, who helmed the NYMF run of Crazy, Just Like Me. Following Joe's Pub, there will be an industry reading of Crazy, Just Like Me, which won "Best of Fest" at the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). The private reading will be held Jan. 31.
Crazy, Just Like Me was featured in the National Alliance of Musical Theater showcase in 2009, the San Francisco theatre festival in 2009 and the 2011 New York Musical Theater Festival. Gasparini has also written the music and lyrics for Circles, Inappropriate Stories Told at a Bar, The Up/Down and Above My Pay Grade (book by Louis Sacco).
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