PHOTO CALL: 35mm, With Alex Brightman, Ben Crawford, Lindsay Mendez, Betsy Wolfe and Jay Armstrong Johnson
By Matthew Blank
35mm A Musical Exhibition, written by Ryan Scott Oliver based on the photography of Matthew Murphy, debuted at Brooklyn's Galapagos Art Space March 7 at 8 PM.
Directed by Jeremy Bloom, the cast comprises Alex Brightman (Wicked), Ben Crawford (Shrek), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hair), Lindsay Mendez (Godspell) and Betsy Wolfe (Everyday Rapture).
The original cast recording of 35mm, produced by Dean Sharenow and Oliver, is being recorded March 8 in New York and will be released in May on Sh-K-Boom Records.
"Representing a collision of artistic disciplines as disparate as musical theater, photography, and pop/rock music," 35mm, press notes state, "pushes the limits of self-expression to create an art form utterly its own. A collection of 'snapshot stories' are woven together as each of the evening’s original songs is performed – with gusto and musical virtuosity — while the audience is immersed in stunning projections of the photography that inspired it. 35mm brings the connection between pleasures visual and aural into razor-sharp focus, creating a singular, multi-sensory emotional journey."
The performances also feature projection design by Aaron Rhyne, costume design by David Withrow, music direction by Michael Borth and a band that includes Matt Hinkley on acoustic/electric guitars, Allison Seidner on electric Jell-O, Rich Silverstein on keyboard, Hiroko "Coco" Taguchi on electric violin/viola and Jeremy Yaddaw on drums/percussion.
Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door) and can be purchased at www.galapagosartspace.com. For more information go to www.35mmthemusical.com. Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space is located at 16 Main Street.
An additional performance of 35mm A Musical Exhibition, written by Ryan Scott Oliver based on the photography of Matthew Murphy, will be presented at Brooklyn's Galapagos Art Space March 14 at 8 PM; the March 12 at 8 PM performance is sold out.
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